First-day enrollment on Healthcare.gov dismal

Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website
Six People Signed Up on Day One of Federal Exchange Website

HealthDay News -- Just six people enrolled for health insurance through the federal HealthCare.gov website the first day of operation on Oct. 1, just-released Obama administration documents show.

By the end of the second day, 248 people had enrolled in the controversial insurance program, which has been plagued by computer problems that virtually crippled the system in the first days of October, the documents show. The "war room notes" were prepared by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, and reported by the Associated Press.

The informal memos were released this week by the Republican-chaired House Oversight Committee, which is investigating the problems surrounding the unveiling of the federal insurance exchange, ABC News reported.

The Obama administration has refused to release any estimate of the number of people who've enrolled for insurance coverage so far. But it has said there were 4.7 million unique visitors to HealthCare.gov on its first day of operation and the website has now generated more than 700,000 applications.

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