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Day One of Obamacare's Exchanges, By the Numbers

Posted By Chris Jacobs On October 2, 2013 @ 9:35 am In Front Page,Obamacare | Comments Disabled

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Obamacare’s exchanges have now been “open” (such as it is) for more than 24 hours. The results are in, and they’re not promising:

0—Enrollment navigators certified in Wisconsin in time [2] for the start of enrollment.

0—Individuals one North Carolina insurer was able to sign up [3] for subsidized insurance.

3—Months President Obama warned Americans could face glitches [4] when trying to sign up.

4—Hours Maryland’s exchange opening was delayed [5].

7—Miles one Indiana resident drove [6] to obtain enrollment assistance; after receiving little information and a four-page paper application, the potential applicant called the trip “a waste of time.”

22—Actual enrollees in Connecticut’s exchange out of more than 10,000 individuals who visited the website by mid-afternoon, a conversion rate of 0.22 percent.

34—Minutes one Politico reporter listened to “smooth jazz” before reaching an actual call-center representative.

35­—Minutes one MSNBC reporter spent attempting to enroll online [7], before finally giving up.

47—States whose exchange websites “turned up frequent error messages [8].”

1,289—Days between the signing of Obamacare and yesterday’s launch, a gap which prompted one insurance broker to comment [9], “You would just think that with all this time they’ve had to get it set up and ready to go there would have been a better premiere.”

2,400—Individuals who had their Social Security numbers and other personal data disclosed [10] even before the exchanges opened for business.

Not only were the American people faced with major glitches surrounding the exchanges, but they also faced a wall of silence [11] from bureaucrats when looking for explanations for the delays.

The latest in a long line of Obamacare implementation glitches and failures [12] demonstrates how the law is inherently unworkable. It’s why Congress needs to stop Obamacare now [13].

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[1] Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/health.gov1_.jpg

[2] in time: http://www.superiortelegram.com/event/article/id/80865/

[3] able to sign up: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304373104579107963289698586.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTTopStories

[4] could face glitches: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325753-obamacare-exchanges-debut-with-glitches

[5] delayed: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obamacare-site-goes-live-with-some-glitches/2013/10/01/380a4300-2a9d-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_print.html

[6] drove: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303643304579109911419852016.html

[7] spent attempting to enroll online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiLHplT_6Dg&feature=youtu.be

[8] turned up frequent error messages: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/01/us-usa-healthcare-idUSBRE98T14R20131001

[9] comment: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/01/obamacare-health-exchange-websites-down-glitches/2901595/

[10] disclosed: http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/01/it-begins-first-obamacare-security-breach-leaks-2400-americans-info/

[11] wall of silence: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325975-officials-tight-lipped-on-early-obamacare-enrollment-glitches

[12] long line of Obamacare implementation glitches and failures: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/08/morning-bell-obamacares-dirty-dozen-implementation-failures/

[13] stop Obamacare now: http://obamacare.heritage.org/

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