Wonkbook: Obamacare still short of its enrollment targets

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Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 942,000 and 4.2 million. That’s the number of people who picked a health care plan through the Obamacare exchanges in February and in all months, respectively.

Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: Obamacare enrollment is still at 75 percent of the projected level.

Wonkbook’s Top 5 Stories: (1) New Obamacare enrollment data; (2) first NSA, now CIA; (3) GM recall investigations ramp up; (4) Democrats keep up populist push; and (5) deal reached on housing reform.

1. Top story: Does Obamacare have a young-adult enrollment problem?

Enrollment pace slows in February; young-adult enrollment didn’t change. “The pace at which Americans signed up for health plans slowed last month in the fledgling federal and state insurance marketplaces, according to new government figures showing that slightly fewer than 1 million people enrolled in February. The Obama administration said 943,000 Americans selected health plans, compared to 1.2 million in January. Overall, enrollment stood at 4.2 million as of the end of last month. Contrary to the Obama administration’s expectations, fewer people chose health plans last month than in either January or December. Contrary to the Obama administration’s expectations, fewer people chose health plans last month than in either January or December. And the proportion of young adults — a critical demographic if the marketplaces are to function well — did not increase compared with January. The enrollment tallies suggest that administration officials and their allies, who have undertaken a blitz of outreach activities, face a significant challenge in reaching their enrollment goals by March 31, the end of the initial six-month sign-up period.” Sandhya Somashekhar and Amy Goldstein in The Washington Post.

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