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Numbers offer complicated story of 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:
OBAMACARE, BY ANOTHER NAME, SMELLS SWEETER
81: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of the Affordable Care Act, according to December poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics.
58: Percentage of young Democrats who approve of "Obamacare," which is the same thing.
PROBLEM SOLVED? NOT ENTIRELY.
55 million: Estimated number of uninsured in America.
31 million: Remaining number of uninsured in America in 2016, when most of the law's provisions have taken hold, according to federal projections.
89: Percentage of all residents expected to have health insurance in 2016.
91: Percentage of all residents, excluding people living in the country illegally, expected to have health insurance in 2016.
14: States that set up their own health insurance exchanges. District of Columbia also has its own exchange.
36: States that refused, leaving the federal government to do it.
WHO'S IN? PART TWO.
25: States that are expanding Medicaid to more people under the health care law, along with the District of Columbia.