Well, the Obamacare numbers are now public information – and they're abysmal. Elise Viebeck of the Hill wrote that the "HHS reported that 106,185 people have selected plans from the state-by-state marketplaces designed to connect the uninsured with private healthcare coverage." The keyword is selected.
Overall, more people have signed the petition for the United States to build the Death Star than those who bought health insurance through Healthcare.gov; more than half of the population enrolled in Obamacare through the federal exchanges if the country was Liechtenstein; and more people attend 1 Packers game at Lambeau Field (78,110) than signed up for Obamacare through the federal exchanges.
Yet, it gets worse. USA Today's Kelly Kennedy reported that:
Just 26,794 of the 106,185 people who selected health insurance last month used the troubled federal exchange site, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.
The remaining 79,391 people used the state exchanges to enroll, for a total of 106,185 people enrolled from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. That's a fraction of the 7 million people the government estimates will buy insurance during the first year of the Affordable Care Act.
Of the overall total, 35,364 were in California, which is one of the states most targeted by the Obama administration.
According to an Associated Press report, the administration had hoped that 500,000 people would enroll by the end of October.
Yep, iceberg straight ahead!
To give Ed Smith, the captain of the Titanic, some cover, at least the iceberg somewhat came into view when the ship hit it. With Obamacare, the Obama administration knew they were going to hit it three years prior, but thought the power of Obama's persuasive speech would make it disappear, or something. Well, we hit – and we're taking on water.
Concerning my home state of Pennsylvania, the HHS numbers revealed that a whopping 2,207 people enrolled in Obamacare. Yet, over 215,000 had their policies cancelled. For the rest of you, the butcher's bill is listed below.
Frankly, I wish to toast the Obama administration on this achievement. They've re-energized the Republican base – and given conservatives a lot of angry voters to mobilize ahead of the 2014 elections. So, I raise my glass of snake oil to you, big government!
P.S. If you want to see traffic data on Healthcare.gov, you can't. It's being "hidden by the owner."
H/T David Burge
For every person enrolled through ACA site, 125 people have had their current policy cancelled.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 13, 2013
Cross-posted at Noodle Pundit