Obama administration officials noted on the health-care law conference call, announcing 106,000 sign ups for the Affordable Care Act that they are ahead of the sign-up pace when Massachusetts' law went live.
So what are they referring to?
For context, the Washington Post reported that just 123 people signed up in the first month of the Massachusetts law being available for subsidized plans, which turned out to be 0.3% of the total first-year enrollment.
The 106,000 total sign ups would be 1.5% of the Congressional Budget Office's projected seven-million figure.
The 27,000 signed up through the federal exchange at HealthCare.gov represent 0.3% of seven million. It is lower than expectations and is a drag on the overall total, especially considering the majority of states did not set up their own exchanges, but the administration is arguing the overall figure is ahead of the Massachusetts pace.
The Washington Post also noted (with a month-to-month chart from the New England Journal of Medicine added in): "Massachusetts eventually saw a really big spike in enrollment right before the individual mandate kicked in."
In fact, 20% of all enrollees (36,000 total in the state's first year) signed up in the last month before the mandate was issued.
In addition, Health and Human Services announced another 400,000 (396,261) were determined eligible for the Medicaid expansion nationally, which would be 4.4% of the administration's goal of nine million enrollments in 2014.Washington Post's fact check
First published November 13 2013, 1:50 PM