CNN Laments: “The administration won’t tell us how many people have signed up, and have changed their story in the process. At first the administration said it didn’t know… Then we were told to ask someone else… A few days later, wait a month.”
The administration made a number of promises as it forced its health care law through Congress and onto the American people: your premiums will go down; if you like your current plan, you can keep it; and has since proclaimed that everything was “working the way it is supposed to.” Yet, time and again, these promises have been broken. Premiums are skyrocketing, Americans across the country are losing coverage they currently have and enjoy, and healthcare.gov remains mired in significant “glitches” preventing folks from even browsing the website.
On Monday, Anderson Cooper’s hallmark “Keeping them Honest” segment featured “Obamacare Sign-Up Snafus.” But answers were hard to come by. A CNN correspondent explained “the failed rollout was not a surprise to anyone involved with it.” In an effort to “keep them honest,” CNN “requested an interview today with the White House to ask one question, ‘If the administration knew there would be so many glitches, why did the administration plan ahead with the roll out?’” Unfortunately they “were told nobody was available to answer that and we are still waiting to find out when the point person for all of this, Kathleen Sebelius, will be able to talk to us. We’re still waiting.”
The Energy and Commerce Committee has many of the same questions as CNN, and committee leaders recently sent several letters to both the administration and the lead IT contractors involved with implementation requesting enrollment figures and answers regarding the “glitches” that have defined the past two weeks.
“Despite our warnings that the law was not ready for prime time, the administration repeatedly brushed us off, proclaiming everything was ‘on track,’” said Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “The first two weeks of enrollment have been a nightmare, and we now know despite over three years to prepare, the administration was in over its head. After hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a shoddy website and numerous broken promises, the American people deserve answers, and we are going to get to the bottom of this mess in the coming weeks.”