ObamaCare Enrollment: Actual Enrollment Numbers From The Exchanges
The enrollment numbers for ObamaCare are in the single digits so far. It would seem the program can hardly tout the smashing success that people believed it had. On opening day, the servers were rife with crashes and well documented on Twitcy. United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius told Andrea Mitchell on NBC that these crashes were a good thing and a sign of the popularity of the program. Despite Sebelius’s claims that the program was a great success, Facebook posts show that people were met with an inconvenient truth when they looked at their enrollment options: the program options were far more expensive than anyone believed and the penalties far greater than commonly understood.
The number of actual enrolled in the program from the first day are in for some states.
The highest percentage of people who purchased insurance was in Kentucky which had a 5.3% per cent application rate seems to be the nation’s highest
Day 2 was not an improvement. In fact, things became far worse as people gave up on the program. In Hawaii, Richard Gamberg, age 61 of Honolulu was unable to get through after two days on either the phone or the computer. He tweeted out to public officials his angst. In an interview with Associated Press, Gamberg stated he was done with the exchanges.
“I think I’m through with Hawaii Health Connector. They’ve got ads in the newspaper, they’ve got ads on the TV – it just flabbergasts me.”
California, a state that had strong political support for the program, didn’t seem to fare too well in the enrollment numbers. The UK MailOnline reported that less than 1% of California Website visits into ‘Covered California’ participants on Tuesday. Kelsey Caldwell, spokesman for California Covered told MailOnline
‘We had over 5.7 million hits to our website as of 3 p.m. yesterday. 7,700 consumers began their application process yesterday. … 4,143 applications are pending. We received 23,269 calls yesterday to our service center.
Caldwell didn’t know how many of the 5.7 million website hits were from unique Californians. With a sign up rate of 0.58%, it would seem that either technical glitches or the options offered or both changed the minds of many Californians. This is very low for the state that had strong political support for the program before opening day.
In North Dakota, Donene Feist, executive director of the non-profit Family Voices of North Dakota, and an outreach worker. She was unable to get into the system, but knew of a few people who did. Feist told the Associated Press
“I’ve been unable to get in, and if I could have that would be great. For those who got in, they said it was easy to follow.”
In Pennsylvania, Matt Hadzick stood ready at Highmark retail insurance store in Allentown, Pa. This was a place where people could go to register for the online insurance marketplace. Hadick told AP that he had not yet registered anyone, given the technical glitches they were experiencing.
“It’s day two of health care reform, and we have yet to have someone successfully register on the marketplace. The registration process is very slow, and at one point it just shuts down.
In Cleveland, Ohio, Sharon Schorr of suburban Cleveland, a self-employed accountant who finally gave up after eight hours of trying to use the exchange’s website
“It almost reminded me of going online and trying to buy Springsteen tickets.”
New York, New Jerey, CT, and RI all seemed to have access problems.
Joanne Peters, the main Obamacare website had served 4.7 million unique visitors, adding to 190,000 phone calls and 104,000 online chats sessions that administrators had supervised. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insisted on Monday.
Americans across the country – millions of Americans – are taking advantage of the opportunity to shop for affordable health insurance that they could not attain before now,’ But without enrollment figures, it’s impossible to know whether Obamacare is seeing a flood of new customers or just a trickle.
It would appear that ObamaCare may not be the smash hit the President believes it would be.