Obamacare Enrollment Results Will Come Down to the Wire

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

It will go down to the wire but the latest numbers indicate Obamacare may sign-up 7 million people by the March deadline originally pushed by the Obama administration. Of course, they've already decided to move the finish line closer. 

The most recent numbers are promising: senior administration officials tell the Huffington Post that over 4 million people have enrolled in an Obamacare program. Since the end of January, 700,000 people signed up for the service. Speaking to Obama for America volunteers Tuesday evening, President Obama confirmed the latest numbers. “We now have more than 4 million Americans who have signed up for quality, affordably health insurance," he said

That puts the 7 million goal originally championed by the administration within spitting distance with five weeks to go before the end of March deadline. That would only happen in a perfect scenario, though. In truth, health care officials will more than likely fall short of 7 million enrollments, which is why Kathleen Sebeliustried to adjust the finish line to a more realistic "five to six" million Tuesday on Huff Post Live. "First of all, 7 million was not the administration,” Sebelius said. “That was a CBO, Congressional Budget Office prediction when the bill was first signed. I’m not quite sure where they even got their number. Their number’s all over the board, and you know, the vice president has looked and said it may be closer to 5 to 6.” That's much closer to reality. 

Read more at The Wire.

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