One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
The full extent of the Obamacare failure is reflected in the details provided by the Judicial Watch FOIA document revelations. They include:
- On October 1, there were 43,208 accounts created and 1 enrollment. (Page 49)
- As of October 31, 2013, there were 1,319,425 accounts created nationwide – but only 30,512 actual enrollments in Obamacare. (Page 19)
- On October 1, 2013, at the end of the first day (4:30), the Senior Advisor at Center forConsumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Brigid M. Russell, sent out an email to her staff with a subject line celebrating “2 enrollments!” The body copy of the email read: “We have our second official FFM enrollment! The first two Form 834s sent out are to: 1) CareSource in Ohio, 2) BCBS of North Carolina. (Page 90)
- Official figures contained in the HHS report provide conflicting figures as to the number of enrollments. FFM [Federally Facilitated Marketplace] statistics show 23,259 cumulative to-date applications submitted as of 10/2/13 and 286 completed plan selections. Earlier numbers show 356 enrollments created as of 7pm on 10/2/13 that were completed with Form 834s sent. (Pages 91-92)
- An October 2, 2013, email from HHS Special Assistant Marianne Bowen indicated serious problems with congressional enrollments: “The Congressional issue (68 attempts for Direct enrollment) was an issue stemming from incomplete applications being sent through (started, not finished, sent anyway) and the way the issuers are assigning unique numbers. Turns out there were only 4 complete Direct Enrollment applications that went through, the other 64 were not complete.” (Page 93) [The U.S. Congress has approximately 24,000 professional staffers.]
- On October 2, 2013, the Obamacare website had 70,000 page views but only 5,000 were unique visitors, and 48% of registrations failed. The large number of page views may have been the result of visitors repeatedly hitting the “refresh” button due to long waiting times. (Page 106)
The Judicial Watch revelations prove that the launch of Obamacare was much worse than even the harshest critics of the plan had thought. It throws further doubt on the president’s 8 million plus Obamacare enrollment number. If we weren’t told all in October, what weren’t we told in April?
“That figure, however, may be substantially over-inflated,” Judicial Watch said in a statement Monday. “According to testimony in May by the America’s Health Insurance Plans association before the House Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, ‘Because of the challenges that surfaced with the launch of the Exchanges in October 2013, some consumers were advised to create a new account and enroll again. As a result, insurers have many duplicate enrollments in their system for which they never received any payment.’ ”
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
“The Obama administration tried to cover this up, Congress failed to follow through, but we managed to get the truth…” the organization’s president Tom Fitton said, “Imagine what would have happened to Obamacare if the American people knew only one person was able to enroll on its first day? What other Obamacare failures is President Obama hiding?”