April 1st, 2014
09:50 AM ET
5 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. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Spike, please stop listening to the liars at Fox. During the POTUS's first campaign I actually read that if he was elected he would reinstate $lavery except this time, whites would be enslaved. And people actually believed it. Crazy but it might be nice to have Paula Deen doing my cooking and cleaning.... Just joking people. I actually like her racist or not.

    April 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    @Tommy G

    "Interesting... they seem to know all the numbers when it comes to all of their marketing of Obamacare and then when they are asked questions about how many have actually paid, and how many people signing had insurnce previously, and how many signing up were signing up because obamacare cancelled their other insurance, and how many young healthy people are signing up, they are totally in the dark. Or more likely, they have the information and are refusing to disclose it because it undermines their Obamacre failry tale."

    WAH!

    FIFY

    April 1, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. ProudDem

    Why aren't they saying how many have paid!!!!! Lies, lies, lies...danger Will Robinson!!

    Well, because people pay the insurance companies, not the website. Payment may not be due for weeks later. Whine whine whine.....since they were wrong that 7 million would not sign up, now they have to change the argument. Sure, some won't pay...so what...that's still millions of people who now have insurance.

    April 1, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    When the ACA becomes a successful program, uninsured citizens from Republican red states will sign up in droves. Too bad red states didn't follow the example of California's successful health care enrollment web site.

    April 1, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. it must be said

    Why would the American people believe ANYTHING the Obama adminstration says? Obamacare has been one massive lie, after another. They have already proven they will say ANYTHING to get people to accept this pile of dung. Doubling down on their lies is NOT working with the American people.

    April 1, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. tom l

    sniffit and rs,

    Aren't these questions relevant to the true success or do you just look at how many signed up for something that, by law, they had to sign up for.

    how many have actually paid? – we still don't know that answer
    how many previously were insured? – this is the largest group for sure that signed up – how does that benefit them and the goals of the ACA since it was to get previously uninsured to have insurance
    How many signed up because the ACA cancelled their other insurance? – again, this is extremely relevant
    how many young healthy people are signed up? – I mean, you're leaning on them to make this a success so shouldn't we know that number?

    There is no conspiracy. These are simply unanswered question that are at the heart of the success of the ACA. I know you're going to call me negative or whatever but that doesn't matter to me. Just tell me if you think those questions are important. Just remain laser focused on those questions that I'm asking.

    April 1, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    Not sure I understand all the wailing over "who paid" and "how many are on Medicaid" from the GOP "chri$tians"!

    Wasn't the biggest proponent of Christianity, Himself the one that said, "for if you help the sick, you help me"!

    Guess I missed the class that stated "only if they can afford it AND mortal men get to make that judgement".

    There is a lesson taking about using God's name in vain, in there somewhere!

    April 1, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @jpmichigan

    "Who's numbers is this , the White House? How many actually paid to have insurance? How many of those without insurance signed up and paid? How many young people signed up and paid? How many applied for and got Medicaid? There are many more answers that need answering to state officially the ACA works."

    Actually, I think you mean there are more questions that need questioning and more investigations that need investigating and more repeal votes that need repealing voting before you can definitively say the ACA does not work.

    Everyone take note, the transition from calling it Obamacare to calling it the ACA has began... that will be the true measure of it's success. When the righties start talking about how they deserve credit for it (like romney and the Auto bailout) then you will know the transition is complete.

    Obamacare will never work.
    obamacare is a failure.
    The aca may have benefits.
    The ACA appears to be working well for the American people.
    Vote for ME, I was totally reponsible for the Affordable Care Act!

    April 1, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Jeff

    So, they had more twitter followers than there are Americans? And, with 350M twitter followers, they only managed a meager 40K retweets?

    April 1, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Lizzie

    Pete
    ACA will go down like SocialSecurity,Medicare as another democratic crowning achivement..Can't say that republicans unless you speak of war and its deathly results comparitively speaking ,right chicken hawks!!
    --Yes, broke

    April 1, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Anonymous

    spike

    There are reports out of California that voter registration cards are being sent with Obamacare papers and they are pre marked Democrat. That wouldn't surprise me a bit.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Correction: There are a bunch of reports, all pertaining to one couple in LaMesa who claimed they got a pre-marked voter registration card. Frankly, it reminds me of the story about the waitress who says she was denied a tip because of her sexual orientation, and had the receipt from the customer to prove it. A few days later the customer came forth with proof the waitress wasn't telling the truth. Let's see how this plays out before getting our panties in a bunch. Maybe the fed should dust the card for fingerprints and question anyone in the “Obamacare” office whose prints are on it.

    April 1, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Lizzie

    So all of you are saying, that 13 millions had NO insurance, 7 Millions signed up for Obamacare and over 6 million on MEDICAID (which is free)
    Great job, like Kerry told the Europeans, Americans are stupid and have a right to be.

    April 1, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. tom l

    53%: The percentage of people absolutely fatigued with the constant "anit-Obamacare" right wing talking points and campaign ads.
    ======

    55%: The percentage of people absolutely fatigued with the constant "how great Obamacare" left wing talking points and rhetoric.
    :) I hope you're having a nice day Lynda.

    April 1, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @tom l
    how many previously were insured? – this is the largest group for sure that signed up – how does that benefit them
    ---------–
    "how does that benefit them" I am in this group so I can answer that.
    After ACA – no fear of cancellation due to long term illness.
    After ACA – no fear of being rejected for preexisting conditions
    After ACA – no loop holes to drop paying insurance customers for the above reasons and others

    Of course you could have found the answer in about 10 seconds online but you just keep this rumor alive. I will have to give you at least some Conspiracy Points for acting stupid on this point just to keep the myth alive! Rush would be proud of you.

    April 1, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. bcrunner

    I find it so interesting that people are getting so worked up... so angry over people who are getting health insurance....not from the government but from private entities. Some say, I don't care if they get insurance, but I don't want to pay for it. Well... we've always paid for them... whether we help them to buy insurance or if we pay when they go to get medical help...

    The bottom line is they just can't stand any success from this president... and they are going nuts.... now they are "cooking the books"... they were in denial over the unemployment numbers before the election and they were in denial over the election results... now they are in denial over the success so far of the ACA.

    People need healthcare and I challenge Republicans to come up with something better or fix the parts that need to be fixed!!

    April 1, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Lizzie

    Blame Republicans For Obamacare
    Blame republicans for Obamacare. If the republicans had introduced a single payer system (the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices), then we wouldn't have Obamacare today. But since the republicans introduced NOTHING (of substance) to address the health care crisis, we now have Obamacare. I blame the republicans for Obamacare. After all it was THEIR idea, supported by the Heritage Foundation, and implemented by Mitt Romney.
    --not to worry, single payer system is coming, Obamacare was NEVER suppose to work. Then you can wait in line for ALL services.

    April 1, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. rs

    tom l

    sniffit and rs,

    Aren't these questions relevant to the true success or do you just look at how many signed up for something that, by law, they had to sign up for.

    how many have actually paid? – we still don't know that answer
    how many previously were insured? – this is the largest group for sure that signed up – how does that benefit them and the goals of the ACA since it was to get previously uninsured to have insurance
    How many signed up because the ACA cancelled their other insurance? – again, this is extremely relevant
    how many young healthy people are signed up? – I mean, you're leaning on them to make this a success so shouldn't we know that number?

    There is no conspiracy. These are simply unanswered question that are at the heart of the success of the ACA. I know you're going to call me negative or whatever but that doesn't matter to me. Just tell me if you think those questions are important. Just remain laser focused on those questions that I'm asking.
    ___________________________
    Still waiting on the apology on the Kochs and tar sands rights, Tom.
    And no, you're peddling Right-wing conspiracy points.

    April 1, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Donna

    Tony
    Donna, many people whose plans were canceled were automatically enrolled in other plans by their insurance companies. They did not have to go on the exchanges.
    -–

    Total lunacy. Nobody was automatically enrolled in anything, Insurance companies cannot make personal healthcare insurance diecisions for people. Deductibles, costs, networks, etc. Where do you all you lying lefties come from? Are you all former Obama administration flunkies?

    April 1, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Listening to right wing head explosions, PRICELESS.

    April 1, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. CryBabies

    Don't ask this administration questions....arrogance allows them to not answer. Probably the answer begs them not to answer. Gurgyl, wheres your daily rant about ACA being the law and Obama is the greatest and Hillary 2016? Tired rhetoric, just plain tired.

    April 1, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. smith

    Next year when the insurance companies actually set the prices for the people enrolled in the ACA, the premiums will skyrocket. This laws was flawed from the get go, it depends on young healthy people being enrolled. However, the law gives this certain group so many ways to be exempt from it.

    April 1, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Larry L

    Strange to see Republicans trying so hard to find fault with a healthcare program designed to help – especially one taken from a conservative idea. Neo-cons actually enjoy any negative information about our economy and relish news of failure in our government. Well bad news... the ACA is rapidly turning into a success story in spite of the $200 million dollars in right-wing marketing spent to poison the well. Maybe spending that same money in trying to help America would have been a better investment.

    April 1, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    spike

    There are reports out of California that voter registration cards are being sent with Obamacare papers and they are pre marked Democrat. That wouldn't surprise me a bit.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Meanwhile, back on planet Reality: There are a bunch of reports, all pertaining to one couple in LaMesa who claimed they got a pre-marked voter registration card. Frankly, it reminds me of the story about the waitress who says she was denied a tip because of her sexual orientation, and had the receipt from the customer to prove it. A few days later the customer came forth with proof the waitress wasn't telling the truth. Let's see how this plays out before getting our panties in a bunch. Maybe the fed should dust the card for fingerprints and question anyone in the “Obamacare” office whose prints are on it.

    April 1, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. smith

    @Rudy-Please google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton and educate yourself. Your either in denial, lying, or not informed.

    April 1, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Dems in PA

    How did they do it?

    They are lying thru their teeth, just like Anthony Weiner and Anthony Weiner represents exactly what Obama and the Democrats in Congress are – LIARS. The Democrats will stand there and lie thru their teeth to achieve their agenda, no matter what it costs or affects.

    Everybody remembers the Democrats getting the unemployment number below 8% just before the November 2013 election, we all know that was a lie.

    April 1, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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