Obamacare ‘Slow Start’ Goal Of 500,000 Enrollments By Oct. 31: Only 464,000 To Go!


Yesterday we told you about the finding that fewer than 1 percent of visitors to healthcare.gov had actually enrolled for their Obamacare. Today comes a report from The Associated Press that reveals the White House had higher hopes for the President’s socialized healthcare scheme — much higher hopes.

According to the AP, which glimpsed an internal memo circulated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in early September, the White House had envisioned a worst-case rollout scenario in which only half a million people (494,620 is the precise figure) would be enrolled through the healthcare.gov website by the end of October.

But, one week into the disastrous rollout of the Federal government’s online healthcare marketplace, only 36,000 people have signed up. That’s 464,000 fewer, so far, than President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had projected. Worse, HHS set a goal of 7 million people for the six-month enrollment period that runs through March 2014.

Even if you give the White House social engineers the benefit of the doubt and round up the full month of October to five full weeks, there will be only 180,000 Federal insurance buyers if 36,000 people continue to enroll every week. If that rate holds through March 31, healthcare.gov would have enrolled 1,080,000 people — far short of the projected 7 million.

Long term, the goal of Obamacare is ostensibly to get 50 million uninsured Americans on Obamacare.

The to-date figures apply only to the Federal insurance marketplace offered in the 36 States that have declined to participate in Obamacare and set up their own State-run insurance websites. There’s not yet been a big-picture report of how many people have signed up through the 24 State-run exchanges, though it’s a safe bet that number, if added to the 36,000 who’ve enrolled through the Federal website, still would come nowhere close to the Obama Administration’s unrealistic projections.

For example, California, the Nation’s most populous State, manages its own Obamacare online marketplace. After one week, the State had processed only 43,616 applications — and only 16,311 of those had been completed with household eligibility determined.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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