For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems.
But no one in the administration has been willing to tell us how many policies have been purchased, and this may be the reason: CBS News has learned enrollments got off to an incredibly slow start.
Early enrollment figures are contained in notes from twice-a-day "war room" meetings convened within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after the website failed on Oct. 1. They were turned over in response to a document request from the House Oversight Committee.
The website launched on a Tuesday. Publicly, the government said there were 4.7 million unique visits in the first 24 hours. But at a meeting Wednesday morning, the war room notes say "six enrollments have occurred so far."
I don't even have an analogy for this. I mean... let's say someone sold you a new car after telling you what great engineering it has, and you started it up and started to drive off the lot and got... six feet. Or your lawyer told you you had a million dollar case and then you ended up being forced to settle for... six dollars. Or the house and garden store sold you a new tree and it ended up with... six leaves. Or the restaurant offered you a gourmet meal at high prices and brought you a plate with... six peas.