HHS: 106,185 Have Signed Up for Obamacare So Far

Vermont, California, and Maryland have the highest enrollment in the marketplaces thus far.

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site Oct.1, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Many state-run health insurance marketplaces are performing better than the federal version, Healthcare.gov.

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The enrollment figures from healthcare.gov have fallen far short of the administration's initial expectations, the government reported Wednesday.

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The Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that 106,185 Americans have thus far made it all the way through the enrollment process of Obamacare, a mere shadow of the 500,000 the Obama administration had said it hoped to enroll in the month of October alone. It is also less than 2 percent of the 7 million the White House hopes to sign up by March 31, 2014.

What's more, the majority of enrollees have come on the state health care insurance exchanges and not on the federal healthcare.gov, the website that has been plagued by technical difficulties and become the scorn of Republicans and late-night TV comics. Around 21 percent of the estimated eligible population in states running their own websites have selected plans, compared to only 3.8 percent in states relying on healthcare.gov.

That pattern holds when one looks at the data on a state-by-state level. The 10 states with the largest share of the eligible population enrolled in the marketplace plans also happen to run their own insurance marketplaces.

State Share of Eligible Enrolled
Vermont 39.7%
California 37.8
Maryland 36.7
Connecticut 35.8
Rhode Island 35.8
Washington 24.0
Kentucky 14.2
New York 12.2
Colorado 10.3
Minnesota 8.2


Meanwhile, all of the 10 states with the lowest enrollment shares rely on healthcare.gov. Complete data were not available from the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, or Oregon.

State Share of Eligible Enrolled
Iowa 2.2%
Mississippi 2.5
South Dakota 2.5
New Jersey 3.1
Virginia 3.1
Alaska 3.3
Ohio 3.3
Georgia 3.4
Oklahoma 3.5
North Dakota 3.6


Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the site on Wednesday, comparing the rollout to Massachusetts' introduction of its own state health care plan in 2006.

"There is no doubt the level of interest is strong. We expect enrollment will grow substantially throughout the next five months," Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement on the release. In a call with reporters, she pointed out that in its first month, Massachusetts' health care reform program had only signed up 123 enrollees.

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She also stressed that people are making it all the way through the enrollment process.

"Even with the issues we've had the marketplace is working and people are enrolling," she said. "Every day we're seeing people come on, create accounts, [and] make their way all the way through the system."

No figures were available on enrollees who have paid for their new insurance. Payment is not due until December 15, Sebelius said.

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