Good news: Maryland has successfully enrolled 326 people in ObamaCare

posted at 8:41 pm on October 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration isn’t quite sure how long it’s going to take them to release any data on how many participants they have managed to enroll in ObamaCare — but it’ll probably be around a month, guys, tops! (Mis)managing that gargantuan-sized insurance exchange for 36 states is no easy feat, after all, and all of these unfortunate and completely unpredictable “glitches” are taking a bite out of productivity — but how are things going with the other 14 states that decided to build their exchanges independently?

Well… there doesn’t actually seem to be much data on that yet, either, which would suggest that it’s still slow going with fixing the errors in the individual-state exchanges, too. Their technical glitches at least seem to be of a smaller scale, however, and Maryland — as one of the states that enthusiastically and so obligingly decided to do the Obama administration a solid by building their own exchange — apparently has its exchange in semi-working order. They released their own enrollment numbers on Monday afternoon, although I’d think that the number is probably a bit of a letdown for them. Via the WSJ:

The state of Maryland says it has thousands of people interested in buying health insurance on its new state-run exchange, but only 326 so far have actually enrolled in new coverage. …

On Monday, the state said it is still working through technical issues and conceded that MarylandHealthConnection.gov “may be inconsistent, especially during periods of peak usage.”

Those problems are reflected in the Maryland numbers released Monday, the first of what the state said would be regular data releases. The state said 13,532 accounts with verified identity were created as of Sunday evening, and it has seen 170,000 unique visitors to the website. But only 326 people were actually enrolled in new health-insurance plans.

Maryland has around 600,000 uninsured, however, so they have a long way to go before they’re anywhere close to meeting their goals, and as I’ve said: The total enrollment numbers aren’t going to be what matters here so much as the ratios of the types of people of which those numbers are composed; i.e., young and healthy people with few health care needs versus older and sicker people with more costly ones.


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We are almost there, Children.

Bmore on October 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

And 100% are now enrolled in Medicaid.

txhsmom on October 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

How many of those were high risk pre existing conditions types? I bet no healthy person signed up.

watertown on October 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Bmore on October 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Bmore… that was the scariest thing I’ve seen this Halloween season.

Well done! :)

thatsafactjack on October 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

326 new potential identity theft victims …

ShainS on October 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

1/2 of 1/10 of 1%.

Heckuva job.

22044 on October 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Heck we have them beat in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald newspaper on Sunday claimed over 5,000 enrolled in new health insurance plans as of that day. Not sure why that isn’t on breaking news all over the country other than the fact those numbers are most likely not true.

Johnnyreb on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

And that means there are only 29,999,674 left to sign up!

Winning!

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Are they all named Chad?

Blake on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

But I hear there was “strong interest” by many more, or something.

patman77 on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Are they all named Chad?

Blake on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Julia made it too.

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

And I’ll bet that’s less than 1% of the number of people in Maryland who bought guns today….

dentarthurdent on October 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Well it is a red state./

wolly4321 on October 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

326 people who hopefully have LifeLock coverage.

mankai on October 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Heck we have them beat in Kentucky. The Lexington Herald newspaper on Sunday claimed over 5,000 enrolled in new health insurance plans as of that day. Not sure why that isn’t on breaking news all over the country other than the fact those numbers are most likely not true.

Johnnyreb on October 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

MOst likely these are people who saw what their free healthcare was going to cost them, and then signed up for a private BCBS plan.

BobMbx on October 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Is the Republic now saved?

Oil Can on October 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

but only 326 so far have actually enrolled in new coverage.

Of those …

62 have pressing need of heart bypass surgery
140 have chronic conditions requiring costly medication
114 were recently diagnosed with cancer requiring chemo and
10 think transgender surgery is covered

Lost in Jersey on October 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

how many will continue to make the payments?

rob verdi on October 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Of those …

62 have pressing need of heart bypass surgery
140 have chronic conditions requiring costly medication
114 were recently diagnosed with cancer requiring chemo and
10 think transgender surgery is covered

Lost in Jersey on October 7, 2013 at 8:59 PM

And ALL of them will be denied treatment by the death panels that will determine they signed up for the wrong policy for the the illness they have.

dentarthurdent on October 7, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Universal is awesome.

BKeyser on October 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Were they enrolled online or by mail or by phone?

ExpressoBold on October 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I am one of those 13k accounts. But I only created one to see what the rates/plans were like.

Serious Cat on October 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Over 100 people have enrolled in Maryland.

SparkPlug on October 7, 2013 at 9:14 PM

MeanWhile,..back at Debt Ceiling Ranch:
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US government shutdown impact 2013

Social Security Administration: Full benefit payments can’t be guaranteed if debt ceiling isn’t increased – @WSJ

46 mins ago from blogs.wsj.com by editor
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October 7, 2013, 2:21 PM

Social Security Warns Benefits Could Get Cut
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The Social Security Administration has begun warning the public it cannot guarantee full benefit payments if the debt ceiling isn’t increased.

When asked by the public, the agency is notifying beneficiaries that “Unlike a federal shutdown which has no impact on the payment of Social Security benefits, failure to raise the debt ceiling puts Social Security benefits at risk,” according to a person familiar with the agency directive.

The warning was assembled after the agency consulted with the Treasury Department, which would play a lead role in determining how the government handles payments if the borrowing limit isn’t raised soon.

