According to a Sep. 5 memo obtained by the Associated Press, the White House projected a slow start for Obamacare enrollment, estimating that 494,620 people would sign up for health insurance under the program by Oct. 31. That number could be lower, given the problems with the federally-run online marketplace Healthcare.gov.
"If the glitches persist and frustrated consumers give up trying, that initial goal, described as modest in the memo, could slip out of reach," reported the AP.
"The Sept. 5 memo, for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, lists monthly enrollment targets for each state and Washington, D.C., through March 31, the last day of the initial open enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
"'We expect enrollment in the initial months to be low," said the memo titled "Projected Monthly Enrollment Targets for Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2014.'
"A big jump was expected after Thanksgiving, since Dec. 15 is the last day people can sign up so their coverage will take effect Jan. 1. Starting in the new year, the health care law requires virtually all Americans to have insurance or face fines. At the same time, insurance companies will be forbidden from turning away people in poor health.
The memo projected enrollment would reach 3.3 million nationally by Dec. 31.
By the end of March, total enrollment through the markets was expected to surpass 7 million." Read the story.