Debacle. There’s that D-word again, and this time it’s coming not from House Republicans but from CBS News. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson presented a special report on Obamacare enrollment numbers tonight, and the news was not good for the Obama administration.
Attkisson writes at CBSNews.com:
For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.
But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned the number is very small.
Early enrollment figures are contained in notes from twice-a-day “war room” meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1. They were turned over in response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee.
The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say “six enrollments have occurred so far.”
Attkisson notes that the exchanges need to average 39,000 enrollees a day in order to meet the administration’s goal of 7 million signups by March 1, 2014.
Those “war room” notes from the first week are available as a PDF document from CBS News.
That’s quite a bit of growth, but not nearly enough.
Any comment from the administration?