The takeaway from the new numbers is that, yes, the botched HealthCare.gov launch decimated enrollment projections for October and November and has made it very difficult to hit the original Jan. 1 enrollment target of 3.3 million. That means some people will be needlessly without insurance come Jan. 1. The hope is that all of those people will still go ahead and enroll before the open enrollment period closes at the end of March. The administration says it remains confident it can hit its target of 7 million enrollees by then.
So bad news -- and frustrating confirmation of the effects of the launch failures -- but it's the same bad news we've known about for a while now.