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. sweeper111

    The System is down at the moment.

    We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Please try again later.

    HA I just tried the site. How can you sign up even 30 days after rollout. Just for the profit of insurance companies.
    Single payer please.

    November 1, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  2. Karloff

    The WH will spin the 6 into 60,000 and the 248 into 2,480,000.

    November 1, 2013 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  3. JimInOhio

    Well, that's not so bad. At this pace, it should only take 154.7 years to get to the 7M enrollees they said they'd need to make the estimated costs work.

    November 1, 2013 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  4. William

    ":the spokeswoman remained confident that enrollment totals would tick up as more people learned about the exchange."
    LOL, how much more do you think we are going to have to learn? I think learning about Obamacare is why the #'s are what they are now. My God, for once the government is dumber than the people.

    November 1, 2013 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  5. HARDTALK

    GOP did not "TOLD US SO." GOP simply does not want anything propose by Obama simply because racism.
    Obama does not belong in the White Hose according to the GOP. Obamacare is what they propose for the last thirty according to the Heritage Foundation. But it was only lip service for publica consumption. It's an extra cost that corporation don't want. You are an employee. If get sick, they get rid of you.

    November 1, 2013 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  6. Steve Kaplan

    Cost of my prostate cancer treatment was just under $250,000! If you don't have insurance or the money then it's time to say goodby to friends and family.

    November 1, 2013 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  7. daze z

    hmm? maybe he will have to use more force. like intimidate and threaten people with prison rather than just extreme tax penalties for not cooperating with this corrupt nonsense.

    November 1, 2013 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  8. tet1953

    Enrollments increased forty fold in 24 hours. That's pretty good isn't it?

    November 1, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  9. Thomas Nichols

    Great Story! Let's amputate!

    November 1, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  10. Rob

    Obama should just keep clicking his heels together while repeating "quality, affordable, healthcare". That would be a more promising approach than anything this administration proposed or accomplished to date.

    November 1, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama care was shoved down the American peoples throat,full of lies and false hopes and rising cost it is a runaway train.the vast majority of people signing up are getting medicaid which puts no money into the plan,and the rest who will be paying for this fiasco arent signing up.Already over cost and it will get worse.

    November 1, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  12. Paul

    6?!? Really?!?
    No wonder they don't want to report the numbers. Any database has a simple query to out data. A monkey could write one to pull this info.
    Select * count
    from table name
    Where enrollment = True

    November 1, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  13. SDCinNS

    We paid $600 million to sign up 6 people? Yikes

    November 1, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  14. Not fooled

    Funny but I do not see any reporting on the fact that Obama purposely lied to Americans (they can keep there healthcare period) just to get the affordable healthcare bill passed.

    November 1, 2013 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  15. SixDegrees

    Here's a big problem with such reports: the website is so badly broken that no one can trust any numbers it generates, at all. And there's no guarantee any attempts at enrollment have actually succeeded.

    We'll know more in late spring, as the IRS starts filing complaints against people who haven't signed up, and it turns out many did but were improperly flagged as violators.

    While they're spending a few hundred million more taxpayer dollars fixing the website, would it be too much to have them install audit controls, and release those metrics as well?

    November 1, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  16. bob

    6 is not bad. Obama estimated, what, couple hundred thousand?

    November 1, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  17. J R Brown

    Citing 20 million visitors doesn't equate to an "interest" in the health care offerings because people WANT it...it shows that people are checking it out because it's the law that they have it. You can't say people have an interest in your product when they don't have the choice of NOT getting it.

    November 1, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  18. Hiruu

    Uhm...but I thought the COULDN'T get online...I am confused. What else would you expect...

    November 1, 2013 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  19. UVA_Fan

    Have you tried forcing it down with maybe some honey or something else to make it seem less bitter to take and to swallow. Is it possible we don't like having our options forced down our throats. I apologize for speaking up, I will now bow my head and conform to the great obamacare.

    November 1, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  20. Sandy

    I think LMAO prety much sums it up.

    November 1, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  21. hkirwin

    Obamacare will go down as one of the biggest blunders in history. Shame on you Obama.

    November 1, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  22. Cam

    Obamacare is imploding on its own. Government never runs anything very well.

    November 1, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  23. Cantgetthe Truthhere

    Where are the stories about people having their healthcare cancelled by insurance companies because of Obamacare?

    November 1, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  24. DavVictor

    "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
    -> No, you simply have a lot of rubber neckers curious about the site since it's getting a lot of media attention

    November 1, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  25. Marie MD

    Well dug! The Canadian firm was a bust but now we have Google, Redhat and snother company whose name escapes me getting into the act.
    This should be up and running really soon and more people will sign up.
    romneycare took a while to get started so calm down folks.

    November 1, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
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