"Very Low" Obamacare Enrollment Admitted As Young People Just Say No

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For the first time today, in addition to previous anecdotal evidence that the first several days of the Obamacare rollout (with 248 enrollees in the first two days) have been an abysmal failure, and the days since have fared no better, HHS Secretary Sebelius finally admitted to the Senate Finance Committee that over a month after the rollout of healthcare.gov, the enrollment figures have been "very low." Of course, being able to qualify the number didn't mean she could or would actually put it in numeric terms - it would have been simply too humiliating and may have forced her to finally do what so far nobody in the Obama administration has done: take responsibility for one after another failure (after all, for everything else, there's "Mr. Chairwoman getting to work") and resign. One thing, however, is certain, the "very low" number whatever it may be, is orders of magnitude below Obama's mission critical goal of enrolling 494,620 people in October, and another 706,600 for November.

Why is this critical? Because like any other Ponzi, this particular welfare program needs an influx of new registrants, especially young ones, to keep the funding coming in and succeed. Otherwise, not even all central bank chairmen getting to work around the globe creating wealth effects for a few hundred thousand people, or all false-flag, YouTube justified diversionary wars around the world, will do much to deflect attention from how the supposedly crowning achievement of Obama's two-term presidential career has disintegrated before everyone's eyes.

Politico has more on Sebelius' testimony before the Senate Finance Committee:

We intend to give you as much information as we can validate,” Sebelius said of the enrollment figures being released next week. She said the numbers will include both Medicaid and health plan enrollment in the new insurance exchanges. She said the numbers will cover “the first month of enrollment,” which began on Oct. 1.

She also intends to give more figures that she can fabricate but there is neither here nor there. All that matters is that she has her job. Kinda like Greece and the Euro.

Curiously it was not just republicans crucifying the HHS Secretary...

Republicans chastised Sebelius for what they called misleading testimony that the website would be working when it went live Oct. 1, and a broken promise that consumers could keep their coverage.


Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Sebelius’s home state of Kansas, repeated his call for her to resign because of her poor leadership. Sebelius did not respond.


The top Republican on the committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), said Sebelius’s earlier testimony to the committee about the website’s readiness was “at best, misinformed.” He predicted more problems ahead and called for Sebelius to visit the committee once a month with status updates.


Several Republicans questioned the security and testing of the website, but Sebelius said that neither security consultants nor the administration felt those concerns warranted halting enrollment.


“No one suggested the risks outweighed the importance of moving forward,” she said, “including Mitre, who made recommendations to CMS as is required.” Mitre is a federally-funded nonprofit that handles much of the marketplace’s security.

... it was democrats as well - supposedly those facing stiff competition in the upcoming elections.

In the Finance committee, Democrats expressed vast “frustration” with the website. But they also had harsh words for the contracters tasked with building HealthCare.gov.


I want you to burn their fingers and make them pay for not being responsible,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) told the secretary.

Just don't burn your own Madame Secretary: after all it is well-known that in Obama's administration the buck never stops with whoever is in charge - you see, they were never aware of the failures, ever. They only had full supervision over the successes, if any.

Of course, she wouldn't work for Obama if she didn't end it on a Hopiumy note:

Sebelius told the committee that the site will be repaired by the end of the month amid a “couple of hundred” functional fixes that have been identified. “We are into the list but we are not where we need to be,” she said. She also said the experts who have looked at the site and its problems have advised making repairs, not taking the site down completely.

Well, maybe not hopiumy enough.

But going back to the original issue, and a far deeper problem with Obamacare than the ongoing website debacle, is that the targeted core constituency of Obamacare, young people under 35, are nowhere near the fastest enrolling population group, with that distinction instead going to the oldest group, people 55 and over, which also happens the be the biggest use of funds within Obamacare. From the WSJ:


Insurers say the early buyers of health coverage on the nation's troubled new websites are older than expected so far, raising early concerns about the economics of the insurance marketplaces.


If the trend continues, an older, more expensive set of customers could drive up prices for everyone, the insurers say, by forcing them to spread their costs around. "We need a broad range of people to make this work, and we're not seeing that right now," said Heather Thiltgen of Medical Mutual of Ohio, the state's largest insurer by individual customers. "We're seeing the population skewing older."


