Judicial Watch on Monday announced it has a copy of a report from the Obama administration that shows there were just two enrollments in Obamacare after the first day of operation on October 1.
The government watchdog group said a senior official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent an email to staff with a subject line celebrating “2 enrollments!”
The report confirms GOP suspicions that very few people were signing up for Obamacare in the early days. In the early days and weeks of implementation of the healthcare law, administration officials dodged questions about how many people had signed up for health insurance premiums.
According to the report obtained by Judicial Watch, there were just 30,512 enrollments by the end of October.
The report says on October 2, there were 70 million page views, but only 5 million unique visitors — the large number of page views was the result of people hitting “refresh” while on the site. (Judicial Watch initially reported this data as 70,000 and 5,000, but has since corrected those figures.)
Judicial Watch noted that in mid-April, the administration announced 8 million enrollees.
“That figure, however, may be substantially over-inflated,” the group said in a statement Monday. “According to testimony in May by the America’s Health Insurance Plans association before the House Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, ‘Because of the challenges that surfaced with the launch of the Exchanges in October 2013, some consumers were advised to create a new account and enroll again. As a result, insurers have many duplicate enrollments in their system for which they never received any payment.’ “
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said his group was able to get information that even congressional committees were not able to get.
“The Obama administration tried to cover this up, Congress failed to follow through, but we managed to get the truth…” he said. “Imagine what would have happened to Obamacare if the American people knew only one person was able to enroll on its first day? What other Obamacare failures is President Obama hiding?”
The group obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.