WILMINGTON, Del. — More than a month after the launch of Delaware’s health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
We know who two of them are. One of them is Janice Baker, who introduced President Obama at his October 21 rose garden speech, where he asserted that Obamacare isn’t just a website. The other one is Dave Weigel’s brother.
Another note: Delaware managed to put together its exchange on just a $4 million federal grant. Yes, I can appreciate that that’s $1 million per enrollee, but I’m actually shocked they did it so cheaply. Vermont’s exchange website alone cost $84 million, and the state blew $168 million in federal grants to plan and create its exchange, which doesn’t even work. Vermont has still enrolled nearly 600 people in exchange plans.
Update: D.C. has reported back its numbers, too: Five people (5), after spending $133 million developing its exchange.