Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Early Sign-Ups For Health Care Law Are Steady, But No Surge

Early Sign-Ups For Health Care Law Are Steady, But No Surge

A little more than 1 million people renewed health coverage or signed up for the first time through HealthCare.gov around the start of open enrollment, which coincided with a GOP election sweep that's likely to scramble President Barack Obama's signature law.

The figures released Wednesday by the Obama administration represent steady sign-ups but no enrollment surge.

The overall number is fairly comparable to early sign-ups last year, but the share of new customers is down. They accounted for 24 percent of the total so far this year, compared with 34 percent in the first two weeks of last year's open enrollment season. Nearly 1.1 million people had enrolled last year by...

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