Falling far short of expectations, only 106,185 people chose a health insurance plan using the federal and state-run websites in its first month, the Obama administration announced today.
Of those, only 26,794 signed up using the federally run Healthcare.gov website, which has been plagued with technical problems. And an additional 79,391 chose insurance through state-run exchanges.
Those numbers include people who selected a plan, but might not have yet paid their first month's premium, the administration said.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services report, this total represents 1.5 percent of the estimated number of enrollees that should sign up for health insurance using the websites by the March 31 deadline.