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Healthcare.Gov Has Enrolled Less Than 50,000

From the Wall Street Journal:

HealthCare.gov Enrollment Falls Far Short of Target

Federal Website Brings 40,000 to 50,000 Enrollees in Private Plans

By Christopher Weaver, Timothy W. Martin and Louise Radnofsky | November 11, 2013

Fewer than 50,000 people had successfully navigated the troubled federal health-care website and enrolled in private insurance plans as of last week, two people familiar with the matter said, citing internal government data.

The figure is a fraction of the Obama administration’s target of 500,000 enrollees for October…

We’re not math majors, but we would say the figure is about 10% of the target. And they had expected 3 million by the end of the enrollment period in the middle of December.

The federal health official directly responsible for the online marketplace, Marilyn Tavenner, told a congressional panel last week the Department of Health and Human Services would release enrollment figures this week.

The administration thus far has said only that about 700,000 people had completed applications in all 50 states, using both the federal and state-run sites, in an Oct. 24 disclosure. An application is an early step for a consumer to determine pricing and eligibility for policies before enrolling.

Ms. Tavenner, who runs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and her boss, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, both have told Congress that the initial numbers would be low…

They never said they would be anywhere near that low. In fact, until last week, most of the Obama flacks were trying to make it sound like the enrollment numbers would be pretty good.

So far, private health plans have received enrollment data for 40,000 to 50,000 users of the federal marketplace, the people familiar with the figures said…

Just wait until Obama finds out who leaked these numbers. Unless, he actually wanted these low numbers leaked. So that, come Friday, the news media will be able to rejoice when the numbers aren’t quite so bad.

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

6 Responses to “Healthcare.Gov Has Enrolled Less Than 50,000”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Only 300 million to go

  2. untrainable says:

    I’m sure next week these numbers will be revised and seasonally adjusted, and somehow the sequester, the government shutdown and Ted Cruz will be made responsible for the “expected low turnout”.

  3. captstubby says:

    and don’t forget veterens day,.

  4. captstubby says:

    it says it all without a word being spoken.
    thanks GBJ,

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