Drastic increase in ACA signups signals growing acceptance


Despite the Affordable Care Act's shaky initial rollout and plenty of problems along the way, more Americans are accepting the reform, as sign-ups performed through benefits exchanges are approaching the eight-figure mark.

Total signups for healthcare coverage provided under the auspices of the ACA recently surpassed 8 million, according to Reuters. As the general deadline for coverage has now passed, the number of enrollees for the rest of the year will likely be limited. However, plenty of special circumstances, like leaving or changing jobs, will allow some people to obtain coverage during the rest of 2014.

Another important marker for the ACA is that the number of people under the age of 35 signing up for coverage has reached a significant threshold. In all, 35 percent of program users are in this younger age bracket, which Reuters points out is necessary for the overall costs of healthcare management. These users will help pay for the care of older people who've signed up, who typically have more health problems and whose insurance plans cost more money.

The Associated Press says the total number of signups is also good news for the long-term health of the program; the 8 million total enrollees exceeded projections by roughly 1 million people. Considering the major problems associated with the program's launch, it's encouraging to see the increase in enrollment since the major disruptions in the early stages of the process.

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