More than 68,000 people have signed up for Obamacare during an extra enrollment period tacked on two months ago – a tiny fraction of the estimated 6 million who face a higher fine for going without coverage, The Hill reports.
There’s still 10 more days to buy insurance through the federal marketplace
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to avoid next year’s $325 penalty.
The Obama administration announced in February it would give people a second chance to buy coverage if they learned about the penalty for the first time while paying their taxes.
While officials had not said how many people they expected to sign up during the special enrollment period, the latest tally is a far cry from the Obama administration’s previous estimates that as many as 6 million could pay a penalty.