The Obamacare launch on Oct. 1, 2013 was much, much worse than at first imagined, according to documents that were released by the United States House of Representatives committee investigating the troubled health care program – as reported by the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. The government has repeatedly said that they would not release the numbers until mid-November, but the congressional committee has been able to get the information and has released it to the media and the public.
Quite incredibly, six people signed up on Oct. 1. By the end of day 2 – Oct. 2 – only 248 Americans signed up. It’s quite apparent why the federal government in control of the Affordable Care Act was not wanting to – or refusing to - release the information.
Though the White House and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have insisted that the data is not available, the congressional committee had little trouble in obtaining the obviously documented data. In fact, as recently as Wednesday of this week, Sebelius asserted to lawmakers on the congressional committee that the government does not have any reliable data around enrollment, and she said, that’s why it hasn’t been given.
However, documents have been obtained which are titled “War Room” notes which summarize known-issues with Obamacare. That governmental document specifically states that six people signed up on Oct. 1. The notes also detail the number of enrollments to the health care program at different times throughout Oct. 2. On Oct. 3, the document states that as of yesterday – Oct. 2 – there were 248 enrollments. Additionally, the notes stated that direct enrollment was not working by day 2.
The documentation was taken from meeting at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services branch of Sebelius’ Health and Human Services Department which oversees the troubled web site – Healthcare.gov.
From the federal standpoint, 36 have been able to buy the new healthcare plans under President Barack Obama’s law since Oct. 1. The other states are setting up their own vehicle to the programs, and they reportedly have incredibly low enrollment as well.
The government plans to have 7 million Americans enrolled in the Obamacare program in 2014.
The governmental documentation which the White House and Sebelius has repeatedly denied existed was released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which has demanded the information. United States Rep. Darrell Issaa is the chairman of this influential, data-collecting committee.
In this past week, it has been reported that health insurance companies throughout the United States are dropping their insured customers because the plans don't meet the Obamacare regulations - though President Obama has repeatedly asserted that people will not have to change their current insurance plans due to this law. People insured under individual and employer plans are being affected.