The Obama Administration's prediction that people would shop for insurance at the last minute is proving true in state after state.
Washington State, of the 65,000 people who've bought private insurance
through Obamacare so far, 20,000 of those enrolled last weekend. In
Kentucky, enrollments rose by 5,000 in the last week. Connecticut
enrolled 6,700 on Monday alone.
In California, an unprecedented 100,000 customers have signed up since Friday.
"There was a huge surge," said Peter Lee, the Executive Director of Covered California, the state-run health care marketplace.
think the fact that in four days we had over 100,000 people enroll --
as many as enrolled in 2 months -- shows not just that people are
getting the message, but that they're spreading the message. They're
telling friends and family members, which I think is going to carry into
January February and March."
The last minute spike in enrollments now puts pressure on
insurance companies to process hundreds of thousands of new customers in
a very short time.
Karen Defnall, who runs a
daycare in central Virginia, said she thought she enrolled last week,
but has no confirmation from the insurance plan. She said she's now
concerned she won't have proof of insurance when her coverage is
supposed to begin next week.
"What if a need comes up? What if
January 2, I have an injury and I have to go to the hospital? They're
going to ask for insurance verification, and I don't have anything to
give them," she told CBS News.
"Will I be denied coverage? Will I be denied access?"
surge of late signups is good for those patients who finally have
insurance, but it is likely that the first few weeks of Obamacare will
be confusing. Some patients who think they have insurance may not get
insurance cards on time, and they're afraid they might fall through the