Success? Check out Obamacare’s dismal sign-up numbers

The Obama Administration has made the case that the failure of the Obamacare exchanges to function properly on Tuesday is actually a sign of success. Apparently the glitches in the Healtcare.gov site were a result of SO many people trying to access the site to sign up for healthcare. As it turns out, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

For starters, you have to consider the story of Brendan Mahoney, a law student at the University of Connecticut, who has gone from a self-sufficient member of society to a welfare recipient in a matter of days.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Mahoney is a 30-year-old, third year law student who has been insured for the last three years “through a $2,400-a-year school-sponsored health plan. But he wanted to see what Obamacare had to offer.” After trying and failing to login a couple of times, Mahoney finally accessed the exchanges and, much to his surprise, realized he was eligible for Medicaid. So he signed up for Medicaid.

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“So the great success story of Obamacare’s first day is the transformation of a future lawyer, who was already paying for his insurance, into a welfare case. There’s your success story, gang,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “That’s their intent. Get you hooked on welfare. Get you hooked on the dole. If they can get you hooked, then they know you will never, ever get off it. Don’t take it. Don’t do it. Just say no to Obamacare. It’s the most powerful drug that a government has ever asked us to inject into our own veins. Don’t do it.”

While Mahoney’s story may be considered a “victory” for the Obama Administration, the dismal signup numbers certainly aren’t.

“But they are saying that the reason why [Healthcare.gov] wasn’t working and hasn’t been working is because there’s too many people online. They have just been bombarded, so more people than they expected,” Glenn said. “In fact, California said their exchange got 5 million hits. 5 million hits. Of course it was going to crash. Who knew there were going to be 5 million hits? Unfortunately, we can check the stats.”

As it turns out, there were not 5 million hits, but rather about 1/10 of that. “While they claim it was 5 million, it was 645,000,” Pat said. “So, 514,000 people actually visited and produced 645,000 hits. Not 5 million”

Considering the government had three years to prepare for the launch of the exchanges, there is simply no excuse for the poor performance of the website – especially when you take into account the extremely low number of people who were visiting the site.

Connecticut is another example.

“One of the Democratic senators was bragging about how great [the Obamacare rollout] was. And said that they got 167 applications the first day. Now, you have three years of constant debate over this, promotion, a gigantic rollout, and people flooding the web site, you would think [more people] went to the sites signed up,” Stu said. “You know, we went to the site and we had no intention of signing up. A lot of people went to check it out to see what the heck it was because it’s a big story… Only 0.04% of the uninsured people in Connecticut went to the site on the first day.”

That’s right, only 0.04% of the uninsured population of Connecticut visited Healthcare.gov on Tuesday.

“In Louisiana, which is the state of 4.6 million. I don’t know how many of those don’t have healthcare, but 4.6 million people live in Louisiana,” Pat said. “How many signed up. How many enrolled in the healthcare system so far? Zero.”

“Blue Cross Blue Shield is saying that. That’s where that number comes from,” Stu added. “We were told that insurance companies love this. Think about this. 0.04% is a hard number to wrap your head around. If they had 25 times as many people, they would have 1% of the uninsured that applied.”

So what does this all mean? Staying in line with the theme of today’s radio program, Glenn made the argument this is just another example of ‘nudge, shove, shoot.’

“Let’s go back to the original premise of this hour. What happens next? They have nudged. They have told you they made [healthcare] available. Now, today, they are saying, ‘Hey, if you sign up, you get a free phone.’ So, they are start to go give people free phones. There’s your next nudge. Here, we can’t get you in the door for free healthcare. So now we’re going to give you free healthcare and a free phone. They can’t even give it away,” Glenn said. “And the next one, after that, it’s getting shoved. You are going to get fined. And they are going to say, ‘Where’s your healthcare, buddy. Where’s your healthcare.’ And they are going to fine you. The IRS now knows. The IRS is the one enforcing them. Congratulations America, you have given them a police state. My gosh, what is wrong with our neighbors? What is wrong with our neighbors?”

“We have a big update, Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) is now bragging about their new number, it’s up to 373 now,” Stu joked. “So, you are getting close to the magical 1%. You are not quite there, but you are almost there after two days. At this rate, within 1,000 years, we may see half the people in Connecticut insured.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Pat, and Stu are making up numbers out of thin air while tugging on each others’ tiny cocks

  • Anonymous

    What makes you think they have cocks?  Beck is such a wussie even the “FOXTUTES” had to cut him loose.  BATTA-BING!!

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Between 16 and 20 million unique visitors, Glenn?

    You’re lying:

    The Blaze: 4,100,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitor

    Meanwhile,

    Huffington Post: 54,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors

    Glenn thinks you’re stupid.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Obamacare is a proven failure, no one wants it. Just get rid of it and return to the free market with health care insurers allowed to operate across state lines.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    And once again the idiots of the left speak their lies and proclaim them to be truth. Nothing new.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    The Wall Street Journal is not thin air but seeing how nothing is left of your brain besides hot air I forgive your stupidity. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/10/03/enrollment-in-obamacares-federal-exchange-so-far-is-in-the-single-digits/

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher
  • Gristle McThornbody

    William, what is wrong with you?

