CBS exclusive: Total number of ObamaCare website enrollments on launch day was … six people

posted at 7:21 pm on October 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

Sharyl Attkisson strikes again. Friendly reminder: According to an administration memo sent to Sebelius on September 5, the target number for sign-ups in October alone was 494,620 or just shy of 16,000 a day. And October was expected to be a “slow month.”

Early enrollment figures are contained in notes from twice-a-day “war room” meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1. They were turned over in response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee.

The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say “six enrollments have occurred so far.”…

By Wednesday afternoon, enrollments were up to “approximately 100.” By the end of Wednesday, the notes reflect “248 enrollments” nationwide…

“Statistics coming in,” said notes from the very first meeting the morning of Oct. 2. Contractor “QSSI has a daily dashboard created every night.”

They’ve got some sort of enrollment metric available to them every day, yet not a soul inside the administration has ventured a guess publicly about enrollments. They’ll happily tell you that many millions have visited the site and that 700,000 applications have been filed across the various online exchanges nationwide, but enrollment was a black box until now. Bob Laszewski’s best estimate, which even he considered unacceptably low, was that 10,000 people had successfully enrolled in the first week. Per the notes Attkisson obtained, fewer than 250 had enrolled after the first two days. Just how bad are the numbers to date anyway?

Say, didn’t Sebelius tell the House committee yesterday that she had no data on enrollments? Actually, no. Read the fine print:

“We have no reliable data about enrollment, which is why we haven’t given it to date,” Sebelius said at the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

At the committee’s hearing on Tuesday, members repeatedly asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to provide enrollment numbers. Each time, she answered, “We will have that information in mid-November.”

Why would she doubt the reliability of the data? Because of the back-end problems on the website. It may be that insurers have so many garbled or incomplete applications piled up that they’re honestly not sure yet how many of them will result in successful enrollments when they’re processed. Even the applications themselves might be duplicative in some cases; they could have five in the stack from the same person, generated by a site glitch, which might at first blush look like five separate applications but in fact really just represents one. No one, except maybe the “tech surge” team and the insurers themselves, has any sense of how bad it might be. So Sebelius is seizing the opportunity presented by the data’s unreliability to say the whole subject’s off-limits. Government accountability at work.

Via the Corner, here’s Jay Carney earlier today conceding that the number of enrollments will be “low” because “that was always going to be the case.” Remember, eight weeks ago, they thought 494,620 qualified as “low.”


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Love it.

bluegill on October 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Love you, Sharyl!!

bluegill on October 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Is it just me or is ObamaCare not going too well?

Chuck Schick on October 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Winning!

workingclass artist on October 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

What if the held a boondoggle and nobody came?

myiq2xu on October 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I thought people would be clamoring to sign up for this massive wealth redistribution scheme.

Murphy9 on October 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Trick or treat or crap sandwich? !

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Liar. Liar. Liar.

AH_C on October 31, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Love you, Sharyl!!

bluegill on October 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Obama tried to silence the wrong woman!

txhsmom on October 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Is it just me or is ObamaCare not going too well?

Chuck Schick on October 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Other than dropped insurance coverage for millions… super increased premiums,abysmal enrollment of healthy people and America becoming a part-time nation so businesses can avoid employee coverage this Obamacare is a roaring success

workingclass artist on October 31, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Only question is which of the RINO’s signed up that day.

Romney for sure.

Little Boy Bush likely.

John McCain, not sure as he would have done it on a MSLSD show.

John Boehner very very likely he or Mitch McConnell.

Others name the rest of the rot lot.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Like most federal government boondoggles, at some point in the future a proper analysis will show that it would have been cheaper and more effective just to send every American (and, of course, illegal alien) a check for $1 million dollars or the like …

ShainS on October 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I FLOVE that See-BS is reporting this. Blather must be coding and strokin’ over this…

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2013 at 7:32 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

You’re joking, right? All of the above like their first class care.

txhsmom on October 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

And how many of them signed up for Medicaid? All?

Naturally Curly on October 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Where did they find six chumps to enroll in this chit sandwich?

Or was it more like the usual donkey practices at polling, one person enrolling six times?

