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.