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State Exchanges Enroll Less Than 3% Of Target

From an unfazed Reuters:

State Obamacare exchanges enroll 3 pct of target so far -report

November 11, 2013

Nov 11 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.

Which comports with what we have been saying all along. The ‘glitches’ at the federal site could just be a handy cover for what they knew would be abysmally low sign-up numbers.

States with functioning exchanges have signed up 49,100 people compared with the 1.4 million people expected to be enrolled for 2014, according to the report by healthcare research and consultancy firm Avalere Health.

Oops. And mind you, that 49,000 is just how many people have put a plan in their state website’s shopping cart. Probably only half of them went on to actually buy a policy. And this number also includes people who signed up for Medicaid in Hawaii and Rhode Island. (As is mentioned below.)

Avalere looked at 11 of the 14 states and Washington D.C. that elected to build their own exchanges for individual insurance…

Avalere’s numbers are based on its own enrollment model and the Congressional Budget Office’s 2014 forecast that 7 million people will enroll in the exchanges nationwide.

The 49,100 enrollments also include Medicaid sign-ups in Hawaii and Rhode Island, which did not provide a break-out, Avalere said. It based its numbers on public and press reports for the above mentioned states as well as Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, New York and Washington.

So this number could be even lower.

Meanwhile, we also have these tidings from an unfazed Associated Press:

Oregon Health Care Exchange Has Yet To Enroll A Single Person

November 11, 2013

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With a reputation as a pacesetter in health care, Oregon laid out bold plans for complying with the federal overhaul. The state wouldn’t just create a health insurance exchange, a complicated undertaking in its own right. Oregon officials set out to build one of the biggest and best in the nation — a model that other states would want to copy.

But more than a month after Cover Oregon’s online enrollment was supposed to launch, reality is lagging far behind Gov. John Kitzhaber’s grand ideas. The online system still doesn’t work, and the exchange has yet to enroll a single person in health insurance…

More than $300 million has been spent on the exchange so far, but the online enrollment system is still having trouble accurately determining whether people in complex family arrangements are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

$300 million dollars, for a lousy state website? (Note to self: get into the business of building websites for Obama-Care exchanges.)

Cover Oregon officials say their launch has been delayed because they refuse to put out an imperfect product and fix the bugs later. And they say their whole system is more complex and has more features than most other states — but that also means more things can go wrong…

Sure it does.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “State Exchanges Enroll Less Than 3% Of Target”

  1. 3% my patootie. That’s smoking a baseball bat sized spliff kind of number. (sound of deep inhaling) “whoooosh. Okay, let’s see .. yeah yeah I know! It’s … three percent!

    (crowd cheers)

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Meanwhile the truly mentally dysfunctional, like the OWS types, seem to take a weird satisfaction that the democrats are “taking it to those mean conservatives” for all those years of profit-making and so on,etc, etc, ad infinitum.

      Their petulant anger is tantamount to the eight-year-old telling the teacher, “I’ll show YOU—-I’ll just fail this test, THEN you’ll be sorry.”

      It’s that kind of warped, twisted emotionalism that obama thrives on and also encourages.

      Another one of those angles is the kid who murders his parents and then whines because he’s an orphan.

      We’re in serious straits here. Deep, stuck trouble that isn’t going to go away. I will be long deceased before this nation every gets back on track. Oh how I long for the 1950’s. Again, I’d put up with a non-digital society just for a return to common sense.




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