Only 50K Have Enrolled on ObamaCare Site: Sources

Falling short of 500K projection

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2013 6:22 PM CST

(Newser) – The Obama administration estimated about 500,000 Americans would enroll in ObamaCare in October. The numbers have fallen short. Like 400,000 short. Two sources tell the Wall Street Journal that fewer than 50,000 people successfully enrolled in health insurance plans through HealthCare.gov last month. That doesn't include those who used to the site to find out if they qualify for Medicaid, or those who used state-based enrollment websites. A new report estimates another 49,000 have enrolled through the latter.

Some ObamaCare supporters say they're not worried, arguing that when Massachusetts launched a similar health care program in 2007, only 123 signed up in the first month. But the clock is ticking, and the website still needs to be fixed. The administration is expected to release the official ObamaCare enrollment figures some time this week.

This screenshot made Monday, Oct. 28,  shows the US Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov.
This screenshot made Monday, Oct. 28, shows the US Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov.   (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
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