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Tuesday
Nov122013

Report: Fewer than 50,000 Enrolled with HealthCare.gov in October

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Obama administration's online health care website has fallen woefully short of its targeted goal of enrolling half a million people in October, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Monday night.

While Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to release the numbers this week, the Journal quotes two sources as saying that under 50,000 Americans have managed to sign up for a health insurance plan designed for those currently without medical coverage.

The myriad of failures and glitches of the HealthCare.gov website that have turned off users makes insurers anxious, since they're depending on a huge enrollment in order to turn a profit.

During the first 24 days of the launch, the administration estimated that 700,000 applications were filled out, which is just the first step before actually enrolling in a plan.

That figure encompasses all 50 states that use either federal or state-run sites.

In spite of all the problems with the website, which Sebelius promised would be corrected by the end of November, the administration expects the number of enrollees will grow considerably, using the 2007 Massachusetts health care law's success as an example.

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