More than half a billion dollars was spent on the Obamacare website that is plagued with glitches and coding errors, and only 51,000 people completed applications in the first week. That’s not the number who purchased health insurance policies, only the number that made it through the first step.
Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the first week the Healthcare.gov website was online, according to two sources inside the Department of Health and Human Services who gave MailOnline an exclusive look at the earliest enrollment numbers.
The career civil servants, who process data inside the agency, confirmed independently that just 6,200 Americans applied for health insurance through the problem-plagued website on October 1, the day it first opened to the public.
Neither HHS nor the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would comment on the record about the numbers. Enroll America, the president’s organization of health care ‘navigators’ who are charged with helping Americans sign up, didn’t reply to a request for information about its level of success so far.
The White House also did not respond to emails seeking comment.
But several administration officials have claimed this month that they didn’t have access to the kinds of raw figures MailOnline obtained from the people who work for them. And the anemic totals suggest a far lower level of interest in coverage through the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration has hoped to see.
The other morning I heard that the administration said they will release the number of people who have enrolled monthly, like they do other economic reports. But they didn’t say that until after the disastrous rollout of this mess. So obviously they were hoping millions of thankful Americans were going to sign up and they would be out there doing a victory dance. What a shock that it didn’t work out that way.