Barely 50K consumers enrolled on HealthCare.gov

Fewer than 50,000 consumers have enrolled on the federal health insurance exchange website HealthCare.gov, two sources told the Wall Street Journal, citing internal government data. That number falls way below the Obama administration's projection of 500,000 enrollees in the first month of open enrollment. Although the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services wouldn't confirm the numbers, spokesperson Erin Shields Britt said the agency expects most consumers will enroll later. "We have always anticipated that initial enrollment numbers would be low and increase over time, just as was the experience in Massachusetts, where only 0.3 percent, or 123 people paying premiums, enrolled in the first month. And, as we have said, the problems with the website will cause the numbers to be lower than initially anticipated," she said. Article

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