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. Yo k

    I Knew obamacare was going to be a big failure but I did not know if was going to fail this bad and this early, save ourselves many millions of dollars now and stop the stupidity please

    November 1, 2013 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  2. Greenspam

    And on the 7th enroll He rests!

    November 1, 2013 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  3. kaka Bitter Thorn

    Haha.. this was all my family. And we are still sick.

    November 1, 2013 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  4. Cave Johnson

    When poor people realize it isnt free and many in the middle class lose their health coverage. America will be on the next dog snd pony show. Good gob sheeple.

    November 1, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  5. obotma

    even the people who want to sign up for this disaster cant because it just wont let them!

    November 1, 2013 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  6. Joe B.

    I have been trying to enroll since the healthcare website first started, but haven't been able to get the program to confirm my application. I set up an application, completed all the steps, and enrolled in health and dental insurance, however, when I get to the final confirmation and click it, nothing happens. I have tried it at least 100 times! Twice I've chatted with someone, but they were clueless. Also, I called and this person was clueless with any help!

    November 1, 2013 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  7. James Madison

    6 enrollees? That's $100m per enrollee. Boy Democrats sure make a great argument for huge government!

    November 1, 2013 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  8. drefromla

    all i know is i got health instance of rthe first time in over 10 years.
    as far as I'm concerned ACA is a success

    November 1, 2013 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  9. Socalc

    > "Internal notes show paltry initial enrollment in Obamacare"

    Well, so we see that the website being a screw-up can not be blamed on a high traffic load. They will have to find some other excuse.

    November 1, 2013 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  10. bones1918

    Don't feel so bad, Mr. President. I only got 6 bids on ebay for my piece of toast that looked like the baby Jesus.

    November 1, 2013 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  11. rasPutin

    Why on God's Green Earth do we need so many Federal health care systems? We already had one for the military, another for federal employees, Medicaid, and Medicare, and now we're adding another for Obamacare.

    It would be so much simpler to just roll everything into Medicare and let them handle us all.

    November 1, 2013 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  12. usxpatriate

    I find it interesting that a great portion of the people whom need such a service, one, may not even own a computer, two, may not have the access needed to use the website, and lastly, may have little to no understanding how to use the website in way that they would need to sign up for the program. How do these people get the help that this program is meant to offer them?

    November 1, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  13. Rob

    The website crash with just 6 enrollments. How many tens of millions of $ were the taxpayers raped of again?

    November 1, 2013 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  14. gager

    Sign up or you will go to jail. Typical government solution to those who embrace liberties.

    November 1, 2013 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  15. JeninNC

    Wow. Saturday Night Live did a parody of Kathleen Seblius and joked about the web site only being designed to handle "six users at a time." At least it was supposed to be a joke–turns out it was 100% accurate.

    When the parodies turn out to be more accurate than the official reports, you know you're in trouble.

    November 1, 2013 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  16. Fred Flintstone

    hahahahahaaaaaa 6? hahahahaaaaa... that's, quite a sought after healthcare plan, ain't it?

    November 1, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  17. LivinginVA

    Well, yeah. If I were doing this, I would get the information then spend a couple days going over it and deciding which option is best. Buying it right then is like saying "I need a new car," going to a dealership and picking something out on the lot without knowing anything about the model.

    November 1, 2013 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  18. cosmo

    Funny numbers..

    November 1, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  19. Ed Godard

    You don't pass a law requiring people to do something because they would do it voluntarily.

    November 1, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  20. 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.

    So, since you are forced to have a body, now you are forced to have insurance.

    Also, you are upset about a program that JUST began. That is like criticizing social security after 2 weeks after it began.

    AND, now the Tea Nuts complain about the website. I wonder sometimes if Palin is the standard for the IQ in that party.

    Here is a question: What happens when the website does get fixed? ummmmmmmm, I can see Russia from my backyard..

    November 1, 2013 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  21. Michael

    I can't afford the healthcare costs even with the subsidies. So unless they can get my cost down to around $30 a month (which isn't going to happen), I won't be enrolling.

    November 1, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  22. Goony

    Six people for $500,000,000? You could have just bought them instance on the open market saved a lot of money.

    November 1, 2013 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  23. Dave

    Gee, what happened to all of those people who LOOOOOOOVE Owebamacare?

    November 1, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  24. perz

    If the site was largely down all day, what's your point?

    November 1, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  25. Rick Patel

    Nobody wants Obamacare, which is nothing but socialist wealth redistribution.

    November 1, 2013 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
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