It was a busy day yesterday for Obamacare news, especially as today’s hearing with healthcare.gov IT officials on the Hill has approached. We’ve collected a small sampling of the day’s stories:
As the administration prepares to release enrollment numbers later this week, CNN reported the White House lowers Obamacare expectations amid lackluster reports:
The administration is lowering expectations, cautioning the numbers “will be lower than we hoped and we anticipated,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
It is blaming a faulty federally run website that is hindering the ability of consumers to sign up for coverage.
“We are working 24-7 to ensure that the site is working smoothly for the vast majority of users by the end of November,” said Chris Jennings, deputy assistant to the President for health policy.
Unofficial numbers have been calculated, however, and it is estimated that 50,000 people successfully signed up for health coverage through the federal Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, during the first five weeks of open enrollment, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
That number falls well short of expectations for the period.
As Professor Jacobson noted the other night in highlighting a Washington Post report, the administration will include in its enrollment numbers those who have a plan in their “cart” but haven’t yet paid for it.
Obviously, the pressure is on to increase enrollments and quell some of the noise.
- Democrats are getting more aggressive in the race to take on the Obamacare rollout debacle ahead of 2014.
- Former President Bill Clinton weighed in and told an online magazine that President Obama should honor his health care promise. From CBS News:
In an interview with the online magazine Ozy, Mr. Clinton said, “I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”
The White House said Tuesday that Mr. Obama agrees with Mr. Clinton.
“The answer is yes,” White House spokesman Jay Carney responded when asked if the president agrees with Mr. Clinton’s comments, adding, “The president has tasked his team with looking at a range of options, as he said, to make sure nobody is put in a position where their plans are canceled” and their new options are too costly. Carney continued, “He’s very interested in trying to address this problem.”
- From NBC News (and others) came news that the federal government is sending emails to those who attempted but failed to create accounts at healthcare.gov, urging them to come back and try again.
- Meanwhile, the same folks behind the “Brosurance” ads are back with these really classless ads.
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