Each event, she said, has drawn crowds of curious, excited people. Many of them are the working poor. “They have never had health care before — they’ve only gone to the emergency room,” she said. “They want more information, and they want to know how they can enroll.” SEIU has also contracted with Working Partnerships USA to operate a phone bank, targeting ZIP codes with a high percentage of uninsured. Blue said the combined strategies have helped the union contact more than 55,000 people since August. Another organization that got a Covered California grant is the California NAACP, which received $600,000 to focus on the African-American community. Ron Nicholson is grateful for that. Following a Sunday service at San Jose’s First AME Zion Church, the Redwood City resident stopped by the table where certified educators Ellen Rollins and Tonya York waited to answer questions and hand out materials.
But once those are fixed, and I think they will be, everyones going to be focusing on whos signing up and what theyre getting for it, and thats going to be the key issue. Enrollment Hindered The Obamacare health-insurance exchanges enrolled 248 people in their first two days, as website outages and software errors hindered sign-ups, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee. Notes from three meetings at an Obama administration war room, obtained by Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California , show six people had enrolled on Oct. 1, the first day of the websites operation. The summary of an Oct. 2 meeting said direct enrollment is still not working and about 40,000 applicants idled in a virtual waiting room. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The documents were circulated by Republican opponents of the health law who are seizing on the botched rollout even as a new poll shows more Americans than not want to expand Obamacare or keep it intact.