Just How Many People Signed up for Obamacare?
How bad were the Healthcare.gov issues on October 1, 2013? This is a question that has plagued us for a month, we even tried to get on the website on October 1 to no avail, however the United States of House of Representative have chosen to share the numbers of how many people were able to actually sign up for Individual Health Insurance on the Exchange the first few days.
According to the document released by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Representative Darrell Issa, notably a vocal Republican opponent of Obamacare. Only 248 Americans were able to sign up for plans on Healthcare.gov within the first couple of days. Consequently, the Obama administration has said it cannot provide enrollment figures from HealthCare.gov because it doesn’t have the numbers. Earlier this week Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services reiterated this statement before Congress stating “they are focused on providing reliable and accurate information and do not have reliable numbers at this time.”
The documents labeled “War Room” notes indicates only six enrollments had occurred by the morning of October 2 – the day after the website was launched. The notes go on to say:
-“High capacity on the website, direct enrollment not working,”
-By later that day, “Approximately 100” enrollments had taken place. (October 2)
-“As of yesterday, there were 248 enrollments,” said the notes from the morning of Oct. 3.
The source of the notes appear to be from a meetings at the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), a branch of the Health and Human Services Department that has been overseeing the website. This information may be biased in that it only represent data from the website, a website that we now know is sufficiently broken. The data does not include call centers, paper applications for insurance, and data from insurers and states.
The official information numbers from the white house regarding sign up is set to be release later this month.
As of today we know the administration is set to invest another two hundred million dollars into getting Healthcare.gov up and fully operation. This additional funding will help support the cost of the Tech surge for the website repairs. The Obama administration has brought in top tech experts from companies including Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. to fix the HealthCare.gov website.
According to new service Reueter. HHS officials have identified two experts by name: Michael Dickerson, a website reliability engineer on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, a Baltimore-based innovation director with the firm Mobomo who previously worked for the White House and the General Services Administration.
The Administration has stated that they are confident the website will be up and operational by November 30, 2013 providing enough time for individuals to sign up by the December 15, 2013 deadline ensuring insurance plans that begin January 1, 2014.