More than 7 Million Enroll in Healthcare Plan

Last minute surge on healthcare.gov.

The Obama Administration says more than 7 million people enrolled in the new federal health insurance exchange by the March 31 midnight deadline.

But it's going to be days, if not weeks, before we know how many who signed up actually were uninsured--as opposed to just swapping health plans--and how many were young and healthy.

In our region, JC Blair Health System offered people help enrolling, but said most of those who requested it  were older.

However, President Obama clearly regards the numbers a victory. Speaking  late Tuesday afternoon, he said "the bottom line is this: under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of healthcare costs is down, and that's good for our middle class and that's good for our fiscal future."
As of March 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 160,000 people in Pennsylvania had signed up, but no new numbers have been released since then.

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