November 1st, 2013
12:50 AM ET
10 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. Javier

    The more the liberal media showcases this man as the inept farce that he is the better off this country will be. Seriously people this man has zero ability to lead a country. Has nothing to do with his skin color or him being the first minority to become the POTUS. It has everything to do with him running great campaigns fooling millions of Americans, not once but twice.

    November 1, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. s~

    at this rate we'll have all of us signed up in 500 years.

    November 1, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. daviddavid

    A democrat controlled house, a democrat controlled senate and a democrat president made this abomination law... a democrat administration spent nearly 400 million dollars over three years... and yet they can't even get their website up and running... and somehow Ms. Kathleen (never had a private industry/enterprise job) says that it is the fault of republicans!?!?!
    This lady is insane.

    Not one Republican voted for Obamacare, and yet some Democrats want to blame Obamacares inept roll-out on Republicans?.....Who THINKS like that?

    November 1, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Dudeassist

    Obama always win while the GOP continue to dig their own hole.

    November 1, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Dan

    I would have thought someone with Obama's vast experience and "background" ? would have done a better job as president

    November 1, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    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"?
    -------–
    Yummmmm... Rudy's serving up word salad.... nom, nom, nom.

    November 1, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Larry

    Six. That is freakin' hysterical, I don't care who you are!

    November 1, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Sort of begging the question here, eh CNN? We all know the website was broken...now you want to pretend that the fact that only a few have enrolled is somehow indicative of anything? It's indicative of one thing: a broken website that's in the process of being fixed. This article and the RWNJ claims that the enrollment numbers show anything but the fact that the website was severely hampered is absurd. Moreover, pretending that the federal website numbers show the whole picture is dishonest. State exchanges like KY's and CA's are rolling along signing people up at a fairly good clip already, and historical evidence from MA's program indicates it will only accelerate up to the deadline, which will see a spike in enrollment. Every indication is that the federal website will experience similar trends.

    In any event, I can calmly wait for my "I told you so"...let the nontroversy manufacture continue apace. Wipe your chin tho, CNN, you've got Teatroll nontroversy milk running down it.

    November 1, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. dajowi

    The Edsel of government programs.

    November 1, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Ken

    Wire Palladin and I suppose everyone who disagrees with you is a tea bagger as well. Republicans clog up the votes in a feeble attempt to stop this beast before it takes us all down. The republicans will have the last laugh. The bad thing is.. While they are laughing, it will be to late and everyone will already be waist deep in the quick sand. When will people like you will ever get it? I can't believe so many intelligent logical thinking people don't see this... The republic (capitalist) system made us the greatest country in the world... The socialist is now destroying it and the countries who hate us so much will put the final dagger in.

    November 1, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Angel

    Hey nutty people, the system wasn't up and running. What a stupid and phony article.

    November 1, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Data Driven

    @daviddavid,

    "spent nearly 400 million dollars over three years"

    This figure changes from day to day, from conservative poster to conservative poster. You sockpuppets really need to get aligned, in smart formation. Tennn-HUT!

    November 1, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. betterdays

    I will admit I was wrong about this whole thing when Obamacare has helped more people than it has hurt, which will be never.

    November 1, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Data Driven

    Would CNN care to discuss how many have signed up after one month?
    -------------------------------------------------
    You know they would, and the fact that they can't yet will not stop them from feeding us yet another healthcare.gov non-story.
    Meanwhile...not a peep on this site about that debacle that cost us $24 BILLION aka as the reckless, unnecessary 16 day government shutdown.
    Liberal media my Aunt Fanny.

    November 1, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Sniffit

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

    Then why are Teatroll numbers falling horribly in the polls and the popularity of the ACA increasing in the polls? Hmmm? Explain that one, genius.

    November 1, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. kaneda

    "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"

    How much we spent on the website? 600 mil? yup! For Democrates, it worked quite well!

    November 1, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Pritch – 80 republican congressmen wrote a letter to Boehner saying they would shut down the government, no democrat signed on. The republican caucus came out a 12:01 on the night of the shut down, high fiving each other for shutting the government down. Republican spokesperson, Michele Bachmann, reported that this was exactly what the republicans wanted. Sorry, but you are wrong.

    November 1, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Udo

    the embarrassment continues. a president who can't lead comes up with crippling legislation and yet the people re-elected this thing?

    November 1, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "The republicans will have the last laugh."

    Just like with Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, which they've been trying to destroy since their inception? Yeah. Come back to me once the ACA joins them on the third rail and tell me who's laughing last.

    November 1, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. cscd1111

    The fact that 6 people signed up the first day should tell this president the american people don't want the affordable care act.....

    November 1, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Would CNN care to discuss how many have signed up after one month?"

    Sorry, the Teatroll nontroversy teats are not empty yet and CNN is ever so thirsty.

    November 1, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Stan Higgins

    March on Washington 3/31/14 to end Obamacare!

    Ted Cruz finish what you started in the senate! This time stand in Washington and let millions of us stand with you brother! Lead us to victory! If they want to give us a deadline of March 31 to be enrolled in Obamacare, let's march by the millions to Washington to end it!!

    March on Washington March 31, 2014 to end Obamacare!

    November 1, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Ken – Good to hear from you. Your phony socialism conspiracy theories is straight out of the files of Gleen Beck.

    November 1, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. tony

    Americans can't handle the fact the the rest of the world has far lower medical costs, far better care, including long-term for our elderly, and pays for it with a small amount of thier income taxes, which aren't any greater tha in the US, unless of course you are filthy rich. And that's only becuase the filthy rich and big companies in the US don't pay any taxes.

    November 1, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. JohnE

    Even if the web site wasn't broken there isn't any rush to pick a particular plan. If I needed insurance for Jan 1 I'd set up an account and then take my time looking at various plans and not sign up until later in November or December.

    November 1, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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