The president’s administration reported earlier in the day that more than 1.1 million of Americans signed for Obamacare on its official website from October 1 to December 31.
The vast majority of those who enrolled for Obama’s signature health care coverage – 975,000 – applied for it in December, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post.
She went on, adding that this is “a welcome surge in enrollment” due in part to improvements in the notoriously glitch-plagued website healthcare.gov.
However, it’s unknown how many people who visited the site were unable to get enrolled in the coverage – a problem shared by millions across the country.
According to previous reports, on December 23 alone, the site was visited by nearly 2 million viewers and the call center received more than 250,000 calls, officials said.
Nevertheless, the Obama administration notes that the 1.1 million enrollments do not include individuals who signed up for insurance through the state-run marketplaces. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia operate their own exchanges.
“Several states also reported a surge in enrollment. California, for example, saw 77,000 people pick a plan in the last days before the deadline,” CNN reports.
“It also does not include a flood of new enrollees for Medicaid. As of November 30, more than 800,000 were found eligible for the insurance program for the poor,” the news agency adds.
A few days ago the president’s administration said that it confident all the malfunctions that hit Obamacare website are in the past now.
According to the White House officials, “nearly two million” people visited the resouce on Dec. 23, with a peak moment of concurrent usage by 83,000 people at approximately noon, reports The Huffington Post.
Both numbers have eclipsed administration officials’ predictions after the site’s much-heralded tech upgrade concluded Dec. 1. Then officials claimed that the Obamacare site was capable of handling 50,000 visitors at once and 800,000 over the course of a day.
The website’s queuing system was expected to collapse on Dec. 23 because of the overwhelming lines of Americans who wanted to get enrolled to the medical insurance coverage. But the queuing system worked well.
The average wait time was less than 10 minutes, shows the data provided, and users were warned by an email to let them know when the site had become less crowded.
Given the large number of those who wanted to register for the coverage before the very deadline, the president’s administration had sneaked in an extra 24-hour buffer, giving people one more possibility to register – until midnight Tuesday night.
“Anticipating high demand and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who select a plan through tomorrow will get coverage for Jan 1,” Bataille said.
“If you want insurance starting January 1 you should sign up today, but if you have trouble due to high demand, we will make sure we help you get signed up.”