Thomas More on October 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

The goal is to have more insured by ACA. As a result, they MUST factor in those losing insurance, as well, and give us a revised, NET number. It will be somewhere around -1,800,000. What a swell job Libs!

hillsoftx on October 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Bloomberg Businessweek Mocks Obamacare

txhsmom on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

What if the “enrollments” they are counting are only those enrolling in private plans through the exchange?

And what if the “rest of the 4/mil others” are being trounced onto the Medicaid role?

/Answers, please.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

What they still can’t say is whether those… 6… were enrolled in one of Obama’s one-size-fits-all private insurance policies or dumped into Medicare.

de rigueur on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

We spent a trillion dollars for this?

It must have failed due to the evil racist rethuglicans.

the botnet on October 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Jinx!

de rigueur on October 31, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I remember rumors about Obama’s fundraising being low, and them being quiet about what they got… only to finally reveal that they raised around $150 million in a month.

El_Terrible on October 31, 2013 at 7:44 PM

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

She needs to be in prison…

OmahaConservative on October 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Each of those enrollments must be given a “quality” score. We all can accurately surmise it is only those with chronic/serious/pre-existing conditions who are sitting through the 5hr on-line shopping experience to await their Kevorkian coverage. Way too much Honey BooBoo and Dancing With The Stars to watch for those who have to support this boondoggle to be bothered with a website designed by Fred Flintstone.

hillsoftx on October 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I sent Sharyl some thank-you flowers at her CBS office when she was pounding of F+F all by herself. She tweeted thanks and said “made my day”. She is now working on earning a second bouquet.

Why is it a working mom/wife is the only one in MSM with any intestinal fortitude and integrity???


Remember this?

fred5678 on October 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Sharyl needs a lawyer and tax accountant on retainer, the services of an advanced computer geek and a 24 hour set of bodyguards.

Mason on October 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM
She needs to be in prison…
OmahaConservative on October 31, 2013 at 7:45 PM

That’s right on the top of Eric Holder’s to do list i’m sure.

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I hope Sharyl Attkisson hires someone to start her car.

bw222 on October 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Only question is which of the RINO’s signed up that day.

Romney for sure.

Little Boy Bush likely.

John McCain, not sure as he would have done it on a MSLSD show.

John Boehner very very likely he or Mitch McConnell.

Others name the rest of the rot lot.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I am NOT a huge fan of some of these guys, but if your first inclination is to take a shot at these (R)s after reading the article then you sound like most of the media out there.

WitchDoctor on October 31, 2013 at 7:49 PM

250! schadenfreude posts more than that many comments here a day by himself!

Obamacare….it ain’t beluga caviar! ;)

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Jinx!

de rigueur on October 31, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I owe you a soda.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Obama destroys everything he touches. Even his own programs.

MrX on October 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

6?

6?

6?

The 404 Presidency

“Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job” — GWB, predicting obama’s legacy

“Improving the technology our government uses isn’t about having the fanciest bells and whistles on our website—it’s about how we use the American people’s hard-earned tax dollars to make government work better for them,” Obama said in January 2010. “And this is something I’m very serious about.”

If that’s the case, then healthcare.gov should be the spur he needs to do something about it. We live in an age when machines can learn. Can government?

Schadenfreude, pure!!!

Schadenfreude on October 31, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Probably IRS workers on paid leave testing it out.

SouthernGent on October 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

So far, its a,

**************** Cat 0 Strophic Failure ***********************!

canopfor on October 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

They’ll happily tell you that many millions have visited the site and that 700,000 applications have been filed across the various online exchanges nationwide

 
700,000 / 314,000,000 = 0.0022
 
0.0022 x 100 = 0.22
 
Zero point two tenths of one percent of the US population.
 
0.2%

rogerb on October 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

This backs up the web site was overloaded excuse!

tim c on October 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Julia
Julia’s pre-op transgender lesbian co-habitating parents
Julia’s… cat?

I got nothing else.

mudskipper on October 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

And October was expected to be a “slow month.”

Whoo Hoooo – they exceeded expectations!! Success at last!!! I don’t think it gets much slower than 6 enrollees!

