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What challenges remain for health care exchange enrollment?

by Take Two

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Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee speaks during a press conference regarding the number of new healthcare enrollees through CoveredCA.com, the health insurance exchange for the state of California, on November 13, 2013 in Sacramento, California. A total of 30,830 Californians enrolled through the exchange in the month of October, with a total of 59,830 people enrolled through November 12. Max Whittaker/Getty Images

The U.S. needs 7 million people to enroll in health insurance by the end of the first open enrollment period that ends on March 31.

There was some good news for California, where there's been a surge of people signing up for the Affordable Care Act online.

For more on the big picture — and who might still be left out — we're joined by Kavita Patel, a practicing physician and the Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery at the Brookings Institution. She was formerly director of policy for the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs, where she played a key role in designing the Affordable Care Act.

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