Few buy into ObamaCare by day 3The website of New York state's newly launched health insurance exchange received almost 30 million visits between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The website has experienced technical difficulties since the exchanged opened for business on Tuesday. Officials have blamed the problems on the unexpectedly high level of traffic. In a statement on Wednesday, Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health, said her agency's website had received more traffic than any other state's.
"NY is one of only a few states that opened its website to the public to begin accepting applications on October 1 and has experienced the highest level of activity of any state," Frescatore said. "Today, like all other states, New Yorks website is experiencing significant levels of activity, which is causing some users to experience difficulty entering the site and delays in application processing. In response to these issues, our technicians have doubled the sites capacity and are working around the clock to troubleshoot emerging problems and ensure users have a better experience going forward. It is expected that 1.1 million New Yorkers will obtain health insurance through NY State of Health by 2016.
ObamaCare is attracting lots of window shoppers, but not that many buyers.
Figures from the handful of states releasing information show that only a tiny fraction of the people inquiring about President Obamas controversial, government-mandated insurance have actually agreed to buy it since the policies went on sale Tuesday.
In Connecticut where ObamaCare was predicted to send prices for individual policies soaring 498 residents had completed applications for coverage as of midday Thursday, out of 85,000 unique visitors to the Access Health CT Web site and another 4,000 calls to its help line, spokesman Jason Madrak said.
That works out to a minuscule 0.55 percent taking it.
As of Wednesday, Rhode Island reported that 366 people had signed up for ObamaCare, about 1.6 percent of the 19,707 unique visitors to its HealthSource RI Web site, 3,452 calls to its help line and another 82 walk-ins to its contact center.
Meanwhile, Kentucky was leading the pack, with 8,309 completed applications representing 6.2 percent of the 117,954 unique visitors to the Kynect Web site and 15,239 calls to its help line as of Thursday morning.