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Biden Doesn’t Expect 7 Million Exchange Sign-Ups

“We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that’s a hell of a start”

While the website is now working, it is growing increasingly clear the Obama administration will not hit its goal of having 7 million people sign up on the exchanges this year. Vice President Joe Biden admitted that will likely be unattainable. From Reuter:

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged on Wednesday that it will be hard to reach the target on the number of people signing up for health insurance by a looming March 31 deadline for Obamacare enrollment. […]

“We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said, according to a pool report of his meeting.

It will be interesting to see if this is a problem getting things started or a systematic issue with the law. If the problem was simply the bad rollout we should see higher than expect sign-ups next year, and in a year or two everything will be back on track. Low first-year enrollment will only be a glitch.

On the other hand, if the reason more people aren’t signing up now is because they don’t see the exchanges as a good deal in the long term, the law could end up covering noticeably fewer than planned long term.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at