How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?

posted at 2:01 pm on October 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House communications team had three weeks to find 10-15 people who’ve actually enrolled in O-Care via Healthcare.gov to serve as human props for an Obama press conference on this subject. Three weeks. And yet, according to the WH’s own mini-biographies of the people invited to the Rose Garden today, just … three have successfully registered so far. Last week, Bob Laszewski estimated that no more than 20,000 people had managed to enroll in the site’s first 14 days or so online. If the White House had this much trouble finding a dozen or so for one of O’s biggest photo ops this year, I’ve got to wonder if the real number’s significantly less than that.

Byron York has reproduced the full White House release on today’s attendees. Among the lucky 13 is someone who’s “looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall,” someone who “recently began researching her options” on California’s state exchange, someone who “plans to comparison shop” on Healthcare.gov, and someone who’s “exploring what new coverage options will be available,” as well as a few people who are happy they can stay on their parents’ insurance under the new rules about age. All of which, ironically, is true to the spirit of today’s presser: In theory, this was going to be a “mea culpa” moment for O in which he explained in some detail what’s gone wrong with the site and set a timetable for when it would be running smoothly. Instead it was an infomercial for ObamaCare with a few perfunctory references to the “kinks” crippling Healthcare.gov. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” O said at one point about the site meltdown — except that the whole point of the presser was to sugarcoat it, right down to inviting people onstage who haven’t managed to actually register yet thanks to HHS’s Geocities-caliber tech. Says Peter Suderman:

Just a few weeks ago, Obama was telling people that the exchanges would be as simple to use as Amazon, or an online travel reservation site like Kayak.com. Now he’s telling people they must rely on a phone and paper process that is, at best, extremely slow.

Obama’s speech, in other words, was designed to tell people how Obamacare could work without the online exchanges. Which strongly suggests that he and the rest of the administration believe that, at least for the time being, that’s the only way it’s going to.

Exactly. Today was all about buying time for website repairs and trying to combat ominous polls like this, which show the public’s perceptions of Healthcare.gov bleeding over into their perceptions of the ObamaCare program generally. Which it should: After all, the website’s problems are a direct function of the premium hikes mandated by the law itself.

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Turns out even the call-center experience touted by Barack “Popeil” Obama today as a fallback option is confusing and frustrating. As icing on the cake, here’s a new spot from the propaganda ministers at HHS, who found the one guy in America who thinks it’s “pretty easy” to comparison shop on Healthcare.gov. Why wasn’t he onstage with O today?


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And Byron York started taking a look at some of the ‘success stories’ of the people behind Obama today…

For example, a Pennsylvania man named Malik Hassan was in the group, and this is the White House description of his situation, in full: “Malik Hassan works at a restaurant in Philadelphia. Hassan, who does not receive coverage through his employer, is looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall. He recently used Healthcare.gov. to process his application and is waiting for the options for potential plans in Philadelphia.”

So, Hassan is employed, not covered, and has not yet succeeded in finding coverage through Obamacare. That is, in the White House’s estimation, an Obamacare success story.

Oh, yeah, some success story…

Then there is Nathaniel Hojnacki, who recently finished his schooling. Here is the White House description of his situation, again in full: “Nathaniel Hojnacki recently received his Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and is in an employment situation without benefits. Hojnacki recognizes the importance of coverage and is planning to enroll after he explores his coverage options on the DC exchange.”

So, Hojnacki has a job, does not have coverage, and is planning to explore finding coverage through Obamacare. Another success story.

So he hasn’t even, you know, checked it out?

Ummm… these aren’t ‘success stories’.

And yet those are the people representing the success of Obamacare.

Big F’n Deal as SloJo would say.

ajacksonian on October 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

What’s really disgusting is that the Repubicans can’t come up with any credible alternative despite having 3+ years to think about it. That’s why I’m a Tea partier. If we don’t fix the problems, do we think these politicos will?

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

WRONG! The alternative I have right now is completely satisfactory for me and my family.

The alternative that is required is not ObamaCare, but is for those who don’t have medical insurance to get off their ass, get a job, and join the working class.

If you don’t better yourself, I won’t make you better either.

BobMbx on October 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Agreed. The best, simplest and ready alternative to Obamacare is what we had before Obamacare.

Democratics and their media whores will push the “what’s the Republican alternative” because they know it’s a rathole. It’s like telling the victims of a plane crash that it they don’t want a plane crash they have to come up with an alternative. How about ‘no plane-crash’?

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

ajacksonian on October 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

An MA from SAIS (right across from Brookings Institution) tells me he’s w/o insurance by choice, most likely.

Christien on October 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

More people claim to be abducted by UFOs than have registered for ObamaCare. More people claim to have gotten exams from space aliens in the mother ship than claim to have gotten insurance coverage from ObamaCare.

Tantor on October 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

More people claim to be abducted by UFOs than have registered for ObamaCare. More people claim to have gotten exams from space aliens in the mother ship than claim to have gotten insurance coverage from ObamaCare.


