The long-anticipated roll-out of Obamacare began Tuesday, but initial enrollment doesn’t appear to live up to expectations.
Blue Cross Blue Shield, the leading health insurance provider in Louisiana, told The Times-Picayune that not a single person enrolled in the new plan offered by the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s a situation that we are coping with,” John Maginnis, vice president of corporate communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, told the New Orleans newspaper. The company is one of four offering products in the marketplace.
Less than 1 percent of people visiting the website are actually signing up, according to Daily Mail, who reported these statistics:
California’s program registered an estimated 0.58 per cent of website visitors in its first day
A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59 per cent
Obama administration won’t say how many Americans signed up on the central website that covered insurance exchanges for 36 states
Kentucky’s 5.3 per cent application rate seems to be the nation’s highest
Other states wouldn’t provide statistics, or tracked only the creation of new online accounts, not numbers of completed applications
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported that after interviewing nearly 100 people in South Carolina, he didn’t find one who was able to sign up on Tuesday for the Obamacare exchanges.
Watch the CNN report here:
The administration is already touting the success of the program:
But apparently there are a few kinks to work out: