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Only Six People Signed Up On Obamacare’s First Day

Posted 11/01/2013 8:15 am by
This is what Healthcare.gov looks like, but you'll probably never see it.

This is what Healthcare.gov looks like, but you’ll probably never see it.

If you’ve been trying to enroll in health insurance via the official Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, you probably haven’t been successful.  I’m confident in predicting this because, despite high demand and people falling all over themselves to get enrolled, the website has been consistently not functional (and spent about 36 hours offline over the past few days).  In fact, even when the website was working, signing up for Obamacare was downright impossible and the amount of people who have successfully enrolled is so minuscule the government isn’t even announcing official numbers.  Fortunately, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee want to rub the administration’s nose in their failure, so they released some numbers.  It’s bad, guys.  Only six people were able to register through the Healthcare.gov website on Obamacare’s first day.

“These appear to be notes, they do not include official enrollment statistics,” said a rapidly spinning HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in an email to NBC News.  “We will release enrollment statistics on a monthly basis after coordinating information from different sources, such as paper, on-line, and call centers, verifying with insurers, and collecting data from states.  As the secretary [Kathleen Sebelius] said before Congress, we are focused on providing reliable and accurate information and we do not have that at this time … We have always anticipated that the pace of enrollment will increase throughout the enrollment period.”

In fact, the website has been so broken that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the arm of the Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Consumer Information and Insurance that runs Obamacare, has had to get some outside help.  Google employees are being brought in to fix the $174 million dollar website.  I guess Google’s floating wind farms can wait.

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