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CBS Reports Obamacare Enrollment Off to Slow Start

| by Emily Smith

Even though no one in the Obama administration has divulged health care enrollment numbers, CBS News recently learned that Obamacare got off to an exceptionally slow start.

Early enrollment figures were documented in “war room” meeting notes within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The notes were turned over to the House Oversight Committee by request.

The notes reported that within the first 24 hours of the site’s launch, there were 4.7 million unique visits. However, by its second day, there had only been six enrollments.

The enrollments included BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina and Kansas City, CareSource and Healthcare Service Corporation.

By Wednesday night, there were only 248 enrollments nationwide.

Enrollments must average 39,000 each day to meet the 7 million goal by March 1.

The notes suggest several reasons for slow enrollment, including the fact that direct enrollment is not working for any issuers, Experian credit is creating confusion with credit check information, and issuer phone numbers are not appearing correctly on the Pay Now page.

Health and Human Services argued that CBS News may not have all of the information on enrollment figures, and cannot confirm the numbers itself because it has none. A spokesman for the HHS said the numbers probably don’t include other ways of enrollment, like paper applications.

Sources: CBS News, Real Clear Politics