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More bleak numbers released for health insurance sign ups

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Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley on Friday released preliminary reports of how many people were enrolling in Washington, D.C.'s new health insurance exchanges and the numbers are low:

» CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield: Two enrollees as of Oct. 30

» Kaiser Permanente: Three enrollees as of Oct. 31

» UnitedHealthcare: None reported as of Nov. 4

» Aetna: None reported as of Oct. 24

“A lot of Americans are getting cancellation notices from their current health care plan but they haven’t been able to enroll in a new plan,” Grassley, R-Iowa, said. “The limbo and uncertainty are stressful for them. ... The chaos imposed on so many people is reason to at least delay the individual mandate, if not outright repeal it.”

“With numbers like these, it's no wonder the Obama administration hasn't wanted to release how many people have signed up for Obamacare,” said Hatch, R-Utah. “Whether it's significant problems with the website, people being forced off the coverage they had or skyrocketing costs, these numbers are even more proof of what a disaster Obamacare is and why it should be delayed.”

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Susan Ferrechio

Chief Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner