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today six weeks after the troubled opening of the federal health insurance web site, the obama administration finally told us how many americans have signed up. in the first month, it comes to just over 106,000. people who chose policies on both the federal and state sites, though they had not necessarily paid for them yet. that is only about 20% of the 494,000 that the administration had projected. major garrett at s at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, the white house said for weeks these enroll. numbers would fall short of expectations-- and they have. the poorly designed federal health care web site-- here thisly unusable in its first days of operation-- severely limited the number of people who were able to sign up for coverage. of the 106,000 americans who are counted as enrolled in obamacare, less than a third-- just under 27,000-- did so by
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navigating healthcare.gov. the remaining three quarters-- just under 80,000-- signed up on one of the health insurance exchanges run by 14 states and the district of columbia. more disturbing for the administration, the ratio of obamacare customers is currently heavily tilted toward those receiving insurance entirely funded by the government. nearly 400,000 americans qualified for medicaid or children's health insurance program coverage-- four times the number who have signed up for private insurance. there is high interest in the health care plans. nearly 27 million people have visited the federal and state web sites and just over three million have called for information or help signing up. these disappointing enroll. numbers are not the only problem for the white house. senate and house democrats are increasingly frustrated the president has yet to produce a fix for those who saw their individual insurance policies canceled and can't afford the new ones. senate democrats, scott, have summoned the white house chief of staff to capitol hill tomorrow to air their
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grievances. >> pelley: thank you, major. now we want to show you the 14 states plus the district of columbia that set up their own health insurance web sites instead of relying on the federal system. we found out today that nearly half of the people who have signed up for private insurance plans in these states are californians. ben tracy is in our los angeles newsroom. ben? >> reporter: scott, there are more than 5.5 million people in california that are uninsured, the largest in the country. it was always expected that california would enroll the most people in obamacare. california was also the first state to set up a health care exchange and got hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to build the system that is now known as covered california. now, the goal here in the golden state is to enroll up to 700,000 people in private health plans by april 1. so far, 35,000 people have signed up, so at the current pace, it would take more than a year and a half to reach that goal. however, today the head of
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covered california did say those enroll. s are picking up. he said since november 1, 2000 people a day are signing up and that is double the pace of october. >> pelley: been, thanks very much. now back to the technical problems with healthcare.gov. some of the administration's top computer experts appeared today before a house committee that was demanding to know what went wrong. nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, these are the managers who have been on the front lines of creating and now fixing healthcare.gov. in fact, one even testified that he slept on his office floor the week that the site launched. but none of them were really able to explain why this product they worked on for years was so flawed. >> do you solemnly swear -- >> reporter: under oath, some of the administration's top technology officers testified they were caught off guard by the web site's poor performance, even though they knew well in advance that some key components weren't working-- like a feature that allowed users to comparison
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shop for insurance plans without creating an account. >> it failed so miserably that we could let people use it. >> reporter: henry chow is the manage at the centers for medicare and medicate who was most involved in developing the web site. he came in for the most criticism from republicans. >> knowing what you know now, would you have pushed harder to move the date back? >> i go by what i said. >> so you would let history repeat itself? it's been a rocky -- mr. park -- >> that is not what i said. that is not what i said. >> reporter: utah republican jason chaffetz had questions for chao about the site's security. >> mr. chao, would you put your personal information about you and your loved ones in it? >> yes, in fact, i've recommended my sister who is unemployed right now to actually apply. >> did she successfully register? sign up. >> i haven't talked to her lately. >> reporter: he said the site can accommodate about 20,000 to 25,000 users at one time-- a big
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improvement from the first week, but still far short of the original goal of 50,000 to 60,000. >> i'm part of an all hands on deck effort mobilized across the administration. >> reporter: todd park is the chief technology officer for the white house. he's now working full time on fixing the web site. south carolina republican trey goudey wanted a timeline. >> when will it be operational to your satisfaction? >> well, we have a goal that the team is pursuing with tremendous intensity. >> how many more weeks? i'm looking for a number. >> we're working hard to have the site functioning by the end of this month. >> reporter: that carefully crafted answer which was repeated more than once led some lawmakers to believe that the administration's confidence that it can really get all these bugs fixed by november 30 may be slipping, scott. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. now we want to take you back to the philippines where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the town of tacloban. the city that's been hardest hit
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by typhoon haiyan? tonight bodies are in the streets, debris has blocked many roads, making it next to impossible to distribute food and water to the survivors. thousands have jammed the airport looking for a way out. these children said that they fled their home after armed gangs were seen terrorizing their neighborhood. seth doane is in tacloban. >> reporter: from the air, the pleas for help were easy to see. on the ground, there was a growing sense of panic. the u.n. estimates the typhoon has left more than half a million filipinos hungry, homeless and thirsty. tacloban's mayor urged residents to flee if they could. thousands jammed the ruined airport hoping to get one of the few seats out on military planes. most are still waiting. more than a dozen coastal communities are still cut off. there's a shortage of
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transportation in fuel and roads are clogged with debris. around the city, volunteers prepared to bury more bodies as the death toll rose above 2,300. >> people are dying here. too many people are dying. just for that storm. >> reporter: jaime fernandez lost almost everything in his home. there's very little left for him and his family to live on. >> we can't get any food or buy any food from other stores because there's no stores to buy. >> reporter: there were many more philippine security forces on the streets of tacloban today but the government has been criticized for being slow to respond. eight dies today after a wall collapsed as survivors mobbed a food warehouse. >> it's like a -- it's more like a civil war here. >> reporter: but help is starting to arrive. u.s. military flights are now operating from cebu airport. food is starting to be distributed, but the shortage of
