recommended reading

Obamacare Clears 7 Million Sign-Ups

Two Atlanta residents fill out HealthCare.Gov applications at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus Monday.

Two Atlanta residents fill out HealthCare.Gov applications at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus Monday. // David Goldman/AP

More than 7 million people have signed up for health insurance through Obamacare's exchanges, thanks to a surge during Monday's enrollment deadline, the White House confirmed.

"I think it would be fair to say we surpassed everyone's expectations," Press Secretary Jay Carney said during Tuesday's press briefing.

Clearing 7 million sign-ups is a big political victory for the White House—and the total will continue to grow before official enrollment numbers are released later this month. The 7 million figure does not include people who enrolled Monday through state-based exchanges, Carney said, and people who were "in line" for the federal exchange by midnight will be allowed to complete the enrollment process.

The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday it does not yet know how many people are still in line. experienced technical glitches Monday as it grappled with record traffic. Still, roughly 200,000 people signed up through the website Monday alone, Carney said.

Before the disastrous launch, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the exchanges would cover 7 million people this year. It downgraded that to 6 million to account for the website's troubles. And throughout, Republicans predicted that enrollment would fall short of either expectation.

The number of people covered through the exchanges will be somewhat lower than the final 7 million-plus sign-up figure. Some percentage of people who sign up for a policy do not go on to pay their first month's premium—the final step to actually obtaining coverage.

It's also not clear how many enrollees were previously uninsured, which is a key measure of the Affordable Care Act's success in reducing the number of uninsured Americans.

At the end of February, young adults made up about 25 percent of sign-ups, but that number was always expected to improve in March, thanks to the enrollment deadline. Getting young, healthy people into the system is critical to offsetting the costs of guaranteeing coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.