Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million

The White House clears a major milestone with four days left in the enrollment window.

President Obama makes his way to board Marine One last month on the South Lawn of the White House.
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Sam Baker
March 27, 2014, 10:54 a.m.

More than 6 mil­lion people have picked an Obama­care plan, the White House said Thursday.

Clear­ing the 6 mil­lion mark is a ma­jor vic­tory for the ad­min­is­tra­tion, sub­stant­ively and polit­ic­ally. Sign-ups have surged ahead of the March 31 en­roll­ment dead­line, mak­ing up most of the ground lost to the rocky Health­Care.gov rol­lout in Oc­to­ber.

Pres­id­ent Obama an­nounced the mile­stone dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with health care “nav­ig­at­ors” — people and or­gan­iz­a­tions that help con­sumers fig­ure out their op­tions in the law’s new in­sur­ance mar­ket­places.

The fig­ures re­flect the total num­ber of people who have se­lec­ted a plan, not the num­ber who have ac­tu­ally “ef­fec­tu­ated” their cov­er­age by pay­ing their first premi­um. By most es­tim­ates, about 20 per­cent of people who sign up do not go on to pay their premi­um.

But, of course, the high­er the num­ber of sign-ups, the high­er the num­ber of people who are ac­tu­ally covered. And there are still four days left in the open-en­roll­ment peri­od.

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