The Obamacare Signup Cover-up

Posted by John Kartch on Monday, October 7th, 2013, 3:37 PM PERMALINK

White House spokesman Jay Carney today continued the Obama administration’s refusal to release federal Obamacare enrollment data. Carney did say that the data would be released “monthly.” But when asked for a specific date, Carney said “I’d refer you to CMS and HHS. I’m not sure when that begins.”

Below is a timeline of Obama administration obfuscation on the question of enrollment data:

October 1:

“I would refer you to HHS for details.  Again, this is day one.” -White House spokesman Jay Carney, WH Press Briefing

“We’re not releasing that information yet." -CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, media conference call

October 3:

“No, we don't have that data.” -White House spokesman Jay Carney, WH Press Briefing

October 4:

“You should ask HHS.  I don't have a number." -White House spokesman Jay Carney, WH Press Briefing

October 5:

“Well, I don’t have the numbers yet.” -President Obama, interview with Associated Press

October 6:

"Well, it's obviously not my primary area of responsibility." -Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Fox News Sunday

October 7:

“We’re going to release those numbers monthly like we do with other medical data. The truth is we don’t have that information now.” - White House economic adviser Gene Sperling, Politico Playbook Breakfast

“What I can confirm right now is that people are signing up through federal exchanges. But we’re not going to be able to -- this is an aggregation process – we’re not gonna release data on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. We’ll follow models that have existed in previous programs including a similar program in Massachusetts, including Medicare Part D, which is the most recent federal example of this kind of thing. We’ll release enrollment data on regular, monthly intervals.”  -White House spokesman Jay Carney, WH Press Briefing

When asked for a specific date on which the data would be made available, Carney said:

"I’d refer you to CMS and HHS. I’m not sure when that begins.”

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist said: “Americans already know that they have a hard time putting information into the Obamacare enrollment system. Turns out they can’t get any information out of the system either. The system is broken on both ends. Even a company going bankrupt knows how many widgets it sold. Maybe it’s a small amount. But it’s a known number.”

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