According to new enrollment numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services, more people enrolled in Obamacare in January that the government projected. A total of 3.3 million people have enrolled in Obamacare through February 1, and 1.149 million of those enrollments happened in January. The projections the Obama administration passed out in September — the one that expected half a million sign-ups in October — estimated 1.059 million people would sign up. So, for the first time in its rocky enrollment history, the exchanges have exceeded expectations. Not enough to make up for its disastrous October and November, but enough to further confirm the importance of working technology.
The new numbers have also revived an old and corny tradition among people who care about things like whether Obamacare is meeting it's monthly enrollment goals — #healthpolicyvalentines.
Much like Obamacare enrollment, my love for you increased 53 percent in January. #healthpolicyvalentines— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) February 12, 2014
As Sarah Kliff at The Washington Post points out, this month's numbers are also less than the 1.8 million who signed up in December. Policy experts and health officials predicted a drop off given that there was no January deadline. That's also why the administration was glad to see decent numbers midway through January.