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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Increases, But Is It Meeting White House Hopes?

Enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act have risen significantly during the month of November, but are still below the numbers that the White House was hoping to see. Approximately 100,000 people signed up for health insurance last month through the online federal exchange, which was a four-fold increase compared to October. However, the White House reportedly hoped to have 800,000 people signed on for ObamaCare by the end of November.

The administration said they expected the bulk of Affordable Care Act members to sign up in the next few months before the enrollment period closes next year on March 31. Rollout issues and website glitches plagued the opening of ObamaCare, but President Obama said his administration has been actively working to fix the issues related to this.

The White House said their self-imposed deadline to fix all technical glitches for the website was met and that the site, healthcare.gov, is working smoothly for most users. The bulk of the last two months have been spent addressing front-end problems for the website related to enrollment, but will now focus on transmitting data to ensurers on the back end.

The website would initially falter or produce error messages with 1,100 users on the site, prompting the White House to even initially suggest that people not enroll all at once. However, the site can now handle 50,000 users on the site at any given time. Error message rates for the front end are also now at just 1 percent, compared with 6 percent in October.

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