Please, try and contain your excitement.
Only five people have officially enrolled in health coverage on Washington, D.C.’s ObamaCare exchange, according to a survey by two leading GOP senators.
Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa), ranking members of the Finance and Justice Committees, reported the number Friday after corresponding with the four health insurance companies offering policies on D.C. Health Link.
“With numbers like these, it’s no wonder the Obama administration hasn’t wanted to release how many people have singed up for ObamaCare,” Hatch said in a statement.
The five official enrollees reported by the insurers underscore the heavy lift facing ObamaCare officials as they seek to sign up millions of people for the next exchanges over the next four-and-a-half months.
D.C.’s number also shed light on confusion surrounding what counts as an official ObamaCare enrollment — an issue that will come up next week as the administration publishes its first set of enrollment data.
The District’s marketplace is not transmitting enrollment files to insurance companies until the applicants pay their first premium, a representative for Aetna wrote to Hatch and Grassley Thursday.
Guess you have to pay before you find out what’s in your plan.