Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON — CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson, who received AIM’s Reed Irvine Award for Journalism in 2012, reported that not many Americans signed up for ObamaCare when it opened on October 1st of this year.

cbs sharyl attkissonAttkisson said that only six Americans signed up for the online health care exchanges on the first day, which was not what the Obama administration said for a month. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is in charge of the “disastrous” rollout of the law, denied she had the numbers of enrollment on hand.

Sebelius echoed these denials of enrollment figures during her interview with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and during a congressional committee hearing this past Wednesday.

The government turned over documents to the House Oversight Committee, chaired by California Republican Darrell Issa, which said that the website had 4.7 unique online visitors on the first day and only six signed up. The next day, 100 signed up. by the end of the day, only 248 had signed up nationally. Contrary to Sebelius and other administration officials’ claims, these figures are in fact available.

The Obama administration said that its goal was to reach 7 million by March 1st, 2014. This means that ObamaCare needs an average of 39,000 Americans signing up a day to reach that goal. With at least 2 million Americans losing health insurance due to Obamacare in states like New York, Florida and California, this could be an eventuality for many Americans.

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