In North Carolina, a state of over 9.7 million, only one person has enrolled in Obamacare — and that individual has not even paid.
NBC affiliate WNCN exposed the story:
“The public's problems in trying to deal with the troubled Health Insurance Marketplace website aren't the only problems plaguing the system. WNCN Investigates learned the state's largest insurer has experienced a number of problems with the system.
Blue Cross Blue Shield has more than 3.7 million customers in our state, but internal emails obtained by WNCN show that as of last Friday, only one person had enrolled for health insurance through the Exchange and that person hasn't paid.
Without payment, enrollment means nothing because the customer is still not officially in the system.
Part of that payment issue may come from the government's technical problems. Blue Cross Blue Shield emails indicate the "payment re-direct option" on the government servers isn't working.
In fact, the government's whole system is so plagued that emails say BCBS made a "business decision to refrain from uploading data" to prevent false data from entering its system.
Meanwhile, people are not embracing BCBS's marketplace. According to those emails, less than 1,000 people even filled out applications as of Oct. 25.”
The Health and Human Services Department is still claiming there is “tremendous interest” in HealthCare.gov, revealing they had over 19 million unique visitors to the site as of Oct. 20.
The site may be provoking interest, but it certainly is not gathering many enlistments. Official reports on enrollment will not be released until mid-November, according to Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Obama administration hopes to have 7 million recruited on the insurance exchanges by the end of March. It seems a rather lofty goal at this point.