Obamacare Enrollment Up Sharply After HealthCare.gov Fix

Enrollment on HealthCare.gov in the first two days of December, after the Obama administration declared the website fixed, eclipsed enrollment in the entire month of October.

About 29,000 people signed up for health coverage on Sunday and Monday through the site, according to a source familiar with the numbers. October enrollment on HealthCare.gov totaled less than 27,000. State-specific data is not yet available, and the figures are preliminary.

The new enrollment data were first reported by Politico.

HealthCare.gov has reported traffic hovering around one million visitors per day this week.

The numbers suggest rapid improvement in the site’s performance, but the administration is still likely trailing its earlier enrollment targets. The White House had aimed for 500,000 sign-ups in October (the actual total was 100,000 when state-based marketplaces were included) and 3.3 million by Dec. 31.

The administration’s confidence that the site is fixed has ignited a widespread outreach campaign over the next three weeks to enroll people in coverage.

Enrollment data for November are expected to be released by the middle of December.

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