Repeat After Me: It's Not a Traffic Problem



The number of visitors to the federal government’s Web site dropped 88 percent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13, according to a new analysis of America’s online use, while less than half of 1 percent of the site’s visitors successfully enrolled for health insurance the first week.

The new numbers on the health-care law — released by Kantar US Insights and based on an assessment conducted by the nonpartisan research firm Millward Brown Digital — provide a partial snapshot of how the federal health-care exchange has fared since it launched at the start of the month.


How it’s fared? It’s a disaster. The estimate is that about one million people successfully registered. Not bought insurance or anything, just managed to get their email and username and password into the database.

How many of the one million bought insurance? The best guess is 36,000.

47 million uninsured Americans. 36,000 got insured over the course of two weeks. At that rate, it will take only 2,611 weeks to get everybody insured. That’s 50 years, if you don’t feel like doing the math.

For this, we had to wreck insurance for millions more already-insured Americans, and destroy fulltime work as we know it.



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