OBAMA’S TRIL­LION DOL­LAR QUES­TION

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

So how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally have signed up for health cov­er­age un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act? Uh-hh-h, no one seems to know. In the past week, Pres­i­dent Obama and of­fi­cials within his ad­min­is­tra­tion avoided an­swer­ing the tril­lion-dol­lar ques­tion by ei­ther claim­ing the num­bers weren’t avail­able yet or that they had no ac­cess to the data.

“Well, I don’t have the num­bers yet,” Mr. Obama told The As­so­ci­ated Press while White House press sec­re­tary Jay Car­ney echoed, “We don’t have that data.” Wy the smoke screen? “Fox News Sun­day” an­chor Chris Wal­lace spec­u­lated that those num­bers were “em­bar­rass­ingly small.”

The “Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ob­fus­ca­tion on the ques­tion of en­roll­ment data” has gone on for many days, says Amer­i­cans for Tax Re­form, which has been track­ing the trend.

“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,” says Grover Norquist, pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “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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