According to a government report released Thursday, small-business enrollment in Obamacare has “fallen well short of expectations.” The Washington Post,
The Government Accountability Office cobbled together enrollment totals for the online small-business exchanges, commonly called SHOP exchanges, in states that built their own health insurance portals. Most states defaulted to a federally operated small-business marketplace — a complementary site to the more widely known individual exchange, both of which are slated to relaunch this weekend.
During the first eight months, fewer than 12,000 small businesses signed up for plans through exchanges in the 18 states that built their own marketplaces, GAO found. Collectively, those companies enrolled about 78,000 workers.
While the Obama administration did not set SHOP-specific goals, the federal watchdog said that’s “significantly lower than expected.”