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Lew Refuses to Say How Many Signed Up for Obamacare

by Keith Koffler on October 7, 2013, 3:53 pm

Score another one for the openness administration.

This is from Fox News Sunday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew clearly knows about how many people have been able to sign up for Obamacare, but he won’t tell.

This is a pretty disgraceful amount of obfuscation from a Treasury Secretary, who is not supposed to be a political hack. But Lew was put in his position not because he has any particularly knowledge about finance, but because Obama could rely on him to behave just like this.

At least Chris Wallace makes him pay the full price for hiding information from the public.

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AFVet October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The Brits call the toilet a loo.
I watched enough of that interview to see what a lying snake he is.
Does he still sign his name like a kindergarten scribble ?

rawheadrex October 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

There was tremendous response from all 57 states. Eve some people who spoke Austrian tried to enroll.

Langley Spook October 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Those medical corpse-men are going to be busy!

rulierose October 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

spook and rex, you guys are cracking me up! if Bush had said either of those things, they would have ended up on a daily “W-isms” calendar. Obama? oh, he was probably tired.

and don’t forget my personal favorite: “…my Muslim faith–”

(Interviewer): Your CHRISTIAN faith.

(Obama): Yes–yes, my Christian faith.

srdem65 October 7, 2013 at 5:54 pm

question: What is a “unique visitor”? they kept using that phrase when claiming that ‘millions’ were online.

rulierose October 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm

this is a term they use in web advertising and site analytics. “unique” visitors are different people, as opposed to “visitors” who could be coming back to the site for the 3rd time that day.

the more uniques you have, the more you can charge for advertising b/c the more viewers you have.

srdem65 October 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

The things I learn here!
Thanks for the info, had me stumped.

AFVet October 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm


Stefan October 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

To add to rulierose’s answer – they track by IP address, which we know the NSA can do ;)

Lew is nothing more than another mouth piece for obama. I have more respect for the S. Carolina congressman that yelled out “You’re a liar” during that obama joint speech. Might not have been the most appropriate place/time, but call a liar a liar. I’m fed up and exhausted from all of the liars in that administration. Worse than Clinton’s.

Sadie October 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I’ve got vertigo listening to Lew spin. The chutzpah, “You’ve asked the wrong question.” It would have been more honest to say, “Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.”

Lew has had lots of practice dodging answers. Anyone remember this exchange regarding Lois the Fifth Lerner.

AFVet October 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

The verbal dodges drive me crazy, and the network time constraints make it easier for these weasels to duck the questions and slither away from a real answer.
Answer the damn question !

Sadie October 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Answer the damn question ! WOW. Wouldn’t that make for a great segment. I stopped watching Dodge Ball Q&A ages ago. There’s enough hot air being blown to call out the fire department for smoke inhalation.

Julie Brueckheimer October 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I’ve read that no Kansans signed up the first day. Louisiana too. I hope the total in the country is incredibly low.

AFVet October 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

That site is a hacker’s paradise.
Stay away from it and don’t put any personal info in it.

Julie Brueckheimer October 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

What site is that, AFVet? Was this meant for me?

rulierose October 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I think he meant the Obamacare signup site.

AFVet October 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Obamacare Julie.
Sorry I wasn’t more specific.

Julie Brueckheimer October 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Don’t worry. I’d never go there!

Sadie October 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Told my uninsured son, the same thing.

Julie Brueckheimer October 7, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Told my daughter who is currently insured not to go there if her insurance is cut or her hours are cut.

Lizzy October 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Yippie for my bloody Red State!

Lizzy October 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

That was for Julie. Oops

Melvin October 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Wow, what a weasel

lc southern October 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Two from California who admitted they signed up were shocked at their bill for the health care. Nothing is ever free guess they figured that out now.

Girly1 October 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Obama has a talent for picking the smarmiest foot soldiers on the planet. What a condescending, smug, lying worm. Kudos to Wallace for giving him a great smack-down.
He turned my stomach a couple of years ago when he appeared on Charlie Rose with a new catch phrase – ‘doing violence’. Instead of accusing the GOP of something like ‘hurting’ the economy, for instance, he kept reiterating that they were ‘doing violence’. It went on for an hour. He is Obama’s lackey, alright!

