November 1st, 2013
12:50 AM ET
9 years 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.

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Notes from a "war room" meeting at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance between administration officials and contractors working on the rollout of 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. Tennis Player Ray

    Michelle: "So how did the first day of signups go today?
    BO: " Fantastic, we got 6 signed up today only 6,999,994 left to go to make it work!'

    November 1, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. MNClownfactory

    The root cause of persons under 40 having hard financial futures lies in their acceptance of the norm as laid out by the GOP. Thinking that profits for CEO's and corporations being 30% annually is alright while the Average worker gets 1.2% is totaly GOP platform. Thinking that everyone CAN afford health care without the ACA is rediculous just as rediculous as saying the Freemarket will work. It hasn't woked in health care for over 30 yrs. The thinking that the under 40 crowd will not have SS is more GOP lies because they dont want people to retire and having ANYTHING in their old age. The GOP is against the ACA because it brings health care to Americans...why? The GOP is against unions because it brings wages, health care and retirement benefits to Americans....why? The GOP is against reproductive rights for women...WHY? The GOP is against equal rights for Gay and Lesbian parents and couples....Why?

    The answer is MONEY The GOP believes and supports most of ALL money should go to the top 1-2% of Americans and to corporations. Other than more money for Corporations tell me one thing out side of religion that the GOP is for?

    November 1, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. c-lo


    Kudos to CNN for making a complete mockery of everything that is Obama. I think we can safely put the George W. Bush talking points to rest. You know ... those points where GOPerville consistently harps on "I hope you didn't say so and so about Bush".

    Nothing ... and I mean nothing ... compares to what is happening in the media to this current President of the United States.

    And, yes. I speak as one who never publicly demeaned Bush while he was in office.

    CNN isn't making a mockery of everything Obama, they are just reporting what is going on...Obama is the reason for the mockery of Obama.

    That being said, why are we punishing American Citizens by forcing them to purchase health insurance when a large number of the "uninsured" clogging up our hospitals/emergency rooms are the illegal aliens (translated undocumented "workers" for the PC Crowd)? So in reality this law is the poor subsidizing the illegal.

    November 1, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. 6

    Six? – I have more fingers at last count – I'll donate the middle one to Obama.

    November 1, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Larry Wareence

    Healthcare should be free of charge to everyone as it is in Europe and the Middle East. The only system that works is to get rid of the big insurance companies and everyone is issued an insurance card by the government to get all the services they need for free. Free Healthcare is a human right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. John

    I tested it out and my rates as a 33 year old with 3 kids would go up. Some people are signing up and find lower rates.

    Here is the math problem. Even if you get a lower rate, the wate structure is based on a total anticipated usage, If people like me dont go in and overpay, then when it is repriced next year the rates for anyone who benefitted will go up.

    Its a simple law of economics. $X healcare coverage for the masses costs say $X* 1.1 in total premiums. If you get cheaper coverage, than they have to convince soem schmuck to overpay.. Or the govt can take innsurance companies to make up the differnece, but then they will jsut pass that to the masses as increased premiums.

    If you dont understand this, you are not intelligent enough to be allowed to vote.

    November 1, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Getoverit

    @Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Everybody knows the web site is Down and has been , so CNN, why don’t you report some real news, like how the GOP teabums lost 24 billion dallars in 16 days, CNN idiots!!!!
    They did. Now get over it.

    November 1, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. goldminetown

    That,s why Nancy wanted them to vote before they ever read it,Obama went all the way to supreme court to force us to buy this no good ins.

    November 1, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. karl warrington

    You guys are so half empty. I see it this way 6 more people with affordable insurance. Only 7,999,994.00 to go. And I am one of the six making me pretty special.

    November 1, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Wade

    Why in the world would this story be placed in the POLITICAL TICKER section if not just to protect Obama?

    November 1, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Conrad Shull

    CNN, would you please stop talking about the Obama administration's incompetence, bumbling and dishonesty and get back to the real news of GOP and Tea Party bashing.

    November 1, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. MrColdWaterOfRealityMan

    What's going to happen is this. The website will be fixed. And the law will go on. And no amount of ginned up forum ranting is going to change that.

    Look, Republican conservatives HAD their chance to fix the healthcare problems with capitalism. There are totally capitalist solutions that would have worked. Enforce price transparency on Doctors and hospitals. Legalize the import of foreign drugs. Allow the purchase of insurance across state and international boundaries. Allow patents to expire on schedule so that generics could legally compete. Most *capitalist* solutions would have involved DE-regulation.

    The Republicans were in the majority for quite a while. They could have done this, and been the heroes. They didn't. It was more important to keep the campaign and other bribe money flowing from the medical and insurance industries.

    So, quite frankly. Quit whining. You don't want to elect an honest representative who will let the market fix this problem? This is what you get.

    November 1, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Paul

    Larry Wareence, "Free Healthcare is a human right!" which translated means doctors, nurses, admin staff, etc. are slaves and work for free. I can lots of people applying to med school in your world.

    November 1, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. flaitguy

    John, the only difference is the schmucks, as you call them, were unable to comparison shop. It has always worked this way. Some over pay, some underpay. But the idea is , when your older and need it, it is worked into the cost.

    November 1, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. CryBabies

    @Anonymous.....Stay Anonymous.

    November 1, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Data Driven


    "They did. Now get over it."

    They did? When? Look in the archives - not there.

    November 1, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. A True Conservative

    And clownfactory, the liberals and progressives somehow believe that they deserve a portion of the money earned by someone else. What's even worse, if that's possible, is that they are never satisfied that they have gotten a big enough share of someone elses earnings.....they always want more.....

    November 1, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Sniffit

    Today's poll results CNN won't report on:

    "The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of Americans want to expand (22 percent) or keep the law (25 percent). Conversely, 37 percent said they wanted to either repeal the law and replace it with some Republican alternative (13 percent) or repeal it without replacing it (24 percent)."

    November 1, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Jason

    Wow! What a roll out.

    November 1, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. A True Conservative

    Ummmm...Larry – NOTHING is free except perhaps air. You sir are the poster child for what is wrong with progressive policy, politics and understanding of life. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the progressive mind:

    "Larry Wareence
    Healthcare should be free of charge to everyone as it is in Europe and the Middle East. The only system that works is to get rid of the big insurance companies and everyone is issued an insurance card by the government to get all the services they need for free. Free Healthcare is a human right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    November 1, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. HUH?

    getover it: Or maybe CNN should be reporting on 0bama's latest scandel...Another solar company bankrupt costing us 400 million. But 0bama's buddy and campaign contributors leave the stinking hazardous waste for someone else to clean up while they make off with millions.

    November 1, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. spike

    Just wait. The usurper in the white house is now off to inflicting the next carnage on the american people. Immigration reform. What a deal for the American people. According to the CBO it will result in 12 years of wage depression for American workers, increased unemployment and large increases of people on the govt. dole. And how do you like the kicker they threw into the bill: A $3,000 incentive for employers for each newly legalized illegal immigrant they hire. Jobless america – get to the back of the line. Obama is out to destroy america and unfortunately he is succeeding

    November 1, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. HorseDoctorDVM1

    Uh-oh! It looks like the entire ACA law and website must be considered RACIST. Why? You're required to PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION VERIFICATION.
    I mean... Having to provide identification when voting is racist... Right? Isn't that how it works?

    November 1, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Jason

    Wait till the welfare people find out how much they have to pay, even with the free subsidies..BC they don't want to pay anything. Just like everyone else in the country.

    November 1, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Well, sure they can. Then they can follow it up with a story of how the Obama administration is borrowing $24 Billion EVERY SIX DAYS."

    And they can include in that story how it's not Obama's fault but rather CONGRESS's fault, because CONGRESS enacted the laws mandating that the money be spent. They can then follow up by explaining the FACT that the biggest contributors to the necessity of continued borrowing are STILL the deficits and debts caused by the Bush tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recession and Medicare Part D.

    November 1, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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