CNN Discusses the White House Obamacare “Embarrassing” Enrollee Numbers: 106,185 Individuals Enrolled in Obamacare, Only 26,794 Thru Healthcare.gov … Meanwhile, 5 Million Have Lost Insurance
This is beyond EMBARRASSING … and the numbers are finally in:
Yesterday, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius told reporters that a meager 106,185 Americans signed for Obamacare in October 2013. No wonder she did not want to provide a number weeks ago while testifying in front of Congress. This pathetic number represents only one-fifth of the total that was expected to be enrolled at this point. Making matters worse, only 26,794 people enrolled through the “glitchy” Healthcare.gov website. However, keep in mind the definition of what Barack Obama is using for these numbers. An enrolled individual is anyone who has a selected insurance plan in their bucket, not one completely accepted and paid for. The numbers released actually are for plans selected, not enrolled. Good Grief, only 42 sign-ups in North Dakota, Alaska had 53, and South Dakota 58. Seriously?
Slightly more than 106,000 Americans signed up for health plans in the first month of new state and federal insurance marketplaces, the Obama administration reported Wednesday. The figure, which was far lower than the administration predicted, points to the steep challenge ahead as the White House tries to overcome public and congressional frustration with the program’s problem-plagued rollout.
The The Fix explains, ‘The good, the bad and the plain ugly of the Obamacare numbers’.
The enrollment tally is the first official indication of the desire and ability of uninsured Americans to get coverage under the 2010 law. Slightly fewer than 27,000 enrollments, or one-fourth of the total, occurred in the 36 states that rely on HealthCare.gov, the troubled federal Web site. The rest were in 11 of the 14 states that have created their own marketplaces, which are generally working better than the federal one. A few states are not yet reporting.
Breitbart.com compares Obamacare enrollment to canceled insurance plans:
Even the Associated Press was forced to lament the “dismal numbers.” The federal health care exchange signed up less than 27,000 people. Meanwhile, nearly 7 million people are expected to lose the insurance plans President Obama said they could keep. So far, five million have lost their insurance.
The state numbers were far from encouraging. Overall, the states signed up 79,391 people. California led the way with 35,364 people who have selected a plan (as opposed to 1 million who have lost a plan); New York came in second at 16,404 (at least 100,000 New Yorkers have lost their insurance); Washington came in third at 7,091 (290,000 have lost their insurance in Washington); and Kentucky came in at 5,586 (280,000 lost their insurance in Kentucky).
The figures, which cover Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, are significantly lower than the administration’s only known forecast, which suggested that nearly half a million people would sign up for private health plans during the first month of the initial six-month enrollment period for the exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that 7 million people will buy coverage through the exchanges by spring.