Obamacare’s total enrollment in week one reportedly just 51,000

The UK Daily Mail has reported that the total enrollment for Obamacare – that is, the total number of people who managed to navigate the process through what is arguably the worst web interface presented for public usage by the federal government and use that process to actually submit an application for an insurance plan – came to just about 51,000 people, nationwide, in a week.

Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the first week the Healthcare.gov website was online, according to two sources inside the Department of Health and Human Services who gave MailOnline an exclusive look at the earliest enrollment numbers.

The career civil servants, who process data inside the agency, confirmed independently that just 6,200 Americans applied for health insurance through the problem-plagued website on October 1, the day it first opened to the public.

Wow. In a week, they managed to get just 51,000 people through a process that they’ve had 3 years to prepare. The story talks about the fiscal stability of the program and how the Obama administration has shown that they need about 7 million enrollees by the 6-month mark. At the current rate, the estimates are that they’ll have just 2 million. I did a little math myself and, assuming they manage to quadruple the rate they’ve shown thus far, it would still take 8.75 months to reach 7 million – almost 3 months longer than they have to achieve stability.

There have been numerous IT professionals who have looked at this fiasco and virtually every one of them says this thing isn’t even ready for beta testing, let alone full production. They’ve had months and it’s not there. I would also add that several of the features explicitly called for in the law’s language, such as income and general eligibility validation, aren’t even being done. If they were, then this pig would be even slower and less stable than it already is.

And yet, if you don’t enroll in time you will be fined. Excuse me, I meant taxed. Did I mention that the deadline for that enrollment date, the one that was announced as being March 31, 2014, is actually February 14, 2014, a full 6 weeks earlier?

The latest surprise came this week, when the Associated Press reported that individuals will have to obtain insurance coverage by mid-February in order to avoid an IRS penalty.

That’s six weeks earlier than the March 31 deadline that previously was cited.

While an administration official confirmed the moved-up deadline to the AP, the reason the public now knows about it is because tax preparation company Jackson Hewitt pointed it out. 

So, I wonder how long Obama was going to hold that little gem to himself before he announced it had a private tax preparation firm not helpfully advised us all?

This thing is just getting worse by the day. I cannot imagine why the Dems think this thing is going to make them look good. (Unless this is just preparation to make the play to dispense with insurance companies altogether and just push us into socialized healthcare.) I think a delay in implementation is still the reasonable-sounding move. And crossing one’s arms and refusing to even discuss the problem is looking more unreasonable every day.

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