From the Daily Mail:
- Obamacare’s main signup engine attracted just 6,200 new customers on its launch day and 51,000 after the first week
- At the same rate, the 6-month open enrollment period would sign up just 2 million Americans, including 14 states and D.C., which have their own insurance exchanges
- The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare needs at least 7 million customers to stay afloat financially
- Numerous Obama administration officials have denied seeing any enrollment figures at all
- MailOnline’s sources are two Health and Human Services workers who have access to the data as it’s crunched
- Texas congressman says anemic national enrollment numbers are ‘roughly the population of a small town in my district’
Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the first week the Healthcare.gov website was online, according to two sources inside the Department of Health and Human Services that gave MailOnline an exclusive look at the earliest enrollment numbers.
The career civil servants, who process data inside the agency, confirmed independently that just 6,200 Americans applied for health insurance through the problem-plagued website on October 1, the day it first opened to the public.
Neither HHS nor the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would comment on the record about the numbers. Enroll America, the president’s organization of health care ‘navigators’ who are charged with helping Americans sign up, didn’t reply to a request for information about its level of success so far.
The White House also did not respond to emails seeking comment.
But several administration officials have claimed this month that they didn’t have access to the kinds of raw figures MailOnline obtained from the people who work for them. And the anemic totals suggest a far lower level of interest in coverage through the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration has hoped to see.
Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican who chairs the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, said the newly revealed numbers show ‘that relatively few people have navigated the challenges of the first step of the process – roughly the population of a small town in my district.’
‘The White House and HHS have continually claimed they did not have these figures,’ Brady told MailOnline. ‘If they do, they have misled the Congress and the American people.’
The low numbers also reflect a level of technological frustration on the part of Americans whose attempts to investigate their new health insurance options have been met with crashes, error messages and interminable delays.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer agreed on Wednesday that the White House should consider granting Republicans’ demands for a one-year delay of the rule requiring individual taxpayers to buy insurance, given the failings of the glitch-prone enrollment website that has produced more headaches than new customers.
‘If they weren’t fully ready, they should accept the advice that a lot of Republicans are giving them,’ Blitzer said. ‘Delay it another year, get it ready, and make sure it works’
The open enrollment period for Obamacare coverage is slated to last for six months. If the first week’s total were an indication of how many Americans will sign up during that time through the Obama administration’s website, its final tally would reach a paltry 1.32 million.
Healthcare.gov provides enrollment services for Americans in 36 states; the remaining 14 states and the District of Columbia, which operate enrollment programs in their own exchanges, represent 33.7 per cent of the U.S. population, according to census projections.
If the state-run exchanges were to have a similar response rate for six months, the national enrollment total would be approximately 2 million.
That number is less than 29 per cent of the 7 million the Obama administration would need, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in order to balance the new health insurance system’s books and keep it from financial collapse.
‘The administration’s goal is seven million people in the first year,’ Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, a long-time Obamacare opponent, told MailOnline. ‘We are not on track for anything like seven million. New Coke was retired for being a smaller disappointment.’
‘These numbers reflect what we all know: Obamacare is a disaster,’ Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told MailOnline. ‘It is time for the president to admit Obamacare is not working and that the American people deserve better.’
Spokespersons for five different Democratic senators declined to provide comment, with most saying they are paying greater attention to the debt-ceiling and government-shutdown standoffs that have gripped Washington, D.C. since before Oct. 1. – Read the full article HERE.
As originally reported by the Daily Mail in the U.K. only 51,000 people out of millions in 36 states that are offering the government healthcare exchange have completed the sign up for Obamacare.
I am not sure about everyone else, but to me that signals that this law is a resounding failure. Now we no longer look like the naysayers as people are now seeing how Obamacare works before their own eyes. The law is a failed one, and needs to dealt with swiftly before it hurts Americans even more than it already has.
It also is not surprising that I first saw this from the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom reporting on this, and I have yet to see one of the major networks in the United States report on these numbers yet. So spread this news far and wide.
You can read the full story by the Daily Mail HERE.