Only Six People Successfully Enrolled Through Obamacare Website on Day One

The administration memos were produced by the contractors involved in to comply with the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius swears in before the House Commitee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday.
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Clara Ritger
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 1, 2013, 2:57 a.m.

On the morn­ing of Oct. 2, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials and con­tract­ors were told that six people suc­cess­fully en­rolled in Obama­care us­ing Health­ By the fol­low­ing morn­ing’s meet­ing, that num­ber had gone up to 248.

The memos from meet­ings about Health­ were pro­duced in re­sponse to sub­poen­as is­sued to the con­tract­ors by the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee Chair­man Dar­rell Issa, R-Cal­if. Issa has also sub­poenaed the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment.

How many people have signed up for the new cov­er­age in the month after the botched rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act web­site is un­clear. HHS of­fi­cials have said re­peatedly that they will make monthly en­roll­ment data pub­lic, and ex­pect the first re­port to come mid-Novem­ber.

The num­bers from the Health­ meet­ings don’t in­clude totals from the 14 states that do not use the fed­er­al ex­change site, and the states have been more suc­cess­ful than the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment in their en­roll­ment ef­forts. In Wash­ing­ton state, 35,528 people en­rolled as of Oct. 21. But 87 per­cent of those sign-ups were for Medi­caid. The Con­gres­sion­al Budget Of­fice pro­jects 9 mil­lion Amer­ic­ans will en­roll for Medi­caid in 2014.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has pushed back, telling CBS News it won’t dis­cuss en­roll­ment data be­cause it doesn’t have any. HHS Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us gave a sim­il­ar reas­on when she de­clined to share en­roll­ment fig­ures at a Con­gres­sion­al hear­ing earli­er this week.

“We do not have any re­li­able data around en­roll­ment, which is why we haven’t giv­en it to date,” Se­beli­us said.

Se­beli­us has un­til noon on Nov. 13 to re­spond to Issa’s sub­poena.

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