ObamaCare Sign-Ups Climb to 8.5 Million

ObamaCare sign-ups have climbed to just over 8.5 million people, according to new data released by the administration on Wednesday.

The number ticked up from the roughly 8.3 million who had signed up when the administration last released an update last week.

While the weekly numbers climb, the administration on Wednesday emphasized that 60 percent of existing ObamaCare customers who are re-enrolling for the new year actively selected new heath insurance plans rather than being automatically enrolled.

The administration encourages people to actively select a plan so that they can shop for the best or deal, which is one way to counteract rising premiums.