Andrew Slavitt, acting administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, "said that since Nov. 9, the day after Republicans secured control of the White House and both houses of Congress, the federal marketplace has received 8,000 telephone calls from people wanting to know how the election would affect their insurance coverage," Robert Pear reports for The New York Times. Slavitt said the number of people enrolling “shows that health insurance is something people want and need.”
The Obama administration's comparisons with last year need a caveat. While 39 states use the health care website, Kentucky dismantled its state-based exchange, branded Kynect, forcing residents to only be able to enroll at HealthCare.gov. More than 100,000 Kentuckians had signed up for health insurance on Kynect, reports Kentucky Health News, a sister publication of The Rural Blog.