Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sebelius and the ACA: When Seven Million Enrollees Means Not Seven Million Enrollees

‘Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius distanced the Obama administration from its unofficial goal of 7 million Affordable Care Act signups by the end of March.

In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities, Marc Lamont Hill asked Sebelius about Vice President Joe Biden's acknowledgement that the administration may not reach the 7-million mark, but may see 5 to 6 million Americans enrolling by the end of next month.

"First of all, 7 million was not the administration," Sebelius said. "That was a CBO, Congressional Budget Office, prediction when the bill was first signed. I'm not sure where they even got their numbers. Their numbers are all over the board. The vice president has looked and said it may be closer to 5 to 6."‘ - Kathleen Sebelius Distances Obama Administration From Lofty Obamacare Signup Goal,, 02/25/2014

‘The comments appear to contradict what she told NBC News the day before the launch of the troubled healthcare site last fall when she said that "success," in her opinion, would be having 7 million Americans enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges by the end of March.

"I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014," Sebelius told NBC's Nancy Snyderman on Sept. 30.

Last June Sebelius
also volunteered the figure, telling reporters, "We're hopeful that 7 million is a realistic target."

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer blasted Sebelius in an interview Tuesday on Fox News' "
Special Report with Bret Baier."

"Of course, she was the one that said it, among others," he said. "You know, it's an old rule, 'say the truth, it's easier to memorize." ' 
 - Sebelius Denies 7 Million Was Obamacare's Target,, 02/26/2014

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