Well this was unexpected...apparently at a fundraiser, President Obama gave a very rough update on the current ACA exchange tally:
President Obama said Thursday that "close to 4 million Americans" had signed up for insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges, a hint that enrollments may be accelerating as the deadline to purchase coverage nears....
"Right now, we've already got close to 4 million Americans who signed up for exchanges," Obama told a gathering of Democratic donors and governors at a luxury hotel just blocks from the White House.
Let's see how that jibes with my current February-vs-January rate projection.
President Obama's statement was yesterday (the 20th), which presumably means that the "close to 4M" number was based on data through the end of the day before (Feb. 19th).
The January HHS report has the official tally as of Feb. 1st down as exactly 3,299,492. Pres. Obama's data would include an additional 18 days. Since my 866K number includes 28 days, I have to use 64% of that (18/28). This would give about 557,000 enrollments added between 2/01 - 2/19, for a total of...3,856,409.
Does 3.86 Million count as "close to 4 million"? That depends on your perspective. Bear in mind that this wasn't an official report from HHS...in fact, it wasn't from HHS at all; it wasn't even a press conference or anything like that. It was just a quick line thrown out to a friendly crowd.
Given that context, I certainly think that 3.86 million would count as "close to 4 million".
Of course, my 866K projection could jump around quite a bit more as additional data comes in--remember how dramatically it jumped up when California released their mid-month data a few days ago. Still, I'm feeling pretty good about it at the moment.
And if I'm wrong, and it turns out that "close to 4 million" actually means that the true number is 100K more than I have projected (around 3.96M), I certainly wouldn't complain about that either!
Cross-posted at ACA Signups