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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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. 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 she was a lesbian, and had the receipt on which the customer had written a nasty note 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 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Tony

    The nonprofit Rand Corporation, polling 3,300 Americans monthly since last fall, found that the percentage of adults without health insurance had declined from 20.9% to 16.6% as of March 22. These numbers are similar to the ones from Gallup, which found that the uninsured rate among adults had declined from 18% in the final quarter of 2013 to 15.9% through the first two month of 2014.

    April 1, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. ben miller

    @it must be said it's working for 7 million plus people despite the hugh, mostly false effort by the republicans to submerge it.

    April 1, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. i'malib

    Get over it! It's the flaw of the land!

    April 1, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Name

    rs,
    I did reply but it didn't post and when I get a chance I will show you how wrong you are about the Koch brothers and the keystone pipeline. Let's just say that not only do they have nothing to do with it but they have also not lobbied on it.

    And such a shocker that you don't want to answer the very relevant questions but there's no surprise there because you don't care nor want to know the answers.

    April 1, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. sonnie3

    Those with subsidies will be there for the hand/ those with entitlements will stand in line for freebies/ Now those who have to pay for such a foolish program, That's another matter. ACA is all about tax and control by the democrats that put this in effect by 100% dem push. They own it. This is nothing more than a new TAX,

    April 1, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. sonnie3

    If it was so good? Why all the push.

    April 1, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    @smith
    "Next year when the insurance companies actually set the prices for the people enrolled in the ACA, the premiums will skyrocket. "

    As opposed to the drastic drop in prices we were experiencing before? Heck, without the ACA being passed, we were nearing the point where the insurance companies were going to be paying us to be insured!
    Right, smith? In the republicant reality bubble where obamacare (remember when you used to call it that?HAHAHAHHA)
    was a train wreck and a failure.
    Sucks being wrong all the time, doesn't it?

    April 1, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-Please google revisions to the community reinvestment act by Bill Clinton and educate yourself. Your either in denial, lying, or not informed.
    ------------------
    Educate myself? Is that why you all keep giving me "homework assignments"? Why don't you tell us why what he did had such a negative effect? You can't because your're spouting right wing talking points and don't have a clue as to what they actually mean. ... ... because they ARE meaningless. Empty. Nothing made as much a difference as the ADDI.

    Because I'll tell you right now, the vast majority of the bad loans that contained the new language for the ballooning payments, as authorized by the ADDI.

    April 1, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. JSB

    I don't wish to be unkind, but watching the uncontained fury of Republicans over any good new about the ACA is kind of a hoot.

    April 1, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. salty dog

    Credibility check, tom l., did you not know the Koch's are the driving force behind keystone, they will make up to 100 billion on their land holdings related to the project. I whole heartedly believe they are behind the second survey, why did we need a second one, the first didn't say what they needed it too, some things really are that simple.

    April 1, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Tom l

    @smith
    With Rudy I like to give the options of knowingly leaving out info, intellectual dishonesty or ignorance. Just ask him about David Stockman....

    April 1, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    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.
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    Under normal circumstances, you'd be correct. But there's one major item you've not taken into consideration. This year, the employer mandate kicks in, and there's going to be millions of people currently insured that are going to be without, simply because many employers are just going to eat the fine. It's cheaper than coverage. So now there will be millions forced into the exchanges. People are going to be so angry they're going to demand single payer. Voila. Mission accomplished. Bank on it... they've thought this through.

    April 1, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Tony

    Donna, this was what the Washington Post's fact checker said. This was the sentence in its January 6 article, titled "The GOP claim that more Americans have lost insurance than gained it under Obamacare":

    "In reality, many people who received notices that their plans were canceled were told they would be automatically enrolled into another plan by the same insurance company."

    April 1, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Rand Paul is a poll boy, he doesn't say anything regarding any issue until he poll tests it, yet wants you to think he's an independent thinker, how can that be when you have to test your proclamations before you are willing to say them.

    April 1, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Tom l

    @smith
    With Rudy I like to give the options of knowingly leaving out info, intellectual dishonesty or ignorance. Just ask him about David Stockman....
    --------
    I usually give him one of 3 options... spin, spin, or spin.

    April 1, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "simply because many employers are just going to eat the fine"

    Sorry, but reports have proven the GOP/Teatrolls' wrong on that. There isn't going to be a massive exodus from employer-provided insurance. Keep hope alive though...you guys will eventually manage to come up with a demagoguery talking point or two that doesn't get proven completely wrong and unjustified by the data later, as long as you just keep running your mouths and spewing every nightmare you can imagine, one of them has to turn out right eventually, no? And in the meantime, it does such a good job making you look sane and rational, eh?

    April 1, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Name, nothing could be further from the truth, they will make 100 billion of land, once keystone gets the nod, nah, they could care less, talk about naive to the extreme. Their are being careful, I'll give you that, but, come on man, really?

    April 1, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. engineer

    7mil, I do not like all inclusive numbers, they provide no real informatoin.
    1. How many who signed up were kicked off their old due to the law.
    2. Why does medicare count in this number it is the place of last resort not part of the ACA, people were forced into it.
    3. How many healthy young were signed up.
    4. How many very old and with preconditions signed up.

    While I am not an actuary, the data will be easy to determine if it can be sustained.

    Give us all the data and we can decide as to how well it worked.

    April 1, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Paul Namkoong

    So what about the other 43 million people without insurance? How many of the sign ups were because people lost their insurance and doctors because of the ACA? What was really the net increase of the insured? 43 million still uninsured!
    This whole thing was a joke.

    April 1, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So Sonnie, you expect the dems to just sit back and take the lies paid for by the Koch's? The same question could be asked if the law was so bad why did the Koch's spend millions on faux ads??

    You people are too much. I bet you blame the POTUS for fighting back against Willard and his attack ads during the last election. When Willard started the attacking.

    April 1, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "simply because many employers are just going to eat the fine"

    Sorry, but reports have proven the GOP/Teatrolls' wrong on that. There isn't going to be a massive exodus from employer-provided insurance. Keep hope alive though...you guys will eventually manage to come up with a demagoguery talking point or two that doesn't get proven completely wrong and unjustified by the data later, as long as you just keep running your mouths and spewing every nightmare you can imagine, one of them has to turn out right eventually, no? And in the meantime, it does such a good job making you look sane and rational, eh?
    ------–
    Time will soon be here and one of us will be proven wrong, Counselor.

    April 1, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Malory Archer..... I am still waiting for your explanation of why my healthcare insurance went up 19% this year.

    April 1, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Dead Bear

    0: the number of solutions the GOP has to offer for any of our countries problems.

    April 1, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Tom l

    @smith
    With Rudy I like to give the options of knowingly leaving out info, intellectual dishonesty or ignorance. Just ask him about David Stockman....
    --–
    I usually give him one of 3 options... spin, spin, or spin.
    ===========================================================
    I'm still waiting for "smith" to prove his own argument. It appears that he cannot. Meanwhile, we move on.

    My opinion of David Stockman is not falttering. Calling "trickle down" a "trojan Horse" is the only sensible thing he's done. How do you reconcile someone [Stockman] who thinks trickle down was a scam pulled on the public, with support for people [Republicans] who still believe the scam to be the gospel truth? You can't unless there is something else being hidden from the naked eye.

    April 1, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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