Less than 1 percent of the users who’ve tried the federal government’s website to enroll for Obamacare have made it through the registration process, according to private analysts who’ve studied the issue.
And that’s about the best number currently available, since the federal government still won’t release official figures for the embarrassing train wreck Obamacare was predicted to be all along.
According to Fox News, an estimate released by media monitor Kantar US Insights shows 9.47 million visitors to unique visitors to the federal site, with 3.72 million entering the registration area. About 1 million successfully registered, the estimate shows, with only 36,000 actually completing enrollment.
That’s a far, far cry from the Obama administration’s goal of 7 million enrolments in Obamacare’s first year.
Obama administration officials are doing their best to put a courageous face on the embarrassment, at first blaming the massive software problems that plagued Obamacare’s early days on overwhelming public interest.
According to the Washington Post, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters wrote in an email that the federal site got 14.6 million unique visits in the first 11 days, “showing the intense demand for quality, affordable health insurance.”
Sure it does. Solid numbers might show a lot more of the kind of thing people expect from a government that pretends its smarter than any other group of people to hold office in the capital.
Like, say, competence.
“Health care reform is more than a website,” White House spokesman Jay Carney offered lamely when asked about the problems on Wednesday.
But competence at spinning seems to be the limit when it comes to Obamacare.
Spinning and lame talking points.