Obama admin. projected strong health plan signups

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By JOHN MILLER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's internal projections call for strong enrollment in the states in the first year of new health insurance markets. Whether those expectations will bear out is unclear.

Technology glitches have frustrated many consumers trying to sign up for coverage online, and efforts to upgrade and repair healthcare.gov are ongoing.

A draft of an administration report offers a new state-by-state breakdown, with the national total reaching 7 million people. In California, 1.3 million people are expected to sign up. In New York, it's 218,000.

The Associated Press obtained the unpublished estimates through a public records request.

The estimates are missing from the final report released to the public. An HHS official says there are many estimates of how many people will enroll in the first year.

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