Washington on Tuesday revealed its Obamacare enrollment numbers—just not the Washington you're thinking of.
Washington state finally released enrollment statistics from the health insurance marketplace it has been operating for a week, as did several other states, including New York and California, which revealed that tens of thousands of people have enrolled in their exchanges.
Even as they made those announcements, the federal government continued its silence about enrollment levels on its technologically hobbled marketplace.
"Fully enrolled? I can't tell you because I don't know," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday night, when "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart asked how many people had signed up for a plan on the federal government's Healthcare.gov site.
Sebelius' department, whose exchange is handling enrollments for residents of the 36 states not running their own exchanges, didn't add much beyond that Tuesday.
Enrollment levels are of keen interest to Obamacare advocates—and critics—because they are a key measure of whether the health-care reform law is seen as working as designed or falling short. The federal government has said it expects about 7 million of the 30 million uninsured to enroll for coverage for 2014, the first year most Americans must have health insurance or face a tax penalty.
If the marketplaces, or exchanges, don't sign up enough younger, healthier people in the menu of plans being offered, premiums in those plans may rise beyond levels which are considered affordable for most people.
(Read more: HHS Sec. Sebelius grilled on "Daily Show")