Is it possible that just 6,200 signups were processed through the main Obamacare website on day one, and only 51,000 after the entire week?
According to MailOnline, two sources inside the Department of Health and Human Services who gave them an exclusive look at the earliest enrollment numbers, provided the evidence that this is the case. If it is, then the law is in far more seruous trouble than previously expected.
Open enrollment for Obamacare coverage is set to last for six months. If the first week’s totals were any indication of how many Americans will sign up during that period on the Obamacare website, its final tally would reach a measly 1.32 million. Furthermore, if the state-run exchanges were to have a similar response rate for 6 months, the national enrollment total would be approximately 2 million, which would represent just 4 percent of the overall number eligible to participate.
That would be a huge problem for the Obama administration and other proponents of statism, because that number is less than 29 percent of the 7 million the government would need in order to balance the new health insurance system’s books and keep it from inevitable financial collapse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
“These numbers reflect what we all know. Obamacare is a disaster,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn when asked by MailOnline. “It is time for the president to admit Obamacare is not working and that the American people deserve better,” he added.
The administration hoped that the Obamacare website exchanges would enroll at least 2.7 million young, healthy people between 18 – 35, whom of which have to pay monthly premiums in order to offset the cost of Obamacare for older, sicker Americans. The information supposedly provided to MailOnline did not specify how many of the early enrollees fall in this age group.
The administration has been stonewalling talk show hosts on the question of the total amount of enrollees, repeatedly claiming that figures are not yet known, and that millions have visited the site to “explore their options,” as Treasury Sec. Jack Lew said on Fox News Sunday last week. White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, was equally non-forthcoming.
After Carney said on Monday that the administration would “release enrollment data on regularly, monthly intervals,” the White House Press Core called him on the lack of transparency and pushed the administration for an actual date. “I’m not sure when that begins,” he told press core reporters, “but I’m sure we’ll let you know in plenty of time so you can plan and put it on your calendar.”
Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on “The Daily Show” what the figures of those who enrolled in Obamacare stood at.
“I can’t tell you because I don’t know,” she said.
After interview — when the show returned from commercial break — Jon Stewart straightup accused Sec. Sebelius of lying.
Whether or not the administration continues to stonewall ro for how long at least, still remains to be seen. Many lawmakers have noted that they should be eager to shoot down the report if it is untrue, but one thing is certain, they won’t be able to continue this forever.