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Numbers We’d Rather Be Talking About
The Health Care Blog

You’ll be hearing a lot about the number six point five million over the next few days. Six point five million – or whatever the exact number turns out to be at the end of the day – being the number of people that the administration say signed up for Obamacare through the exchanges when open enrollment ends March 31st. The bloviation factor will be in full effect. The critics will be downplaying the administration’s number, ACA supporters defending it. Data geeks turned media stars will explain what it all means. Here’s a guide to the numbers that are going to matter. We’ll be talking about them in the months to come.