On Monday, Kathleen Sebelius went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss the disasters Americans are experiencing while trying to sign up with Obamacare. During the interview, to illustrate the deep level of dysfunction the site is experiencing, Stewart challenged the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enroll in Obamacare while he downloaded every movie ever made and see who finished first. But, the massive glitches with the Obamacare sign-up are not funny. Even Jon Stewart was frustrated as he used humor to rephrase the same question Sebelius repeatedly refused to answer: Why can’t individuals delay Obamacare participation for a year, as businesses can? Her best answer is ‘they can pay the penalty.’
Now, Jay Carney is refusing to answer the simple question, How many Americans have managed to sign up with Obamacare? The Obama Administration can’t, or won’t, answer that. Insisting “the system is broken on both ends”, the Americans for Tax Reform recently launched a website, obamacarecoverup.com, calling out Obama’s refusal to reveal how many Americans have actually been enrolled.
The Washington Free Beacon reports,
Conservative critics of Obamacare want to know how many people have actually purchased insurance through the president’s signature legislation following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website last week.
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) launched a website Monday—obamacarecoverup.com—attacking the administration’s refusal to release information about the number of enrollees.
“Americans already know that they have a hard time putting information into the Obamacare enrollment system,” ATR’s Grover Norquist said in a press release. “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.”
The launch of the Obamacare website was accompanied by widespread technical problems and long wait times for users, leading many reporters to wonder how many had actually managed to enroll in one of the new federal healthcare exchanges through the website.
“I would refer you to [Health and Human Services] for details,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in response to a request for the numbers on October 1. “Again, this is day one.”
By day seven, Carney still did not have a number for the White House press corps, but said the information would be released on a monthly basis. …
“Lack of transparency is going to be an increasing problem with Obamacare around,” Norquist said.
“It shouldn’t be a secret,” he continued. “It’s not like we’re not worried about the Soviets or the Syrians getting the information.