Obamacare Stats: Only Six Signed Up the First Day

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released documents from inside the Obama administration showing it was nearly impossible to sign up the first several days on the HealthCare.gov website.

By the end of the first day, only six people nationwide were able to successfully sign up for insurance. And by the end of the second day, after millions of attempts to log on, only 248 people were enrolled.

The numbers are the latest proof that the launch was a disaster.

"I tried like five times within an hour and then I just gave up," one disgruntled woman said. "It just kept spinning nothing happened."

"It's an argument for why you shouldn't turn over a large segment of market economy to government," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said. "Government's not very good at running things"

"One of the reasons why government doesn't run things so well is they don't run it on a profit motive," Rand explained. "A private company never could have survived a launch so abysmal and a website that doesn't work. You would never ever see this in private enterprise."

"But this is an argument as to why you shouldn't turn over something so precious as your healthcare to the government," he concluded.

However, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress that the websites problems make early data unreliable.

"We do not have any reliable data around enrollment, which is why we haven't given it to date," she told a House panel Wednesday.

Her agency won't issue its first report on the numbers until mid-November.

Regardless, the first month of Obamacare was viewed by a majority of Americans as a disaster.

A survey released Friday morning from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 80 percent of those polled have a negative impression of Obamacare's implementation. Only 14 percent say it's going well.

Congress has until this week to decide if their own staff can stay on federal health insurance, or if they have to sign up with one of the Obamacare exchanges.

House Speaker John Boehner and all four Senate GOP leaders have put their entire staffs into the exchanges. Many Democrats are keeping their staff on their current federal insurance.

Meanwhile, this week the Washington Post "fact checker" gave President Barack Obama "four Pinocchios" for his repeated claims that Americans would be able to keep their health insurance.

CBS News reports that at least 2 million Americans have already lost their existing healthcare plans due to the Affordable Care Act.

Some say that figure will go much higher since about 12 million Americans previously bought their own insurance.

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