Though the administration has been tight-lipped when asked for specific enrollment data, internal documents released this week show that the Oct. 1 roll-out of the ObamaCare website was even less auspicious than many imagined.
The notes, reportedly taken during a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services meeting, indicate that just five individuals in the entire country were able to enroll through the troubled site on the day it was unveiled.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa made the documents available publicly Thursday, allowing the first look at actual numbers associated with the law.
While the initial day’s results were incredibly dismal, additional documentation shows only modest improvement as the week wore on. As of Oct. 2, the notes indicate that “approximately 100″ people signed up; and another 248 were successful the following day.
These numbers fall far below the pace needed to achieve sustainability for the unpopular program, which indicates why official sources have been less than forthcoming in providing such statistics.
The administration has repeatedly stated that data will be released later this month, ostensibly after many of the initial kinks had been worked out. As of yet, however, the website continues to pose significant usability issues to those attempting to enroll.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday evening, healthcare expert Robert Laszewski said that the impact of such low enrollment figures could be far-reaching. He noted that “the White House does not want insurance companies talking about what’s going on here,” explaining that he is not expecting any significant improvement as additional information is released.
“I can tell you based upon the information that I continue to get this trickle of enrollment that you’re reporting on for the first three days has really continued for the first month,” he said.
Obama surrogates can continue trying to spin data to suit their own narrative; but the American people can now look at concrete data to make their own determination.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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