Obamacare enrollment picked up in November, more than doubling the low numbers seen in October after HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout, but the pace still lags behind the targets set by the Obama administration.
More than 250,000 people enrolled in private plans last month through HealthCare.gov and the state-based marketplaces, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Add in the 100,000-plus who enrolled in October, and the two-month total comes to nearly 365,000.
But that figure falls short of the administration's pre-launch goals. The White House had been aiming for 500,000 private enrollments in October alone. By the end of 2013, the target was 3.3 million, leaving the administration with a lot of ground to make up this month.
Administration officials still expressed confidence that they could reach their ultimate goal: 7 million enrollees by March 31, 2014.
"We think we're on track, and we'll reach the total that we thought," Michael Hash, whose office is overseeing Obamacare implementation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters Tuesday. "We're only two and a half months into a six-month open enrollment period. Based upon experience such as that in Massachusetts, we expect that a bulk of enrollees will occur toward the end of the enrollment period."
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