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clean water is still an acute problem. these survivors taped into an undergroundwater pipe. "we don't know if it's safe" this man said. "we need to boil it, but at least we have something." >> pelley: seth doane is joining us from tacloban. seth, what about medical care? >> reporter: scott, we were in a government-run hospital visiting them there and they said that they were really struggling to deal with the patients they had. we saw people with relatively simple injuries that have become life threatening because they didn't have the blood supply, they didn't have the power to take care of that and they couldn't airlift patients out. they are operating on generator power now but told us after the typhoon they were stitching wounds by candlelight and one of the biggest problems is no food. and this is at a government-run hospital. >> pelley: seth done new england tacloban for us tonight. seth, thank you. filipino americans have organized their own relief
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operations. we're going to take a look at one of the largest in california later in the broadcast. today four u.s. marines were killed at camp pendleton in california. they were clearing unexploded ordnance from an artillery range when something went wrong. none of the marines has been identified. the accident is under investigation. today we saw a government audit that says that nearly a billion dollars has been poured into a transportation security program that may not be making americans any safer. and we asked bob orr to look into that. >> reporter: at washington's union station we watched these two men with backpacks as they watched everyone else. they are undercover behavior detection officers trained to pick out bad guys by looking for expressions of fear, anxiety or deception. since 2007, the transportation security administration has spent $900 million training and deploying 3,000 behavior
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detection officers. those so-called b.d.o.s are now stationed at major transit hubs, primarily at 176 of the nation's busiest airports. but a new report from the government accountability office questions whether b.d.o.s are effective concluding: 6- the t.s.a. argues the b.d.o.s provide a it from calaiser of defense by looking for signal which is can't be picked up by metal detectors or explosive scanners. in a statement, the t.s.a. said y analysis found the b.d.o.s to be highly effective, identifying high-risk passengers far more often than random screening. but the g.a.o. rejected that homeland study saying the findings were based on bad
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science. and the g.a.o. questions the whole premise of behavior-based detection concluding: the g.a.o., with some support in congress, now is calling on homeland security to cut the funding for behavioral programs until they can be proven effective. but the t.s.a., scott, is promising to fight to keep those b.d.o.s at their posts. >> pelley: bob orr in our washington newsroom. thank you, bob. another government agency made big news today about america's push for energy independence. the energy department said the united states got more oil out of the ground last month than it imported from overseas. it's the first time that's happened since 1995. on wall street, stock prices hit new highs after macy's predicted a good holiday season for retailers. the dow gained 70 points to close at 15,821. that's the 36th record close this year. the s&p 500 was up 14 points, putting it at an all-time high
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that he's always insisted he did not commit. well, tonight, ferguson, now 29 years old, is a free man thanks in no small part to erin's relentless investigation of this case and e vin with us tonight. erin? >> reporter: well, scott, his release came as a surprise. a special prosecutor in the case was just appointed last friday so no one expected that just four days later it would all be over. >> first thing i did was hug my parents and kiss my girlfriend. >> reporter: he's been out of prison for just 24 hours but ryan ferguson is already savoring the taste of his newfound freedom. (cheers and applause) before supporters and the press last night, he spoke about the time and effort it took to get to this day. >> to get arrested and to get charged for a crime you didn't commit, it's incredibly easy. but to get out of prison it takes an army. >> reporter: ferguson's release followed a nearly
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decade-long campaign led by his father bill to clear his son's name. >> i've driven 9,000 miles in 21 days. >> reporter: a facebook page designed to draw attention to the case has attracted supporters from all over the world. >> it's been amazing seeing the support. >> guilty of murder in the second degree. >> reporter: ferguson was convicted in 2005 of the murder of kent heitholt, a columbia, missouri, newspaper sports editor. there was plenty of physical evidence found at the scene but none of it matched ferguson. there were two witnesses against him-- a high school friend who claimed he helped ferguson commit the late-night robbery and murder. the other a janitor who said he saw ferguson at the crime scene. both men later recanted and said they lied at his trial. still, despite the lack of evidence, ferguson's attorney kathleen zellner says he was running out of appeals. >> we were at the last stage,
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>> pelley: american airlines jet made an emergency landing last night after the windshield cracked. you can see it there on the left-hand side. the crack was discovered after flight 160 took off from miami for boston. the 757 landed safely in orlando. britain has hired a team of researchers to track an iceberg that is bigger than city of chicago-- 270 square miles. the iceberg broke off from a glacier in marke antarctica andd threaten shipping. the satellite photo shows a rift that formed two years ago and kept getting bigger until it broke free in july. a record was broken last night in an art auction in new york. this painting-- three studies of lucian freud by francis bacon--
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the only contact with her family in tacloban-- a brief call from her brother saturday before his battery died. a curse because she hasn't heard from him or anyone else since. what did he say? >> he said "we're okay, don't worry." he's like screaming. "tell them we're okay. " after that we got cut off. >> reporter: her sister in manila heard two young nieces survived the typhoon but died yesterday, whether from dehydration, hunger or injuries, they don't know. what is it like for you, this not knowing? >> it really, really hurts. i want to know now if they're okay. there's nothing i can do, just pray. >> reporter: california's filipino community is praying and mounting a relief effort. nurses are sending medical supplies, neighbors are chipping in, too. the bay area organization stop hunger now is shipping 285,000
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meals. in l.a., a red cross telethon raised more than 100,000 for relief aid. virgie lyons was comforted by one thing her brother said in his brief call: he and his family survived hudling in the sturdy house she built for them with money she earned in the u.s. -z still, the t.v. images are painful. >> really, it's like a nightmare. >> reporter: not hearing, not knowing is unbearable. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: more aid arriving in the philippines every hour. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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