First Obamacare Numbers; California Leads, But Below Projections - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

First Obamacare Numbers; California Leads, But Total is Far Below Projections

Posted: Updated:

(FOX 11) Health and Human Services released its first enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act. Just over 106,000 people signed up for healthcare insurance.  That's about a fifth of the Obama administration's projection.

In California, the numbers were much more encouraging.  More than 200,000 applications were submitted to date, almost half, 97,000 completed enrollment.  Those policies effectively cover about 370,000 people.  How did California enroll more than three times the number on  www.healthcare.gov ?  Covered California's Dana Howard admits he's not aware how the feds set up its website, but he does credit political will for the success of www.CoveredCa.com.

He said, the state started working on its healthcare marketplace site as soon as the ACA passed.  He theorizes that federal site was hampered by the states that were against the ACA.  He blames those sites for hurting not helping the process of getting www.healthcare.gov up and running.  That being said, on Capitol Hill, there were two hearings to dissect the issues on the federal website.  Rep. Darryl Issa R-San Diego is the chairman of the House Oversight committee.  He upbraided the top administration technology officials both for not accommodating the promised 60 thousand concurrent users and for lax security. 

He said that insufficient security may have already exposed the website users to hackers.  But then in another hearing, before the House Homeland Security committee, Homeland Security's Roberta Stempfley testified that there'd been only one open  sourced action attempting to perpetrate a denial of service attack against the healthcare.gov site that has been unsuccessful.

  • Health NewsMore>>

  • A Workout Class With Babies Attached

    A Workout Class With Babies Attached

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-08-12 19:51:20 GMT
    A brand new workout class allows new moms to get into shape all the while not needing childcare, because the their babies are attached to them. The Dailey Baby Barre class at The Dailey Method in Venice combines all the benefits of a core/barre class with, well, your little one!
    A brand new workout class allows new moms to get into shape all the while not needing childcare, because the their babies are attached to them. The Dailey Baby Barre class at The Dailey Method in Venice combines all the benefits of a core/barre class with, well, your little one!
  • LA County Reports First West Nile Virus Cases Of The Year

    LA County Reports First West Nile Virus Cases Of The Year

    Friday, August 8 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-08 17:21:29 GMT
    Los Angeles County has recorded its first two cases of the year of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. County health officials said Thursday that two people were infected in July.Officials say a woman in her 60s from the San Fernando Valley continues to recover at a hospital.
    Los Angeles County has recorded its first two cases of the year of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. County health officials said Thursday that two people were infected in July.Officials say a woman in her 60s from the San Fernando Valley continues to recover at a hospital.
  • National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Stay Healthy, Stay Cool

    National Heatstroke Prevention Day: Stay Healthy, Stay Cool

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:50:27 GMT
    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. To spread the word for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, various federal agencies are calling on the public to help prevent future tragedies by sharing important safety tips via ?Twitter? and Facebook.
    Nearly every 10 days, a child dies from being left in a hot vehicle. To spread the word for National Heatstroke Prevention Day, various federal agencies are calling on the public to help prevent future tragedies by sharing important safety tips via ?Twitter? and Facebook.
  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Obama Struggles To Find His Role After Brown Death, Ferguson

    Obama Struggles To Find His Role After Brown Death, Ferguson

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 AM EDT2014-08-19 14:30:45 GMT
    When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.
    When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.
  • Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:24:37 GMT
    Bill and Hillary Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in...
  • No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:15:41 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving ahead with plans to visit 2016 primary states and calling his indictment politically motivated as he faces two felony counts in his home state.
    A judge has decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, meaning the Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run...
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices