California Admits Obamacare Interest Was Inflated By Almost 8 Times

Tyler Durden's picture

Remember all those headlines about the "milions" of people swamping the new Obamacare exchange sites and how that explained why the "glitches" appeared and how this proves the American people are so desparate for the insurance... well, the truth appears to be leaking out. As Politico reports, California’s health insurance exchange reported - wrongly - that it had received 5 million hits on its website the first day of Obamacare. State officials said the real number was only about a tenth of that, or 645,000. Is it any wonder that fewer Americans trust other Americans than ever before?


Via Politico,

Dana Howard, a spokesman for Covered California, as the state exchange is known, said internal miscommunication about the numbers caused the error. “Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect," the paper quoted him as saying.


California has an ambitious goal of signing up about 2 million people for Obamacare – a big chunk of the seven million the White House wants to get covered in the health insurance exchanges the first year.




Like most states, California’s exchange had a rough first day, with computer problems and temporary halts to enrollment and online insurance shopping. Officials had cited the high volume e- the 5 million – as a reason the  $313-million online system was so troubled.  Glitches and delays persisted on Wednesday.


Federal officials have also been blaming higher than anticipated traffic for the snarls of the website of the federally-operated exchanges serving three dozen states.

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Spaceman Spiff's picture

If interest can't be faked it can be compelled...

DOT's picture

Some one mis-spoke so it's all OK.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Wait, did I say I did not have sex with that woman?  I meant to say that I fucked her with a cigar and then got a blowjob.  Sorry, misspoke.

The Juggernaut's picture

Hitler also lie about the amount of member's in its Worker's (Nazi) party.  Hitler was 555 when he really was 55.


On a positive note, Hitler didn't need a teleprompter.

Xibalba's picture

Just like support for Pelosi and Feinstein.  All a sham. 

Zer0head's picture

Jargon alert

Glitches are the new Green Shoots


To that end if one uses the word Glitches

it shoud be replaced with the word "Flaws"                                    

Ying-Yang's picture

Boris I say scrap Obombercare

Replace it with the Health Lottery....

Buy a ticket and see if Grandmother gets her pacemaker

Luck of the Draw Healthcare, coming to a clinic near you

Clowns on Acid's picture

Ummm... don't see any significant difference there.... YY

Quantum Nucleonics's picture

One key pillar of socialism is that there should be no lucky.  Since as a society we can't afford a pacemaker for grandma, then nobody gets one.  That's in contrast to an actual free market where grandma and her family have the initiative, drive, and sense of self worth to save and invest in real assets in order to have the pride to take care of their own needs, and charitably help those who are truly misfortunate, as opposed to were just being slackers in life.

Ying-Yang's picture

Damn, then I guess my Scratch-off Pacemaker card is no good.

smlbizman's picture

alright try and follow....say there were a bunch of people in line, like an apple event. just like an apple event....and rachel and her friends were in line...rachel in new york and 57 of her friends at the library in the other 57 states, start hitting keys....i would think that would fuck things up....

insanelysane's picture

Kevin's going to be getting a 2nd computer on his desk.  One to BUY MOAR STAWKS and the other to produce hits on O-Care exchanges.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

In AmeriKa, economy is expand by over-statement of government bureaucrat.

Kobe Beef's picture

All lies, all the time. I imagine the final days of the USSR resemble those of the USSA.

LawyerScum's picture

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the--if he--if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not--that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement....Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true." - Bill Clinton, the 1st Black President

McMolotov's picture

"The beatings will continue until interest improves."

Mactheknife's picture

People who don't have insurance are logging on because the vast majority of them think that they are going to sign up for "free" government healthcare. Guess what?

SkottFree's picture

Obama to declair Republican Party as Terrorists and put the entrie lot in prision, News right after Roller Derby!


Normalcy Bias's picture

Another day, another leak exposing this Potemkin President. From all of the rigged polls, to the >50% fake twatter followers, to the Diebold election results... everything purporting this clown's 'popularity' is bullshit.

BlackChicken's picture

Taxation without truth-ification (or anything else).

Will there EVER be any justice for WE the people?

Spaceman Spiff's picture

Not without an Article 5 amendment convention that could restore people and state rights...

kchrisc's picture

I'm sorry, but that Rubicon has been crossed.

It's going to take an AR/AK convention to Restore the Constitutional republic.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

AR more is accurate, but AK is jam less, cheap lower receiver make in simple metal shop. If Boris have choice, M-1 Garand because high caliber and last round ping!

McMolotov's picture

Government lies? Shut the front door!

Dr. Engali's picture

Well I sure don't want them entering through the back door.

wisehiney's picture

What happens if I pull this loose string?

One And Only's picture

Ah they didn't lie. This is a downward revision. BLS does this with every report they release.

guinea's picture

The lying isn't even the most egregious part of this. 

$313 million for a website of one state exchange that can't even handle 650k people of traffic in one day, which any self-respecting porn site can handle with streaming video.  

You can hire 2000 board-certified pediatricians for CA with a decade of training for $300 million dollars.  Instead that money is spent on a website that barely works.  

This country is going down the tubes hard and California leads the way.  

Jahbulon's picture

So when do they start releasing the stats on how many people have signed up?  That will be funny.......if you can trust the numbers......

Cugel's picture

I'm sure they'll be huge. You have to sign up just to get a quote.

Atomizer's picture

Barry said that the new health care website was like using KAYAK.


ATM's picture

Do I have to fax Kayak my last two years tax returns too?

insanelysane's picture

I can't wait for the big celebration once the 1 billionth person signs up.  I think they expect that around the end of November.

pods's picture

That would be more people than everyone in all 57 states. 


Skateboarder's picture

Not according to the BLS it won't be!

youngman's picture

It must be all of those dead Democratic voters.....they will take up the slack..and want the subsidy too....and they will get it....

Rodders75's picture

Kiss my ass Obama

the iD's picture


tell someone who CARES. the Affordable Care Act, moving life forward.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Cali should do what Tennessee is doing: They're now offering new, improved free ObamaSmartPhones to entice the FSA to sign up for ObamaCaress (aka frequent & brutal rectal exams):

"Say hello to Obamacare phones.

In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone.

The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll:

Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance co-op, is running a unique promotional program to drive enrollment in its plans for sale on the exchange: health insurance in exchange for a smartphone.
As part of its Community Health Connection Program, CHA is offering qualified individuals an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data.
The idea is to make it easier for providers and patients to stay connected, but it will also help CHA keep track of its member population, many of whom are expected to be new to the health insurance market.
“Members will have the phone number for their CHA representative pre-loaded in their phones and can quickly get answers to questions about their policies,” said CHA Chief Operating Officer Judy Slagle in a news release. “At the same time, we will be able to connect with our members by phone, by email or by text almost instantly with health tips and reminders.”
The co-op received a federal loan of more than $73 million.

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

The idea is to make it easier for providers and patients to stay connected

Oh yea! Im sure thats going to be the primary use of their Obamaphone. And definitely why they need unlimited texting. Who doesnt text their doctor? Unlimitedly.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Unlimited minutes. Unlimited texting. 1.2GB of porn surfing data.

All for free, yo!

Kobe Beef's picture

Is there an app for flash-mobs?

pods's picture

We can safely say that government has safely jumped the shark.