*A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59 per cent
*Obama administration won't say how many Americans signed up on the central website that covered insurance exchanges for 36 states
*Kentucky's 5.3 per cent application rate seems to be the nation's highest
*Other states wouldn't provide statistics, or tracked only the creation of new online accounts, not numbers of completed applications
As President Obama's signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up.
California, the ultimate blue state whose federal lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in support of Obamacare, turned less than 1 per cent of its Web visits into 'Covered California' participants on Tuesday.
'We had over 5.7 million hits to our website as of 3 p.m. yesterday,' Covered California spokeswoman Kelsey Caldwell told MailOnline Wednesday.
'7,700 consumers began their application process yesterday. ... 4,143 applications are pending,' she added. 'We received 23,269 calls yesterday to our service center.'
Caldwell couldn't say how many of the 5.7 million website hits were from unique Californians. But assuming 712,500 online visitors saw eight different Web pages each, the sign-up rate was 0.58 per cent.” - EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites, UK Daily Mail, 10/02/2013.
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