First the spin. From Politico.com, as you would expect.
The Obamacare rollout is changing in front of our eyes — turning from a running joke into one big shoulder shrug.
And that’s good news for the White House, because at this point, even basic competence is good news.
That’s the lesson of the new enrollment numbers the administration released Monday, which showed that more than 3 million people signed up for private health coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law by the end of January. It’s behind the original expectations, but way ahead of the disaster scenarios that had looked possible during the worst months of the troubled rollout last fall.
Right. Except the low numbers mean it is heading for disaster unless the insurance companies are bailed out as planned by more debt and more taxes. And the situation is worse than the regime media wants to admit. Thus, CNS News reports,
While states are having varying success getting people to sign up, January marked the first time since new health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target was met.
The administration said Wednesday about 1 million people signed up for private insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law in January, extending a turnaround from early days when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers.
An Associated Press analysis found that most states are still lagging when it comes to sign-ups under the health care law, and their success in getting those sign-ups could help determine if the White House reaches its unofficial goal of having 7 million signed up by the end of March. Nearly 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.
But it is not just the states that are lagging. Despite the Administration’s claim that January’s sign-ups are “extending a turnaround” the numbers are over a half-million lower than December’s numbers—a 29-percent reduction. The Weekly Standard notes,
Yet this underestimates the true extent of enrollment dropoffs. The HHS reporting period for December was four weeks, beginning on 12/1 and ending on 12/28. The reporting period for January was five weeks, beginning on 12/29 and ending on 2/1. This suggests that in December, enrollments averaged 447,000 per week, compared to 229,000 in January, or a 49 percent drop-off in new enrollees.
This would indicate that, as I suspected, interest in Obamacare has peaked.