November 1st, 2013
12:50 AM ET
12 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. Chris

    And does the writer remind us that Jay Corney and Kathleen's Bilious both said they did not know what the enrollment numbers were? When we now know the numbers were available? Meaning they either lied or were willfully ignorant?

    Of course not.

    November 1, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Me

    Anonymous

    Dear Tea Nuts: (try to string together more than two thoughts in a row. God is not in charge of everything)

    Do you know why car insurance is FORCED on everyone when you do buy a car?

    Also, for all the Tea Nuts that keep replying to me that you have a choice of not buying a car.

    Well, technically, no one ASKED any human if they wanted to be born and own their own body.
    _____________________
    LOL, you completely proved the "tea nuts" point right with the last sentence above, you debunked your own argument!!! Looks like you tried to put together a couple too many thought at one time, next time stick with one or 2 and you might not debunk your own argument half way through! LMFAO

    November 1, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. FedUpInDallas

    The ACA is nothing more than an additional revenue stream clocked in political veneer. Regardless party or preferred rhetoric, none of the arguments improve point of care. In terms of payer, we had subsidized care and Medicade before this boondoggle. Efforts would have been better spent developing tort reform to eliminate malpractice hemorrhage which inflates the costs of healthcare.

    November 1, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. FajitaBob

    BAAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!
    Well, I guess the initial trillion is already spent, but it will only cost a few million per year (rather than the est 600billion) for these few hundred wards of the state.

    November 1, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. BlueGuy

    Well, I'm done, as of next year I can no longer afford to put gas in my car to get to work. My insurance company canceled our insurance plan and I just got the prices from the ACA website... My family of 3's insurance is going up $400 a month for a plan that is slightly worse (higher deductibles) then my current plan. I don't know what I am going to do. Please tell me this is just a really bad dream?

    November 1, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Jeff Tartt

    Wow! jaybird carney lied about this?I am shocked!

    November 1, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Dean

    So I am one of the now insured people with a cheap policy. I have an existing condition and now I have insurance. I have a $2000.00 deductible and a 40% copay. What do I do if I have a $10,000.00 hospital bill? I can't come up with the $2000.00 for the deductible and the 40% on the remaining $8000.00.....A total of $5200.00. The ACA could be considered affordable? as far as the premiums go, but I was better off hitting the emergency room.

    November 1, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Fred Hunt

    Why is enrollment important -Shouldn't the question be how many people have paid for a healthcare plan. Asking for enrollment numbers are not valid b/c you have to enroll to view the plans available but that does not say you have paid for a plan.

    November 1, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Chris

    And does the writer remind us that Jay Corney and Kathleen's Bilious both said they did not know what the enrollment numbers were? When we now know the numbers were available? Meaning they either lied or were willfully ignorant?

    Of course not.
    -------------------–
    Is the right wing really that eager to point fingers that they cannot wait until the end of the month? Yup, you betcha.

    November 1, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Lee

    I'm sure the numbers will look better once the site numbers are hidden with all the other numbers.

    November 1, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Dean

    Me

    Anonymous

    Dear Tea Nuts: (try to string together more than two thoughts in a row. God is not in charge of everything)

    Do you know why car insurance is FORCED on everyone when you do buy a car?

    Car insurance is not forced on everyone to protect themselves, but to protect the people they might hit. Big difference.

    November 1, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    "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""

    So long! Au revoir! We'll miss your lack of meaningful contributions to the discussions!

    November 1, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. John Illinois

    Pathetic! I thought this pile of crap was so great that people would be tripping over themselves to get on it?!?! Obama and his liberals are liars and people are starting to realize it!

    November 1, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. sonkarlay

    There is only one thin to say about republicans blocking nominees is Reid never learned about republicans craps, if republicans was majority now then that whole rules have have changed but he trusts those empty suits republicans to change their ways, once Obama is still president and the hatred in this country for blacks things will never change, the hatred from the south have spread all over this country and they call them selves Christian, read the head line on bbcworld, American cuts food from the poor and give the rich tax cuts

    November 1, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Dan

    What an incredible waste of taxpayer money and government resources!

    November 1, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. meitis

    And in three hours less than 600 comments. Shows how disinterested the populous is in this obomacare fiasco.

    November 1, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "Car insurance is not forced on everyone to protect themselves, but to protect the people they might hit. Big difference."
    -------
    Indeed. And (in most cases) to protect the bank that holds the car loan.

    Don't like it? Don't drive.

    November 1, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Gig 'em

    Somebody tell me how much money Jay Carney got for his soul?

    November 1, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Fed UP

    That's Awesome news! 6 People! Only 299,999,993 to go... We are on our way! Progress is being made.
    Side line comment – don't jump up for joy, if you get a sprained ankle on the landing, your doomed.

    November 1, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Matt

    Do they know how many intended to buy on the first day verses how many were just browsing? When I log onto Orbitz to check the cost of a flight or hotel, I'm not necessarily intending to buy right away.

    November 1, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. ed dugan

    Hillary's experience should have told them but they had to do it anyway. We should have learned from Europe, especially Great Britain since they have been in business a lot longer than we have. Take note: there is no way in hell that you can mix government health care and private health care and come out ahead. The health insurance companies (I call them casinos since the house always wins) need to be put out of business and the government should take over completely. You can't expect a Federal worker, who is accustomed to recording everything and understanding nothing, to work hand in hand with a greedy business person. The Feds will lose every time. It has to be one or the other, all private or all governmente and a mixture of both has just been shown to fail.

    November 1, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Smilingdon

    I tried to think of something profound to say, but words escape. This is just to funny. If I had done that poor of a job, I would be fired ASAP! Who do we fire for this mess. From the top down?

    November 1, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Eagle0521

    They knew that many would be cancelled and would only have a few short months to replace their coverage. Most believed the Liar in Chief about keeping their current policy. Now they have no where to go but Obamacare exchanges. Then the Ministry of Truth will tell us it is the popularity of the law that is increasing the rolls, not desparation. This is the most calculating and dishonest administration ever. Makes Nixon look like a piker.

    November 1, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. ToughLove

    Obama has proven to be a liar. There are more lies to be discovered and will be long after he is out of office. He will indeed be proven to be the worst president EVER. His philosophy of government is flawed, his philosophy of governance is flawed and he has blatantly lied. This turns the stomach of every American who cares about integrity and those principles that had once made our country great.
    it started with Clinton though. We began to love personal gain over character. RockStar Obama is a failure. Sad thing is, our nation is so self-consumed and ignorant that we will repeat this mistake again.

    November 1, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. truth is

    Wish the tea part would just buy an island someplace and start their own republic. Pretty sure after 5 years with the policies they seem to love, we would be giving them foreign aid and they would turn into the welfare queens they keep complaining about.

    November 1, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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