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AP: Delays Signal Strong Demand For Obama-Care

From the Associated Press:

Online delays signal strong demand for health care

By JULIET WILLIAMS and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | October 2, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for health insurance under the nation’s historic health care overhaul.

That was putting pressure on the federal government and the states that are running their own insurance exchanges to fix the problems amid strong demand for the private insurance plans…

The delays that continued Wednesday offered one good sign for President Barack Obama and supporters of his signature domestic policy achievement, demonstrating what appeared to be exceptionally high interest in the new system.

Almost everybody will be interested in Obama-Care, if they think it is free. But once they find out they have to pay for it, it’s a different story. (See below.)

But the problems also could dampen enthusiasm for the law as Republicans use it as a rallying cry to keep most of the federal government closed…

But the AP will keep that from happening. By the way, the Republicans aren’t keeping most of the government closed. In fact, most of the government isn’t closed.

Agency spokeswoman Joanne Peters said many Americans successfully enrolled on the first day, but she declined to put a number on it…

Maybe because she was fibbing.

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites

California’s program registered an estimated 0.58% of website visitors in its first day
A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59%
Kentucky’s 5.3% application rate seems to be the nation’s highest

By David Martosko | 2 October 2013

As President Obama’s signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up.

California, the ultimate blue state whose federal lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in support of Obamacare, turned less than 1% of its Web visits into ‘Covered California’ participants on Tuesday.

‘We had over 5.7 million hits to our website as of 3 p.m. yesterday,’ Covered California spokeswoman Kelsey Caldwell told MailOnline Wednsday [sic]. ‘7,700 consumers began their application process yesterday. … 4,143 applications are pending,’ she added…

Caldwell couldn’t say how many of the 5.7 million website hits were from unique Californians. But assuming 712,500 online visitors saw eight different Web pages each, the sign-up rate was 0.58%.

Connecticut saw a similarly low rate of interest. Democratic Congressman Jim Himes tweeted after 8:30 p.m. Monday that his state’s health exchange had ‘received 28k visitors, and took 167 applications for health insurance. Day 1.’ That indicates just 0.59% of Connecticut residents who sought information about their state’s Obamacare program on Monday decided to become part of it, according to Access Health CT spokeswoman Kathleen Tallarita.

New York Department of Health executive director Donna Frescato said in a statement that ‘more than 12,000 business owners and individuals from across the state have shopped online for low-cost health insurance plans … and the site has received nearly 30 million web visits.’

[I]f each ‘web visit’ corresponded to a New Yorker who saw 8 pages, the state’s enrollment rate would be the lowest of all – 0.32%…

Some states are seeing greater interest, with signup rates in single-digit percentages. Illinois reeived [sic] applications from 1.7% of Web visitors. Rhode Island signed up 2.3%. Kentucky reported receiving completed applications from 5.3%…

As is too often the case, we have to go overseas to the UK press get the truth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “AP: Delays Signal Strong Demand For Obama-Care”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    And the real bottom line out of all this?

    COST

    All part of the socialist plan to drain the money supply, first by printing trillions in funny money and then by sucking the money supply dry through bureaucracy.

    They–know–exactly–what–they’re–doing.

    • Petronius

      Rusty: “They-know-exactly-what-they’re-doing.”

      Concur.

      Nerobama is a clever man. He understands that it is pointless to negotiate with Republicans over the minutiae of America’s collapse –– a collapse which he engineered. They might as well be fighting over deck chairs on the Titanic.

      It is depressing to consider how far out of whack things have become in America in the last five years. Today nobody in government –– in either political party –– is currently calling for a return to austerity (living within our means). Nobody is calling for a reversal in the vicious downward debt spiral.

      Instead, while Democrats gleefully add a whole new entitlement, the Republicans argue over the details of its implementation. Instead of demanding a return to fiscal reality, the Republicans bicker about the size of the increases in the annual deficits, fighting to slow the trajectory rate of debt increase.

      How pathetic.

      See mr_bill’s post yesterday:

      http://sweetness-light.com/arc.....ent-220462

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Yes, and this is why the full implementation of PP CACA is so essential. It has to be as un-practiceable as possible so that as much money as possible is sent to the ether. People will never be refunded money spent to the government. It’ll be an “oops” moment at best and some will get refunded when it can be clearly shown where it was misappropriated.

      But how many times in the law does the phrase “At the discretion of the secretary” appear?

      I heard somewhere in the neighborhood of about 50.

      How is it that such a law can go into force?

      Nothing has been planned for or anticipated except intentional chaos. And the inability of people to sign up is intentional.

      THEY DON’T WANT IT TO WORK, EITHER!

      Why? So the cry for the government to “fix it” is so loud they will have to throw their hands up in frustration and say…”OK….guess we’ll have to go full-boat single-payer (government) healthcare.”

      It’s intentionally unworkable.

      It’s intentionally obscure.

      It’s intentionally impossible.

      They sat around, probably drunk or high, or both and put stuff in there that couldn’t work even in their most perfect estimation of utopia. All by design.

      With people like Reid at the helm of this thing, you can easily see the contempt he and his communist buddies have and all for the purpose of keeping power. In the “mover/shaker” world of politics, people like him consider themselves very significant and have absolutely no actual humility.

      They have elevated themselves to dilusionary godhood.

      And, as is really coming out in just the past few days, they are saying, “Screw you, people….We’re in charge here and we don’t give a crap what you say. You elected us and we are going to tell you what to do!”

      So, we are a dictatorship in everything but official decree only.

      Eventually, though, and the way I see it, Americans (and humans in general) have a curious habit of defying unjust authority in some interesting ways. Like…subtle sabotage of paperwork, leaving things untended because the rules are specifically written that way. We used to play this game on active duty. Or, some of us did. When we had an anal-retentive shop chief who demanded our boots be shined…which we really had no problem with, we would quote the regulation which said, “Shoes will be black and serviceable”. Never in the regulation (until they changed it) did it say anything about “shined”.

      So….the private sector will find itself adhering the the letter of the PP CACA law, and government twits will find their heads exploding regularly because they will have no idea what the damned thing actually says.

      In any case, it’s all an intentional mess of legislation, straight out of Alinsky to make it so complex as to be impossible, and the socialists have no problem with that because they figure the public will cry for a simple, direct system….which to them, is single payer or socialized medicine.

      But again, it has nothing to do with health or care. Has to do with money and control. Two of the three things that humans lust after…the third being sex. And as much as we’re getting screwed by this, I suppose it’s a trifecta.

  2. I heard on my local radio news at the top of the hour the not a single person successfully signed up for Obamacare in NC yesterday and there didn’t appear to be any progress this morning.

    Also, I heard ole Dirty Harry Reid say yesterday that the House of Representatives can’t just pick and choose what parts of government to fund. HUH? Read the constitution Harry!! That’s exactly ALL they are suppose to do. IDIOT!




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