Obamacare Enrollment Numbers? 'They Are Lying to Us,' Rep. Blackburn Says
(CNSNews.com) - The Obama administration now says more than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, but critical information is missing, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told Fox News on Friday.
"I think that they are lying to us about who has paid, who has not paid, who is getting subsidies...They don't want to give us the numbers," she said. "The way they are surveying this (web)site -- you know they are trying to cover things up."
Blackburn said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius must answer five questions when she testifies again next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee:
"We don't know how many of the 6 million previously had insurance and were just forced into the Obamacare program; we don't know how many have paid...we don't know how many are the young/healthy that you have to have to make it actuarially work; we don't know how many were Medicaid or how many got subsidies.
"And those are the five questions that you have to have answers to before you can say how many new people came into the system."
Blackburn said if HHS's "new math" doesn't add up, it shows how unsuccessful Obamacare really is -- and how much more expensive it will be than originally estimated.
"What they've forgotten is, this is not their money. It is taxpayer money. Taxpayers want us to get to the bottom of it."
The administration is withholding information to obscure the fact that "this whole exercise is about transferring the health insurance marketplace to the federal government and about (a) single-payer system and federal government control of all healthcare," Blackburn said.
"And they need to tell us the truth. They need to stop hiding behind all these shifting numbers and they need to say, look we tried it -- it's not worked; it's going to end up costing tens of millions of dollars over what we thought it was going to be, just to get people to the website. We need to start over."