UNAFFORDABLE, UNFATHOMABLE ACT
Lest we forget, CGI Federal — the Canadian company that designed the faltering Affordable Care Act sign-up site — was paid $93 million by the Department of Health and Human Services to build the online destination. Another $684 million in taxpayer funds was spent to promote the health care law in all 50 states. How many people have signed up? Officials at the federal agency have said they won’t reveal any hard numbers until November.
A few early estimates have surfaced, though. The Daily Mail of London claims that 51,000 have managed to establish their accountsand completed their enrollment. At Forbes, the estimate was 30,000. The figure was 35,000 according to Millward Brown Digital, an industry source.
“In total, 11.3 million consumers visited the federal and state exchanges during their first week of operation. Unfortunately, what started as a fire hose of interest, resulted in only a small trickle of actual health care enrollments,” says Matt Pace, who analyzed the preliminary usage data for the company.
“Among the visitors to healthcare.gov, 5.7 million — or 60 percent of total visitors to the site — navigated to the individual marketplace landing page,” he continues, adding,”For two-thirds of these consumers, the site either hung or failed altogether before it was finally taken off-line over the first weekend. Most had to abandon their attempts to register after facing the government’s equivalent of the blue screen of death, which notified them of ongoing system maintenance.”