Not a single citizen of the state of Alaska have signed up for the Obamacare exchange. The Associated Press reports that Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, has written a letter to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the problems with the health insurance exchanges set up by the federal government:
"This system that cost more than $400 million, took three years to build, and was billed as a one-stop shop for individuals seeking health insurance is not working as advertised," Murkowski wrote. "In its first two weeks of operation, I am told that no one was able to enroll in the Alaska Exchange."
Enroll Alaska chief operating officer Tyann Boling confirmed that no one has enrolled as of late last week.
"Now things are looking a little bit better this week," she said. "It's not for sure we've enrolled anybody yet, but things seems to be functioning a little bit better, but as of last week, we had not known of one person that had enrolled in the state of Alaska."
Enroll Alaska receives commissions from insurance companies offering plans on the Alaska marketplace. Two companies, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska and Moda Health, are offering plans for Alaskans.
As America Rising points out, Mark Begich, Alaska's Democratic senator who voted for Obamacare and is up for reelection next year, told reporters in June that he would be aggressive in defending the law and helping his constituents sign up for the exchanges.
"I don't run from my votes," he told the AP. "Politicians who sit around and say, 'That's controversial so I better run from it,' just ask for trouble. Voters may not always agree with you, but they respect people who think about these issues and talk about them."