  • Anonymous

    hey gristle, go play in a lions den !

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Lion’s Den is okay, but there are better sex clubs.

    http://www.lionsdenlifestyle.com/content.php?page=about-us

  • Anonymous

    Were you going to say something interesting?  Or more tasteless crap?

  • Anonymous

    That’s exactly what should have happened in the first place.  The uninsured, the ones on poverty who couldn’t afford a premium before, they will now be forced to buy insurance that is more expensive than it used to be (back when they actually had a choice).  Why would anyone want this to happen?

  • Anonymous

    I truly believe that the primary source of collected revenue for Obamacare will come from the massive amount of people who will pay the penalty, which is to say about $500 to $700 a year for most of us.  Since the quality of health care in this country is on the verge of becoming a running joke, why even have insurance?  Pay extra money to get no extra care?  I’ll pass.

  • Kanak Attack

    Well I would like to say no but I’ll get penalized for it!  So what do I do now?

  • 733336

     Why don’t you go back to your own sex clubs and take your vulgarity
    with you.

  • Anonymous

    Nudge shove shoot is going to result in a lot of shooting back!!!

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    the president says when his term is up he is becoming a doctor to help out with his health care law, so is Pelosi but she wants to be a congresswoman/doctor and Reid wants them both to change his diapers when he gets older

  • greywolfrs

    Do not comply. I WILL NOT COMPLY!

  • greywolfrs

    Well, to say that is the only thing that needs to happen would be false, but a government take-over of the system is definitely NOT the way to fix it. Buying across state lines is a great start, but far from the only thing that needs to be done. The Republicans were the ones who made hospitals a FOR-PROFIT business. Return the hospitals to NON-profit and watch cost go down. There is one example of needing to take it further.

  • Anonymous

    All of us Americans can pretty much know how to delete Obamacare from the internet. Find you a damn good computer hacker to hack into the website’s http server and wipe it out and off the World Wide Web forever. Now, I don’t even know how to do this but I would imagine that there’s someone out there who does. Good Luck!

  • Anonymous

     The ones on poverty want this because they get tax credits (taxpayers pay for their premiums) which they end up paying maybe twenty dollars of the three hundred. This is really a welfare funded system. I think what they should do is, doctors volunteer to help the poverty stricken, let the doctors note the visits and deduct the cost as a deduction on their taxes. People on welfare, should have to pay $20 or $50 a month towards a part of their bill, they need to learn to take responsibility for their choices and this would also prevent carelessly choosing to go in to medical care. Illegal aliens, should have to pay up front before seeing the doctor $50 a person if they are not getting welfare.

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  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart, stop being a drain on our system.  You need to get some health insurance, I’m tired of supporting you.  You “takers” are killing the system.

  • Anonymous

    Maria my favorite.  Are you ready to go out to dinner with me?  I love you!!!!!

  • jgbrite

    I give me $250,000 a year plus the million dollar bonus all tax-free because I’ve scammed the system as a non-profit. I don’t take my business to anything promoted as non-profits. I can’t comprehend how a legitimate business could operate without profits.
      My daughter who was to young to get a job with a paycheck was forced into slavery for a non-profit animal rights group so she could get credits towards her high school diploma. They won’t sell you a dog but you can adopt a furry child for just $300.00!

  • Anonymous

    as for the law student did he not read the university study that patients on medicaid have worse outcomes than uninsured and if it anything like Fl theirs only a few doctors that take it because medicaid because of the low reimbursement rates  and the big group that takes medicaid caters to spanish only if you do not speak spanish they discriminate. the good doctors have all quit them.  another problem in medicaid you cannot have any assists over certain amounts so it discourages the recipients and keeps them dependent to the gov with that rule i encourages the people from saving a little bit so if your in danger of losing the free stuff you will more than likely spend recklessly instead of saving for a emergency or to get off the dole
    the only insurance most need is the catastrophic i understand that only available to young
    but the other plans between the payments, deductible and  co pay  the $45 doctor visit is worthless to me when i only want coverage at the hospital not offered pay up front for the things you will not use brilliant planning done in secret   

  • Nanette

     Yes, you do get extra care no matter who you are, you get, maturity and pediatric care..which you have to sign up for no matter what!

  • Nanette

     Did you say “witch doctor??” LOL! More like it!

  • Patrick Reynolds

     the poor uninsured already HAD insurance … its called medicaid! why the hell didnt he just change the name of medicaid to obamacare if he wanted a legacy?

