Can it get more embarrassing for the Obama Administration than this: In the first 24 hours of the glitch-plagued healthcare.gov, only 6 people managed to sign up.
That’s right, just six enrollments on Oct. 1. The administration is shooting for 7 million sign-ups in the first year.
Documents released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been adding to the barrage of bad publicity over the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace for an estimated 14 million Americans who purchase individual health insurance — medical plans not provided by employers.
These notes from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) “War Room” meetings on October 2nd indicate that direct enrollment through the site was not working during those first two days.
CCIIO falls under CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible the roll out of the online marketplace.
A total of 248 enrollments had been processed as of the morning of October 3rd. This seems to sharply differ from the administration’s report of more than 6 million unique visitors having logged onto the site over the same period.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said that her department will not release enrollment data until mid-November. She testified before a House panel this week that she did not have confidence in the data generated by the federal exchange system..
Committee chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Sebelius Wednesday for documents related to HealthCare.gov, including data on completed enrollments.
Sebelius is slated to return to Capitol Hill next week. She will appear before the Senate Finance Committee.