State estimations for Obamacare insurance exchange enrollments

Published: Sunday, Oct. 20 2013 10:35 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
The health insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul went online on Oct. 1, with some states rolling out their own versions and other states relying on the federal government's portal, healthcare.gov, to help citizens find their now-mandatory insurance coverage.

Some state websites experienced glitches during the rollout, with Rhode Island's site crashing, Hawaii's site having to be taken offline for a time and California's site being overloaded and taken out of service overnight, for example.

However, technical problems with the federal government's website — attributed first to heavy traffic, and later to more structural issues like a lack of testing — have kept individuals in 36 states across the U.S. from enrolling.

Uninsured Americans have until Dec. 14 to enroll for plans that start on Jan. 1, and open enrollment runs through March 31. The March 31 deadline has been challenged, however, with the Jackson Hewitt tax preparation company pointing out that the real health care deadline falls more around Feb. 14 due to processing time, The Associated Press reported on Oct. 10.

According to an Oct. 20 Associated Press article, 476,000 health care applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, but administration officials have not released any actual insurance enrollment numbers.

Here's a look at the 50 states, the types of exchanges they are using (state, federal or partner) and rough estimates of enrollment figures according to various media reports.
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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

With California at 6.6 million, Texas at 5.7 million and Florida at 3.8 million uninsured, it is pretty easy to see how illegal immigration has become an albatross around the neck of nation when it comes to other taxpayers and insured individuals paying for the health care costs of uninsured persons. Surely the US Congress has been less than responsible for allowing this dilemma to occur with over 15 million in just three states, yet they are the states with the largest numbers of illegals in them. What part of this issue don't the congresspersons understand?

techpubs
Sioux City, IA

You will note that most of these States that are using or combining with the Federal plan are only anticipating 1/6 of those eligible to sign up prior to the deadline. A rate that if unchanged would require another 30 months after the deadline to get 100% participation.

freedom in 2017
paradise, UT

and this is considered obama's hallmark legislation? like everything else barry touches, this is just another one of the community organizer's disasters

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Those who do sign up will most likely be the ones getting the subsidies (welfare) to pay for the insurance, not the young people who really don't need insurance but are required to buy it in order to make the numbers work.

In reality this will cost more, provide lower quality and harder to get health care with nearly as many uninsured, but at a staggering cost. The losses and tribulations from identity theft stemming from the incompetently designed sign up system will be outrageous.

This entire scheme is designed to fail so that outraged voters will demand "single payer government run" health care as an attractive looking alternative to the mess we have gotten ourselves in.

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee recognize the absurd problems with Obamacare and should be remembered by history as the visionary and bold leaders who tried to prevent this disaster from taking place.

Obamacare will make you sick when you find out what is really in it!

Kaladin
Greeley, CO

Some interesting correlations between demographics and uninsured

Anti-UnAmerican
Fargo, ND

Has obummer and congress signed up yet? I will think about it when all of our leaders are signed up and DO NOT get subsidies.

techpubs
Sioux City, IA

Even though they are exempt from this because the Federal Gov't already takes care of their Health Care many Native Americans are being urged to sign up for the ACA. The reason is that it will supposedly give them better coverage than what they are getting now.
So if they haven't been getting good care for decades how can we expect any better care when the Gov't finally takes over the whole system?

freedom in 2017
paradise, UT

reservation saying "don't get sick after March because funding is gone". American Indian Health is horrible and remember there are only 3.5 MM indians, not 350 MM

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