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45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10% Of O-Care Goals

From National Review:

45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10% of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare

By Jim Geraghty | December 17, 2013

Check out that runaway Obamacare enrollment over on EnrollMaven.com!

In Arkansas, its up to 1,404! Well along the way to the state’s goal of 51,000 paid enrollees by the end of March. In Delaware, it’s up to 793! The state’s goal is 35,000.

In New Hampshire, they hit 1,569. Getting close to that goal of 19,000! In West Virginia, it’s up to 775! They’ll hit their goal of 24,000 in no time!

In Hawaii, all the way up to 444! That goal of 9,000 is in sight! In Colorado they’re up to 9,980… with a goal of 92,000…

Oregon’s at 44, with a state goal of 237,000; Washington’s at 17,780… with a goal of 340,000. Illinois [is] at 7,043… out of a goal of 143,000.

Even Kentucky, often cited as one of Obamacare’s shining success stories, is at 20,951… about 10 percent of the way to their goal of 220,000 enrolled.

All of those “M” states with their own state exchanges, ambitious Democratic governors and deep blue state legislatures — surely, they must be enrolling at a better pace, right?

Eh, not really. Maryland’s at 3,758, with the goal of 150,000 far from sight. Massachusetts is at 1,700, even further from their state goal of 250,000 paid enrollees. Minnesota has hit 4,478…  out of a goal of 67,000. Still trying to hit 10 percent.

Note all of the above states have Democratic governors. The Obamacare fan’s usual dodge or whine that the rollout is impeded by uncooperative Republican governors does not apply in any of those states; the difficulties in these states indicate that the problems with the program do not stem from insufficient enthusiasm from GOP lawmakers…

States with Republican governors are faring no better, of course.

In Iowa, they’re at 757! Well short of the goal of 41,000 enrolled. In Maine, they’re up to 1,747. Closing in on that goal of 23,000! An overwhelming 398 in Alaska! Look out, enrollment goal of 20,000!

Let’s make this simpler. The only states that have reached 10 percent of their enrollment goals are California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island; Kentucky is close.

Also bear in mind that 14 states (and DC) have their own exchanges. So the federal website’s ‘glitches’ can’t even be blamed. But there’s still plenty of time left.

By the way, as they point out over at EnrollMaven.com: "the estimate includes people who have selected a plan but not yet paid in jurisdictions which count such people as enrolled." in other words, these numbers are probably two times the number of people who will actually buy insurance. Since the going rate is only half of those who select a plan actually end up paying for it.

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