“Our employees started receiving questions from the public, so the agency worked with Treasury to provide an answer they could use when asked about the debt ceiling by the public,” a Social Security Administration spokesman said.
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http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/07/social-security-warns-benefits-could-get-cut/

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 9:15 PM

The total enrollment numbers aren’t going to be what matters here so much as the ratios of the types of people of which those numbers are composed; i.e., young and healthy people with few health care needs versus older and sicker people with more costly ones.

I would add to that the important ratio of how many are actually paying for the insurance vs. those that are using the $$$ from Bambi’s Stash©

JusDreamin on October 7, 2013 at 9:18 PM

SO, what happens when you go to the exchange to sign up, you find out the insurance you had cost you less, gave you the coverage you needed, and is no longer available? WHo is going to take the blame for completely screwing up the insurance system and, instead of having 85% of the population happy with their insurance, having 65% unhappy with their coverage?

Why the Republicans want to slow this all down is beside me. Trainwreck could be a minor conclusion for this disaster in the making.

bflat879 on October 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

OT, I know, but after cleaning my tablet of spit out coffee, y’all need to see this !
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/us-president-barack-obama-speaks-hurricane-preparedness-well-photo-183719073.html

pambi on October 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

170,000 unique visitors and 326 enrollees, the greatest things since sliced bread and only 326 sign up.

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

The Obama administration isn’t quite sure how long it’s going to take them to release any data on how many participants they have managed to enroll in ObamaCare
================================

Just like a Democrat Fraud Voting Operation,
they’re busy,modifying the hanging chads,

oh wait,wrong operation,anywho,there busy
fudging,er, boinking the numbers,to make it
sound good, er, better!!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The Buffalo News 9/30/2013: “90,000 western New Yorkers will be enrolled by end of year”

mjbrooks3 on October 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

170,000 unique visitors and 326 enrollees, the greatest things since sliced bread and only 326 sign up.

Bishop on October 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Bishop:Its Progressive,er,it will progress,just you wait:0

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

NO ONE has yet said how many “healthy” vs “elderly” or “Pre-existing conditions”.

Odd.

GarandFan on October 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM

OT, I know, but after cleaning my tablet of spit out coffee, y’all need to see this !
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/us-president-barack-obama-speaks-hurricane-preparedness-well-photo-183719073.html

pambi on October 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Isn’t that the FTD florist man?

Also one of those comic book superheroes, like the Flash maybe.

slickwillie2001 on October 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Wow. The Republicans who said Let It Roll were actually right. This thing is a train wreck.

John the Libertarian on October 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

The Spite House will turn the army against us to force us to sign up at gunpoint.

John the Libertarian on October 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Sign up for your healthcare or get a bullet to the head!

John the Libertarian on October 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Am I wrong in thinking that these need to be young people who don’t need subsidies either? Otherwise they’re a drain. So they need affluent enough young people. Shrinks that target market a bit.

RizzyG on October 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Just how stupid are these people?

A deductible that will never be reached normally, an incredibly low fine to start (compared to the price) and you can’t be denied whenever you do sign up.

Seriously, how phucking stupid are people???

Lanceman on October 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Isn’t that the FTD florist man?

Also one of those comic book superheroes, like the Flash maybe.

slickwillie2001 on October 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM


Moonbat?

Resist We Much on October 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Our Maryland business, with 43 employees, just had several of our Carefirst policies terminated, via a form letter that was obviously sent to many small businesses. So the “uninsured” market is growing!

MTF on October 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

326 baltimorons.

wolly4321 on October 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

OT, I know, but after cleaning my tablet of spit out coffee, y’all need to see this !
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/us-president-barack-obama-speaks-hurricane-preparedness-well-photo-183719073.html

pambi on October 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

pambi:Lol, too funny,…”Wings”:)

canopfor on October 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Our Maryland business, with 43 employees, just had several of our Carefirst policies terminated, via a form letter that was obviously sent to many small businesses. So the “uninsured” market is growing!

MTF on October 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM


Lemme guess: the terminated plans were held by young single males who didn’t carry maternity coverage.

ExpressoBold on October 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Ha! Take that, Ted Cruz, you Constitutional extremist, who wants to drag us back to the days when the Founding Fathers beat their slaves with their rifles and dreamed of creating a nation with dirty air, dirty water, and no health insurance for anyone!

ardenenoch on October 8, 2013 at 12:26 AM

If that’s all they can get in that hard core socialist enclave then things are much worse than expected.

rplat on October 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

I will never -ever- sign into a government computer system and buy something of this nature.

TX-96 on October 8, 2013 at 6:21 AM

I love this.

Living in MD is pretty crappy, but seeing the golden idols of the political class fall on top of them makes it semi-bearable.

May they all fail.

Gatsu on October 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Maryland is a place where taxes are a sacrament. I made this oval magnet for my car.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 8, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Obamacare is nothing but a new tax disguised as health insurance. Basically, people pay their tax as long as they’re healthy. Then, whenever they might need expensive health care, they sign up for the insurance under the existing conditions rule. Then, when all private insurance companies go out of business, the sheep will have nowhere to turn but big brother and its corrupt elitist bureaucrats to decide whether or not they’re of any value to society before granting the care.

1984 just came a couple of decades late.

cajunpatriot on October 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

how many will continue to make the payments?

rob verdi on October 7, 2013 at 9:01 PM

I never thought of that. What happens if people don’t make the payments?

HiJack on October 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM