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. ANDY

    President is a complete disgrace and a liar. Anybody with half a brain knew it would cost more and the middle class would be hurt the worst. The President ALWAYS seem to be lying and pretends not to know about any of the scandals under his watch. The Leftists can't even believe his incredible claims of ignorance. Of course the media has aided him at every turn. Wondering if they will ever wake up and help our Great Country again and start holding him and the Administration accountable. Where are the tough questions? Jay Carney is a joke. Never answers REAL questions.

    November 1, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Decline to state

    I am one of the six. I signed up for a Silver Kaiser Plan in California on day 1. Self-employed and trapped in the individual market for about 15 years, each year worse than the one before. Finally could no longer afford the almost $1800 a month for ONLY me. I'm saving over $1000 per month and have better coverage. The site was slow and glitchy when it first opened in the morning, but by late afternoon. Want my story CNN? email me and we'll talk....

    November 1, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. EarthWorm

    IF these numbers are official and I believe they are that would prove the American people are not taking this Health Law seriously at all. I know I am not. I am looking for ways to beat the govt. even more because my family is more important than trying to keep a "monkey law" alive.
    This should also tell Congress and the President you are so far off course for what Americans really want that they have written you off completely.
    As plenty others have said..I am going to sit back and watch the ACA die with no one caring it does.

    November 1, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. yep

    I keep reading how doctors don't care about their patients and make too much money and it's really starting to become annoying. As a doctor in private practice I haven't seen a raise in 18 years from an insurance company, in fact all I've seen is a decrease in what I get paid for services rendered, yet premiums have gone through the roof and services have gone down. It's a joke. Why would anyone in their right mind today spend 100+ thousand and 8-10 years becoming a doctor to be relegated to the small amount that the insurance companies compensate? Health care in this country is in the process of going down the tubes regardless of what the ACA is or is not going to do. But don't worry, the CEO's of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies are doing just fine!

    November 1, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. jerrylax

    and it took a subpoena to get this info, information from their own meetings...which obama quickly denied. If they (obama) have to lie, manipulate, and obstruct it can only mean one thing. They simply know if you have all the facts you will not go along with their grand power grab.

    November 1, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    You liberals are so gullible. If they had said 10 people signed up, you would have believed that too.

    November 1, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. ANDY

    Wait until the pain comes down (and it's coming). The Admin and Dems will surely try to hang it, in some fashion, on the GOP. It' s all about the spin and slight of hand. Never, ever, ever is anything his fault or responsibility. Even this rolllout disaster. Can somebody please tell me what was so wrong with the greatest health care system that the world has ever known? Oh, right , the cost for those uniinsured. Just a reminder that the poorest person in this country, can walk into any ER in the country, get treated and have it paid for !!And this 1,200 page Obamanation will surely hurt us beyond belief.

    November 1, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. inNJ

    people are blaming the GOP ... for not adding anything to THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ... the facts are the Dems had total control... and they wouldn't listen to any of their ideals....the acted like a bunch of spoiled kids... by the way I'm am independent...

    November 1, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. JP

    Now we know what it is in the ACA. If the government likes your plan, you can keep it. Period.
    The trick was, to kick out people from their existing insurance, and then funnel them back to the Obamacare. People who had Cadillac plan were kicked out; apparently, they were sub- standard plans as is being spread around now.
    It is pathetic that some of the left wing media still keep glorifying outright lies, deceit, lack of ethics and character. Many would never learn in their lifetime that a lying tongue is an abomination.

    November 1, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Tony C

    "We don't even know what's in it" Let me help you out here Nancy Pelosi. Bad planning, Lots of Medicaid. Lack of participation. Rising insurance prices to the middle class. Rising deductibles. Opt outs by major clinics. And also false statements by the administration. We may also be facing a healthcare crisis like none we have ever seen.

    November 1, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. sam

    Notice they didn't say 20 million unique visitors. If the same people are having to continually visit the site over and over again Of course the number of hits is going to be high. Gotta love statistics....

    November 1, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. gregor1971

    In other countries with socialized medicine, the following trend has become apparent. People who previously had no coverage and then were given it through programs like this have gone to the doctor 3 times per month, on average. These people, many of whom are unemployed, go to the doctor when they have a headache, when the sneeze, etc. As a result, healthcare costs have been significantly higher than anticipated

    November 1, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. Javanne

    More interesting than the number of folks who signed up (and they must have been Obama contributors to have been able to do so) would be their average age.

    November 1, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. john rosen

    Obama and his Obamacare will be written in history as one of the dumbest programs ever created

    November 1, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. rgcnn

    Stop hiring off-shore workers for things like this, such a waste of taxpayer's dollars.
    Such a waste, I know companies who would do this for 1/10 of the cost and that would include maintenance contract and quality work.

    November 1, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. samuel

    lucky six.

    November 1, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Joe

    Maybe if Democrats would stop and listen to Republicans they would save theirselves alot of embarassment. Wasn't it the Republicans that wanted to delay this trainwreck ? Looks like they were right all along.

    November 1, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. TC

    Yeah, I looked at it, but not because I want to use it. I was trying to find out what my rates would be compared to what I have. The last time I looked, the rates were more than double what I currently have.

    November 1, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Jerome K

    313.9 million people in America. Non-functional website costed us 350 million dollars. Why didn't the Government just give each of us a million dollars? We could have saved 30 million and 313.9 million Americans would have been able to afford health care.

    November 1, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Joe p

    This is a complete mess. Obama lied.

    November 1, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. 2thetruth

    How about the volunteer firefighters getting kick out because Obamacare all over

    November 1, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. northofnowhere

    @warlockWardrobe – Do you really think ACA is going to lower healthcare costs. How can a healthcare plan that was touted as giving more coverage to more people without restricting pre-existing conditions give us lower healthcare costs.

    November 1, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. Daniel Sullivan

    Unless you're in one of the 24 states that didn't opt out of federal funding for the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), the prices are outrageous. Conservatives killed it at the state level.

    November 1, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. oliver

    For all the knock on the "fiasco" of the website, I think something really important is being lost here. I just signed up today, got health insurance for the first time in my adult life. Paying less then 100/month for it- with dental. I'm pretty pumped. I can't be the only one?

    I think the right is just focused on the negative. If some of them would take the time to actually go to the site and sign up, I'm sure they would be pleased with the coverage offered. 5 years ago, I made much, much less, and health insurance was $175/mo minimum, without dental. I couldn't afford it. Haven't been to a docotor since I was 19 (i'm 30 now). Finally, the economy has picked up for me, and its only an added bonus that I can get health insurance for a lower cost.

    What's to complain about?

    November 1, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. edmundburkeson

    You people better learn to play or pay! Baby! Playing is paying! So whether you play or whether you pay? Pay you will!

    November 1, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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