April 1st, 2014
09:50 AM ET
8 months ago

By the numbers: The final Obamacare push

Washington (CNN) – After a spike in signups on the last day for open enrollment, Obamacare is on track to hit the White House's original target for enrollees, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

How did they do it?

Here’s a look at their final push, by the numbers:

7 million: The original goal for signups by March 31. The administration official said they're on track to reach that goal, despite major technical problems with HealthCare.gov in the weeks following the website's launch on October 1.

400: The number of radio stations that administration officials and their surrogates, including celebrities and athletes, appeared on to promote Obamacare since late February.

80: The number of interviews Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett gave to boost the health care law. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also gave dozens of interviews.

300:
The total number of radio interviews administration officials took part in over the last six weeks, the White House said. (That figure includes interviews by Jarrett and McDonough)

5,000: The number of "grassroots” events held by groups supportive of the Affordable Care Act in the past six weeks, officials said.

100:
The number of celebrities and athletes who tweeted out pitches for consumers to sign up for coverage.

33 million: The number of views of HealthCare.gov that came from videos promoting enrollment, including the now-famous segment between actor Zach Galifianakis and the President on the website "Funny or Die." Those figures come from White House officials tracking the data.

350 million:
The number of Twitter followers reached in the final Obamacare push, with 40,400 retweets produced, White House officials added.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    Fair is Fair

    Meanwhile, in other news –

    It’s decision day in Maryland where state officials will rule on whether to ditch a $125 million ObamaCare enrollment system and start over with new technology. The heavily-Democratic state, which is home to millions of potential ObamaCare beneficiaries, has only enrolled about 50,000 in ObamaCare programs that require individuals to pay part of their own costs. Maryland's Web site crashed on its first day, and after hundreds of fixes, the site still will not work for many users.
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    wasn't oregon in pretty much the same situation, only worse? of course you don't hear too much about this in the media.
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    Many state sites were produced by the same outfit that fumbled the federal site. They all used the same outdated, two decades old, web site technology, which can be easily compromised and is not capable of the volume of traffic encounterd in today's busier world wide web. It's not a major story for those reasons. It's called upgrades. The newer technology requires far less code and more organized, which makes it easier to write and maintain.

    April 1, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. tom l

    "Many state sites were produced by the same outfit that fumbled the federal site. They all used the same outdated, two decades old, web site technology, which can be easily compromised and is not capable of the volume of traffic encounterd in today's busier world wide web"
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    Imagine a private business making that decision rather than the federal govt. The private company goes out of business. The govt says "ooooppppss! Do over!" and it's fine because the govt has no concept of the value of money and, quite frankly, they don't care.

    April 1, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. 2_indy1600

    @Tampa "tired of listening to....how unamerican it was to keep Chrysler and GM afloat."
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    You're just tired, Tim; any opposition wears you out. Good idea to keep murderous car companies in business? That would be no, and isn't the gov just as culpable for putting their people on the corp boards? By the way, have never heard Rush, and only glance at fox for a different view, as should all reasonable people who want to challenge their thinking.

    April 1, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Parker

    Blah Blah Blah the same old story from the Teapublicans. Let's review the republican mindset: Social Security will be the end of the USA. Public Assistance will be the end of the USA. Medicare will be the end of the USA. Medicaid will be the end of the USA. Food stamps will be the end of the USA. The ACA will be the end of the USA. We must cut taxes on the job creators or it will be the end of the USA.

    For those readers with an once of brains, I do not need to go over what has actually happened as a result of the the successful programs and just how many jobs the job creators have actually created. Two points: 1. Social security is known to be the most successful social program ever. 2. Our fearless tax cutting pro job creating former President Bush created ZERO new Jobs. So, shall we continue to believe the Teapublican non-sense or should we look at the facts? Teapublican's, tell the same lies over and over and they become truth.

    April 1, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. tom l

    Tampa Tim

    smith
    @Tampa Tim-No one is saying the housing crisis was all Clinton`s fault. However, his revisions did play a key role.
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    There are a few people who posted trying to put all the blame on everyone but a republican. It is tiring continually correcting their posts.
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    The only hyper partisan is you (but I think we all understand why that is now). smith and I fully recognize that both parties led to the meltdown and to not acknowledge that demonstrates ignorance and partisanship. Your cute comment about Bush was already on full display by me about 3 posts earlier as I proved once again that it's not the party, but the policy, that matters most. Unless you're you or Rudy or rs or Sniffit then it's all about the party and only the party.

    April 1, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Tom l

    The CRA by definition lowered standards
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    That is absolutely true.... from a certain point of view. Like I said, the CRA change that "smith" was apparently talking about prohibited banks from redlining neighborhoods, banning any loans to be issued in those areas. If that's what you call "lowered standards", then you're absolutely correct. The total numbers of loans to those areas, compared to the total number of loans thaat suddenly started gonig bad a decade LATER is small.

    The main catalyst was the deregulation in how mortgages were written and explained to customers, the ADDI of 2004. The failure rate of loans went up dramatically following the passage of that bill. The overwhelming majority of the bad loans contained the deceptive language allowed under the ADDI. Does Fair actually think that the ADDI is something that I made up?

    April 1, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. tom l

    2_indy1600

    @Tampa "tired of listening to....how unamerican it was to keep Chrysler and GM afloat."
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You're just tired, Tim; any opposition wears you out. Good idea to keep murderous car companies in business? That would be no, and isn't the gov just as culpable for putting their people on the corp boards? By the way, have never heard Rush, and only glance at fox for a different view, as should all reasonable people who want to challenge their thinking.
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    Agreed. Tampa has to answer to others though so his thinking is "skewed"....

    April 1, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. CryBabies

    By the Numbers....how about "Buy the Numbers"? What a farce!

    April 1, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Tom l – Glad to see you finally woke up. Get out of your Jammie's and pretend to be an adult.

    April 1, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Hector Slagg

    Well Honestly Now,
    If the Numbers were, will be, are, so great why don't we have the facts and figures. After 4 years and 6 months the verdict is in. Fuzzy Figures. 7 Million is chicken feed even if all are paying the premiums. And if all those that don't have a job or working part time now are signed up, paying something, they are probably barely making it, if at all. Once Again, THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH ! The Bill will have to be paid somewhere. The only out is if the Country goes Bankrupt. Not too far from reality. There is no money i the Till. It was spent decades ago, hence, the nearly 18 Trillion National Debt. One day the Congress could say, sorry, no more money. Better think it over, boys.

    April 1, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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