Washington DC (KELO-AM) Only 58 people from South Dakota signed up for health insurance during the first 30 days of the Obama Administration's online marketplace. South Dakota had the third fewest sign-ups behind Alaska and North Dakota. The U.S. government said on Wednesday that 106,185 people signed up for health coverage nationally during the first month of the troubled roll-out.
South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune says 58 sign-ups in the state is a miniscule number compared to the thousands in South Dakota who are losing their current care. He says the president and Senate Democrats need to keep their promise that Americans who want to can keep the care they have.
The Obama administration had signaled enrollment would be very low in October because of technical failures that have hobbled the HealthCare.gov website used for signing people up in 36 states. But the reported figures show how far the White House has to go to build a new individual market of millions of consumers in 2014 to keep the healthcare program financially viable.