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Survey: Only 21 Percent of Obamacare Exchange Visitors Enrolled

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Monday, 04 Nov 2013 02:42 PM

By Dan Weil

Just 21 percent of adults who visited the insurance exchanges for Obamacare during October actually signed up for a plan, according to a survey from The Commonwealth Fund.

And not very many people even looked into the exchanges. Only 17 percent of adults eligible for Obamacare said they visited an exchange to search for a plan.

And the Obama administration appears to be making little progress in its effort to attract young people to sign up for insurance under Obamacare. A paltry 21 percent of adults visiting the exchange websites were between the ages of 19 and 29.

The poll surveyed 682 adults Oct. 9-27.

A mere six people signed up for Obamacare on Oct. 1, the first day that the website for the exchanges — HealthCare.gov — went live. Enrollment was up to a whopping 248 the next day.

The Obama administration reported Oct. 25 that 700,000 people had applied for insurance coverage.

To be sure, the number of applications filed for Obamacare insurance as of Oct. 25 "exceeded comparable enrollment in the [George W. Bush administration's] Medicare Part D drug benefit over the same time period during each program’s launch," according to Avalere Health, a health policy research firm.

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