WH: We Will Release Obamacare Enrollment Data on Monthly Basis

By Melanie Arter | October 7, 2013 | 3:09pm EDT

White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the administration would release enrollment data on how many people have signed up for Obamacare through the health care exchanges on a monthly basis the same way similar data is handled in Massachusetts and with Medicare Part D.

“When it comes to enrollment data – I want to clear this up – we will release data on regular monthly intervals just like was done in Massachusetts and just like what was done and is done when it comes to Medicare Part D,” Carney said when a reporter asked whether the White House knew how many people have signed up for Obamacare.

The health care exchanges for Obamacare opened on Oct. 1, almost one week ago. Despite what Carney reported as over 8.6 million unique visitors to Healthcare.gov within the first 72 hours, Forbes reported that within that time frame, enrollment has only been in “the single digits.”

“Very, very few people that we’re aware of have enrolled in the federal exchange,” an anonymous insurance industry official was quoted as saying.

Additionally, California originally reported traffic to its health care exchanges at 5 million hits the first day of enrollment, but later downgraded that by 87 percent to 645,000, Forbes reported. One local television station, KUSI-TV in San Diego, reported that not one policy had been sold on the California health care exchange.

“What I can confirm right now is that people are signing up through federal exchanges, but this is an aggregation process, and we’re not going to release data on an hourly or daily or weekly basis,” Carney said.

“We’ll follow models that have existed in previous programs, including a similar program in Massachusetts, including Medicare Part D, which is the most recent federal example of this kind of thing, and release enrollment data on regular monthly intervals,” he added.

When asked to explain how the administration can provide numbers on website traffic but not how many people signed up for Obamacare, Carney said, “One of the reasons why we’ve provided the information about the volume is because it is the principal reason why we’ve had slow downs and other issues that we’ve had to try to resolve to make the consumer experience better.”

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