|By Philip Klein; Philip Klein, Senior Writer|
Just 24 percent of Americans signing up for coverage under
In a new report, HHS said that through
Leading up to the launch of the exchanges
In December, a report from the
In a conference call held earlier Monday and embargoed for release at
Along with other officials on the call, Delew emphasized that the administration expected younger people with lower medical costs to sign up later in the process. The open enrollment period lasts until
Though there's a plausible case to be made that younger Americans will wait until later to sign up, the administration is still in a deep hole. Because the current number of young adult signups is significantly less than 40 percent, to make up ground, signups in the coming months will have to be significantly higher than 40 percent.
As an example, let's just say all of the roughly 2.2 million Americans whom HHS says have signed up for insurance pay their premiums and complete enrollment, and the total paid enrollment number through March ends up being 5 million people. To meet the original demographic goal, about 1.4 million of the remaining 2.8 million enrollees -- or roughly half -- would have to be between the ages of 18 and 34.
That said, ultimately, it isn't the overall national figure that matters. What's important is that the law creates functioning exchanges in all 50 states, plus the
It's worth stipulating that age is only a rough approximation of the health status of the overall risk pool, as it's possible to have young and sick enrollees or older and healthier enrollees.