Skip to main content

U.S. President Barack Obama applauds during the unveiling ceremony for the Rosa Parks statue in the U.S. Capitol in Washington February 27, 2013.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3ECWR
Enrollments continue to be robust for Obamacare. With a month and a half to go in open enrollment, 3.3 million are now enrolled, with a third of them signing up in January alone. That puts enrollments at 75 percent of the administration's target for this point in time, set before the disastrous rollout of the website in October. So they're catching up, and include an uptick in younger customers.
Administration officials said they were pleased with the numbers. “These encouraging trends show that more Americans are enrolling every day, and finding quality, affordable coverage in the marketplace,” said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services.

“The covered population is getting younger,” Ms. Sebelius said. In January, 318,000 people age 18 to 34 selected health plans, bringing the total in this age group to 807,500, officials said.

That tracks the Massachusetts model: older, sicker people signed up early, everyone else tagged along. Analysts expect to see a surge in younger enrollees between now and March 31, the deadline for signing up.

The states that are leading enrollment are those that set up their own exchanges: Vermont leads with 52.4 percent total enrolled of eligible population;  Washington, 47.3 percent total enrolled; Rhode Island, 37 percent total enrolled; Kentucky, 33.5 percent total enrolled; and Connecticut, 29.6 percent totaled enrolled. All of these states also expanded Medicaid, and those new beneficiaries make up the majority of new enrollees. The worst states: Hawaii, which has had continuing problems with getting a functioning website; and four red states, Mississippi, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Here's a statistic that should help the popularity of the law: four-fifths of these enrollees got help paying for these premiums. There's something else for Republicans to worry about.

For now, though, they're dismissing the numbers. Despite the rousing success of the law in Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell sniffs that it doesn't really count because "'the new enrollees in Obamacare exchange plans are actually folks who were already insured or eligible for Medicaid." You keep thinking that, Mitch. That's the ticket.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

kos, TXdem, dragonlady, Vico, eeff, etatauri, catullus, exNYinTX, concernedamerican, kalihikane, lippythelion69, whenwego, mikidee, mkfarkus, paulitics, denig, itskevin, fumie, artebella, wader, manneckdesign, Eyesbright, Lawrence, wdrath, defluxion10, Egberto Willies, ybruti, Gowrie Gal, LakeSuperior, blueyedace2, stlawrence, kefauver, dewtx, wildcat6, Laurence Lewis, majcmb1, PinHole, petestern, Alan Arizona, xaxnar, myboo, vigilant meerkat, edwardssl, Themistoclea, profundo, kck, Libby Shaw, Terminus, AllDemsOnBoard, onionjim, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, sea note, BentLiberal, puakev, mommyof3, Uncle Moji, jnhobbs, millwood, OIL GUY, Wreck Smurfy, janatallow, roycej, GAS, WilliamE, Involuntary Exile, bythesea, elwior, rssrai, hwmnbn, petulans, JamieG from Md, bobatkinson, earicicle, Railfan, flitedocnm, Crabby Abbey, Polly Syllabic, 2questions, RJP9999, ItsSimpleSimon, NYWheeler, kenwards, ericlewis0, Loose Fur, cocinero, stevenaxelrod, slice, spindr27, kerflooey, Liberal Capitalist, Captain Pants, implicate order, Mr MadAsHell, FarWestGirl, looking and listening, BarackStarObama, RfrancisR, voicemail, Imhotepsings, blue aardvark, ratcityreprobate, stlsophos, DRo, Chitown Kev, CoyoteMarti, Auriandra, Davui, AnnetteK, joelgp, anodnhajo, TheLizardKing, We Won, IndieGuy, ahumbleopinion, Mostel26, ANY THING TOO ADD, This old man, MartyM, Jimmy D 84, doroma, Buckeye54, New Minas, brae70, stvnjon, George3, Australian2, Linda1961, poopdogcomedy, howabout, MessagingMatters, tampaedski, duhban, htowngenie, sparkle75, Rich Lyles, Chas 981, Dodgerdog1, Gurnt, ConservativeBrainTrust, Skyye, wilywascal, Jakeston, benamery21, skent4490

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site