Surprise! Enrollments Through HealthCare.gov Fall Drastically Below Obama Adminstration's Expectations

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal  reported that since its launch on October 1, fewer than 50,000 people have enrolled in private health insurance plans through healthcare.gov. The WSJ noted:

The figure is a fraction of the Obama administration's target of 500,000 enrollees for October. The early tally for the HealthCare.gov site, which launched Oct. 1, worries health insurers that are counting on higher enrollment to make their plans profitable.
Technology problems and design flaws have blocked many users from completing insurance applications or even creating accounts to use the site, which serves consumers in the 36 states where the federal government oversees the new health-insurance exchanges…
The administration had estimated that nearly 500,000 people would enroll in October, according to internal memos cited last week by Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.). An estimated seven million people nationwide were expected to gain private coverage by the end of March, when the open-enrollment period is set to end.
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Additionally, according to the WSJ ,   approximately 49,000 people have enrolled in private health insurance plans in states running their own exchanges.

The Obama Administration has not confirmed these figures and has not decided whether it will release the demographic data of healthcare.gov enrollees. However, if the Obama Administration does not release such demographic data, the silence will signal that young, healthy Americans (on whose participation the program depends) are not enrolling in private insurance plans.