CBS News reports on the incredibly low number of people who actually successfully signed up for health insurance through the complete failure commonly referred to as the Obamacare exchanges.
SCOTT PELLEY: Good evening. For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the the new health insurance web site despite all of its problems, but no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason. CBS News has learned enrollments got off to an incredibly slow start. Sharyl Attkisson obtained documents that haven't been seen by the public until now.
Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours, but at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say 6 enrollments have occurred so far.
That's right…six, in the country, signed up on the first day – out of an alleged 4.7 million visitors. The report continues to note only 248 had enrolled after three days, in contrast to the average of 39,000 a day needed to meet the goal of 7 million enrollees by March 1. That's 1 successful enrollee per 783,333 alleged visitors to the site. The odds of being struck by lightning in the U.S. are literally higher than the odds of a visitor to healthcare.gov on its first day successfully enrolling for insurance.
Notice how this is just the latest in a clearly evident pattern of lies and hiding facts coming from the Administration. They have for years lied in their promise that those who liked their plan could keep their plan, all the while knowing the opposite. They launched the website knowing there were significant technical problems and security risks. They decided at the last minute to prevent shoppers on the website from seeing the actual costs of the insurance plans until after applicants have entered personal information in order to conceal the true costs. And now we have evidence of what we already suspected: the number of actual enrollments are far below what they have been suggesting, and that the Administration knows exactly how many people are signing up but they continue to lie by saying they don't know the number – because they are embarrassed to admit the real numbers.