More than two months after Obamacare's dismal debut, the number of Americans using the system is starting to grow: Nearly 1.2 million people are on track to have health coverage in place next year from the law's health insurance exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
From Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, almost 365,000 people enrolled into private health insurance via the federal and state marketplaces and more than 803,000 were deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to the department. This however falls somewhat short of the initial administration target which was to have 7 million Americans under private insurance and 9 million under Medicaid by March 31st 2014.
The pace of sign-ups accelerated in November after the Obama administration worked to solve technical problems with healthcare.gov. Officials say there has been an even bigger increase in traffic in recent weeks.
This past weekend the Obama administration released a report detailing the status of healthcare.gov, and added that they had met their goal of improving the health insurance marketplace but also acknowledged the extensive work still left to do to improve the website that had marred the launch of the Affordable Care Act.
More than 400 of the 600 fixes on the administration's checklist of repairs have been made, and system response time has fallen from eight seconds to less than one second: