Jason Farrell

A great visualization of the Affordable Care Act conversion funnel as depicted by Millward Brown Digital via Compete.com

The numbers here are… uh… interesting.

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Paul Krugman: “Obviously, they messed up the programming big time, which is kind of a shock.”

We couldn’t agree more with Dr. Krugman. It was a huge shock to all of us that the healthcare.gov website was a failure of such epic proportions that a mere 36,000 people successfully enrolled out of nearly 4 million who attempted to register through Oct. 5. Today the registration is up all the way to 51,000, by some estimates. The administration has yet to release its own data.

Daily Kos blogger Tirge Caps expressed some concerns with the new program, noting his premiums were about to double, according to his insurance company: “I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any f*cking penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?”

Tirge Caps: Stop complaining… clearly your massive premium increases were worthwhile. Americans are fortunate that the founding fathers of the Affordable Care Act were men and women of vision, with a firm grasp of government math. Once they sort out a few bugs with the website, it will assuredly be all gravy from here.

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Jason M. Farrell is a writer based in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Before joining Agora Financial in 2012 he was a research fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics, where his work was cited by the New York Post, Albany Times Union and the New York State Senate. He has been published at United Liberty, The Federalist, The Daily Caller and LewRockwell.com among many other blogs and news sites.

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    It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone as those that would benefit the most are typically in red states and red states did and are doing their utmost to booby trap the program. Kansas made those who are working to sign up people pass a seafaring Navigator class in order to become qualified. That is why they are called Navigators.

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