October 9th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
12 months ago

GOP congressman: Few people signing up for Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Buck McKeon, the longtime California Republican and House Armed Services Commitee chairman, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Wednesday that only a very small number of Americans have enrolled in new health care law exchanges that opened for business on October 1.

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  1. rs

    Another GOP lie. The Congressman would have no way of knowing how many people enrolled, or what the significance of that number is.

    October 9, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Double problem........the sign up system has been a failure, to start with, and no one wants to pay for the insurance.

    October 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Durundal

    Considering some states have literally refused to adopt or stalled the ACA, any numbers reported are artificially low by design. Further consider the fact that these numbers are also suffering from a policy lag in adoption, as well as the fact that they havent begun by half to actually collect the data to any degree of certainty in which they could publish and we are left the a plausible conclusion that this man should be fired for partisan BS'ing the people. He is essentially trying to lie with the facts.

    October 9, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. jinx9to88

    Wow a GOP rep talking bad about Obamacare, thats a first. Like the American people, besides the wacko birds, is gonna believe congress that has a 5% approval rating.

    October 9, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    maryland, which was one of the more ready states when it came to the exchanges, signed up a little over 100 people. not exactly a smashing demand for overpriced medical coverage people didn't want and didn't ask for. this whole bizarro world democrat scam is based on the assumption that young healthy people are going to flock to these exchanges and buy health insurance so the rates for older people canbe sibsidized by the younger people. i guess they think young people are a bunch of morons that can't do simple math.
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    No, but conservatives are mathematically challenged; take last year's polling, and the way you idiots sucked up whatever you wanted to believe. In spite of the body of evidence to the contrary, you insist the number of hits are meaningless, even though that is how business gauges activity and interest level. By the way, I had no idea you and Donna shacked up together in a trailer park. way to go, you dog!!

    October 9, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    I wouldnt put it past the GOP if they were the ones behind screwing up the online registrations and causing the glitches.

    October 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Kevin1

    Rick McDaniel
    Double problem........the sign up system has been a failure, to start with, and no one wants to pay for the insurance.**************************************************************************************************************************************

    Rick McDummy: Where is your proof, Oh wait I don't need no stinkin proof. If I say it long enough my fellow idiotic repubkllan will believe it.

    The Dumbing down of the Republican party is in full swing.

    October 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. based on fact

    Not 7.8 million hits, 7.8 million UNIQUE VISITORS.

    October 9, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Gary

    I know of 535 people that are really not wanting to sign up.

    October 9, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Hey, CNN, wanna do some actual journalism and tell us all about how perfectly and smoothly Medicare Part D rollout was...hmmmmmmmmmmmm?!?!?! Let's hear all about how there were no delays or glitches in THAT. What's that? it was a mess and we weren't treated to the MSM literally attacking it directly like Blitzer and Todd did to the ACA today? Well golly...where was your liberal bias then? And for that matter, where is it today? Is it in the bottom of the bucket full of GOP/Teatroll water you're carrying?

    October 9, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "1,000 people trying all day because they couldn't get in. hit counts are totally meaningless."

    Except a few hundred thousand accounts have actually been set up. That prudent shoppers wish to browse and inform themselves about their options and the features of different plans etc. before buying is of absolutely no surprise...and in fact is a good sign, because it suggests that the assumption of consumer rationality in the marketplace will be correct and result in lower prices.

    October 9, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    just saying

    maryland, which was one of the more ready states when it came to the exchanges, signed up a little over 100 people. not exactly a smashing demand for overpriced medical coverage people didn't want and didn't ask for.
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    Oh please. People are employed here in the state of Maryland. Affluent communities like Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac where the well-heeled wine, dine and reside abound here in Maryland.
    This is not a welfare state, nor a red state where people are underemployed.
    Now I hear that people in the proud state of Kentucky on the other hand were knocking each other off queue to sign up.

    October 9, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Tony

    Republicans, you should declare the government shutdown a failure too. It has been a week, and you have gotten absolutely nothing from Obama or the Democrats. Compare to the government shutdown, Obamacare is a rousing success– some people have actually signed up for Obamacare. Something beats nothing every day.

    October 9, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. AshRed at CNN

    just saying
    sonny chapman
    7.8 MILLION hits the first day. I'd say there's a potential market for health insurance shoppers out there.
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    1,000 people trying all day because they couldn't get in. hit counts are totally meaningless.

    Actually "hits" are not counted like that or I would be a millionaire based on hit counts for ads. Hits are based mainly on two items. One being a unique identifier called a mac address which is a hex address broken into two different categories 3 sets being the id and the other 3 being the manufacturer of the NIC. The other option for the hit count would be an IP address. Yes we all are given a dynamic IP address by our providers. However, we are also issued a lease for these IP's. This means they do not change unless a couple things happen. Those are as follows. The modem is reset, the lease expires, or we run a command on our router to release and renew the IP.

    October 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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