October 9th, 2013
03:41 PM ET
5 years 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. Malory Archer

    And he knows this because.....

    This guy is lying his ugly mug off, but he is a rethug, so that's to be expected. The government doesn't keep a daily track – they will be tracking monthly, quarterly and annually.

    October 9, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. A Kickin' Donkey

    Wishful thinking on this idiot Republican's part. Completely amateurish for him to say this, he is setting himself up for embarrassment because I'm sure he doesn't have a clue how many people have signed up.

    He is like the default deniers, the climate change deniers, the birthiers, the Romney-is-gonna-win deniers. Americans should look at this and lower the stock of the Republican party just a little bit more today. Do you really want such a hyperbole driven group holding ANY POWER in America?

    October 9, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Well pat yourself on the back Bucko. Your party has put out so much lies and misinformation regarding the ACA it's no wonder.

    But I do think it's a little too early to tell. Nine days.....really???

    October 9, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Duke

    Milli0ons of people getting informantion and enrolling is "few people"?

    And CNN gives this yahool a story line and a story with no more to it than this one guy's opinion, which it has to be since niether he nor you reporter are citing any facts or figures?

    Monty Python did a comedy bit years ago called "Spot the Looney". I think we found him.

    October 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Newberry

    This is journalism?

    October 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Rusty Krus

    This poor guy looks like a deer in the headlights. This whole Tea Party thing is more than he can wrap his mind around.

    October 9, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    So what? This is precisely what was expected? Pretending that 5M people were going to rush to the exchanges and buy an insurance plan on day one is freekin absurd. People are going to shop around, browse, wait until the last minute, wait until they get some word-of-mouth from others who have actually signed up, etc. The data in MA when this kind of thing was implemented showed that enrollment was slow at first and spiked rapidly at the end when the deadline neared. This entire talking point from the GOP/Teatrolls...and the MSM's mindless parroting of it...is counter-factual, flies entirely in the face of reason, is completely irrational and is nothing but demagoguery.

    October 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Tom

    Oh c'mon. I think you have to give this more than a week before declaring it a failure. This article is pure Republican spin.

    October 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Well, we are nine days in from Oct 1, with 5-1/2 months to go, and coverage dates begin in accordance with
    enrollment dates, he is really on top of things.
    I don't know where he got his information, but I'm guessing it came to him in a dream (or for Cruz, a nightmare).

    There is a lot to consider, and people are taking their time, doofus.

    October 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    The thing is Buck. Your ilk has lied and made up so many falsehoods over the past 4.5 years, that you could tell me the sun rises in the east and sets in the west and I might have to question that.

    But carry on whining like the bunch of little girl dogs you are.

    October 9, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    This, of course, begs the question: seeing as how HHS has not released any enrollment figures yet and won't until the end of the month, how does this jackhole claim to know this or be privy to the national enrollment figures?

    Oh wait, I see, CNN gets away with printing whatever the newest talking point from the GOP/Teatroll is because "we're just reporting that he said it, not that he was correct"...and he gets to escape being shown to be a liar because CNN is deathly afraid of being called biased. Works out great for the GOP/Teatrolls that they can just fabricate whatever claims and accusations they want and never get challenged on the veracity thereof, eh?

    October 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    7.8 MILLION hits the first day. I'd say there's a potential market for health insurance shoppers out there.

    October 9, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Brian

    So this is a story?

    October 9, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Winston Smith

    Like this clown is going to tell the truth, or be a cheerleader for the opposing party. Get real.

    October 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. 1twinsfan

    No joke, my husband"s employer is including ACA information along with company benefits during open enrollment this year.

    October 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Hey Buck, Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but did you know there were almost 8 million hits on the site ?
    In addition to the fact that you really need to start watching O'reilly every now & then. You have my permission to turn the channel back to CNN, after his talking points. But, to be perfectly honest, O'Reilly has been saying for almost a week now, that he is in favor of letting the ACA go for a year, and see what happens. He's been telling just about all the republicans on his show, that he thinks this ACA thing should go on – and see what happens – and in a year – everybody in this country will find out whether the ACA will be a "Train Wreck" as some republicans been clamoring and hollering about. IF the ACA gets thru the hurdles, and gets tweaked & peaked during the first year, and people finds out whether it's a good thing, or not, then the people will end up deciding that the so called "train wreck" needs to be re-pealed or not. It would be then up to their congress people to get up there in the capitol & de-fund it, or whatever they have to do, to get rid of it. Bottom line is this : Your going to have a lot of "glitches" at first.

    October 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let me see if I'm getting this latest bag of feces straight:
    Millions of people directly or by extension have NO idea when they'll see another check, paycheck or otherwise, because on the day that Obamacare hit the streets your team shutdown the government.
    And here comes Sphinxter talking about "not that many people have signed up for Obamacare".
    Newsflash: Not that many people know what they'll have to eat next week if this ridiculous reckless governmental shutdown continues. So is it any wonder that at this juncture not as many people are flocking to spend the money they have on something they have 6 months to be in compliance with?
    Additonally, what exactly ARE the numbers or are you just speaking out of your rear orifice?

    October 9, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Chipster

    There might have been some people signing up in the 1st few days but that is unlikely. They have plenty of time to gather information, make comparisons, and chose the options that are best for their situation. So, why would anyone be surprised that 1) there is a huge volume of hits on the site by those who need healthcare, those who are just curious, and those who maliciously wish to disrupt the process. Why would anyone expect a lot of people to sign up until they review the options? People are just strange, don't you think?

    October 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    GOP congressman: Few people signing up for Obamacare
    So what. Most businesses have yet to give their employees fall enrollment information packages for the employer provided insureance so that the employees can compare costs with the exchanges.

    October 9, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. RomneyWho

    Give it time, people like to window shop before they actually go into the store to buy! 😦

    October 9, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. JC55

    He doesn't know but if he is correct then his issue is resolved. There will be no huge healthcare bill because no one is using the program.

    October 9, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Then what are you afraid of teaparty of stupid?????? These people are crouch puppets !!!!!!! Koch clown puppets!!!!

    October 9, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. 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.

    October 9, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine


    Milli0ons of people getting informantion and enrolling is "few people"?

    And CNN gives this yahool a story line and a story with no more to it than this one guy's opinion, which it has to be since niether he nor you reporter are citing any facts or figures?

    Monty Python did a comedy bit years ago called "Spot the Looney". I think we found him.
    Duke, being mathematically challenged is all part of being a conservative in this day and age. With regards to your Monty Python reference, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition. Just remember, the GOP is all about fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and an almost fanatical devotion to Ted Cruz.

    October 9, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. 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.

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

    October 9, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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