November 1st, 2013
12:50 AM ET
11 months ago

Internal notes show paltry initial enrollment in Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - Six people.

That's how many Americans had successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange by the morning of October 2, according to documents provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


Notes from a "war room" meeting at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance between administration officials and contractors working on the rollout of HealthCare.gov underscore the beleaguered debut of the online marketplace.

Posted online Thursday by the House committee, the documents indicate that the six enrolled individuals were issued policies from five different insurance companies.

"Healthcare Service Corporation had the two enrollments," the notes recorded.

By the next meeting, held that afternoon, notes showed "approximately 100 enrollments" had taken place since the launch of the federal exchange.

The following morning, the total had increased to 248.

Notes released by the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, do not include official enrollment statistics and represent an incomplete accounting of the enrollment totals, said Joanne Peters, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman.

Again, the department declined to release the number of Americans who have been able to successfully enroll in the exchange.

"We will release enrollment statistics on a monthly basis after coordinating information from different sources such as paper, online, and call centers, verifying with insurers and collecting data from states," Peters said.

Peters reiterated that a slow start does not mean that the exchange will not boast a healthy roll call by the deadline to enroll.

"We have always anticipated that the pace of enrollment will increase throughout the enrollment period," Peters said.

Citing the quiet pace at which Massachusetts residents registered for that state's health program, the spokeswoman remained confident that enrollment totals would tick up as more people learned about the exchange.

HHS remains focused on providing accurate enrollment totals and cannot yet give those figures because of collection issues.

"We have had more than 20 million visitors to the Marketplace, showing an overwhelming interest in Americans learning more about their options for affordable health care," Peters said.

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance is part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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soundoff (701 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Quit, it works. Fix the web site.

    November 1, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    @Would You . . . Wow! You passed Sean Hannity with the cost of the website. $700 million is now the new RWNJ number? Even Limbaugh said that the $70 million website was $500 million, Hannity doubled down and raised it to $600 million. It won't be long and you nut jobs will have the website cost over $24 billion, the cost of the republican shut down of government.

    November 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. bill

    This is one big joke.... It's always someone else fault never ever Mr Obama fault.... We need to start over and get the ACA act out of our lives..... We need a new leader of our country asap... So many things going wrong and not much hope for our future with this kind leadership.... LIes more lies to us by the leadership makes me sick and sad.... My GOD what have we done !!!!!

    November 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Erik

    I cant speak for anyone else but I have two problems with this. One 248 out of 20 million is not a very good percentage and second from my own experience on the website, I would be paying triple the premium I already do if I were to switch my family. Perhaps this is why so many visitors and so few takers. Regardless of the party pushing the affordable care act it is not affordable for me. They can scrap the whole thing as far as I am concerned.

    November 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. NoPuppet

    I am not surprised that they don't tout that (from 6 to 250+) "Enrollment is Soaring!" on the ACA web site.

    November 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. ZackName

    20 million visitors, 248 sign ups. Works.

    November 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. NoPuppet

    "Hey, Doc. I'm experiencing a kinda dull pressure – ya know, giving me a cramping feeling – uh, well, between my back pockets."
    Doc: That, Mr. Smith, is Obamacare. In a few months, that cramping will migrate up to around your neck as it is implemented.

    November 1, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. nautiusm

    I see this article is in very small print. What more is it going to take before CNN finally realizes this president is a sham and he needs to be asked some very tough questions. Quit protecting him! Our country deserves more then what this guy is doing to it!

    November 1, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Chuk

    There so few enrolments because the Republicans were successful – at obstructing everything Obamacare. Of course, Issa will run to the press about how few were signed up, but he will conveniently forget to mention all the obstructions that he and his coleagues threw at the program. This is not an excuse for all the problems of the site but it all adds up.
    Republicans have no business complaining about issues with the program when they have spent so much energy obstructing. If they had spent that energy helping it would have further along. Republicans will never attract enough minorities to become majority again because they just can't get out their own way – with their hardcore, fringe ideology.

    November 1, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    There was a time way back when that republicans actually worked for the American people. Now they shut down government, threaten default, promise a global economic crisis, and do their best to make sure that the majority of American people suffer from their GOP stupidity.

    November 1, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. John

    Wow what a success. LOL

    This is the biggest joke I have seen and once again shows how inept Government is

    November 1, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Wire Palladin, S.F.

