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. Quintavious Bates

    ...and the first 6 enrollees were illegals.

    November 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Floretta

    Big whoop. Massachusetts had 123 enrollees during the first MONTH when they started Romneycare – and now about 95% of Massachusetts residents have health insurance.

    November 1, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Stacie

    all I know is that my premium is increasing as of Jan 1 by 24%. That $300 a month! And my deductible is going up by $1000! I'm a single working mother. if this is how wealth redistribution works for me, I can't imagine what they'll take from people who actually make money. What a huge horrible lie.

    November 1, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    @ Data Driven...I love it...another 24/7er to the mix. Go be useful somewhere. Over and out....I'll check back in 3 weeks and you'll still be here making love to Sniffet. Like I said....."Yaaawwwnn"

    November 1, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. Jim

    Issa's notes are not complete. There were probably a dozen policies issued on the first day – or twice as many as Obamacare critics have alleged. The depths to which the Republicans will go to bad-mouth this successful entry into the health care marketplace is stunning.

    November 1, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Dave

    Obamacare is a law. Not a website. When the site is fixed you'll be back to the same old hated GOP with nothing of substance to offer on your own.

    November 1, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Joe A

    Does anybody ever consider the math???? Or why you are being told to take on and pay for birth control when your retired or if your young and don;t want insurance that you have the right to choose the option? Is American really going down the tubes becuase of this guy is on an arrogant glory mission?

    November 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Fred Ziffle

    Although, many of the ideas are great, the overall reality falls very short. The fact that I am being forced to accept a HMO or EPO fries my ass. But then again you get what you pay for. Why should anyone allow the insurance companies to continue to give us crap coverage and even worse refuse to pay physicians for their services. $6000 deductible? 60% payment of services (Bronze). What a load of bunk, while congress and the Whitehouse get indemnity plans and quality care. The Whitehouse just continues to lie and screw the American public. And who is paying for this, right the middle class under our Communist Leader Obama God!

    November 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Yup its Me

    Let me get this straight, we shut the government down for three weeks so 6 people could sign up for a Federally sponsored healthcare plan?

    November 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Doug

    Katrina Gepford
    Really, the websites are being sabotaged by "conservative groups". Relax even if you get through and get signed up nothing about this says affordable for people making less than 60k per year anyhow. So you finally can pay the premium and end up with deductbles of 5k or higher. If you dont have money for a regular premium you won't have the first 5k for services either. This whole concept is completely iill conceieved. If the country is demanding truly affordable health care for all it needs to go to a single payer system and basically defund the defense structure. NO way can this country spend 10X what the rest of the world does on defense and have free medical for all. time to choose.

    November 1, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Big_D

    "The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it." The GOP doesn't have any problem making sure Obamacare doesn't work.

    November 1, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Big_D

    If our healthcare was fine before Obamacare why does it cost 300% of any other country? With the worst access?

    November 1, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Data
    I find your choices interesting Data.
    They are your choices so I will not dispute them, but thanks for responding.
    @ Lynda
    I too am done with the healthcare.gov website stories my friend.
    It certainly would speak more to 'fair and balanced" if they'd given a fraction of the attention to the cost, cause, and cohorts behind the government shutdown.
    It would appear that all of the President's "supporters" have been resucitated in mass to re-chew issues of birth, legitimacy, race, and intelligence.
    Oh well. Safe weekend to you babe,and to the haters as well, what the heck!

    November 1, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Jeb

    But if they wanted to keep their health plans they could....really...the President didn't lie....really.

    November 1, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Floretta

    Big whoop. Massachusetts had 123 enrollees during the first MONTH when they started Romneycare – and now about 95% of Massachusetts residents have health insurance.
    -------
    Massachusetts is a state of 11 milllion, not a nation of 320 million. Massachusetts also had 92% coverage BEFORE Romneycare. So really... what's your point??

    November 1, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Real Person

    Of the 26,000 or whatever that have signed up in KY. 80% of those are signing up on the FREE Medicaid..

    I am sure the numbers are off, but you get the idea.
    I just hope all the computer problems get worked out, and we can see some real numbers in 30-60 days.
    Honestly I think besides 5 states I think this will be a big flop. Only a handful of people posting it will save them money.
    Most states you can find cheaper insurance privately. Remember this is about giving the few million of uninsured people insurance right????

    November 1, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Name1

    The system is stacked in them surviving, not us.

    November 1, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Eddie

    Obama has lied about everything from the beginning just to get elected. He knew years in advance that at least 94 million people would lose their existing healthcare and doctors. He knew this back in 2010. A registration letter at the time revealed this to the administration. Everything he has told us since then is a blatant lie! Wake up people and do your homework. He's not saving us money, he's not saving us 2500 a year, just the opposite! Premiums and deductible will double or triple for many people. We cannot trust him. He will dismantle the best healthcare in the world. Now it's on the news headlines that he lied, google it! And after all this, I'm sure he will blame others for his own lies.

    November 1, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Let me get this straight, we shut the government down for three weeks so 6 people could sign up for a Federally sponsored healthcare plan?"

    Sorry, not straight, you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

    November 1, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Jerry Okamura

    It is not how many sign up that is important, it is how many will still be paying for health insurance in the future, that is the important number.

    November 1, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Chuck

    Overwhelming interest... underwhelming participation, I'm thinking it has to do with the "Affordable" part. Obamacare is a sad joke played on the country. Everything you were told to expect was a lie!

    November 1, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. NameBrose

    So the republicans wanted a delay of the individual mandate .dems said no. Boom government shut down. Now they delay the individual mandate for three months.....hmmmmm. ... so the republicans where right?????

    November 1, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Steve

    Ok, well now the first month is over. How many are signed up now? How many in red states where the politicians intentionally did not support the law?

    November 1, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Caroline

    The only people the Obamacare website helps is people who were paying too much in the first place. I went to the website and it worked no problem, which was the only good news. I have insurance for my husband and daughter independently because getting it through my employer was wayyy too expensive and my husband is self employed. The cheapest plan I found is $100 more a month for less coverage than I have right now. I'm having trouble understanding what they meant when they said 'affordable healthcare'. I don't think the low enrollment numbers have anything to do with an inability to enroll, it has everything to do with a 36,000 a year income not being able to afford a basic plan cost og 300 to 400 a month in insurance premiums and therefore siging out before enrollment. I think people had a different expectation of 'affordable'.

    November 1, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Duane St.Pete FL

    Six huh? Thea's something to be proud of.......well worth the 400 million.....

    November 1, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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