NYT: More than 50,000 have “selected” an ObamaCare plan on the federal website as of mid-November

posted at 4:41 pm on November 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

I initially wrote “enrolled” in the headline instead of “selected” but then I remembered that HHS wants to count people who’ve placed a plan in their virtual shopping cart on Healthcare.gov but haven’t proceeded to checkout as enrollees too. It pays to be precise with language when the White House is as slippery as it is. Maybe they mean 50,000 enrollees, or maybe they merely mean 50,000 prospective/potential/possible squint-hard-and-it’ll-look-like-an-enrollee enrollees.

Either way, if I’m reading this correctly, the 50,000 figure represents the grand total of people who’ve, ahem, selected a plan since the website went live on October 1. That’s improvement — it means that 23,000 or so made a selection on Healthcare.gov in the first two weeks of November, nearly equalling the total for all of October — but they’re still way, way off the pace.

The latest evidence detailing the Web site’s troubled startup came amid signs of progress in repairing it. As of mid-November, more than 50,000 people had selected an insurance plan — up from 27,000 in the entire month of October, people working on the project said.

That is still a fraction of the number the administration had hoped for. And specialists plowing through an initial list of more than 600 software and hardware defects remain worried about whether they can meet the administration’s goal of enabling four in five users to enroll through the online federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, by Nov. 30. One person said a more realistic goal was that four out of five people “have a positive experience,” which could include being redirected to customer service agents.

Remember, per Henry Chao, it’s the front end of the site where people sign up that’s in comparatively good shape.

The federal target for enrollments through November is 700,000, which means they’ll be lucky to be a quarter of the way there by December 1 given the current rate of enrollment plan “selection.” On the other hand, things are looking up on the state exchanges:

Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law.

A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.

“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.

Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind.

The “incredible momentum” in California comes courtesy of no fewer than a million plans being canceled there to move customers in the individual market onto the O-Care exchange. If the LA Times’s numbers are right, no more than 10 percent of that number have now enrolled in a more “comprehensive,” quite possibly more expensive ObamaCare plan. California was, in fact, one of the state exchange success stories in October too: 35,364 people had “selected” an exchange plan as of November 2nd — despite a first-month enrollment target of 91,000. That put them just 39 percent of the way to their goal, and yet that was still the fifth-highest rate in the country thanks to the Healthcare.gov catastrophe and independent tech problems on some of the state exchanges themselves.

But look: Even the clown show at HHS will, given enough time, pull its act together and get the federal website running. Enrollments will increase; the mandate and its attendant penalty will see to it. The threshold question is whether they’ll reach sufficient volume by next summer to avert premium hikes in 2015 and/or a partial federal bailout of the industry designed to indemnify them from losses caused by early adverse selection problems. The best-case scenario for Democrats is that “young healthies” answer the bell en masse starting next month; that, at least, might spare them the dilemma of whether to pass Jeanne Shaheen’s bill extending next year’s enrollment period, which would only make the odds of adverse selection worse. Assuming all goes well for the rest of this year and the start of the next, the “only” ObamaCare problems they’ll have to face are access shock, a new round of rate shock over deductibles and co-pays, grumbling from people who are forced to pay the penalty in April because they didn’t enroll, and then the grand dumping of small-business employees onto the exchanges next fall. That’s what “success” looks like for the White House.


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Low bar set for success…

OmahaConservative on November 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

After finding out that the labor dept. intentionally fudged the jobs numbers for October 2012 to help 0bama win reelection, I’ll never believe any numbers coming from this administration.

UltimateBob on November 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

My chocolate ration was increased from 50 grams to 20 grams.

Murphy9 on November 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Did the NYT report this as a success?

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Good thing they are not brain surgeons or commercial pilots.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:45 PM

That’s way less than the 100 million obama claimed last night.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

It’s weird. For some crazy reason, the pronunciation of NYT somehow keeps coming out – Pravda.

HomeoftheBrave on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

But look: Even the clown show at HHS will, given enough time, pull its act together and get the federal website running.

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Three years and $600 million to build a website that sells insurance plans?

Scores of insurance companies across this land had done that without issue for years, at fractions of the cost. What’s with Obama and the federal govt? Or is it incompetent Sebelius?

anotherJoe on November 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Beware the wordsmithing from Obama and his czars.

Selected does not mean “full purchased and waiting for the card to arrive in the mail”.

It means “another number that we just made up to grab a positive headline that we hope no one will think to look deeper into cuz there’s really nothing behind it”

BobMbx on November 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Eventually, many of those dropped will be visitors – and purchasers – on the exchange. Inevitably, Obama and his minions will tout their visits and purchases as evidence of Obamacare’s popularity. Force people to buy a product and, when they comply with the law, argue that such is evidence of its popularity. This is the equivalent of arguing that people love elevator music. They are listening so obviously they must love it or something.

Resist We Much on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

The best-case scenario for Democrats is that “young healthies” answer the bell en masse starting next month

They won’t.

They’re dumb, but not this dumb.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Don’t worry about that we have plenty more
scandals” where this came from…

sandee on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Virtual hanging chads.

CurtZHP on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

That, my friend, is an impossibility. You would have more success in proving that Pi is exactly 2 than Obama not serving up another case of incompetence.

BobMbx on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Repeat the new mantra:”Things are getting better…”, “Things are getting better”……

Red Creek on November 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisanhack on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

About the enforcement via the IRS. I’ve read that the only way IRS can tax you is if you have a refund otherwise there is no enforcement in the law to actually compel someone write a check to the gov. Anyone read the law and know which it is?

richardb on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

This is off topic but, I had to share this!

Report: Obama Has To Write Letter To Afghan People Apologizing For U.S. “Mistakes” As Part Of Security Deal…

Jaw, meet floor.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/19/report-obama-reportedly-has-to-write-letter-to-afghan-people-apologizing-for-u-s-mistakes-as-part-of-security-deal/

Zcat on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

No one is or s/b afraid of the obama’care’ success.

It will always be a big turkey, splashed to earth like obama is now…but with dire consequences, including many deaths.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Wake up call

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Has any one of those “selectors” written a premium check. There’s still a death spiral if the only people signing up are those who are uninsurable and those who are insurable but getting some part or all of the premium covered by a subsidy.

I hear a nosedive sound in the distance.

BuckeyeSam on November 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Time for the State Run Media to take the ball and run with it….hey, that’a a 100% increase in one short month! We are on our way!

d1carter on November 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

One person said a more realistic goal was that four out of five people “have a positive experience,” which could include being redirected to customer service agents.

Talk about an ever-shifting goal post.

Bitter Clinger on November 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Anyone read the law and know which it is?

richardb on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

That works for the first year. The 2014 penalty gets added to your 2015 tax bill, and your 2015 penalty gets added to your 2016 tax bill, and so on until it completely crashes.

BobMbx on November 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a gigantic carbon footprint on our environment and the United States Constitution, a duty.

Non-compliance is my executive order, and that order reads in part that I do not recognize any government’s claim on my action or inaction in the marketplace, nor upon any personal information I am unwilling to divulge.

Your identity and all your records will be hacked and stolen. Enter any of their domains at your and your families’ risks.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

You funny, NOT!

Serious question, Do you think this whole rollout is going well? Or, is it the Largest Most Epic Clusterfarknado you’ve ever seen?

D-fusit on November 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Imagine if the doctors’ success rate were that of this stupid admin.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

In that case, we count all of the “unemployed” who have filled out an application for work, as being employed.

Congrats to this administration, unemployment just dropped to an all time low.

98% of all people are enrolled to have a job….

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Zcat on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The US plaintiffs’ attorney lobby probably insisted on it so that they can use it to round up Afghan plaintiffs to sue the US government on some kind of federal claims act. Taxpayer money going to settle pointless suit with part of the lawyers’ cut going to the DNC.

BuckeyeSam on November 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

98% of all people are enrolled to have a job….

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Better news! 114 million people have selected a CEO position.

BobMbx on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Don’t forget those who no longer look for work.

A huge economic collapse in 2014, due to obama’care’ will make the portal problems appear like peanuts.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

That’s what “success” looks like for the White House.

Success for this WH = ‘Fundamental change’ + Cloward & Piven

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Unfortunately for you, the other jacobin sycophants, and the elected Democrats, there are still many more shoes to drop from the EpicClusterFarkNado known as Obamacare.

