California Admits Only 1.65% Of Exchange Visitors Signed Up For Obamacare

Tyler Durden's picture

While early "guesswork" had estimated the sign-up rates were not 'terrific', Covered California - the Obamacare exchange - has released data on the final enrollment rates. They are not great:


Assuming each household is a 'unique' then that is a 1.65% sign-up rate. Doesn't seem like the huge success so many have proclaimed.


Odd that the Press Release did not mention that rate...

Covered California™ received tens of thousands of enrollment applications during the first week consumers could officially apply for health insurance at the agency’s online marketplace, as well as those newly eligible for Medi-Cal coverage.

“We’ve started strong,” said Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The amount of interest and number of applications we’ve received in the first week underscores the demand among Californians for quality, affordable health care.”

Website and Call Center Weekly Report: Oct.1-5

Unique visits to 987,440


Applications completed with household eligibility determined 16,311

Number of Californians determined eligible for coverage 28,699

Small Business Health Options Program businesses registered as of 10/8/2013   430


“It’s just the beginning, but these numbers are truly exciting and encouraging,” Lee said. Consumers were equally excited about being able to enroll online in Covered California health insurance plans that provide quality and value, and uniform benefits, without worry about pre-existing conditions.


“With almost three months to enroll for coverage effective Jan. 1, the fact that thousands of Californians and hundreds of our small businesses are stepping forward in our first week is a testament to the need for the Affordable Care Act,” said Peter Lee.

Subsequent weekly statistics will be based on a Sunday-through-Saturday schedule. Total enrollment for October will be released in November.

“Covered California is committed to sharing information and will continue to report weekly on the numbers of visits to our website and the number of consumer calls to our Service Centers,” Lee said.

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Meat Hammer's picture

Hey, come on!  There's a number to left of the decimal point.  That's real progress there. Obviously, the fact that healthcare for the people who don't have it is totally unaffordable didn't stop these wonderful patriots. Nothing but cynics, the lot of you.

Pure Evil's picture

Well, the fact that any douche-bag in Califonicate signed up for Obamycare should be considered a success.

Next time take blood samples cause their all probably high on hopium.

Rubbish's picture

Thank God Trader Joes is now letting my wife work over 30 hrs. to save our company plan. Obammy care would cost me $4k and be shit coverage comparatively.


Now I have to get a cleaning lady....hmmmmm

TruthInSunshine's picture

Once Californians found out it doesn't cover elective cosmetic procedures, they were crushed.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

1.65% signed up.  How many will be in the plan?  What kind of coverage will they get?  Will they still be paying next year?

This ain't over...

TruthInSunshine's picture

Obamacare is a failure out of the box.

Explain to a typical, non-smoking 26 year old that they will pay a monthly premium of about $150 for the cheapest plan (i.e. "Bronze"), but that they have a yearly deductible of $6,000.00, which means that they will pay 100% of all costs of doctor visits, medications, treatment & procedures until they expend $7,800.00 (so, $6,000.00 + $1,800.00) - in any given 12 month period, and they'll laugh then cry.

And the costs will only increase faster than the rate of inflation in subsequent years.

It's all one big pork program for the insurance & pharma industries.

That the Supreme Court upheld the compulsory purchase of health insurance (i.e. the "Individual Mandate") tells anyone all they need to know how far beyond a banana republic, governed by an Animal Farm government, we've become.

eatthebanksters's picture

Isn't Moonbean as well trying t o sell a bridge that the state does not have the money to demolish?  Nice spin on the bullshit...

GetZeeGold's picture



I hate the progressive rat bastard with a passion.....but all I can say is go Boehner go!!!


Screw Obamacare!

nmewn's picture

Who's up for some moar hilarity via ObamaScare?

"Amid all the attention, bugs, and work happening at in light of the Affordable Care Act, potential registrants talking to phone support today have been told that all user passwords are being reset to help address the site's login woes. And the tech supports behind will be asking more users to act in the name of fixing the site, too. According to registrants speaking with Ars, individuals whose logins never made it to the site's database will have to re-register using a different username, as their previously chosen names are now stuck in authentication limbo."


What, you say there's moar?

"A test of the site this morning had me waiting four minutes to get to the signup page; others got on instantly. But problems persist beyond the front door. The contractors responsible for the exchange—CGI Federal for the website itself, Quality Software Systems Inc. (QSSI) for the information "hub" that determines eligibility for programs and provides the data on qualified insurance plans, and Booz Allen for enrollment and eligibility technical support—are scrambling to deploy more fixes. Technical support call center operators continue to handle an onslaught of calls from users who can't get back into the system after registering."

Booz Nothing says competent, compassionate, care like having the spooks at Booz Allen checking "your eligibility" and pawing over your personal medical records, right?

And whats that Call Center number again Bueller?, seriously. Thats the number.

Enraged yet?

Telemakhos's picture

Only 1.65% of the visitors signed up; but that's not a very important number, since no one knows how many visitors were seriously looking for insurance and how many were just curious but insured citizens (or hackers' botnets, or whatever). The real question: what percentage of the total uninsured population of California signed up? There are 7.1 million uninsured people in California and 28,699 people were determined eligible.  That's 0.4%.

whirlaway's picture

Even if all the unique visitors were uninsured, that is still about only 15% of them even visited the site.  But this is still early days.   We can't say how things are going until the start of next year when the coverage starts.  I would think about a third of the uninsured i.e. about 2.5 million people, will sign up by the time the enrollment period ends on March 31, 2014.   And that is pretty sizable, even for a state as large as California.

