Millions Visit, But Few Sign Up in Obamacare Exchanges

Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 04:32 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Millions of Americans visited the Obamacare exchanges on Tuesday during the day-one rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but those actually signing up for coverage was "astonishingly low," according to news reports.

"[Tuesday], an astonishingly high number of people from around the country logged on to the exchanges, temporarily crashing the federal exchange site and delaying the launches of a few state-run sites," The Atlantic reported.

But an "astonishingly low" number of citizens signed up for coverage, The Atlantic reported.

The magazine corralled its data from reports in Bloomberg News, Politico, Reuters, and The New York Times.

The White House, for its part, said it would not release information on how many people signed up for Obamacare on Tuesday.

According to The Atlantic, Healthcare.gov, the federal site, posted 2.8 million unique visits. That site covers 36 states.

In New York, 7.5 million people visited its site, including 2.5 million within the first 30 minutes, The Atlantic reported.

By mid-afternoon Tuesday, 100,000 people had visited Minnesota's site. In Illinois, more than 65,000 hits had been posted to the site.

About 55,000 people visited Colorado's site, according to The Atlantic, while 28,000 had checked out Connecticut's exchange by 4 p.m.

In Kentucky, more than 24,000 people visited the site — and 8,000 unique visits were recorded on Idaho's site.

And, according to The Atlantic, as many as 16,000 people visited California's site every second.

But these numbers contrasted greatly with those illustrating how many people successfully signed up for Obamacare.

For instance, 1,450 Colorado residents created accounts to shop for plans, compared with the 55,000 who visited the site, The Atlantic reports.

In Connecticut, only 167 people applied for coverage — and 1,235 people signed up in Kentucky, The Atlantic quoted Bloomberg as saying, though Politico reported the figure as approaching 2,000.


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