'How Do You Not Know?': Lawmaker Presses Gov't Official on ObamaCare Enrollees
FOX NEWS INSIDER
// OCT 29 2013 // 10:43AM
On Capitol Hill this morning, we're hearing testimony for the first time from a high-level Obama administration official on the problems with the ObamaCare rollout.
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The House Ways and Means Committee is questioning Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At a hearing last week, contractors paid to set up Healthcare.gov blamed CMS for the problems with the website.
Tomorrow, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify at a highly anticipated House hearing about the issues related to the ObamaCare launch.
Committee chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) persisted in trying to get Tavenner to give lawmakers an idea of how many people have signed up for health plans so far.
Tavenner stated over and over that the numbers won't be available until mid-November, but she said she knows about 700,000 people have completed applications. She said she has not been provided with numbers internally about how many Americans have actually enrolled.
"No one is forwarding even weekly updates on how the system's working? ... I understand you're not publicly releasing those numbers, but I'm asking, do you have any idea of how many people on a weekly basis enrolled? How do you not know how many people have enrolled? Camp asked.
"We'll have those numbers available in mid-November," Tavenner answered.
Camp did not understand why the figures are not available, saying ObamaCare is a "government program and we're trying to do oversight here."
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