What the Numbers Say About Obama’s Health Care Law


WASHINGTON — The government churns out tons of numbers, but here’s one you won’t see: 0.0002. That’s the percentage of estimated online visitors to HealthCare.gov who actually signed up for coverage the first day.

Altogether, that’s six people out of just over 3 million.

Not all the figures associated with the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law are so ridiculously dreary. Three million tells a happier tale, too. That’s how many young adults have been able to get coverage under their parents’ plan thanks to the law’s rule that people up to age 26 can do so.

A look at the heath care law’s early going, by the numbers:

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