Sebelius: No Reliable Obamacare Enrollment Data

Numbers have not yet been released because technical problems are preventing reliable data.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks during the opening plenary of the National Health Policy Conference organized by The AcademyHealth February 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Sebelius spoke on the Obama Administration's health policy priorities.  
National Journal
Sophie Novack
Oct. 30, 2013, 7:47 a.m.

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us said Wed­nes­day that en­roll­ment num­bers through Health­Care.gov are not avail­able, Talk­ing Points Memo re­ports.

“We have no re­li­able data about en­roll­ment, which is why we haven’t giv­en it to date,” Se­beli­us said at the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee hear­ing. 

At the com­mit­tee’s hear­ing on Tues­day, mem­bers re­peatedly asked Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices Ad­min­is­trat­or Mar­ilyn Taven­ner to provide en­roll­ment num­bers. Each time, she answered, “We will have that in­form­a­tion in mid-Novem­ber.”

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­clined to give num­bers on how many people have fully en­rolled in cov­er­age, and it was pre­vi­ously un­clear wheth­er that in­form­a­tion was un­avail­able, or was just too low a num­ber to share.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­leased data on the num­ber of ap­plic­a­tions sub­mit­ted, an earli­er step in the en­roll­ment pro­cess. The most re­cent es­tim­ate was 700,000 ap­plic­a­tions. 

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