HHS Secretary on Obamacare Supreme Court Case: ‘We Have the Right Position’

Burwell announced that approximately 3.4 million users selected plans on the Obamacare federal health insurance marketplace through Dec. 15. In total, 1.8 million renewed their coverage and 1.6 million signed up for the first time. Through Dec. 19, nearly 6.4 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in their current plan or one with similar benefits.

“While we have more to do we’re moving in the right direction. Working together, we’re expanding access. We’re delivering affordable choices to consumers,” Burwell said.

“The numbers and the stories show that this law is working and families and businesses and taxpayers are better off as a result, and that’s really what it’s all about,” she added.

The open enrollment period concludes on Feb. 15. Burwell said HHS wants to make sure people are getting the financial assistance they “need and deserve.”

“We emphasized very strongly, and tried to communicate with people in a very strong way, about coming in and so most people received anywhere from 3-10 touches depending on where you were, what you were doing, what access we had, so we were deeply focused on that,” she said.