Numbers released on Affordable Care Act enrollment

Published On: Nov 13 2013 10:44:16 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 12:21:51 AM EST

They're the numbers politicians on both sides of the aisle have been waiting for: enrollment figures for Department of Health and Human Services has revealed more than 106-thousand people have signed up for health care exchanges. Of those, nearly 27-thousand signed up on the federal site while 79,000 enrolled through the state sites.


The government released on Wednesday the number of people who have successfully registered for the Affordable Care Act.

They're the numbers politicians on both sides of the aisle have been waiting for.

"It's a great program for those people so they don't need to consider the epic fail of the website, as an epic fail of everything else," said Dr. Carolyn McClanahan.

McClanahan told Channel 4 that she's not surprised by the low enrollment numbers. She said the low numbers are related to two things, the website not working and people waiting and really doing their research before that initial Dec. 15 deadline.

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McClanahan said, "106,000 got enrolled in a month. To me, that's fabulous considering the first two weeks I don't think anything got done. We're hoping for millions eventually, and I think between now and the end of November we still won't see an improvement in the numbers until after the site gets going. We should see better improvement."

According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

--106,185 Americans signed up for coverage between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2.

--27,000 signed up through the federal marketplace while 79,000 opted to enroll through a state marketplace.

That's only 20 percent of the 500,000 people the administration has projected to sign up.

"The program is not a fail. I mean, it's still guaranteed issued coverage," said McClanahan. "You can have any medical problem in the world and get coverage."


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