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Only six enrollments in new health care exchange on first day of rollout

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There were only six health insurance enrollments on the first day of the health care exchanges under Obamacare, according to notes taken during "war room" meetings conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The disastrously low sign-up numbers didn't improve much the following day, according to the notes, which were released on Halloween night by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Just 100 people had signed up by the afternoon of Oct. 2, more than a day after the health insurance exchanges opened nationwide. By Oct 3, according to the notes, there were 248 people enrolled.

The notes, which were provided to the panel by a group of top contractors who worked on the website healthcare.gov., document the internal struggle to deal with the rollout's overwhelming number of glitches.

"High capacity on the website, direct enrollment not working," war room notes from Oct. 2 read. "VA system not connecting, Experian creating confusion with credit check information, residency information has a script being developed for the 900 issues that occurred."

The Obama administration is unable to say how many people are now enrolled. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she would be able to provide the sign-up numbers in "mid-November."

The health care exchanges have now been open for one month but the healthcare.gov is often not functioning for those trying to enroll in one of the qualifying plans.

Sebelius told Congress this week she believes the public will have plenty of time to sign up for mandatory health insurance policies once the glitches are fixed. Sebelius said she does not support extending the enrollment deadline past March 31 because health insurance companies need the certainty of the deadline already established.

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