Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
Posted on 10/03/2013 2:21:42 AM PDT by markomalley
As President Obama's signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up.
California, the ultimate blue state whose federal lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in support of Obamacare, turned less than 1 per cent of its Web visits into 'Covered California' participants on Tuesday.
'We had over 5.7 million hits to our website as of 3 p.m. yesterday,' Covered California spokeswoman Kelsey Caldwell told MailOnline Wednsday.
'7,700 consumers began their application process yesterday. ... 4,143 applications are pending,' she added. 'We received 23,269 calls yesterday to our service center.'
Caldwell couldn't say how many of the 5.7 million website hits were from unique Californians. But assuming 712,500 online visitors saw eight different Web pages each, the sign-up rate was 0.58 per cent.
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God Almighty above please let it be so. I don’t want this atrocity in my life and am ready to take a pitchfork to DC if they really try to enforce it. If they don’t have to have to it, I don’t have to have it. I am not having anything forced on me that’s not good enough for those who impose it. No matter what they say. The more I think about it the more steamed I get.
Show me where I can sign up to save $2,500/year and I’ll do it right now.
Three people in California and two in New York with stolen credit cards to complete the transactions?
I’m sure the millions of Obama voters visited the website and exited when they saw it wasn’t free. These people are not accustomed to paying for things.
You wouldn’t believe how many people I know who think this program was something where they were going to bet an insurance card in the mail and they’d be covered for free. When I describe to them that it simply means “health care for all” means “all need to buy health care”, they give me this dumb look as they realize they’ve been hoodwinked...
You’re exactly correct. They thought they’d get a card, show up, get world-class medical care, and leave. Once they find out how much “free” costs, they want nothing to do with it.
Even on DU, they’re singing the praises of how low their premium is, then go into disbelief at the out of pocket (deductible) expense. “I can’t afford the premium without a subsidy, how in the heck am I going to afford a $5,000 out of pocket expense?”
Liberalism is truly a mental disease.
They found out how much FREE will cost them.
Suckers...stupid knuckle-dragging Zero-worshipping suckers.
I have tried to get on the healthcare.gov web site to open an account and I was finally able to after 2 days. But it was still being slammed so hard that I would not have been able to enroll. They are claiming something like 5 million discrete hits in two days.
“Once they find out how much free costs, they want nothing to do with it.”
When I was in college 20 years ago I volunteered helping prepare income taxes for low-income people. You’d be disgusted how many, after realizing they owed money instead of receiving a refund, would simply throw the forms in the garbage as they left. Their “golden ticket bastards” had grown up & didn’t reduce their taxable income any more, and they simply wouldn’t file and pay the taxes owed.
We had people show up who hadn’t even worked; they’d heard of the Earned Income Credit (which is welfare worked into the tax code), and didn’t realize you had to at least have worked to qualify. There are a lot of people in this country who will never contribute anything, and it has gone on for generations; I understand why the left, while needing their votes, wants to abort/contracept them out of existence. It is impossible for someone raised in a WASP culture (and I’m neither Anglo-Saxon or Protestant) not to despise them.
The same goes for their doctor appointment. Gonna have to get used to that.
Folks, as someone who has been in this biz of online health insurance enrollment via the Internet, I just want to share that a 1% close rate is close to par for the course. There are far easier targets to take down, such as system crashes and long waits. This is more or less a waste of effort...
Numbers were wrong according to the L. A. Times:
“The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a sign of strong consumer interest and a major reason people had so much difficulty using its $313-million online enrollment system.
Dana Howard, a spokesman for Covered California, said the error was the result of internal miscommunication.
‘Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect,’ he said.
Howard said the revised Web traffic still represents a huge response. He said the number of unique online visitors Tuesday was 514,000 and the state received 19,000 calls.”
I suspected as much. Most uninsured are most likely people with scant interest in public affairs i.e. low information i.e. Obama voters. Obamatons are the dumbest segment of the American public. They are probably the last people to find out anything that might have been national news for months or years.
“Obamatons are the dumbest segment of the American public.”
They are, but there are a lot of them and they vote. I’m glad to see the suffering they are enduring in nearby Newark NJ; they deserve every bit of it and then some.
Several years ago my 30 year old step daughter was constantly talking about “when I get my social security”. I finally burst her bubble and pointed out that since she had never worked she couldn’t get social security. Boy, was she pissed. Then she said to her mother “Since I won’t get social security you’re going to have to leave me an inheritance.”
They can’t find the “free” option...
Very funny; I thought they simply got a very basic benefit if they hadn’t worked (like a stay-at-home mother who never worked might get).
I work with one of Holder’s people that was complaining that her mother had to go back to work because she couldn’t afford retirement. Feigning interest, I asked what her mother did for a living. Without batting an eye she said she had worked for cash watching children. When I pointed out that she wasn’t getting much SS becuase she hadn’t paid into it, she gave me a dumb look; when I asked what kind of new job her mother had, she replied that she had gone back to watching children for cash.
My step daughter never had children. But if she thought by having kids that she could get a hundred bucks a month from SS so she could buy some more Star Wars figures (”They’re gonna’ be worth a lot of money someday”.”) she’d be gettin’ her groove on.
This girl is, or used to be, always talking about her inheritance. (I finally completely cut her off.) She completely ignores that she has two siblings who might want to be included. She’s a typical liberal. She saw some kids waiting on the school bus one morning and wanted to take some of OUR bottled water out to them. That’s the way they are. The give away other peoples’ stuff to make themselves feel good.
She’s been this way her whole life. When she was 11 she wanted to open a lemonade stand. We gave her the sugar, water and lemons and turned her lose. After a few hours she came back telling us how much money she had made. Then I told her she had to pay us back for the lemons and sugar. Boy, did she get pissed.
“Thats the way they are. The give away other peoples stuff to make themselves feel good.”
These people get very depressed when reality sets in; good luck!
It won't just be people looking for free. A lot of responsible people have policies for catastrophic situations only, with huge deductibles. Those policies were reasonably priced. The new forced policies are much more expensive than what these people actually want to purchase, and have been purchasing.
I'm wondering if an unintended consequence might be LESS people with health insurance. Those who just want a policy for catastropies might decide it's better to pay the penalty and self insure for catastrophies.
Boycott the government of the obamanation. Good idea!
In a short time, we’ll see this scenerio play out everywhere: Lots of previously “uninsured” will go to the doctor, get a full range of tests and treatment, and then stiff the provider for the bills. Full employment for collection agencies, and lots of providers going under.
So people can sign up for Obamacare but can’t have their names run through Everify in order to get a job?
Obama needs to lift his virtual Barrycades.
They continue to get free healthcare from Medicaid. They also are expecting many more people to be directed to Medicaid. That was the reason for the ‘expanded Medicaid’ that some of the states were fighting over. Apparently the feds will pay for the expanded part the first year or so and then taper off. Some of the states said they couldn’t afford it in the long run so refused to be part of it.
“Lots of previously uninsured will go to the doctor, get a full range of tests and treatment, and then stiff the provider for the bills.”
That is closing hospitals in my area; the government requires them to treat, then continually reduces the reimbursement level for the “charity care” until the hospital closes.