Hill60 on October 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I hope Sharyl Attkisson hires someone to start her car.

bw222 on October 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

CBS got her computer back… now look who’s breaking the news….

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

40. Reagan
41. Gh Bush
42. Clinton
43. GW Bush
404. Obama

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Wanna’ bet those first six accounts where actually test accounts left over from the software testing team?

SPCOlympics on October 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM

What if they held a boondoggle and nobody came?

myiq2xu on October 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Bumper Sticker of the Thread.

AesopFan on October 31, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Wanna’ bet those first six accounts where actually test accounts left over from the software testing team?
SPCOlympics on October 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Congratulations Chewbacca, you have successfully setup your online account!

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Whoo Hoooo – they exceeded expectations!! Success at last!!! I don’t think it gets much slower than 6 enrollees!

Hill60 on October 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I think we can name the “enrollees”

1. Debbie Whatsherface Schultzes second cousin first removed. Maybe her sister who was charged with a felony.. who knows?

2. Alan The CaveMan Grayson’s daughter “bark” as in “tree”.. she’s not ugly like her dad, I swears!

3. Harry The Corpse Reid.. Yep, the dead can vote, so why can’t they enroll in Obamacare? Website don’t care! Obama Don’t Care!

4. Nancy FrozenFace Pelosi… Yeah, she’s pretty much frozen in time so she is the dem’s Historic or PreHistoric vote. Americans will never know.

5. Sheila Jackson Lee… no comment.

6. Perez Hilton.. cuz.. you know – he just loveth him thome obalma.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 8:05 PM

40. Reagan
41. Gh Bush
42. Clinton
43. GW Bush
404. Obama

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Well done!

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I sent Sharyl some thank-you flowers at her CBS office when she was pounding of F+F all by herself. She tweeted thanks and said “made my day”. She is now working on earning a second bouquet.

Why is it a working mom/wife is the only one in MSM with any intestinal fortitude and integrity???

Remember this?

fred5678 on October 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Because she is an old school journalist…and her kids will be proud of that when they grow older.

To lots of folks that still matters.

workingclass artist on October 31, 2013 at 8:16 PM

So Baghdad Carney what will be your excuse NEXT MONTH?

GarandFan on October 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Julia
Julia’s pre-op transgender lesbian co-habitating parents
Julia’s… cat?

I got nothing else.

mudskipper on October 31, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Julia’s brother on his way to his 4th stint in re-hab

Julia’s namesake uncle Julio’s lipo cause he needs to look good on those 40+ dating sites

Julia’s downstairs neighbor’s dog?

workingclass artist on October 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

You know what the people should force congress to do? Enroll every congressman, President and Supreme Court Justice who voted for this crap. Make them, and only them, be on ObamaCare. No other American should have to do it.. only congress, the President and the SC! The rest of America gets a waiver.

JellyToast on October 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Sharyl Attkisson and Lara Logan seem to be the only ones doing their jobs in the LSM. That both are with CBS is a mystery still to me, but a good mystery. Thanks, ladies, for being journalists, not cheerleaders.

TXUS on October 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

They should not have messed with Sharyl Attkisson’s computer…

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Why is it a working mom/wife is the only one in MSM with any intestinal fortitude and integrity???
fred5678 on October 31, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Working mom/wife. You may have answered your own question Fred.
Nice touch on the flowers too. Excellent idea to somehow reward good behavior (don’t tell the administration that, they, um, disagree)

JusDreamin on October 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Didn’t SNL say that it was designed for six people…?

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

40. Reagan
41. Gh Bush
42. Clinton
43. GW Bush
404. Obama

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

can_con:Lol,…excellent:—————————————–:0

canopfor on October 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

40. Reagan
41. Gh Bush
42. Clinton
43. GW Bush
404. Obama

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Thread winner, case closed!

TXUS on October 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

rogerb on October 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Math is frustrating Roger, at least that’s what I heard. ‘specially if you are moron. Or a liar. Or a liberal. But I repeat myself.