And more people (really) successfully enrolled for a one-way trip to Mars than have gotten insurance coverage from Obamacare…

Athos on October 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

More people claim to be abducted by UFOs than have registered for ObamaCare. More people claim to have gotten exams from space aliens in the mother ship than claim to have gotten insurance coverage from ObamaCare.

Tantor on October 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Will 0care cover those exams?
What’s the co-pay?
Enquiring minds gotsta know….

dentarthurdent on October 21, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Lies. Just lies.

HiJack on October 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Anyone notice that the woman who supposedly actually got a policy is not one of the people O-care really needs to sign up?!

IOW the death spiral is happening: the sickest people are fighting to get through and are the only ones signing up. Healthy young people are saying, meh, forget it.

PattyJ on October 21, 2013 at 6:19 PM

“We have to pass it so we can see what’s in it!” From the wicked witch of the west who will never use it.

wepeople on October 21, 2013 at 6:34 PM

“Nathaniel Hojnacki recently received his Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and is in an employment situation without benefits. Hojnacki recognizes the importance of coverage and is planning to enroll after he explores his coverage options on the DC exchange.”

What the Hell???

Really wondering what he studied.

Does Johns Hopkins offer Dance Theory or Gender Studies??

BigWyo on October 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

You owe Ron Popeil an apology. At least he delivered the goods.

RSbrewer on October 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

THIS!!

I had a Pocket Fisherman when I was a kid..many moons ago…thing worked like a champ.

BigWyo on October 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

We had the best health care, but not the best insurance design. For example, why do businesses get to deduct health care expenses, but individuals do not. And anyways, why should health insurance be tied to employment any more than, say, car insurance. And why can’t health insurance be sold across state lines? These are credible alternatives. Why can’t/don’t Repubicans say “look, if we ditch Obamacare, we would propose these improvements” (And others)

I would like to see the Repubicans do these things, because the alternative is a third party. That would succeed, but it would take a long time. I might not live that long.

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Never before in the history of the Republic there has been such an utterly incompetent President and such an utterly incompetent administration… not even close… But what else is expected from a welfare queens agitator who knows nothing about anything of importance required for governing, a man whose is only capable to read a speech from a teleprompter and agitate one side of the public against another…

mnjg on October 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

To steal a line I read elsewhere today, “today the President was working the IT help desk.”

“Hello, ACA customer service. This is Barack H. Oba.. I mean Barry. How may I help you?”

oryguncon on October 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM

…they all had rectal exams!

KOOLAID2 on October 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

And anyways, why should health insurance be tied to employment any more than, say, car insurance…

tngmv on October 21, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Well, you have the Dems to thank for that. Way back during WWII a guy named FDR decided what was good for America and its workers. His administration imposed wage restrictions that kept wages low. But he was demanding industry to be the arsenal of democracy. The problem was there were a shortage of workers. Henry Kaiser had just signed on to produce Liberty ships at an accelerated pace in multiple shipyards across the country. When he was unable to attract enough workers to meet his needs, he decided to add a sweetener for those who came to work for him: employer paid health insurance coverage.

in_awe on October 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM

The special CALL CENTER software was coded by the authors of PONG!!!

landlines on October 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

What the Hell???

Really wondering what he studied.

Does Johns Hopkins offer Dance Theory or Gender Studies??

BigWyo on October 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

No, but they do offer majors in:

Left Handed Underwater Basket Weaving

Non-Confrontational Winnerless Checkers and Chess, a Post Modern Solution to Conflict

De-motivational Studies

Monkey Wrenching

Patchouli Oil Refining

Managing Contract Work from a Starbucks Lobby

Greening Anything with Solipsistic Internal Dialogue and Meaningless Euphemism, with a Minor in De-Constructionist Turpitude

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 22, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Yes Mr. President you do “talk too long”. In fact your regime has talked Obamacare up so much even your side is taking notice. How many more millions of dollars will we have to shell out to fix the Democrat concocted website before you realize that socialized medicine is destroying an entire industry at the height of the retiring baby boomers?
Will that industry get a bailout?
Mr. President … think more, talk less.

kregg on October 22, 2013 at 6:03 AM

OT…..will President Booker be the first CIC with a First Gentleman?

http://www.my9nj.com/story/23742231/with-celebrations-nj-has-1st-gay-marriages

Sure seems like Jersey politicians are going gaga over this homosexual marriage thingy.

PappyD61 on October 22, 2013 at 8:23 AM

While all eyes have been on the train wreck, there have also been cuts and new regs for MC. A friend told me his mother fell and broke her hip. She was taken to a hospital and had surgery and they were told she could only stay one day. They raised a fit and the hospital allowed her to stay 2 days. Upon leaving, they discovered she had no walker and were told because of Ocare, it now takes preapproval of 7 days to get one. This must be part of the death panel provision.

Kissmygrits on October 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

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