Brace Yourselves: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Released
The Daily Sheeple
November 13th, 2013
The government released Obamacare enrollment numbers today, and they are not pretty.
Here are the stats:
The Department of Health and Human Services released data showing that fewer than 27,000 signed up for an Affordable Care Act plan through the federal website Healthcare.gov between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. Including those who signed up through state-based exchanges, just over 100,000 Americans have picked health plans through the program.Â (source)
Enrollment in private plans amounts to 1.5 percent of a forecast 7 million people who were expected to sign up by the time enrollment wraps up in the end of March. Nearly 1 million people have successfully checked whether they are eligible for government subsidies toward the new insurance, but have not selected a plan, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (source)
Not promising, is it?
Some 26,794 people signed up for private health insurance plans through the technologically-challenged federal marketplace and 79,391 who signed up through state-based exchanges.
396,261 people were deemed eligible for the government’s Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the poor. (source)
Uh oh (But wait -wasn’t that the ultimate goal, anyway?)
Twitterers are a-Tweetin’ about the low numbers:
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters shortly before the release of the data that â€śno one will be satisfied with the numbers because they will be below what we sought.â€ť
Below what they sought? The number of October enrollments the administration expected was 500,000.
The administration blames low enrollment numbers on the infamous website glitches, of course.
Perhaps there are other reasons the numbers are so low:
Here’s what Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus said in a statement:
â€śWhile the Obama White House is sure to blame the poor enrollment numbers on the many unacceptable tech glitches that have frustrated Americans, I maintain that the larger reason ObamaCare has failed is because it was conceived based on a lie that Americans could keep their healthcare plans and has failed to address our number one healthcare problem in America: soaring costs. Reasons one million and one million and one why the federal government should not be running our healthcare.â€ť
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich, said:
“Even if this data was an accurate picture, the Administration would need to enroll 68,000 people per day to meet their year-end goal,â€ť he said. â€śHowever, [HealthCare.gov] isn’t even designed to handle that much traffic and is currently capable of only handling less than half that much.â€ť
Meanwhile, Obama is holding fast to his claim that the website will be fixed by the end of November.
Sure it will.
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