Online shopping cart Technical issues faced on the initial day of enrollment may have prevented as many as 100,000 people from enrolling in a health care plan. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Perhaps everyone’s just too busy watching the impeachment hearings unfold, or they’re getting an early start on their Christmas shopping. Or maybe it’s the repeal of the individual mandate. Whatever the reason, signups for individual health insurance plans on are down 20 percent over last year.

After the first two weeks of enrollment, numbers are down 240,000 from last year. Week 2 saw 754,967 enrollees, for a running total of 932,049. Last year’s two-week total was 1,176,232.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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