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Only 51,000 Applied For Obama-Care In First Week

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the website’s first week, out of tens of millions of Americans in 36 states

By David Martosko | 10 October 2013

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 who 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…

Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican who chairs the House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, said that ‘if the numbers are accurate,’ they 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.’ …

Can you blame them for pretending not to have the numbers?

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…

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…

Whoops. Well, we guess they will just have to ratchet up the fines.

A projected enrollment total of 2 million would also represent just 4 per cent of the overall number who could participate.

‘More than 50 million Americans qualify for the Obamacare exchanges,’ Americans for Limited Government vice president Rick Manning pointed out, claiming that ‘this paltry response is a clear rejection of the system.’ …

What a cynical view. Besides, the Obama-Care people in California said this response proved that there was a lot of pent up demand.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Only 51,000 Applied For Obama-Care In First Week”

  1. Well, the good news is 51,000 self identified for the gene pool to reject ..


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