California's health insurance exchange, Covered California, represents one of the lone bright spots in the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act's online health-care marketplaces.
As of last week, California led all states' health-care exchanges at 79,891 enrollments, a 126 percent jump from the previous month, according to data from the state exchanges. The state also led the state exchanges last month, which have operated largely without the same problems as the federal website—HealthCare.gov.
"California is a state showing that it can work," said Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, during an interview Tuesday on "Squawk on the Street." "Now we aren't ready to declare success, but we are ready to say, 'it can work if a state gets behind reform.'"