Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) took to Twitter to brag that his state’s Obamacare online exchange, Access Health CT, received 28,000 visitors on day one–and took just 167 insurance applications. That works out to a 0.59% conversion rate of visitors to enrollees.
Connecticut’s low percentage of actual Obamacare enrollees contradicts the narrative offered by the Obama Administration that the widespread technical malfunctions experienced on Obamacare’s grand opening was the result of massive demand from Americans seeking to sign up.
Instead, a more likely explanation appears to be that citizens and journalists were curious to see the websites but chose not to enroll.
Whether that trend holds true for other states remains to be seen. On Tuesday, CNN reported that two-thirds of the government’s Obamacare exchanges failed to work properly. And for the second day in a row, the government’s main Obamacare website, www.HealthCare.gov, continues not to work properly and has a broken “Live Chat” feature.
Obamacare will cost taxpayers an estimated $2.6 trillion over the first decade of implementation.