Zero Alaskans Have Enrolled in Obamacare

by Andrew Johnson

Not a single person in Alaska has been able to enroll in the new Obamacare exchanges because of the slow website’s series of glitches, prompting Republican senator Lisa Murkowski to demand weekly updates on the enrollment numbers from Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“This system that cost more than $400 million, took three years to build, and was billed as a one-stop shop for individuals seeking health insurance is not working as advertised,” Murkowski wrote in a letter to Sebelius. “In its first two weeks of operation, I am told that no one was able to enroll in the Alaska Exchange.”

The chief operating officer confirmed that there had been zero enrollments as of late last week. While Murkowski said the website has been working better in the first couple of days of this week, she still doesn’t know of anyone having successfully enrolled. Given the lackluster figures, she wants HHS to provide her with the number of Alaskans attempting to enroll as well as those who have actually been able to do so on a weekly basis.