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Well the numbers aren't GREAT but they aren't catastrophic either. (despite how the media/teabaggers will spin this). Early reports are suggesting around 50,000 people signed up for private insurance plans through the federal exchange website and another 50,000 through state run exchanges.

From the Wall Street Journal:

So far, private health plans have received enrollment data for 40,000 to 50,000 users of the federal marketplace, the people familiar with the figures said.

The figure of 40,000 to 50,000 doesn't include people in the 36 states who used the federal website to learn they qualify for Medicaid, a federal-state health program for low-income people. Medicaid is being expanded in many of the 36 states.

While the 50,000 figure is low compared to the expectation of 500,000 private insurance sign ups, it looks as if it's picking up a little steam from the first few days where there were a scant amount of sign ups with 238.

Also of note in this article and report on the exchanges is that states like California have yet to transmit data for enrollments from people who have registered and signed up for and selected plans. That's good news as there seems to be more numbers to be processed which will boost those numbers, hopefully, greatly.

Excluded from this data is people who have signed up for Medicaid, which of course is a cornerstone of this law that will give Americans access to healthcare (like myself) who didn't have it before.

So bottom line, these numbers are not where they need to be but over 100,000 people have obtained affordable insurance that they needed. So beyond all else, this is a good moral success. When Americans, men, women and children receive health insurance and receive access to care they otherwise would have not received or put off until it was financially possible, we all win.


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