The Obama administration announced new Obamacare numbers showing that they’ll need to sign up a whopping 1.8 million people in March to meet even their pared-down goals.
A total of 4.2 million people have selected a plan on Obamacare exchanges nationwide so far, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Obama administration has already given up meeting its original 7 million-strong enrollment goal, but the new numbers suggest it may not reach its lowered 6 million enrollment target either.
The pace of enrollment fell far in February, with 942,833 people selecting plans, down from 1,146,071 sign-ups in January. But the Obama administration had predicted that rate of enrollment would grow monthly — though HHS estimated they’d see just over one million sign-ups in January, they hoped for almost 1.3 million in February.
At this rate, it’s not likely that they’ll be able to bring in over 1.8 million in one month to meet even their diminished goal.
It seems the Obama administration is already preparing to fall short. When speaking with reporters, a spokesman for Obamacare administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reportedly refused to say whether the administration expects to meet the lowered million target.