    "Don't worry CNN, Fox and RWNJs. The states that set up exchanges to help their own people will put the number over 7 million by the target date. Boehner, the republican congressmen, Fox, and CNN can then get back to doing what they do best, tearing down our government."

    No doubt this is why we have had three straight weeks of Obamacare open discussions. Three quarters of these anti-Obama comments are based on Republican talking point lies and misconceptions. Yet, CNN allows these threads to remain open. One might even come to the conclusion this is a deliberate attempt at deceit.

    One might also consider this as propaganda at its very worst. I know I do.

    November 1, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. RudyIsAshamedOfYou

    "Seriously? The short memory span of the right wing raises its' ugly head once again. VP Candidate Sarah Palin promoted all forms fo energy production, including green energy, during her "drill, baby, drill" stump speeches. The price of oil had peaked at over $145 per barrel and gasoline was selling $5 per gallon or more in most places. Fast forward to 2009 and the rise of Sarah Palin's Tea Party, and suddenly the entire right wing is against green energy. We all know why, too. Some GOP donors would view green energy as a threat to their own profits."

    --------

    Seriously? The GOP is in favor of green energy. They're just not in favor of making non-green energy illegal in order to cook the books on cost.

    November 1, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Erik – Reports like yours are seldom true. But it will get you on Fox, CNN, and CNBC.

    November 1, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. $$$$

    Ted Cruz tried to trll everyone that Obamacare was a mistake. All of the Democrats ridiculed Cruz and called him a crazy radical. Now, because of Cruz's theatrics, every Democrat in the House and Senate has an OBAMACARE tattoo across their forehead.
    It is quite evident now that the Democrats were playing checkers and Ted Cruz was playing chess.
    Checkmate!!!!

    November 1, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. kmwmson

    Acutally that would be teh number that signed up using the federal website NOT the total number as MNAY states have their own process and in CT it is working quite well. Once again the media twists the message

    November 1, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Look at the bright side – it's doing better than his green energy initiatives!
    --------
    Seriously? The short memory span of the right wing raises its' ugly head once again. VP Candidate Sarah Palin promoted all forms fo energy production, including green energy, during her "drill, baby, drill" stump speeches. The price of oil had peaked at over $145 per barrel and gasoline was selling $5 per gallon or more in most places. Fast forward to 2009 and the rise of Sarah Palin's Tea Party, and suddenly the entire right wing is against green energy. We all know why, too. Some GOP donors would view green energy as a threat to their own profits.
    -----–
    Ahhh... I get it. Obama's abyssmal failure on his green energy programs is Sarah Palin's fault. Where oh where would we be without your insightful explainations.

    November 1, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Here's how it works: Quietly ignore the nontroversy manufacture from the MSM/GOP/Teatroll symbiote and do your best not to get riled by the RWNJs thinking it's already time for them to gloat. Then, when enrollment ticks up exponentially after the website is functioning and the trend follows the way it worked in MA (everybody does everything at the last minute...duh), spit in their faces and say "I told you so."

    November 1, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ....It's FAR too early for us to expect them to be up and posting now."
    -------------------------------------------------
    Most of us have jobs, some of us have mutliple jobs.
    In either event we certainly do not have the time nor the inclination to troll these sites copying an pasting drool at 2 or 3am.
    That is not how we make our living, but bless your heart for having a job even if it is just as a paid blogger.

    November 1, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Data Driven

    @Gurgyl,

    "Fix the web site."

    They pretty much have - hence the sudden absence of articles about it.

    #CNNboughtandpaidfor

    November 1, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. DARNELL

    Obamacare is the best thing ever for the Tea Party :)

    November 1, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Jason

    Obama care will destroy the middle class for the sake of socialism in America.

    November 1, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Peach

    Hilarious--Obama's signature legislation, how is he going to blame someone else with his name written all over this.
    Dear Democrats: You cannot expect good things to come from BAD leadership.

    November 1, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Ahhh... I get it. Obama's abyssmal failure on his green energy programs is Sarah Palin's fault. Where oh where would we be without your insightful explainations.
    --------------------–
    I know you get it, but your reply is a bait and switch move to hide the fact that you and the Tea Party have flip-flopped on green energy once the President tried to move forward on it. Can you say Solyndra? How about "cut, cut, cut"?

    November 1, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Pritch

    Sire palladin S.F., it took both parties to shut down the government, but ignoring facts for soundbites is the liberal way.

    November 1, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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