...the numbers demonstrate a real-world fallout from the digital snafus: Less-healthy customers are more likely to persevere through technical obstacles to gain coverage, insurers say. Younger, healthier customers who feel less need for insurance—but whose widespread participation is important to the financial success of the system—could be quicker to give up.

Naturally, the central-planners had a response ready for this too:

A White House official said the Obama administration expects most young, healthy enrollees to wait until the last minute to sign up, citing research showing that pattern when Massachusetts embarked on a similar health overhaul in 2007. People have until Dec. 15 to enroll in coverage starting Jan. 1, with open enrollment for coverage during the year lasting through next March.

Because, you see, young people are so busy watching the Kardashians, working part-time jobs (if they are lucky), and hunting the rats in their parents' basement, they just can't afford to figure out how to complete a sign up form.

Finally, even assuming all these quirks are resolved, the worst case as most know by now, is that Obamacare is actually launched albeit with a several month delay. Because the hit to broader discretionary income will be so big, the Fed will have no choice but to engage in precisely the kind of NGDP targeting, read literal paradropping of cash, that we said would happen over a month ago now that the central bank's back is against the wall and nothing else has worked so far.

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Jethro's picture

Nothing in this world is free except the sweet, full body caress from the TSA agents. Actually, I'm paying for that too.

max2205's picture

Just like student loans


Testimony was purgury and just like gen Alexander there will be.no justice

TruthInSunshine's picture

Democrats in semi non-retarded states are already starting to turn on Sheepish, in a preemptive effort to stave off midterms non-reelection.

Wait until the creeping destructive effects really kick into high gear.

fonzannoon's picture

Thank god we have a true fiscal conservative like Christie waiting in the wings. Someone both sheeples can rally around.

Keyser's picture

Youre kidding, right? Either that or you forgot the /sarc tag. 


Troll Magnet's picture

Every month, I'd rather buy silv............................er plan!  No, I don't have any PMs. Fuck off.

Careless Whisper's picture

Simple solution.  Cover medical marijuana. No copay. No deductible. 

Skateboarder's picture


*pictures line 10 miles long*

krispkritter's picture

I'm ringin' in the Change

Just ringin' in the Change

What a glorious feelin'

I'm 'Covered' again

I'm laughing out loud

Their site is dark at .Gov

The IRS does their part

And I'm ready for 'The Glove'.


Let the storm troopers chase

My uninsured ass from this place

Come on with the chains

I've a glove in 'that' place

I won't try to feign

Happiness from the pain

Just ringin' 

Ringin' in the Change


Mincing from the pain


I'm destitute again


I'm cryin' and dyin' from the Change....


The_merovingian's picture

Did sheeples finally realize that the name of the law typically does the opposite of what it says ?

Affordable care act ->  provide unaffordable care

kralizec's picture

I guess that 1-800-FUCK YO(U) joke backfired.

SunRise's picture

- 10 miles long,  "Well, ya see doc; I originally had a bad cough, so I stepped in line, but I've been in line so long, I'm now here for these bunions all over my toes".

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

"We need a broad range of people to make this profitable,"

"We need a broad range of people to make this work,"


Er Wang Dong's picture

The "sheeples" part tipped me off...

macholatte's picture


Wait until the creeping destructive effects really kick into high gear.

Obamacare is a terminal disease that is spreading but not yet bloomed. It is now in its incubation period.

The Stages of Disease Development

1. Incubation Period - Time between the initial infection (passage of Affordable Care Act) and the first signs or symptoms (website crash)

2. Prodomal period - Mild symptoms; non-specific or specific (brain dead sheeple signing up for Obamacare)

3. Invasive Phase  Intense and major symptoms (Immigration Reform)

Reservoir -  Since pathogens cannot survive outside the host (American Sheeple) for very long, there has to be some place where they can maintain their infection (Progressive Caucus, Communist Party, MSNBC, NYT, Hollywood)

Direct Contact - When there is close association between the infected person and a possible host (political campaign)




If Fonz isn't kidding, then MDB has some new company in delusionland.

fonzannoon's picture

Can you imagine the 2016 election cycle? 100 mil people on food stamps and the dow at 22k. 

The mindfuck that they will have to create to make pretend that things are pretty good but if we just choose the right person we can get over the hump and get the country going in the right direction?

The next President won't come from either party. I'm not kidding about that.

Sorynn's picture

Probably about the time that talks of succession really begin to heat up.

yofish's picture

Put your money where your mouth is - I'll wager a c-note that you are wrong. Maybe ZH can become worthwile as a gaming site.

Frankie Carbone's picture

That's true. The next president will not come from either party. That's because he will be Anti-Christ. This script is playing out just like Daniel and Revelations.

new game's picture

this could be the issue that galvanizes red vs blue and sure enuf- walla same old new.

fucked or be fucked; either way red-blue, blue-red, we all get it up the popper.

and they fell for it yet again. same shit differnt shade of brown...

ps. everyone healthy and under 30 says no fucking way am i payin for that crap insurance...

this flops and more treasries sold; like say 500 billion over next ten years.

on second thought 1 trillion over run. nothin new same shit-opps said all that-sorry.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Why get a policy on your own when you can stay on your parent's coverage?   THAT aspect works well for a lot of people.

Freddie's picture

What we are gonna get his Hillary versus Jeb after Jeb smears fat boy.

The scum RINO RNC let Ken Cucinelli twist in VA as the Obama/Clinton gang also stuffed endless ballots.    The Dems can rig any election due to 1981 Consent Decree and the RINO RNC are the fake opposition.

Oldwood's picture

AS usual, a conservative is double gang fucked by both the democrats and republicans. The democrats bought a third party candidate and imported tons of money form out of state, and republicans were actively endorsing and funding the democrat against Cucinelli. Just fucking ugly and seemingly no one cares. Christie won, Hurray!!! We are so fucked.

Wahooo's picture

No matter what, the UniParty wins.

Deathrips's picture

The most expensive pay per view reality show in history....BEER TIME!



cynicalskeptic's picture

Get over the false dichotomy - no matter if it's Repub or Dem, both serve the same masters.  We have the illusion of choice, nothiong more.

We've officially become a Bananna Republic with el Presidente chosen from one of the leading oligarchic families...  we had Papa (Head of the CIA) Bush first followed by W and now Jeb while the Democrat 'centrist' (eg panderer to Big Busines) Clinton has the real power in the family running directly (after blowing her previous lead to 'Hope and Change' (a slogan only) Bush III .... uh... Obama


dobermangang's picture

Christie is fiscally conservative as he is fit.

lotsoffun's picture

in joisey they call it 'table muscle'.

Everybodys All American's picture

Not really a great option when the guy is one biscuit away from meeting his maker.

youngman's picture

We are going to have to buy a new Airforce One if Christie wins...not big enough.....maybe the Spruce Goose can be pulled out of mothballs and be brought to service...

Homernomics's picture

C-17 ought to do the job.

AGuy's picture

"We are going to have to buy a new Airforce One if Christie wins"

The odds favor Christie will drop dead before Nov 2016. Hes a walking heart-attack if I've ever seen one.


ebworthen's picture

fonzannoon said:  "Thank god we have a true fiscal conservative like Christie waiting in the wings."

Heh-heh, thanks for the sarcasm.  That fat fuck crony capitalist - if the 2016 GOP Candidate - will be the official death knell for them.

And they deserve it.

ebworthen's picture

damn...first dupe in 2 years...Christie's a dope, and a no-go.

fonzannoon's picture

someone will run independent in 2016 and win. It will be the millenials candidate.

cynicalskeptic's picture

Only way an Independent can win is if they're independently wealthy - and the two major parties do NOT want competition.  Look at what happened to Perot.   You think they DIDN'T make threats against his family?

and do you really think some billionaire is really going to care about the masses?   Look at how the Koch Brothers are spending their money.....   

Lordflin's picture

Well, if girth is a determinent, there is plenty of real estate for a rally...

Gen. Keith Alexander's picture

There is a promotion in the works!

knukles's picture

So it's them 248 people jamming up the 2 baud .000005 mb/minute lines that's creating the long line for the goodies....

Hah ha ha ha ha

Try that one tonight on Jon Stewart, Kathleen

nmewn's picture

Yes, its obviously a volume problem...another lie exposed from their own lips.

Keyser's picture

Next they will be saying an obscure utube video stole all the bandwidth from the ACA site .


knukles's picture

The tranny midget porn one being viewed on the continuous loop by the Enforcement Division at the SEC?
Oh yeah, that one!

TeamDepends's picture

That's no tranny and that's no midget, it's Sebelius giving Americans an ACAoscopy.