HONOLULU ó The Obama administration said its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark.


Independent experts said that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans offered on both federal and state-run markets at about 2 million people through the end of the year.


That would be about two-thirds of the administrationís original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, and would represent a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.