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Only 106,185 people selected an Obamacare health insurance plan nationally in the first month of sales, federal officials announced Wednesday.
And just 26,794 of those people went through the technologically troubled HealthCare.gov site, the federally run marketplace that is selling privately issued insurance to individuals in the 36 states not operating their own health exchanges.
Another 396,261 have been ruled eligible for health coverage under Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, the government-run programs.
The numbers in private Obamacare insurance were lower - much lower - than the 500,000 people federal officials had estimated in October would enroll nationally after the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act-mandated marketplaces.
And they present a significant hurdle for the Obama Administration's ultimate goal of enrolling 7 million individuals by the close of open enrollment in Obamacare insurance on March 31.
CNBC, Dan Mangan | Health Care Reporter