There's still a little over three weeks left in open enrollment in Obamacare, and it looks like it's going to hit the administration's goal
(Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Wednesday that more than 7.1 million people have signed up for 2015 healthcare coverage through the federal government's insurance marketplace as of last Friday.
That includes 400,000 new applicants in just one week alone, January 10-16, enrolling by the deadline for having insurance start on February 1. For plans starting on March 1, the deadline is February 15, after which open enrollment will be over, and people can only enroll if they have a life change that affects their insurance. That 7.1 million does not include enrollments from the states that have created their own exchanges. Charles Gaba reports
nearly 8.3 million confirmed enrollments in all the state, and estimates there
are 9.7 million. He also reports that 33 states
reached the 2015 goal set for them by the administration—three weeks ahead of time.
This means that there are even more people the U.S. Supreme Court is considering taking health insurance away from in the challenge they'll decide this spring against the federal subsidies provided to people who bought insurance on the federal exchange. That means even more potential damage to the structure of the system, and more damage to the economy in the long run. There's an awful lot riding on this case, not the least of which is millions of people's health and even lives.