Just today we learned, that 50 days after launch, the technology wizards still haven’t started to build 30-40% of the back end – including the payment processing aspects which are rather necessary for PURCHASING health insurance.

But by all means, go to the Ferrari or Aston Martin sites, ‘build’ yourself a car and put it in the shopping cart. Once you’ve done that, you’ve just recreated the process done thusfar for counting as an enrollee in the Obamacare exchange. Except, both of those firms built their sites in a lot less time than 3.5 years and for a lot less than the $1B HHS has dedicated for building Healthcare.gov.

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Has any one of those “selectors” written a premium check. There’s still a death spiral if the only people signing up are those who are uninsurable and those who are insurable but getting some part or all of the premium covered by a subsidy.

I hear a nosedive sound in the distance.

BuckeyeSam on November 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

No need to pay – of course the web site doesn’t have that capability anyway.
The IRS will come to your house some night to collect – and I’d guess they won’t knock first either….

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

57% of America thinks ObamaCare SUCKS according to the Washington Post/ABC poll today.

So it’s not just a Hot Air thing, douchebag.

Chuck Schick on November 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Grasping, straws. Any port in a storm. Beggars can’t be choosers. Wow, that last one kind of stings, b/c I though I could choose.

HomeoftheBrave on November 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Just today we learned, that 50 days after launch, the technology wizards still haven’t started to build 30-40% of the back end – including the payment processing aspects which are rather necessary for PURCHASING health insurance.
Athos on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

No they’re not – See my 4:57 post – the IRS will come and TAKE whatever amount they want.

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Don’t forget those who no longer look for work.

A huge economic collapse in 2014, due to obama’care’ will make the portal problems appear like peanuts.

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Ha, guess what, to get “unemployment” you have to put down that you are looking, therefore—you are employed.

This is great news, we are approaching 2% unemployment under the new rules and you sound bitter and not at all happy for this administration.

Soon our trade deficit will disappear because we are planning on improving our export, or at least projections which is as good as done.

And oil? Why we are planning on replacing it, so we no longer have any problems in energy…

See how easy it is to solve these problems, just use some “new math” and it all becomes clear…everything is perfect under this administration.

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

My chocolate ration was increased from 50 grams to 20 grams.

Murphy9 on November 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Good one. Maybe you will get sent to room 101 to meet O’Brien.

SparkPlug on November 19, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Here is the good news…haven’t heard from the liberal trolls in days…

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Oddly enough, I don’t recall my employer paying me a commission when prospects “selected” products. Credit for the sale and my check came after the prospect actually ordered and paid for the product. At that point, we called them “customers” instead of “prospects”. I guess we were just old-school.

obladioblada on November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

But look: Even the clown show at HHS will, given enough time, pull its act together and get the federal website running.

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Run out of material?

The website doesn’t prevent the insurance death spiral because young invincibles aren’t signing up for expensive insurance they don’t need in order to subsidize other people.

The website doesn’t “fix” the fact that 93 million Americans are estimated (by Obama) to slated to lost their employer provided health insurance.

The website “fix” also doesn’t dealt with the designed feature of ObamaCare of most people paying more for health insurance and healthcare to subsidize other people.

And then there’s the doctor shortages.

There is no end to this fiasco. But keep on dreaming.

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

100,000 select Coffins and make Funeral arrangements in anticipation of ObamaCare Insurance cuts.

portlandon on November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan Obamasanuslicker on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

No, I think pulling a massive fraud on the American people to not only get this clusterf**k passed, but to also get this fraud re-elected, is quite enough.

But keep flailing!

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Since you bothered to show up, what do you make of Obama who continually claims that he has no idea what’s going on in his own administration?

He said he had no idea that the website wouldn’t work – but people in his administration knew last spring it was going to be a disaster. So is Obama telling a big fat lie? Or is he so incompetent that he’s not keeping tabs on his signature piece of legislation and the foundation of his legacy as president? Or is he being sabotaged by tea party wacko extremists in his own administration that don’t tell him things that he’s not fired for some reason?

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Here is the good news…haven’t heard from the liberal trolls in days…

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 5:03 PM

They do pop up rarely and they’re even more insufferable as usual. They are delirious. They jump in and make claims countered by 6 weeks of reporting and then leave.

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Obama’s Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low In RCP Poll Average, 40.8%…

Resist We Much on November 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Yeah, but his approval rating will skyrocket once the website gets fixed and people can finally buy health insurance with an average increase of 40% in premiums and a large increase in deductibles as well.

And 93+ million Americans in the group market get dumped next year.

At least that’s what our local trolls want us to believe.

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

He said he had no idea that the website wouldn’t work…

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

White House Admits Obama Was Briefed About Consulting Firm’s Warnings Obamacare Rollout Was Going To Be A Disaster…

Which means all of those times Obama said he wasn’t told about the problems facing HealthCare.gov were a lie (I know, shocker).

Resist We Much on November 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

That can’t be true. Obama’s really really mad at the guy running the executive branch and those folks running that HHS thing.

gwelf on November 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

No they’re not – See my 4:57 post – the IRS will come and TAKE whatever amount they want.

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Actually, the real change will be when all earnings go to the IRS first, and then they distribute what they think you are entitled to after taking the government’s sizable percentage.

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

So the Census is feeding HHS data?

hillsoftx on November 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM

NYT: More than 50,000 have “selected” an ObamaCare plan on the federal website as of mid-November

Some of them 50 or 60 times!!!

At this point, I don’t think I would believe any statistics coming from the Obama administration.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Kind’a lame but does anyone believe even these numbers? Remember, they come from The Lying Sack of America.

Mason on November 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

How come no story on the faked jobs report?
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/19/census-bureau-faked-jobs-report-2012-election/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS

pat on November 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Attn to detail much? Left column/841am post.

hillsoftx on November 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Whose gonna re-configure all of them Shopping Carts to 4×4 so they can unstick ‘em…

hillsoftx on November 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Enrollments will increase; the mandate and its attendant penalty will see to it.

Why do you think people are going to buy a crappy healthcare insurance when they can simply pay the much less expensive 1% of their salary?… If someone is not qualified for Medicaid there is no way that a healthcare plan with subsidy is going to be as nearly as cheap as paying the 1% of his/her salary as a penalty… The vast majority of the uninsured and who do not qualify for Medicaid are going to pay the much cheaper 1% of their salary penalty than buying the more expensive healthcare insurance… It is simply delusional to think otherwise…

Example:

If someone makes $ 50,000 a year and he is uninsured and for certain he does not qualified for Medicaid (way above 133% of poverty line) then his penalty for not buying healthcare insurance is $ 500 a year… Please let me know which Obamacare healthcare plan is going to even come close to this and with all possible subsidies?… There is none… Not even close…

mnjg on November 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

pat on November 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

There was one….

At this point, I don’t think I would believe any statistics coming from the Obama administration.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I suspect that given the mendacious history of this Administration, and it’s collapsing credibility, the majority of Americans are going to be in the same boat.

Remember, President Obama is whinging that in Washington DC, there is one political party that is entirely invested in failure… as he complains about the Republicans doing little but bashing his Administration over Obamacare. As Greg Gutfeld noted on The Five, the GOP might be ‘invested’ in failure, but the Obama Administration has perfected its implementation.

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 5:19 PM

But look: Even the clown show at HHS will, given enough time, pull its act together and get the federal website running.

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I just had the weirdest case of Reverse Deja Vu. Just a feeling that I will be seeing the above quote over and over again in the future.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The website is the least of the Obamacare problems you damn communist… The whole Obamacare is a super disaster and tens of millions of people are going to suffer terribly from it… Already 5 million people lost her healthcare plan and they have to pay much more money for a crappier plan with higher premiums, higher deductibles, and much limited access to doctors and hospitals…

mnjg on November 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Every time Obama says the site will be fixed, a kitten dies.

MrX on November 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Actually, the real change will be when all earnings go to the IRS first, and then they distribute what they think you are entitled to after taking the government’s sizable percentage.

Athos on November 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

THAT’S the ticket. I guess I just don’t think big enough to be a Dem. I just have trouble getting past this quaint concept that the gubmint isn’t supposed to have that much power and control. Silly me…

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Allahpundit,

You keep mentioning that the “young healthies” are Obamacare hope as if it is even a distant possibility…. Why those “young healthies” specially those who are uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid are going to pay for a crappy healthcare plan with high premiums, high deductibles, and very limited access to doctors and hospitals when they can pay the much cheaper 1% of their salary as a penalty.

