You might remember that the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff was one of the reporters on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services conference call Monday. She asked four times (without an answer) what the 834 transmission error rate was. “834” forms contain the personal information for individuals who have signed up for health insurance and the details on their plan choices; in other words, the information insurers need to insure them.

Today, an administration official revealed to The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn that the error rate is now estimated at 10 percent, down from 25 percent in October.

Cohn writes:

…one administration official tells The New Republic that preliminary estimates, just now becoming available, suggest the error rate has fallen from one in four during October to one in ten now. And most of those are files insurers received with errors, as opposed to files insurers never received. Plenty of work remains — namely, completing repairs that reduce the error rate further and dealing with the flawed data insurers have already received.

Yeah, it is pretty bad. At best, an error rate of one in ten files should amount to hundreds of thousands of erroneous files, which could lead to some nasty surprises as Americans head to the doctor in January with their new Obamacare plans.

Wasn’t this all supposed to have been fixed by now?

  • Maxx

    To paraphrase a quote from Anchorman, “100% of the time, Obamacare is screwed up 10% of the time.”

    • Catchance

      “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

      Abraham Lincoln

      • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

        “Some people use statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts — for support, rather than illumination.” Andrew Lang/unattributed :-)

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sturgeon’s Law Corollary for Stats = “90% of all statistics are useless anyway”

  • FreedomFighter

    If they know the percentage of failure, dont they have to know how many have enrolled. Why wont they tell us?

    • ObamaFail

      Because it’s an embarrassingly low number that shows that they will not reach the 7 million enrolled goal they have for the end of March.

      Turns out 126,000 of the enrollees might not even be real.

      • Ian Michaels

        What’s to prevent them from “juicing” the numbers? They have our addresses, our SS numbers, our telephone numbers, our ages, and (thanks to the NSA) our health records. Wouldn’t it be so easy for an Obamacare robot to “help” us un-enlightened folks and fill-out an “Ocare” enrollment in our name!

  • ObamaFail

    6 year old cancer patient loses health insurance because of Obamacare.
    I guess when the Dems say, “For the children,” they don’t mean sick children. And looking at the children whose parents have been put out of work because of failed Democrat policies (Obamacare included), I guess they don’t mean American children in general.

  • tjack

    I’d be willing to bet that the true error rate is closer to 99% than it is to that arbitrary 10%.

  • FilleGitane

    I don’t believe a damn word this administration says.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Well, I guess its good to have my suspicions verified….I guess. There’s gonna be a lot of unhappy campers in the new year.

  • Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

    Notice it’s “applications submitted”. What about all the people who can’t even get in?

  • RD

    January 1st unfortunately is going to be a bad day for a lot of Americans. They will have had their existing insurance cancelled and will not have been approved and enrolled with their new insurance. I really feel for these folks. Because of this train wreck there simply is not enough time to get done what needs to get done so that there is no gap in their coverage. If Obama thinks that he’s got issues now just wait, it’s about to go to DEFCON 1. Unfortunately though it will be on the backs and at the expense of folks who don’t deserve this type of utter incompetence.

  • operanerd1986

    Given that these are the official government-provided numbers about Obamacare, does anyone want to bet that the actual error rate is much, much higher than 10%?

  • Axelgreaser

    THE OFFICAL WHITE HOUSE ‘SEASONAL’ CARD SHOULD BE THE ‘404’ O’CRAPCARE ERROR MESSAGE…Complete with their communist inspired ‘Lean Forward’ logo. It pretty much sums up Democrats and Obama. ‘ERROR!’ Inside message thoughts: “I’m sorry I had to leave you…*sigh* just more of my bad luck”–Nelson Mandela Or: “I warmed that seat up just for you baby, sit down su’gah, I’ll go back to the rear.”–Rosa Parks Or: “Wishing you a Merry C(Censored)S & Happy New Year Celebraton w/Anderson Cooper & Kathy Griffith. Hide under my skirts anytime…LOL!”–Pope Francis

  • DwellsInFire

    Yay! There’s a 10% error rate and is bragging that health care costs continue to climb under Obamacare. They’re really enticing me sign up right away.

  • iVillageIdiot

    The 10% figure is brought to you by the same charlatans that promoted the “97% of climate scientists consensus” fraud. That being said, I agree with other posters that even a 10% failure rate is abysmal. In short, they have to lie like rugs to achieve abysmal.