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Blue Cross Of Louisiana Got No Enrollees 1st Day

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Obamacare website glitches leave Blue Cross of Louisiana without new enrollees after first day

By Rebecca Catalanello | October 02, 2013

Louisiana’s leading health insurance company reports that not one person has yet successfully enrolled in a new health care plan offered through the Affordable Care Act.

Since the marketplaces opened to much fanfare Tuesday (Oct. 1), many of the state’s potential customers have been stalled on the website, unable to move past the portion of HealthCare.gov that instructs them how to set up their profile.

“It’s a situation that we are coping with,” said John Maginnis, vice president of corporate communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, one of four companies offering products through the marketplace.

The company spent three years and $60 million preparing for Tuesday’s opening, so the lack of momentum seemed a bit of a letdown. “It was not as intense as we had anticipated,” he said.

Yes, such a lack of momentum would be a letdown after $60 million dollars even for Apple. But this is especially rich since Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the insurance company that has worked the closest with the Obama administration in giving us Obama-Care.

Sales agents were getting plenty of calls from people seeking information, Maginnis said, but the agency is not able to sell a policy to anyone without a functioning HealthCare.gov website.

So this must be true for all a lot of the other insurance companies all across the country. Of course, who cares about them? This is about destroying them, ultimately. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that it had 4.7 million unique visits within the first 24 hours.

Matt Drudge had 36,060,211 unique visitors in the last 24 hours.

There were also 190,000 calls to the call center, and more than 104,000 web chats requested…

Most of which did not go through.

Department spokesman Fabien Levy did not provide Louisiana figures, but he did say that people across the country had success enrolling through the the federal and state-run marketplaces…

Why won’t anyone give out any numbers? Is it because they don’t want to brag?

Kimberlee Lauer, 45, a self-employed single business owner tried for five hours to get through on the website before finally calling the help number and giving her information to a customer service representative who told her she would email her the plan options…

What typical ignorance. Obama has delayed small business enrollment. No small business can enroll until November 1st. Which apparently no one knows. Including the government’s ‘customer service representative.’

Representatives from Louisiana Health Cooperative and Humana — the other two companies offering insurance to Louisianians [sic] through the online marketplace — said Wednesday that they were still awaiting numbers on the first-day performance…

So their enrollments are probably zero, as well. Suckers.

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

One Response to “Blue Cross Of Louisiana Got No Enrollees 1st Day”

  1. Zero in NC yesterday. See earlier comment Here.


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