Telemakhos's picture

I don't know why you got downvoted so much.  Your thesis seems to be that the people who haven't gotten healthcare are less likely to try signing up at the first available opportunity and more likely to wait until the last possible moment.  That's plausible, and by April, 2014, the apparent lack of interest that we see now might be reversed in a way that could prove infelicitous and embarassing to those making too much of the initial numbers.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Bruce Jenner doesn't need coverage. Price on nose jawbz, and bewb jawbz are falling.

phaedrus1952's picture

I think Ahhnold's former maid might be available ...

CheapBastard's picture

I looked at the web's still a mess.

toady's picture

That's the real story here. I Heard this morning that 100k people have created IDs on the site. 100k in a week? That's RIDICULOUS! There should be 100 MILLION after a week!

Whoever built that should be shot!

I've set up an ID, but I still haven't made it any further.


OldPhart's picture

I' m thinking of chicking into it out of sheer curiosity.  Using my Vietnamese name:  Phuck Yew.

I also happen to have one of Bank of America's checking account numbers from the State of California.  I should be good to go.

grgy's picture

Those wonderful patriots of yesteryear would hardly believe how fucked up their beloved nation has become.  May they continue to rest in peace.

Long-John-Silver's picture

No one can afford it.

booboo's picture

Don't enter the Matrix

Don't enter the Matrix

Don't enter the Matrix

Don't enter the Matrix

SafelyGraze's picture

"California Admits Only 1.65% Of Exchange Visitors Signed Up For Obamacare"

.. and that's precisely we need to go ahead and *make* people enroll in it


Surely got more "unique visitors" to their site. 

Meat Hammer's picture

It's called the Affordable Care Act, which makes it affordable, dummy.

Long-John-Silver's picture

Perhaps 98.3% discovered it was not free.

Pure Evil's picture

Especially those that wandered in from Mexico.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Yes, L-J-S, I will be very curious to see some numbers a year and half from now.

Renewable Life's picture

Free, that shit is the polar opposite of free,it's fucking outrageously expensive!!!

I guess the WH's thought, shit those people elected us twice, lets thank them with some affordable healthcare!! This shit continues like it is out here and CA might go red state in 2016, that is if anyone can still afford to live here by then??

Troll Magnet's picture

red, blue, wtf is the difference?

CCanuck's picture

Just like the Patriot Act....full of patriotism.

Americans can't afford to print it out, let alone sign-up.

Move up here we have FREE Health-care.....s/...fuck that was hard to type, almost puked....

RideTheWalrus's picture

They should of gone with the "iAffordable Care Act S"

People would of lined up for days to get it then.



darteaus's picture

It's expensive because it has to cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, etc.

lunaticfringe's picture

I went to the statist base camp yesterday and conducted a survey of liberal cockbags,atheists, social work majors with tax payer subsidized loans, assorted ne'er do wells, cross dressers, cock chugs, dope smokers, fudgepackers, douche bags, and boomerangs.

After 10 or 11 nasty ass responses to a simple question, "Are you entitled to healthcare?" we had a libertarian sneak in and offer up the correct answer. I am sending him a meat and cheese tray for the holidays.


Winston Churchill's picture

The cancellation(lapse) rate was 30% on voluntarily bought insurance back in the 1970.s.

last public data  I could find.

I'm sure the lapse rate on this will be over 50% within a year.

CCanuck's picture

Free Healthcare, where do I sign up???

What....its not free!!!!   OBAMA!!!!! WTF !!!!!!

NoDebt's picture

Oh, if ONLY people would blame Obama for this fiasco.  No, it's the fault of his political opponents who are sabotaging this glorious social advancement.  Besides, he just heard it wasn't free on the news last week, like everyone else.  It wasn't his fault.  He wasn't even in the room for 7 hours while it was happening.  He's working hard AGAINST these leeches who are trying to charge money for his free healthcare plan.

RmcAZ's picture

Unique visits to the CoveredCA web site has little to do with how many people are going to sign up. Probably some people just wanting to see what it's about.

Not that I would expect it to be a success either way, but it's Apples and Oranges.

Spastica Rex's picture

I'm waiting for the affordable morphine plan so I can just die in comfort.

booboo's picture

I think the fabians are going to be surprised at the reaction of the free shit zombies they created.

NoDebt's picture

Please refer to the other article on the site tonight about SSI/Disability fraud.  There is an 800 number you can call listed in the article.

NidStyles's picture

I'm next in line. Go out with a smile...

GMadScientist's picture

If I promise to pay will you promise to shoot it?

Abiotic Oil's picture

Obamacare fines to the IRS are GDP positive right?


PC Load Letter's picture

1.65% more then I expected

vulcanraven's picture

PC Load Letter.... what the fuck does that mean?

Keyser's picture

The IRS will be very busy tracking down and prosecuting all these folks that are not in compliance. The Boss will not be happy. 

The gubbamint has found a way with the ACA to tax every man, woman and child in the country, regardless of age and whether they earn a wage or not. Now when you are born in the US, you are already in debt to the g-men for ACA. 

Pure Evil's picture

That's the problem with even going to look. You have to give so much information just to get a quote.

Next, you'll get solicitations in the mail like notices from a collection agency trying to either scare you or entice you into finishing your application.

If that doesn't work the Obama goons dressed in black ops gear will be beating on your door and implying that if you don't sign up you're in a shiite load of trouble.

Like trying to unsubscribe to a spam email, they now know your email address is valid. And, now they know exactly where you live.

darteaus's picture

If I lived in Nigeria, I'd be cooking up some e-mails threatening fines for not yet being in Obamacare.  Then I conveniently provide a link to a web site where you can sign up.  You know the rest...

SonOfSoros's picture

God, you are a genius.

I'm creating a website as we converse.