Maybe instead of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and all those other Obamacare officials, Congress should have been asking NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” about the progress of the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov.
That’s because the TV show somehow accurately reported the federal government site’s capabilities, with just six people enrolling in Obamacare the first day.
As WND reported, “SNL” ridiculed Barack Obama’s health secretary in its opening skit last week, leading one Republican senator to label Sebelius the “laughingstock of America.”
Comedic actress Kate McKinnon portrayed the embattled Sebelius, who was trying to alleviate concerns over the crashing and “sucking” of the website where citizens are encouraged to sign up for Obamacare.
“If our website still isn’t loading properly, we’re probably just overloaded with traffic,” she explained. “Millions of Americans are visiting HealthCare.gov, which is great news. Unfortunately, the site was only designed to handle six users at a time.”
Remarkably, CBS News reported today that on the day of Healthcare.gov’s launch, the entire $600 million website was able to sign up just six people.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson presented a special report on Obamacare enrollment numbers during the network’s evening news broadcast.
Attkisson writes at CBSNews.com:
For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.
But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned the number is very small.
Attkisson noted that the exchanges need to average 39,000 enrollees a day to meet the administration’s goal of 7 million signups by March 1, 2014.
The CBS report also said the administration’s refusal to release the figures regarding how many people have signed up.
Numerous officials have talked about millions of visits to the site, but CBS said it found early enrollment figures in notes “from twice-a-day ‘war room’ meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1.”
The notes were given to the House Oversight Committee.
The “war room” notes from the first week are available as a PDF document from CBS News.
“The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say ‘six enrollments have occurred so far,’” CBS said.
The enrollments were with BlueCross BlueShield North Carolina and Kansas City, CareSource and Healthcare Service Corporation, CBS said.
By the end of Wednesday, the notes state, there were “248 enrollments.”
But CBS reported: “The health care exchanges need to average 39,000 enrollees a day to meet the goal of seven million by March 1.”
The network also said pointedly, “The notes leave no doubt that some enrollment figures, which the administration has chosen to keep secret, are available.”
Various officials, up to and including Sebelius, repeatedly have told Congress, under oath, that such figures were not yet available.