They Are the 0.0000000019% [Update]

Not sure about the number of decimal places, but close enough:

Six people.

That’s how many Americans had successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange by the morning of October 2, according to documents provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

[T]he department declined to release the number of Americans who have been able to successfully enroll in the exchange.

“We will release enrollment statistics on a monthly basis after coordinating information from different sources such as paper, online, and call centers, verifying with insurers and collecting data from states,” Peters said.

Translation: wait till we get to three digits.

Speaking of, these 435 individuals may—or may not—have policies:

Think you’re confused by “Obamacare.” It’s roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too.

Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs.

For House members and senators, it’s about a section of the law that may - or may not - require lawmakers to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. The verdict from congressional officers is ultimately that lawmakers, as employers, have discretion over who among their staffs gets ejected, and who stays. And they don’t have to say who, how many or why.

Well, I’m glad they cleared that up.

I don’t know which excuse they’re going with today: we didn’t cancel your policy, your insurance company did; anyhow, the new policies are better; you just wait, Verizon will fix it (between 2 and 6 this afternoon); damn those Republican governors; yadda-yadda.

But I’m just going to think of those six people. They’d make a good photo op, don’t you think?

Aggie here. Obama did tell us that there were only 6 new enrollees.


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