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HealthCare.gov enrollment falls short of target: Report

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 5:47 PM ET
Obama administration under pressure on enrollments
Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 4:00 PM ET
CNBC's Dan Mangan says a Wall Street Journal story on HealthCare.gov enrollments running well short of their target indicates the Obama administration is going to have to find ways to make up the shortfall or risk higher rates for those who do enroll.

Fewer than 50,000 people have been able to successfully enroll into HealthCare.gov since the troubled Obamacare site's Oct. 1 launch, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The early forecast falls short of goals set by the president's administration. The low number also has worried health insurers who are counting on higher turnout.

Marilyn Tavenner, the federal health official directly responsible for the online marketplace, told a congressional panel last week that the Department of Health and Human Services would release enrollment figures this week.

To read the full Dow Jones story, click here.

When the department does release figures, it will count both people who have purchased a plan along with those who selection remains unpaid in their online shopping carts, the Washington Post reported Monday.

To read more about this expansive definition, check out the full Washington Post story.

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