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Early Obamacare Enrollment Estimates Are Low

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  Original Published: 11/13/2013 The troubled Obamacare roll-out appears to be taking its toll. According to the Wall Street Journal, fewer than 50,000 Americans have successfully enrolled through the federally-run site. Noting, that does not include those who've enrolled in state exchanges. As Jim Acosta reports, the number is still well short of expectations. It's the numbers that has all of Washington on the edge of their seats, just how many Americans have signed up for Obamacare in October, the first month of enrollment. "Take it from me, they will be low in October," says Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary. Administration officials have cautioned, don't get too excited. "I can tell you, our early enrollment numbers are gonnna be very low," said Kathleen Sebelius. Health and Human Services Secretary. In the insurance marketplaces run by the federal government, the Wall Street Journal reports roughly 50,000 people signed up in October. CNN estimates another 60,000 have enrolled in the marketplaces run by states. Which means the troubled program has a lot of catching up to do, to meet the administration's target of 800,000 by the end of November. A Health and Human Services spokeswoman says the department "cannot confirm these numbers, we have always anticipated that initial enrollmen numbers would be low and increase over time." The main culprit, the bug-riddled Obamacare web site, a problem the president has said he would take care of himself, if he could. "I want to ho in and fix it myself but I don't write code, so," said President Obama. Besides the site's technical problems, there were apparently security concerns with healthcare.gov before its launch. This internal Obamacare memo dated Sept. 3, released by House Republicans, reveals administration officials were worried about the possibility that the web site's "security controls are ineffective." But that problem was never shared with Henry Chao, a top official at the agency developing the site. Chao was asked by House Oversight Committee staffers, "You were being exc;ided from finding out about significant problems with security?" Chao replied, "It is disturbing." GOP leaders vow to make all of Obamacare's mishaps a key issue in next year's elections. "This issue is going to be toxic for the Democrats and. believe me. we will tatoo it to their foreheads in 2014," says Reince Priebus, Republican National Chairman. As for those Obamacare enrollment numbers, administration officials plan to release their own figures this week. And they point out the prototype for Obamacare, the health care program in Massachusetts created by Mitt Romney, also had a slow rollout, signing up just more than 100 people in the first month.
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