Official health care numbers have Obama supporters worried

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November 14, 2013, 6:04 am
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(NBC News: Tracie Potts) – So, how many Americans have been able to sign up for health insurance through the government's website?

The official numbers are in, and they are miserably low, based on what the Obama administration was projecting.

The political problem for President Obama is that now he’s not only hearing from critics but supporters are worried, too.

The White House is getting an earful from senate democrats:

"Nobody who supports health care reform and supports successful implementation of the affordable care act is satisfied with what we've seen out of the website," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

President Obama continues to reassure Americans:

"We're working overtime to make sure the law works the way it is supposed to."

But with less than 27,000 people signed up for health insurance through the federal website and 106,000 overall, republican critics insist it's time to start over:

"I'm going to give it a grade. This was an F," exclaimed Rep. Darrell Issa.

Lawmakers say their phones are ringing off the hook with constituents who say the website's not the only problem:

"I've called this number because I couldn't get through on the website. I've waited for two weeks. I haven't heard back," said Senator Rob Portman.

Will it be ready by November 30 as the administration promised?

The government's chief technology officer can't say for sure:

"The team is working incredibly hard to hit that goal," Todd Park says.

Even democrats, supporters, are increasingly frustrated:

"My constituents need this website to work," Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

The White House is sure to hear more of that Thursday.

Those numbers are super low. The administration says a million more are in the pipeline - people who've applied and are eligible, but haven't been able to complete the process.

When Massachusetts started its health plan, only 3-percent signed up in the first month.

How does that compare to the Obama administration's numbers?

They need three million in the first six months. Three-percent of that would be 90,000. The site has enrolled less than a third of that.

Tags: Obama, White House, Affordable Care Act, Rob Portman, Jay Carney, Tracie Potts, NBC news, Darrell Issa, ACA, health care numbers, michelle lujan grisham, todd park
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