JusDreamin on October 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

They should not have messed with Sharyl Attkisson’s computer…

d1carter on October 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Or CBS news

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 8:40 PM

By mid-November, when they said they would release the numbers for October, it will be…
“13,800,000 healthcare plans saved or created
Of course, by December 01, Obamacare website still won’t be working, anyway…

DublOh7 on October 31, 2013 at 8:46 PM

And how many of them signed up for Medicaid? All?

Naturally Curly on October 31, 2013 at 7:36 PM

And what if the “rest of the 4/mil others” are being trounced onto the Medicaid role?

/Answers, please.

Key West Reader on October 31, 2013 at 7:40 PM

One of the most important questions about this whole thing, yet we don’t hear it being asked, almost anywhere (I don’t anyway). This redistribution deal depends on some money bags, will it insolvent/unworkable by the end of THIS year?

JusDreamin on October 31, 2013 at 8:47 PM

40. Reagan
41. Gh Bush
42. Clinton
43. GW Bush
404. Obama

can_con on October 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

That goes in the hall of fame with 404ward!

INC on October 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Glad to see DooDad Pro and his family finally got health insurance.

HumpBot Salvation on October 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Is it just me or is ObamaCare not going too well?

Chuck Schick on October 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

It’s just you. Math are hard, numbers is racist and Obamacare be wonderful and The Won got a great crease in him trousers…and shut up.

Oldnuke on October 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Hey, not a bad tally so far; 1.5 million or more kicked out of their policies for 248 enrollees.
Millions had their hours cut and many terminated from their jobs.

Forward!

R Square on October 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

And October was expected to be a “slow month.”

Well, by those standards, healthcare.gov was a smashing success!

nukemhill on October 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Sharyl Attkisson and Lara Logan seem to be the only ones doing their jobs in the LSM. That both are with CBS is a mystery still to me, but a good mystery. Thanks, ladies, for being journalists, not cheerleaders.

TXUS on October 31, 2013 at 8:27 PM

I think you need to add Jan Crawford too. She has been getting in the Obama administration’s grill lately.

By the wall, all three are women.

On topic, these enrollment figures are pathetic. I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall of their metrosexual war room. Witnessing their tears of frustration would have been priceless.

BuckeyeSam on October 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Love it.

bluegill on October 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

…were you the second…or third one…to sign up?

KOOLAID2 on October 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Six? Six!

LOL. Any bets that none of those six plan on paying.

antipc on October 31, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Rule #5. Alinsky Rules for Radicals. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

joecollins on November 1, 2013 at 1:11 AM

I hope I. P. Freely enjoys his new health care.

Ronnie on November 1, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Only question is which of the RINO’s signed up that day.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 31, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Seriously? That’s your one question?

Ronnie on November 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

BWaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha

TX-96 on November 1, 2013 at 6:19 AM

“I only caught 5″

“Couple more and you coulda had yourself a cocktail.”

That is all.

Gatsu on November 1, 2013 at 7:23 AM

This isn’t a train wreck anymore.

This is Titanic meets Hindenburg while in the middle of Katrina caused by the 1906 Quake on the island of Pompeii causing Mt. Vesuvius to erupt.

Chris of Rights on November 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM

This morning, while reading all the bad news about Obummercrap, what came to mind was that all those libertard bureaucrats and pols in the DC quagmire just don’t ‘get’ the American people. This whole boondoggle is the perfect example of ideologues being out of touch with reality and unable to get a handle of the pulse of the nation. They think that just because THEY like this socialist utopia garage, then the American people will love it too. WELL, WE DAMN WELL DON’T!!!

soghornetgunner on November 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

That’s odd. Verbaluce seemed to imply that the first day was when most people were going to have all their Obamacare needs taken care of. I would have thought by now, the website would hardly even be needed…

I’m shocked that traffic is down significantly from day one.
Just can’t think of a reason for that…right? /

verbaluce on October 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

BlueCollarAstronaut on November 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Jay Carney, the NYT and the WP should all have headlines above the fold on the front page that this is a record. It is after all an historic first that the United States of America has initiated a major socialist program that will bring the country to its knees.

Pardonme on November 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

0.0000019% of the US population actually enrolled in something. What a huge accomplishment for this shining beacon of craptastic proportions!

How much of our money did the REB spend to get these results???

Freed0m28 on November 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM