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Happy New Year! Obamacare Blunders Part XVII

Obamacare has been mired by blunders that will no doubt only get worse in the days ahead. Not just technological blunders but also blunders that will hold YOUR healthcare hostage. This post will be continuously updated so you can see how the Obamacare blunders are affecting you.

Six new Obamacare Blunders added today:

1) According to The Daily Caller, on its debut, Obamacare officially cancelled more insurance plans than it has enrollments. From the Caller: “Obamacare may have promised health insurance for the masses. But on its first day, it’s left more Americans without coverage than before the law was passed. More than 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled as a result of any of the thousand-plus-page law’s new rules, the Associated Press reports, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Tuesday that between federal and state exchanges, just 2 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage.” And that enrollment number is higher than people who actually have coverage from the exchanges.

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2) According to Fox News, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor offered an order temporarily preventing the government from enforcing its contraceptive coverage requirements against some Catholic groups. Obamacare’s attack on religious liberty is un-American, and critical legal battles are already underway.

3) On the Weasel Zippers blog, it is discovered that a new pro-Obamacare campaign from Organizing for Action campaign includes the story of four “success stories” of the healthcare law. Hilariously, those four people are also OFA volunteers or Democratic Party operatives with high paying jobs.

4) Even socialist filmmaker Michael Moore dislikes Obamacare. In the New York Times, he wrote in an op-ed, “Now that the individual mandate is officially here, let me begin with an admission: Obamacare is awful.”

5) In a stunning admission of failure, according to the Washington Post the Obama Administration announced that it would be interpreting the definition of Obamacare’s “hardship exception” to apply to every American whose plan had been canceled by the insurance companies. Those will be free to buy any plan they choose, even if it does not fit the minimum standard mandated by the burdensome healthcare law. In addition to the 5 million who have already lost coverage, a recent report estimated that between 50 and 100 million people may lose their health care next fall. If it is a hardship for those with cancelled plans, why is it not a hardship for those without insurance to buy new plans?

6) According to ABC News, nearly three months after the launch of, there are still massive security vulnerabilities. There have been “two high findings” of risk – the most serious level of concern – in testing over the past few weeks, the top Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cybersecurity official told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday in a private transcribed interview. However, the exact description of what the issues were have been redacted.

7) On Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligent Committee, noted that data security on didn’t even meet “minimal standards” for the industry. In terms of the “private-sector velocity and efficiency” claimed by the Obama administration recently, Rogers says that experts warned him that they would be sued out of business if they rolled out a website with this many security gaps. Shockingly, Rogers explained how the White House refused to brief Congress on the known risks and attacks that have already have taken place, even in closed session.

8) According to CNBC, David Kennedy, a “white hat hacker” who tests online security by breaching websites, testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of Kennedy said that there was never security built into it, and it may take over a year to address the “critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.” Kennedy went onto explain how easy it would be to extra email addresses, real names, and locations from the sites’ endless security flaws.

9) According to ABC News, Bob Shlora of Alpharetta, Ga., was supposed to be a Obamacare “success story.” After weeks of trying, the 61-year-old initially told ABC News he fully enrolled in a new health insurance plan through the federal marketplace over the weekend, and received a Humana policy ID number to prove it. However, two days later, his insurer has no record of the transaction, Shlora said, even though his account on the government website indicates that he has a plan. “I feel like this: My application was taken … by a bureaucrat, it was put on a conveyor belt and it’s still going around, and it’s never going to leave the building,” he said.

10) As reported by The New York Times, Obamacare’s rapid expansion of Medicaid enrollees will likely aggravate America’s doctor shortage. Doctors are refusing to take additional patients under the government insurance program because it does not pay enough to make it worth their while. Medicaid for years has struggled with a shortage of doctors willing to accept its low reimbursement rates and red tape, forcing many patients to wait for care. Now with Obamacare going into effect in 2014, millions of Americans will be covered by the program, including many older Americans with health problems. There is not the capacity to meet this new demand. As furious as people who have lost their private insurance are now, just wait until those qualifying for Medicaid find out how their access to, and quality of care will decline.

11) According to Bloomberg, Parts of the Obamacare enrollment system used to pay insurers are being pushed back from January in the latest technology delay for the president’s U.S. health care overhaul. The administration is setting up a temporary process to send companies the federal subsidies used to help millions of Americans buy coverage because the online system won’t be ready as planned, said Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers will estimate what they are owed rather than have the government calculate the bill. The government’s original plans called for the federal system to automatically determine consumer subsidies and issue payments to insurers. But since does not work, companies will submit estimates that will be “trued up” by the government at a later date.

12) According to The Daily Caller, CGI Federal, the Canadian firm which received the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website, also runs the Army’s disastrous Human Terrain System (HTS) in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been accused of “fraud, sexual harassment and racism.” Launched in 2007, HTS sends academics from social science fields like anthropology and linguistics into war zones to help soldiers understand the local population. The Army spent $58 million on the program in 2013, down from $114 million in 2011. According to newly released documents, A “climate survey” of the program showed that “race and gender discrimination; allegations of age and national origin discrimination also exist.” It states that “the potential exists for the filing of numerous (minimum of 14) Equal Employment Opportunity complaints.” Expensive and with endless problems, it would have been easy to predict how disastrous their healthcare exchange website would be.

13) At the end of November, the Obama administration again violated the Obamacare law by delaying a one year delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal Obamacare exchanges. According to Politico, this is yet another high profile setback for, and is the second delay for online small business enrollment, which the administration had said would begin this month. Because the unrealistic goal is to sign up 7 million individuals through the exchanges, small-businesses using the SHOP exchange are not counted in that number, so they are further down the priority list for the administration as they try to unsuccessfully spin the endless failures of Obamacare.

14) According to ABC News, as the deadline to get is Nov. 30, the so called “tech-surge team” trying to fix the disastrous over the Thanksgiving 2013 holiday. Last week, there were at least two outages and on Sunday there was an “unscheduled outage” that lasted about an hour. The delusional administration is still speaking as if this $600+ billion taxpayer funded is salvageable, which it is clearly not.

15) As reported by The New York Times, identification verification for is still broken. Administration officials said recently that they were aware of another problem that has prevented thousands of people who were unable to verify their identity from shopping for health plans. Many users of the website have had their applications cast into limbo after they uploaded copies of documents like driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and voter registration cards, or sent them to the office of the federal insurance marketplace in London, Ky. Considering the endless technical problems, is no reason why users should think uploading such personal documents is secure.

16) According to a CNN analysis, Obamacare will fail at what proponents claim it does: Subsidize insurance for many people with lower incomes. An administration talking point is to claim that anyone making less than about $45,900 a year will receive at least some sort of subsidy to cover part of their new insurance premiums. But their analysis shows that in the largest city in nearly every state, many low-income younger Americans won’t get any subsidy at all. The complication of subsidy calculations adds more confusion to an already indecipherable healthcare law.

17) According to CNN, A Colorado man, Shane Smith, received a letter announcing that the Connect for Health Colorado exchange has insured his dog Baxter, a 14-year old Yorkie. Smith assumes the error was due to the incompetence of a representative on the phone, who asked for the dog’s name as a security question. No word on how many bones Baxter’s would have had to spend. In a rapid “yes” or “no” question-and-answer session during a Republican-sponsored hearing by the House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee, Republican Representative Chris Collins of New York asked four experts about the security of the site. All four experts, including two academics and two private sector tech researchers, said that the site is not secure, and three recommended the site be shut down entirely.

18) As Buzzfeed reported, at a congressional hearing, Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Henry Chao said while the front end of the site was supposedly “finished” on Oct. 1 rollout, the backend is still a long way from completion. Chao testified that between 60% and 70% of the site is not built, which should further outrage taxpayers who have watched hundreds of billions wasted on

19) According to CNN, the woman cited by President Obama as an Obamacare success story, Washington state resident Jessica Sanford, is frustrated by the signup process on the Washington health exchange. Sanford, a self-employed court reporter who voted for Obama twice, received letters which informed her that the exchange miscalculated her eligibility for a tax credits. Originally thinking her plan would cost $169/month, but now would be more than $390/month. Priced out of the market, she is preparing to pay the penalty for not having insurance.

20) According to Alex Hern, Tech reporter for The Guardian, “helpfully” suggests “SQL injection attacks” in the search bar returns automatically prompted for you for mistype the right letters or punctuation. SQL is a programming language used very commonly for databases attached to websites, storing information used by the site. Such results are traces of attempts by malicious users to hack into through the search bar. Smart programmers could sanitize such results, which is yet another indication of how poorly managed the construction of was.

21) According to the Free Beacon, Richard Painter, President George W. Bush’s former chief White House ethics lawyer has filed a Hatch Act complaint against a D.C.-based health care exchange, alleging that its online communications with liberal activist group Organizing for Action (OFA) violated rules against federal political activity. Painter says DC Health Link appears to be subject to the Hatch Act, which limits political activity by federal employees, because the health exchange was created by the D.C. government and is acting on its behalf. He noted that the exchange may have violated the Hatch Act after it promoted OFA’s pro-Obamacare activism on Twitter. The DC exchange may have violated the Hatch Act by “following” the OFA’s twitter account and retweeting one of its messages on Nov. 8. After the IRS scandal, Americans should not live in fear that the exchanges which handle private records are coordinating with partisan political organizations.

22) According to the Boston Herald, local technology experts describe Massachusetts’ $69 million Health Connector site as worse than Bill Curtis, cheif scientist for CAST Software said, it’s even less optimized than the federal website. It was slow. It was clunky.” Curtis looked at more than 100 pages of work change orders, while his technician poured over the website’s code. They found that elements, such as large numbers of complicated JavaScript code that power certain functions of the site, are all downloaded when the user first logs on, even if they aren’t needed. State exchange websites are subject to the same type of political cronyism as, and taxpayers in the states with exchanges are seeing how their tax dollars are being wasted on disastrous websites.

23) If it wasn’t clear already, the Washington Post reports that will not be fully operational by the end of November. Anonymous government officials have noted that the insurance exchange is balking when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people attempt to use it at the same time, which is approximately half of its needed capacity. In addition, the main contractor- CGI Federal – has only succeeded in repairing “only about six of every 10 of the defects it has addressed so far.”

24) The Fiscal Times interviewed tech experts who are astonished by the disaster of According to Sumit Nijhawan, CEO of Infogix, a data security firm working with private insurers, even if the White House can fix the problems associated with the site, they’re going to find new ones immediately. Nijhawan also warned that the systems that allow the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and health insurance companies to exchange information are nowhere close to being ready, meaning tech problems “could last years.” In addition, Luke Chung, founder and CEO of the software company FMS said, “When I visited on October 1, that was the worst piece of software I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

25) has been such a disaster that ABC News interviewed the model whose face was on the front of the site and has since become the butt of late-night talk show jokes and internet mockery. “Adriana,” who is not an American citizen, has since been removed from the site.

26) According to CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, Henry Chao,’s chief project manager, made it clear during congressional testimony that he was unaware of the now infamous memo which outlined important security risks discovered in the computer system prior to its launch. In addition, Chao noted that security gaps could lead to identity theft, unauthorized access and misrouted data. Chao, who joined CMS in 1994, was also responsible for much of the technology behind the troubled launch of Medicare Part D in 2005.

27) While the number of Obamacare enrollees being reported has been small, the Washington Post reports that their numbers are actually being inflated by the Obama Administration. With an updated count expected soon, they plan to include those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart at but have not yet paid. As an example of this generous inflation of numbers, Washington, D.C. supposedly has 321 “enrollees” per this definition, but only 5 actual enrollees with health insurance.

28) President Barack Obama during an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, “apologized” to the Americans who are losing their health insurance plans he said they could keep. Obama said, “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.” The law and the rollout of have been so disastrous that he did not explicitly rule out a delay in the individual mandate.

29) According to Gallup, only 18% of uninsured Americans have not even attempted to visit or a state exchange site. In addition, only 22% of people who are uninsured say they plan to eventually try to buy insurance through the exchanges. As Obamacare’s target audience is the uninsured, these numbers demonstrate what a failure the law already is.

30) As reported by Bloomberg, a “stress” test was conducted on on Sept. 30, which found it could only accommodate 1,100 users “before response time gets too high.” This test was conducted by Quality Software Services, Inc., and was released by the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee. Such a major weakness should have been a clear indication that was not ready for prime-time.

31) As covered by the Wall Street Journal, needs a “couple hundred” of fixes from contractors, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. As old problems are “fixed,” newer ones are discovered, which has rendered the website useless for almost anyone interested in purchasing health insurance. The Administration was misleading when they initially estimated 700,000 people would sign up by the end of November, and Mrs. Sebelius said the enrollment numbers “are likely to be quite low” because of the technology problems.

32) As reported by the AP, the State of Oregon which spent millions on hipster television ads to promote Obamacare, the state has failed to enroll a single person since launching its insurance exchange. About 4,000 applications have been filled out, but the website cannot figure out what subsidies people are eligible to receive. As more Oregonians watch their insurance policies become cancelled or their premiums skyrocket to unaffordable levels, state insurance bureaucrats have resorted to mailing hard copies of applications.

33) According to Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, he received a report from Tom Dougall of Elgin, SC, who had created an account on early last month in order to research insurance plans. Last week, Mr. Dougall heard from another individual, Justin Hadley of North Carolina who had done the same thing and found Mr. Dougall’s private personal information linked to his account. Mr. Dougall called the Department of Health and Human Services to have his account deleted and, after multiple attempts, was referred to another federal agency to have the issue resolved. Apparently, you can never quit

34) According to the USA Today, thousands of small businesses in America are scrambling to renew their health insurance plans before December 1, in hopes of avoiding the larger premium increases which hit next year thanks to Obamacare. Insurance brokers told the paper that 60% to 80% of small business clients are renewing their policies to skirt the law. The law prohibits larger companies with greater than 50 employees from having this final opportunity to delay a portion of Obamacare’s job killing effects.

35) According to the Wall Street Journal, the few people who sign up for Obamacare online are not healthy young individuals. With an older than expected crowd, that set of customers will certainly drive up the prices for everyone. The assumption is healthy customers are more willing to put up with the disastrous, while website blunders discourages the healthy people insurance pools needed to operate.

36) According to Department of Health and Human Services memos obtained by ABC News, the dysfunction with has “upended” the entire Obamacare enrollment process, which also includes applications by paper and phone that officials have been pushing as more reliable alternatives. The documents show officials were reluctant to encourage consumers to fill out paper applications to buy more time as frustrations mount. But at the end of the day, all applicants are stuck in the same broken queue.

37) As reported in The Hill, many media organizations have joined together to petitioned the government to release ObamaCare data that the White House has refused to make public. CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the beleaguered website. They have also asked for government documents revealing how many people have enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges. The stonewalling from an embarrassed Obama administration has been so great that even the liberal media is out to expose the truth about data.

38) According to the NY Post, a firm owned by a major Obama donor was hired to fix the broken website it helped create. Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns Quality Software Services Inc., the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco. He and his wife have bundled hundreds of thousands for Obama’s 2008 campaign, and helped bring in additional hundreds of thousands for inauguration events. These “investments” paid off handsomely, as not only did Welters’ firm get to provided the flawed software, but his wife was made the US ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago in 2009, a job she held through November 2012.

39) According to The Hill, a contractor heavily involved in repairing was previously criticized for endangering the personal data of more than 6 million government beneficiaries through insufficient security controls. Quality Software Services, Inc. was considered a “high” risk by investigators, after it was learned the company did not stop employees from using unauthorized USB devices with sensitive Medicare systems. According to a June report by the HHS inspector general, employees connected unsanctioned devices, such as iPods, to 29 or 30 of the studied workstations which all had access to personal data for millions of Medicare patients.

40) As reported by CBS News, early enrollment figures for show that the day after launch, only six enrollments occurred. This report came from notes from meetings held at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The health care exchanges need to average 39,000 enrollees a day to meet the goal of seven million by March 1.

41) An internal Administration memo, originally written on September 6, lists numerous reasons to believe wouldn’t be ready Oct 1. The memo warned that in the days leading up to the launch, the system hadn’t been sufficiently tested, “exposing a level of uncertainty that can be deemed high risk.” This news is devastating to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, as it appears she knowingly falsely certified the site as functional.

42) According to the Wall Street Journal, online exchanges are causing endless headaches for Doctors. One Maryland doctor looked up his name and was surprised to see himself as participating in 36 insurance plans from five different carriers. In addition, many were listed at the wrong addresses or covered therapy services which he does not provide. In addition to providing wrong information, the lists will give consumers a false impression of how big the networks actually are. State exchanges are already warning shoppers to ask doctors directly if they accept the new plan.

43) According to CNN, software tester Ben Simo of Arizona discovered that, until recently, it was possible for anyone to easily reset your password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. Simo showed how quickly anyone could have gained access to accounts and viewed the site’s unencrypted source code in any browser to find the password reset code.

44) As Breitbart reported, during HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ testimony, the site crash. The site remained down thirty-minutes into Sebelius’ testimony, which only reinforced what a colossal disaster the Obamacare exchanges are.

45) As the ultimate blunder, NBC News uncovered that the White House knew that Obamacare would result in millions of Americans losing their current insurance policies. President Barack Obama said in 2009 “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. And in 2012 Obama continued repeating that lie: “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.” Their sources “deeply involved” in Obamacare admitted “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience ‘sticker shock.’”

46) According to Mother Jones, a liberal magazine which supports Obamacare, is vulnerable to a hacking technique known as “clickjacking,” where invisible links are planted on a legitimate web page, tricking users into giving up sensitive, personal data. Kyle Wilhoit, a threat researcher at Trend Micro, a Japanese security software company, studied the portal with his security team and found a “moderate risk” for hacking due to an easy-to-fix coding problem that leaves the site vulnerable to clickjacking. This concern is only amplified with 15 states having their own exchange websites, each with unique vulnerabilities.

47) According to Bloomberg, on October. 27, 2013 the disastrous faced even more problems as the Verizon-operated data services hub stopped operating. Officials have declined to say what went wrong and no one knows just how long it would take to repair.

48) The Daily Caller reported that CGI Federal, the Canadian firm which received the no-bid contract to build the $678 million, is lead by a classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama. Toni Townes-Whitley, President of CGI Federal, is a 1985 graduate of Princeton. Both she and Michelle are members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

49) According to The Weekly Standard, even though informs users that the U.S Department of Homeland Security may verify immigration status or naturalized citizenship status, the Obama administration is making it clear that any possible violations of laws will result in no action. It appears that if the website ever starts to function, illegal immigrant applying for coverage will be protected from prosecution.

50) CBS News reports a huge spike in people enrolling in Medicaid rather than buying private health insurance. Not only does this add to the unsustainable costs of that entitlement program, it shrinks the pool of healthy people the insurance exchanges require.

51) During Congressional testimony, the contractors who helped build admitted they could not create their own accounts on the site. As reported in AP, contractors were not comfortable with the site going live as it was not tested and ready to handle confidential information. They didn’t even remove dummy JavaScript files from the live site, which included character names from Star Wars and Transformers.

52) According to the Washington Post, even state bureaucrats with Obamacare’s endless technical glitches. While HHS is trying to claim the website is improving, insurance commissioners responsible for overseeing insurance industries in states relying on the federal government to run health-care exchanges still cannot get answers to their desperate phone calls to Washington.

53) As reported in the Wall Street Journal, is sending erroneous data to insurers. What little data they are receiving is overburdening them because of the frequent errors, such as duplicate enrollments, missing data fields, spouses reported as children, and multiple spouses on single applications.

54) As reported in Forbes, in just 3 states, 500,000 individuals have had their insurance policies cancelled. In addition to the disaster in Florida, we now learn Kaiser Permanente in California sent notices to 160,000 people (about 1/2 of their state customers) cancelling their coverage. Also, Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh dropped about 20% of their individual customers while Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia is dropping about 45%.

55) According to knowledgeable programmers on Reddit, the homepage for the insurance exchange requests 62 separate JavaScript files, creating an absurd load burden on servers thanks to sloppy programming.

56) According to Kaiser Health News, 300,000 Floridians received insurance coverage cancellation letters from Florida Blue. That is 80% of their policy holders in the state.

57) CBS News reported that a “shop and browse” feature that was added to the Obamacare website in order to offer customers the ability to see premium price estimates to creating an account is wildly inaccurate and misleading. It often underestimates actual premiums by over 50%.

58) Consumer Reports magazine, which has supported Obamacare since 2009, suggested to readers that due to privacy concerns, everyone should “(S)tay away from for at least another month if you can.” Their software tested opined, “’Hopefully, that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made.'”

59) On Sean called the Obamacare hotline on air and asked the representative on the phone about call volume along with other questions. Just days later, she was fired for being honest about the glitches in the program.

60) On Bloomberg TV, Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell has refused to guarantee that the Obamacare website will be fixed by December 15, even though the individual mandate goes into effect that same month.

61) According to Politico, because the White House knew the Federal exchange website disaster would be investigated by House Republicans, the Administration had a “bunker mentality” and only sought advice from partisan “trusted campaign tech experts.”

62) The New York Times reported contractors and specialists have said fixing the site’s problems soon is “unrealistic,” as “more than 5 five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the web site runs properly.”

63) The Washington Examiner discovered that CGI Federal, the Canadian firm which designed the Obamacare health insurance exchange website, was given a no bid contract for the work. At an estimated $635 billion cost to taxpayers, Digital Trends notes this is bigger price tag than Facebook.

64) According to The Washington Examiner, Obamacare’s exchange website was tested only a week prior to launch.

65) According to Millward Brown Digital research firm, the Obamacare exchange website had an estimated 9.47 million unique visitors during the first week. Of those visitors, 3.72 started the registration process, but only 1 million registered. Only 36,000 completed enrollment. CNBC’s initial report showed 99% of Obamacare applicants “hit a wall.”

66) Even prominent Democrats admit the website is a disaster. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told ABC News that the Obamacare website glitches are “unacceptable.” On MSNBC, former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs believes people should be fired.

67) The Hill reports that states are already facing a serious threat of identity theft, as fake insurance exchanges are being launched by cyber criminals trying to steal private information.

68) Reporters on CNN and MSNBC have tried and failed to sign up for Obamacare while on air.

69) After California state officials initially trumpeted that more than 5 million people viewed their $313 million state exchange website on the first day, the LA Times reported they were forced to admit the actual number was 645,000. A local television news channel reported that traffic led to zero completed applications.

70) According to the Times Record, Arkansas state exchange launch was so disastrous, their launch event forced applicants to resort to paper applications.

71) A New Jersey television station reported that even though their state exchange seemed to create accounts, but after an extensive application the site only returned error messages.

72) According to The Wall Street Journal, in North Carolina, Blue Cross Blue Shield said it only enrolled one person in the state by the end of the second day. The state has yet to release updated numbers.

73) The Detroit Free Press reported many “filled waiting rooms” at a Dearborn, Mich., community organization where “nearly every attempt to pull up the website resulted in error messages” on the marketplace website’s first day. Ann Flood, the newly appointed director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services said there is no confirmation of anyone signing up on the state exchange.

74) Chad Henderson of Georgia, who became the media’s poster boy as one of the few to actually sign up for Obamacare lied about his success, according to a Reason Magazine investigation. On LinkedIn, Henderson lists himself as a volunteer for Organizing for Action.

75) WBAL reported that week into its launch, the Maryland exchange had reportedly enrolled only 326 people.

76) In Connecticut, a local television station reported that the launch of the state exchange will be delayed for weeks.

77) According to the Alaska Dispatch, residents of Alaska have struggled to use their state exchange website, and there were no early reports of anyone enrolling in an insurance program.

73) As reported by, the Nevada state exchange was not tested in September, even though the state started to run television ads promoting it. Their exchange Facebook page has been bombarded with frustrated comments showing how dysfunctional the website is.

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