Republican Senators Release DC Health Care Exchange Numbers

Low numbers in D.C. will likely reflect technological difficulties faced around the country

   

NewLetters Republican Senators Release DC Health Care Exchange NumbersWhile the official numbers for health insurance registrations through HealthCare.gov have not been released, everyone pretty much agrees the numbers will be low.

A clue as to how low they might be emerged today, when Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Chuck Grassley of Iowa released the registration numbers for the D.C exchange.

How many people in D.C. have registered for health insurance through HealthCare.gov? Just five.

The data came from the four insurance companies participating in the D.C. exchange — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealthcare (NYSE:UNH) and Aetna (NYSE:AET). CareFirst reported two enrollees in October, while Kaiser Permanente reported three.

Not surprisingly, Hatch and Grassley are using this data to push for a delay in the roll-out of Obamacare.

“Whether it’s significant problems with the website, people being forced off the coverage they had or skyrocketing costs, these numbers are even more proof of what a disaster ObamaCare is and why it should be delayed,” Hatch said.

The initial batch of enrollment figures for the health insurance exchanges should come some time next week.

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