Hits 1.1M Signups

ObamaCare saw big December surge ahead of deadline
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2013 6:42 AM CST Hits 1.1M Signups
This Nov. 27, 2013 file photo of part of the website featuring information about the SHOP Marketplace.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File) is showing signs of life, the AP reports, with more than 1.1 million Americans now having signed up via the much-maligned government website. Almost 1 million of those came during a December surge, which both underscores how awful the first two months were (27,000 signups in October and 137,000 in November), as well as the momentum the federal market could be starting to see. The figures, released by the White House today, don't include December figures for the 14 state-run exchanges; the AP notes that New York and California have enrolled more than 630,000 so far, but other states have floundered.

All eyes are on Wednesday, when the new coverage kicks in. The Obama administration is readying a barrage of ObamaCare success stories, reports Politico. "Sharing experiences neighbor to neighbor is often the most powerful way to spread awareness," notes the White House communications director. (Read more ObamaCare stories.)

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