Maybe there wasn't a lot of sizzle in this latest Obamacare "surge."
The third season of open enrollment in Obamacare health plans ended quietly Sunday in much of the United States. And in contrast to the first two seasons, federal officials were not crowing Monday about the numbers of people who signed up in the final week.
The marked lack of celebration came as an insurance industry analyst said he believes "the big last-minute surge" in Obamacare plans "did not happen" as had been expected.
That would be in sharp contrast to the first two years when very large crowds of people rushed to beat the final deadline for obtaining health coverage and avoid owing a fine.
And if the final surge of Obamacare sign-ups wasn't that big this time around, it could make it harder for overall enrollment to get significantly higher than the final tally for 2015. As of last week, at least 11.6 million people had signed up for plans, with a week left before the deadline. That compares to almost 11.7 million people who had signed up nationally by the close of open enrollment last year.