At one point during the first signup period for the Affordable Care Act, Congressional Republicans predicted that, yes...millions of Americans would sign up for affordable Insurance plans, but how many would actually pay for them?
Well, we now have a number:
As of mid-August, 7.3 million Americans were enrolled in an insurance policy on the Obamacare exchanges and had paid their premiums, according to the Obama administration.
Marilyn Tavenner, the chief of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which operates Obamacare, announced the figures on Thursday.
"As of August 15, this year, we have 7.3 million Americans enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage and these are individuals who paid their premiums," she said in a statement. "We are encouraged by the number of consumers who paid their premiums and continue to enroll in the Marketplace coverage everyday through special enrollment periods."
The Congressional Budget Office had originally set an estimate of signing up 7 million people by the time the open enrollment period ended in March. After the bungled launch of HealthCare.gov last fall, the CBO revised that figure downward to 6 million. Today's new enrollment data means the total number of paid enrollees has now exceeded both of those original mile markers.