According to a new report, 13 million people have enrolled in Obamacare throughout the entire course of the enrollment season. Administration officials are touting the new numbers as a demonstration that the Affordable Care Act is working. The numbers surpass original estimates. Of the enrollees, 28% were in the 18-34 age bracket, a major focus of administration officials since the legislation’s inception. Critics of Obamacare say that there is no data available on how many have actually paid their premium. Opponents also claim that there is no data available on how many were already ensured, a number they believe is higher than Health and Human Services’ estimates.
About 13 million people got coverage under Obamacare during the first open enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act, enough for administration officials to be confident that every state’s insurance market will be stable going into 2015.
The latest enrollment data filled out the demographic small print that was lacking in President Barack Obama’s mid-April announcement that enrollment in the exchanges had passed 8 million – exceeding goals and expectations for an open enrollment season that got off to a disastrous start.