The Federal government, speaking through HHS officials directly responsible for managing Obamacare, is laying off the first two weeks’…glitches…to unexpectedly high initial use attempts. They’re claiming the delays and problems are the result of nine million visitors as of last Friday (4 October at the time they were talking). This compares with the two million users who tried HealthCare.gov through last Sunday (6 Oct) according to an estimate by comScore.
HHS says the high rate of initial use was “unexpected.” Never mind that the Feds have been pushing the magical wonderfulness of Obamacare for three years and that there are 40 million (or 30 million, or…) Americans who don’t have health insurance and desperately need and want it.
ComScore also estimates that about 125,000 of those two million made it to the end of the account creation process, but they had no idea of how many of that small number actually bought a health insurance policy. This compares with HHS’ outright refusal (as recently as today) to say how many have actually bought health insurance through HealthCare.gov.
And there’s this gem:
Federal officials had debated internally whether to allow users to view plans without applying, according to people familiar with the process.
An HHS spokeswoman said the agency wanted to ensure that users were aware of their eligibility for subsidies that could help pay for coverage, before they started seeing the prices of policies.