In the first year that Obamacare made health insurance available and affordable, the number of individuals who had health insurance rose by 46 percent, from 10.6 million in 2013 to 15.5 million in 2014. And about 43 percent of that growth came from individuals purchasing coverage through an exchange.

That's the conclusion of a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of data submitted by insurers to regulators. While Kaiser acknowledges that the 43 percent is an estimate, it notes that it used a formula that compares overall growth with numbers of the newly insured released by the federal government.

When viewed state by state, it becomes clear that marketplace insurance is working very well in some states, and not well at all in at least two.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.