The Obama administration said with a looming enrollment deadline, 6 million Americans had signed up for health insurance through the exchanges set up by the federal government.
“With 4 days left for consumers to sign up for coverage, we are working hard to ensure that our systems can handle the unprecedented demand as people enroll before the March 31 deadline,” Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in a statement.
As we’ve reported, the pace of enrollment has picked up, because if Americans are not signed up by March 31, when open enrollment ends for this year, they might face a fine.
The White House had originally said they expected 7 million Americans to sign up during the law’s first full year. They later changed that estimate to 6 million. The Congressional Budget Office also projected 6 million people would sign up.
If you remember, the roll out of the exchanges has been messy. Healthcare.gov, for example, was essentially useless for weeks after it was rolled out in October. The problems, however, were fixed and enrollment picked up.