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Only 300 Tennesseans have signed up for Obamacare, governor says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

For the first time on Wednesday, there were figures released about how many Tennesseans had signed up for health insurance on the exchanges set up as part of Obamacare.

The number since the October 1 start date is astonishing.

"The last time I heard, the most verifiable number was something in the low hundreds, like 250 [or] 300," Governor Bill Haslam said after an event on Wednesday. "Obviously, that has been disappointing for everybody."

He said the number came from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, which is responsible for the private insurance plans which go on the exchange.

"They have had a lot of difficulty themselves getting on just to see if the right fields are being populated when someone goes to apply," added the governor.

When asked if Tennessee should have taken the option of setting up its own Obamacare exchange, instead of letting the federal government do it, Governor Haslam said, "It's hard to know the exact answer to that.  In the end, we felt like it was their program, they suggested it, and we thought it would be better in this initial stage if they ran it."

One of the major players in the exchange is expected to be BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

A spokesperson told News 2 just prior to the start of the exchange the company aimed to sign up a majority of the estimated 500,000 uninsured Tennesseans who would be eligible for the exchanges.

The big question though, is how many of those people will actually successfully apply or even choose to do so.

The next time numbers are released to how many people are signing up in Tennessee will likely be mid-November, according the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

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