Data released from the government on Monday shows that both federal and state-based Obamacare exchanges have hit about 65 percent of their cumulative targets. Still low — and still mostly older, less healthy enrollees — but at least people can sign up.
The New York Times published a table with the most recent data from the states. Overall, about 2.15 million people have enrolled for private plans, with another 1.58 million signing up under Medicaid. According to the Times, 80 percent of those selecting private plans are eligible for subsidies.
Enrollment in private plans, by state
That 2.15 million figure is pretty far from the 7 million the administration wants to see by March 31. Of more concern, particularly to insurers, is that those who've signed up are older than hoped. This, too, was predicted; it's older, less healthy people who wanted new policies more urgently. The individual mandate of Obamacare is meant to compel those who see less urgency in enrolling to do so.
Percent of private enrollees who are 18 to 34 years old
As The Washington Post notes, the slow rate of enrollment by young people mirrors what Massachusetts saw when it unveiled its similar health care program.