April 1st, 2014
09:50 AM ET
7 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. rs

    Name (Tom I?)

    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.
    _____________________
    Those are not my questions to answer. BTW- go look at the LA Times article yesterday on GOP excuses for ACA success- you nailed most of them.

    April 1, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Sniffit

    There isn't going to be a massive exodus from employer-provided insurance.

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

    According to the frightwing EVERYONE with employer-provided coverage should dump it and buy their insurance off the "Obamacare" exchange. My employer provides 100% premium coverage for employees and 50% for dependents. We're welcome to "opt out" if we choose to obtain insurance elsewhere, but my employer doesn't reimburse for that expense (nor does he pay those who opt out a higher wage to compensate for the insurance premiums that he doesn't have to pay for them), so not only would an employee be taking a "cut in pay" by declining a free benefit, they'd be losing a great deal of $$$ by having to pay for their own insurance, and the full cost of their dependents' coverage. Who does that?

    April 1, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Tony

    Engineer, I have posted several times an excerpt from the LA Times article on 3/30/2014 that answers many of your questions. The name of the article is "Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people." Google it. By the way, the 7 million number does not include people getting Medicaid.

    April 1, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. rs

    The GOP- from "Death Panels" to "Death Spirals"....
    Gosh, they LOVE the fear!

    April 1, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. smith

    @Rudy- Clinton`s revisions forced banks to give loans to people that could not afford to make the payments. This caused defaults and foreclosures.

    April 1, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. just asking

    gotta love the lefties posting that healthcare costs are going down because of obamacare. they are not going down.

    then they claim healthcare spending is going down because of obamacare. no, healthcare spending is going down because many are unemployed or delaying or cancellling medical expenses because of bad economic times.

    and their long, long trail of obamacare lies continues.

    April 1, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. 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.

    April 1, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. tom l

    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.
    =====

    I have no idea what you're trying to say in the second half of your comment but I will address your first part. So, here's a guy that you portrayed as jumping ship and going to the liberal side. Yet you neglect to mention that he endorsed Ron Paul, think Paul Krugman is a statist who is dead wrong on economic policy and also said that Obama is just a class warfare card player. I would think those are much more important issues to discuss about Stockman rather than the "Trojan horse" comment (one which I agree with to some extent.) We could get into a much deeper discussion about taxes not being the most important thing to focus on rather it is much more important to look at monetary policy and the printing of money but you can't get out of the shallow end since you have no real grasp of economics.

    Oh, and the Community Reinvestment Act is one of the key pillars to the mortgage meltdown. The ADDI is meaningless compared to that act since it was just an addition (this was passed by George Bush which further demonstrates his lack of being fiscally conservative and his ability to be just another big govt spender).

    April 1, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Tony D

    Tony
    Engineer, I have posted several times an excerpt from the LA Times article on 3/30/2014 that answers many of your questions. The name of the article is "Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people." Google it. By the way, the 7 million number does not include people getting Medicaid.
    -–

    Do you have a reputable source? The LA Times is a left wing propaganda rag, no better than the NYT.

    April 1, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    In 2002, the president, who ever he was, convinced congress to put $200 million each year to help first time home buyers

    April 1, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. rs

    smith

    @Rudy- Clinton`s revisions forced banks to give loans to people that could not afford to make the payments. This caused defaults and foreclosures.
    __________________________
    Yeah, but meanwhile banks and brokers made cubic cash selling those loans. The Bakersfield Real Estate story wherein high-end brokers intentionally drove up prices by selling properties to each other would seem to point to guilt on the part of the Finance/Real Estate industries as well. Money is a powerful motivator- especially when the regulations go away.

    April 1, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. rs

    Do you have a reputable source? The LA Times is a left wing propaganda rag, no better than the NYT.
    ______________________
    Gosh, there's that denial of reality from the Right again.

    April 1, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. smith

    @Ol`yeller- Abunch of folks with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, the poor and you think that premuims will not skyrocket. Come on, that`s common sense.

    April 1, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. rs

    just asking

    gotta love the lefties posting that healthcare costs are going down because of obamacare. they are not going down.

    then they claim healthcare spending is going down because of obamacare. no, healthcare spending is going down because many are unemployed or delaying or cancellling medical expenses because of bad economic times.

    and their long, long trail of obamacare lies continues.
    ____________________________
    Please tell me the bedtime story about those Death Panels again, pleaaase.

    April 1, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Tony

    Tony D, the LA Times has better reputation for journalism than FOX News.

    April 1, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. smith

    @Tampa Tim-No one is saying the housing crisis was all Clinton`s fault. However, his revisions did play a key role.

    April 1, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Time will soon be here and one of us will be proven wrong, Counselor."

    That's ok, you appear to have gotten used to it, so it shouldn't sting too bad.

    April 1, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    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.
    =====

    I have no idea what you're trying to say in the second half of your comment but I will address your first part. So, here's a guy that you portrayed as jumping ship and going to the liberal side. Yet
    ================================================================
    No, I didn't. That's you quickly jumping to the wrong conclusions again. If I tell you that George H.W. Bush once called trickle down "voodoo economics". Does that mean that I think he suddnely turned into a closet liberal? Good grief.

    April 1, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. smith

    @rs-Agreed, the banks did take full advantage of the revisions and the people applying for loans.

    April 1, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "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."

    Rather old news actually. And so what...it'll be fixed and MD will provide a whole host of new sign-ups eventually, making the GOP/Teatrolls look even more foolish. Just look at the federal exchange...hitting it's target number in only 2/3 of the enrollment period since 2 of 6 months were with a broken website. The GOP/Teatroll freakout to find some way of now moving the goal posts is all the evidence we need that they recognize just how embarrassing this achievement is for them and their demagoguery of the ACA.

    April 1, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. TONE

    @it must be said

    congressional republicans have not said anything truthful for the past five years.

    April 1, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    @Rudy- Clinton`s revisions forced banks to give loans to people that could not afford to make the payments. This caused defaults and foreclosures
    --------------------–
    That's not what happened, nor was it the result. The banks actually were more than eager to make the loans because they were highly profitable. There were a few revisions under Clinton. You picked the most incorrect revision, the one where they required that banks stop "redlining" areas where no loans were being awarded.

    The law forced them to stop the "redlining" practice. That's when the deceptive sub-prime loans began, but that still wasn't the biggest factor behind the mortgage crisis.

    April 1, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "@Tampa Tim-No one is saying the housing crisis was all Clinton`s fault. However, his revisions did play a key role."

    That's like blaming the woodcutter when someone takes all his kindling and runs off to use it to start a forest fire.

    April 1, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Denise

    Give it up already GOP fools. Your first clue should have been when your boy, Mitt, ran on 'Obamacare' and LOST!

    April 1, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Denise

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....speaking of bedtime stories........Obama, Sebelius, the Clintons and a group of socialist muslims got together years ago in a secret place, somewhere in Kenya and came up with this plan to destroy America, increase everyone's healthcare costs and screw the uninsured.

    April 1, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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