.... is it because the Fox News Liars 'Forgot" to report this?
California and New York are two of the biggest markets for signing up millions of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. State officials said the data they provided on Tuesday was an early indicator of strong demand for new insurance plans that will take effect in 2014.
The disclosures from New York and California come as Republican opponents of Obama's healthcare reform press the administration for details of how enrollment is progressing. The federal government has been working to fix both capacity and software issues that have prevented access to the Healthcare.gov website since the new exchanges launched on Oct. 1.
"It started a little rockier than we'd like. It's better today than it was yesterday and it will keep getting better," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview with comedian Jon Stewart on cable TV's The Daily Show.
The Covered California exchange said it approved more than 16,000 applications for health insurance that would cover over 28,000 state residents, despite early glitches since the website launched. The number includes people deemed eligible for the state's Medicaid program for the poor. Another 27,000 applications are still being processed. The exchange did not say how many of those people had selected new health plans, but expects to make that data available beginning in mid-November.
28000 state residents of California to be covered? And how many residents of CA are there. 28k is not even a pee hole in the snow. By the way, Sebelius was a total embarrassment when interviewed and asked how may people have actually signed up. She had no answer as she dodged and weaved. She said she didn't have the data. Why not, Kathleen, as head of that agency and knowing the questions that would be asked, that data should be at your right hand.
Obamacare or BarryCare, call it what you will, this boondoggle will collapse under its own weight as young, healthy people in their 20s will not be signing up and, instead, opt to pay the fine rather than cough up $2500 or so annually. Therefore, the lifeblood of this entitlement program cannot be adequately funded.
By the way, Sebelius was a total embarrassment when interviewed and asked how may people have actually signed up. She had no answer as she dodged and weaved.
100% agree. Sebelius is a joke.
Related, I haven't seen anything from the Obama administration excusing the pathetic online rollout of PPACA (aka Obamacare). #$%$? Three years of preparing for this moment and the government dropped the ball....
...but on the other hand, the people who built those websites were private contractors:
"The primary Obamacare exchange contract went to the CGI Group, a Canadian consulting company that has also played a role in administering Canada's single-payer health care system. CGI has been awarded at least $88 million by CMS to build the federal exchange and provide related technical support.
CMS provided another $55 million to Quality Software Services, a Maryland-based health care IT company, to build the data hub, software that serves as an intermediary between all those federal agencies and the Obamacare exchanges.
Several other federal contractors have also been awarded multi-million dollar contracts to assist with various aspects of building and operating the exchanges. A June report by the Government Accountability Office found that CMS had already committed to spend $394 million on the system."
28000 state residents of California to be covered? And how many residents of CA are there. 28k is not even a pee hole in the snow.
Genius, you "forgot" to mention the other 27,000 applications being processed. If the household profile for those people is the same as the first batch, those applications would represent another 47,000 residents, or a total of 75,000 residents with new coverage in all. Since the state had 7 million uninsured residents as of 2011, that means that more than 1% of the uninsured in the state have applied for coverage, just a few days in and well before the coverage even starts. If 2% of the uninsured apply each week, the entire population of uninsured would be covered within a year. More likely, applications will accelerate as the availability deadline for coverage approaches.