  • Anonymous

    You are holding out false hope, cardinal, by thinking people on welfare
    will take responsibility for their choices. Perhaps, that is how many of
    them got there—by their choices, ie. dropping out of school, no job
    training of any kind, few to no skills, unwed mothers, drugs, etc.
    It would and should be expected for anyone receiving any service to pay for, at least, some of it.  I have hopes that some day ALL will be paying income tax, even if it is a ”token payment” of $25. a year.  You
    know that saying about how it is when someone doesn’t have any ”skin
    in the game.”  One doesn’t have to bother playing.  Or paying attention.

  • Anonymous

    Ready for a visit from the IRS, wolf?

  • Anonymous

    You still buying that ”Fox fired Beck” thing?  Too bad he didn’t stay, huh?  He
    probably wouldn’t have as much money as he has now.  Well, just goes to show
    where some choices lead.

  • Anonymous

    Good link, Sam.  But don’t confuse the deniers/libs with facts.  Not their forte.

  • Anonymous

    Sweetheart beck was called empty calories, by the advertising agencies.  He had good ratings with no advertising revenue.  Just Like my show.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8aeRsJ8p9Y&feature=youtu.be

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Well they did not come back at it. I think most of them are in denial at what is going on and it is my duty to help terms through the grieving process that Obamacare cannot stand on its two feet and is going to die on its own.

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    I’ve found this to be a useful antidote against the superstitions of today’s liberals and progressives, formatted for smartphones: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • vivalapresley .

    if the next step is getting fined, no one and I mean NOBODY comply! if we all do that, we got the start of something here.

  • Peggy Hinson

    repeal oh care

  • vivalapresley .

    DO NOT COMPLY! Like I said we ALL need to do that, and then it will make a bigger problem for them.

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  • MariaSanchez

    Thanks.

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  • greywolfrs

    Let them come…

  • Anonymous

    The Obamacare website says it might be quicker to apply by phone; I don’t think the Obamaphones have enough minutes!

  • greywolfrs

    I think you missed the point. Hospitals were not allowed to make a profit, as it would make the cost of health care go up. The Republicans are the ones who changed that. Unfortunately, the term “non-profit” has been over used and has a bad association with it now. When the Republicans allowed hospitals to “make a profit,” the cost has gone exponentially higher. If a company or hospital, in this case, is not allowed to make a profit, they are considered a “non-profit.” If one truly wants to bring cost down and help the ENTIRE population, why not go back to not allowing hospitals to make a profit. That would go WAY further to bring the actual cost DOWN, than Obamaocare or anything else. By the way, you do realize that employees of “non-profits” still pay income tax, right? Non-profits are exempt from any kind of “corporate tax.” I am not sure what your point is, but you have many facts incorrect.

  • Anonymous

    Obamacare is depending BIG time on the, mostly, young (18-35) to buy into the system.  When they see how high the costs will be, they will opt out and just pay the tax.  They can
    still go to ER for any immediate emergency care. Or sign up later, if they choose, Sam.  If they don’t sign up right now, ACA
    will be underfunded, probably.  There’s just too much in the way of hidden costs/regulations.  Who is in favor of that?

  • Anonymous

    wolf, watch your aim.

  • Anonymous

    Bluecardinal, you have a good idea here.  Unfortunately, if you were a Republican in Congress suggesting something like this, you’d be thoroughly discredited by the Democrats for not bending to their will and bowing to Obamacare.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, completely right.  Absolutely spot on.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t figure out whether or not you agree with me from your sentence.

  • Anonymous

    Remember how I told you a couple months back that due to the fact that you won’t stop calling me “sweetheart,” I in no uncertain terms want to beat the living shit out of you for it?  You threatened to call the FBI when I asked you to be brave enough to give me your address.  So coward…I’m waiting for the FBI to show up orrrr….you grow a pair and let me come eliminate you.  Capiche?

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Exercise your right to arm yourself with knowledge and go on the offensive against the superstitions of today’s liberals: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    All the arguments for decisively defeating your liberal teachers and professors: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Defend Liberty

    In part, collectivism refers to the notion that society somehow magically exists apart from the individuals comprising it and must therefore be centrally planned and directed.

  • Dave Hope

    I AM a doctor and you are very right! my medicaid patients have carte blanche to go to emergency rooms for every trivial thing because it is FREE – a charge of even $5 would help slow this down. The “poor” w/out care is every bit as mythical as the “welfare queens” – the whole thing stinks and is designed to enslave the population both ideologically and socially. WAKE UP!!!

  • Dave Hope

    No, sorry, the not-for-profits have the most highly paid administrators and have NO incentive to cut costs, they are currently doing little more than angling for federal largesse and developing their OWN insurance ‘products” – the persistent idea that NFPs are somehow “better’ by virtue of ideological superiority is just silly – is ANY major church scandal-free or are the NGOs pristine? Profit does not cause problems ( see railroads, hotels, farms, etc.) but deception does (see NDAA, and all the federal NFP actions…)! Answering to the bottom line sure beats answering to a despot…