Example:

If someone makes $ 50,000 a year and he is uninsured and for certain he does not qualified for Medicaid (way above 133% of poverty line) then his penalty for not buying healthcare insurance is $ 500 a year… Please let me know which Obamacare healthcare plan is going to even come close to this and with all possible subsidies?… There is none… Not even close…

mnjg on November 19, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Kalifornia cancelled 1,000,000 plans but has signed up 100,000 and that is the best case the evil democrat government can produce.

How may are just expanded medical?

jukin3 on November 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

a year from now those poor dems will look back on NOW as the “good ole days” of obamcare. that’s funny. they have no idea whats coming to them.

t8stlikchkn on November 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

they have no idea whats coming to them.

t8stlikchkn on November 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

They never do.

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Alright! We’re already 7% of the way to being 10% of the way to reaching our subscriber goal!*

*Disclaimer: All 50,000 may not buy any insurance at all.

NotCoach on November 19, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Kalifornia cancelled 1,000,000 plans but has signed up 100,000 and that is the best case the evil democrat government can produce.

How may are just expanded medical?

jukin3 on November 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Correction: They got 100k to put a plan in their shopping cart.

NotCoach on November 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

nonpartisanhack partisansack on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Schadenfreude on November 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

..FIFY.

The War Planner on November 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

LOL!

No need to bash at this point…your cult leader is doing it all on his own at this point.

William Eaton on November 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The Harvard law grad doesn’t do much reading, apparently. We want the website working. We want all Americans to get a great big whiff of this shiite sandwich.

Seriously, you’re an insult to dim bulbs.

NotCoach on November 19, 2013 at 5:52 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Let me think about that a minute.

Thinking.
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Still thinking.
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Nope. Not gonna happen.

GrannyDee on November 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I just realized something. Is their 7 million projection by March 31st that silly an idea if they knew they were going to be cancelling over 7 million people off of their insurance policies? The number was very realistic if the site had worked and the prices were somewhat reasonable. Of course if if’s and but’s were candy and nuts we would all have big bad belly aches. And we do.

In some ways, their 7 million prediction was an admission they knew people were going to be cancelled and be desperate for coverage somewhere. I wonder what their 2014 projection is? Is it only another 1-2 million? Or is it an additional 5-15 million? If so, it would be an indication how many more people will be kicked off their plans after the employer mandate ends.

KMav on November 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog.
Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”
Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.
“There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name,” Smith said. “They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something.”

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog.
Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”
Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.
“There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name,” Smith said. “They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something.”

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Idiots.

Every. One. Of. Them.

GrannyDee on November 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Next they will add, and 80% were 28 years old

jake49 on November 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Hey – pet insurance is a big f-in deal these days.
If the gubmint is going to take over the whole healthcare industry, they might as well take it all.

dentarthurdent on November 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

They forgot to build the part of the site that collects payments for “selected” plans. Oops.

Philly on November 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

That dog is now registered to vote and will vote democrat from now till teh LORD comes.

Murphy9 on November 19, 2013 at 6:37 PM

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Seriously, when are you going to post anything that would lead me to believe you have an IQ higher than 78?

CWchangedhisNicagain on November 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Forward!

Freshman O’Liar Cheerleading and Fluffing Kneepad Squad on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Sorry, but we have a leash law here at Hot Gas. Did you bring your Pooper Scooper with you?

Oh, and wipe your chin off.

DOG-

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM

My chocolate ration was increased from 50 grams to 20 grams.

Murphy9 on November 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

When do our Red Cross Packages arrive?

Del Dolemonte on November 19, 2013 at 7:37 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog.
Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”
Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare.
He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.
“There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name,” Smith said. “They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something.”

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The obvious explanation, -ACORN has been given a contract to facilitate signups in Colorado, and they verify identity using voter rolls that they have developed over the years.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM

and then hotair will run out of material to bash the President on…that’s what you’re really afraid of, right?

nonpartisan on November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I’m going to save this. Expect to see it again and quite often over the next three years.

Chris of Rights on November 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM