They claimed it was 5 million. They only over-exaggerated by 4.55 million. Hey, what’s the big deal about pathologically lying?
California’s health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare.
State officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment, far fewer than the 5 million it reported Tuesday.
The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a sign of strong consumer interest and a major reason people had so much difficulty using its $313-million online enrollment system.
Dana Howard, a spokesman for Covered California, said the error was the result of internal miscommunication.
“Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect,” he said.
Aw, how cute: They merely misspoke. I can see how that is. Five million sounds just like 645,000. Easy mistake. But it was still awesome!
Howard said the revised Web traffic still represents a huge response. He said the number of unique online visitors Tuesday was 514,000 and the state received 19,000 calls.
Meantime, Californians were still running into computer problems and long hold times during the second day of enrollment under the federal healthcare law.
Those glitches have prompted Covered California to shut down its online enrollment system twice.
These aren’t glitches. It’s gross incompetence. But we knew that would happen. In the meantime, they’re hiding the number of people who enrolled, if there are any.