Only 6 People Enrolled on Health Site's First Day
And just 248 were enrolled by second day: documents
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:18 AM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
In this Oct. 28, 2013, file screenshot, the US Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov.   (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

(Newser) – Another painful morning in the press for HealthCare.gov: Just six people signed up via the federal website on the first day, according to documents released by Congress last night. By the second day, only 248 had successfully enrolled, USA Today reports. On Wednesday, Kathleen Sebelius testified to Congress that the administration doesn't have "any reliable data around enrollment" and couldn't give figures; an HHS spokesperson tells ABC News the numbers released by the House Oversight Committee are unofficial.

Those unofficial figures come from notes taken during "war room" meetings held on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, CBS News reports. Specific problems are also noted; the Washington Post reports on one category in the notes labeled "on-going issues." It includes items like "high capacity on the website, direct enrollment not working" and "Experian creating confusion with credit check information." Official figures will be released this month, the HHS rep says, "after coordinating information from different sources such as paper, online, and call centers, verifying with insurers, and collecting data from states."

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Nov 3, 2013 10:42 AM CST
6 signed up, 5,999,994 to go to fund the system. 2,000,000 extremely healthy premium payers needed to keep it from tanking the system. Thankfully, I fell in that category this year. Not a single claim or payment request to AETNA so far. I guess I need to knock wood. Where's Obama, I need to knock his head three times.
Fascist_Jack
Nov 3, 2013 6:32 AM CST
How's that Hope & Change?
PoppyRockz
Nov 2, 2013 1:03 AM CDT
I can't wait to see where the $$ trail leads. Someone threw up a webpage from one of those "free web design" companies, then skipped out with between $70 million and $350 mil (depending on who you believe). Who wants to bet whether or not there is a backroom connection to Obama & big Dem campaign contributors. At least they should have hired Go Daddy, it would probably be working fine & we could be enjoying the commercials. Once this gets rolling it will make his clean energy scam look like pocket change. In case you forgot: "$3.9 billion in federal grants and financing flowed to 21 companies backed by firms with connections to five Obama administration staffers and advisers" (Wash. Post) Remember Solyndra ($535 mil), Ener 1 ($118 mil), Abound Solar ( $400 mil), etc ... all "Bankrupt" & closed. Now they have their filthy mitts in health care. I've gotta start making some Dem buddies so I can get in on this payday!