Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) told Breitbart News on Tuesday he was unaware of the glitches individuals were experiencing when they attempted to apply for healthcare insurance on the Obamacare insurance exchanges but claimed the popularity of the exchanges was probably the reason for any issues.
“Well I don’t know of any [glitches]. What I know is so many people by the hundreds–thousands–millions–showed up today and anytime you have people showing up trying to get or receive health care insurance that could cause some problems, but I haven’t heard of anything major,” said Lewis. “I think there may have been an overload, because so many people showed up all across America at the same time.”
The Obama administration is making the same excuse for the system failures as Lewis; however, The Daily Mail is reporting that less than one percent of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on a number of state health exchange websites. In fact, zero people enrolled on the exchanges in Louisiana.
Additionally, new Gallup poll released two days ago showed that 65 percent of those surveyed said they “planned” to get insurance, while 25 percent intend to remain uninsured and pay a penalty at the end of the year.
Overall, 83% of Americans are aware that most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine beginning January 2014. This awareness drops to 68% among those who are uninsured, and is at 69% among the vital group of 18- to 29-year-olds who are the most likely of any age group to be uninsured.
A CNN reporter and an MSNBC host both attempted to sign up for the exchanges during different television news segments, and the online system failed them both. In the meantime, the Obama administration hopes to sign up to 7 million individuals through the exchanges by the end of the year.