Number of Obamacare Exchange Enrollees in Washington, DC? Five

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 07:59 PM

By Cathy Burke

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The Obamacare insurance exchange in the nation's capital has enrolled just five people, a Senate committee learned Friday.

The dismal data from the four health insurance companies participating in the Washington, D.C., exchange were released by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of Utah, Fox News reported.

"A lot of Americans are getting cancellation notices from their current healthcare plan but they haven't been able to enroll in a new plan," Grassley said in a statement.

"The limbo and uncertainty are stressful for them, as they've been describing in emails to my office. The chaos imposed on so many people is reason to at least delay the individual mandate, if not outright appeal it."

The enrollment data from the Senate Finance Committee were contained in letters from the insurers who sell on the DC Health Benefit Link: CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna, The Washington Post reported.

"Two people have enrolled," the letter from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said.

Kaiser Permanente submitted a chart showing just three  had enrolled.

But the DC Health Link told the Post the letters don't tell the whole story.

"That is not an accurate depiction of the strong level of interest in the District of Columbia in obtaining quality, affordable health insurance," DC HealthLink spokesman Richard Sorian wrote in an email, noting 321 people had created accounts and selected a health plan but hadn't completed the process. They have until Dec. 15.

Still, Hatch said the numbers show "it's no wonder the Obama administration hasn't wanted to release how many people have signed up for Obamacare."

"With data from D.C.'s four participating health plans in, there's been a whopping five people enrolled in the city's exchange … these numbers are even more proof of what a disaster Obamacare is and why it should be delayed."

The news is not much better elsewhere.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday disclosed that navigators and brokers she spoke with told her only three people in her state had signed up for coverage on HealthCare.gov as of Oct. 29 — and all of them may have gotten incorrect information about their eligibility for federal subsidies, the Post reported.

And a month after the launch of Delaware's Obamacare exchange, officials reported only four people have enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, michellemalkin.com reported.

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