Personette October 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hey, it doesn’t matter. He gave us a phone, he’s gonna do more!

srdem65 October 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

It shouldn’t be a surprise that he doesn’t know the figures. We can be sure he didn’t ask for them, and if anyone attempted to tell him, he started singing la-la-la-la. .
The actual number, if any at all, would be embarassingly low, and miles away from what the coo-coo optimists at HHS hoped for.

As this tragic behemoth was shaped into 20,000 pages of rules and regulations, it was assumed that it would collapse under it’s own weight, but now it seems it’s too unwieldy to ever get up and moving.
Now that the public is aware of personal security concerns, many are hesitant to apply online, forcing a major change in enrolling the millions who must have insurance coverage.

There’s also the realization that people in certain states will have more expensive insurance than those who live elsewhere. Also, knowlege of a wierd four-tiered program that favors the poor and the rich, but forces the middle class to foot the majority of the program is not helping.


Sadie October 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Oh gees, srdem. After that depressing, yet accurate description of O’care; it’s only a matter of time until it applies for disability.

Susan October 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Want to really get ticked off, srdem? I just heard Tom Marr (sitting in for Mark Levin) mention that Nevada was granted an exemption from Obamacare. Couldn’t believe it so did a search. Sure enough Nevada, New Hampshire, and Maine got a waiver back in 2011. May be the reason why Kelly Ayotte sold out conservatives on Obamacare.

Julie Brueckheimer October 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Maybe that will make it hard to unseat Kelly Ayotte.

gracepmc October 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for this Susan. I did go there. I don’t know how much outrage a single person can contain but I am pretty near capacity I think. Here are some specifics on the deal via a link within Susan’s link.

Jeff1000 October 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I enjoyed it immensely when Lew defiantly pointed his finger at Wallace and said “do your job . . . the Republicans have got to do their jobs.” Then Chris Wallace proceeded to double down on the question that Lew could not bring himself to answer. It was like Chris was saying ‘take your finger pointing, Jack, and stick it.’

rulierose October 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

just saw this on Fox. Bret Baier followed the very entertaining video by saying they’d spoken with some computer expert types, who said there was NO WAY the administration does NOT know how many people have signed up. of course they know.

I wonder if the NFM will be talking about this?

btw: happy Megyn Kelly Day everyone!

gracepmc October 7, 2013 at 10:10 pm

About that I heard little Meggy did a hit Cruz. I’m not impressed.

Knothead the Not Nabob October 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Typical stuffed shirt arrogant Obamite. He’s just like his predecessor (Tax cheat Timmy), either incompetent or derelict of duty.

Michael October 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

“who is not supposed to be a political hack”

Keith, that’s exactly what Jack Lew is. He has been on the hot seat on numerous other occasions and has shown that he is either incapable or unwilling of giving a straight answer to a simple question.

A less kind way of putting it is that Jack Lew is a liar, and mot a very believable one at that.

Aileen October 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

There is an old expression: “They will lie when it is easier to tell the truth.”

Lonestar Stacy October 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

The insurance is mandatory? No? That doesn’t mean people love it if they want to see what it is going to cost them. Obama could agree to at least postpone the mandate, but no. What if people want the insurance but cannot get it in time to comply with the law? The penalties and taxes are only small at the beginning by the way.

Sadie October 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

“We will release monthly data when it is available,” a senior administration official told CNN. “We have not given an exact date, but it will be after end of month [November] and we will work with states to collect their data to have a good picture of what’s happening across the country.”

On that note, I fully expect whatever data they have collected to be revised like the unemployment stats and assuming the program is actually operationally by the end of October.

rawheadrex October 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Join me in a boycott of Fox News. This breaks my tiny, grinch heart, but I defended Fox against the MSM from my colleagues when I was in the trade. I did not see this incident, but it is in character with the latest Fox attitude. The Five broke my resolve:Dear The Five:

I have decided to leave The Five after many months of faithful attendance. Mr. Bechel brings little to the discussion, but his unprovoked attacks and street language referring to people, who do not have the opportunity to defend themselves, is,well, indefensible. Mr. Guido Barilla explained his position and Mr. Bechel’s scurrilous attack and closing line at the end of today’s The Five, unfortunately my final one, was unwarranted. I have never witnessed such behavior from the token conservatives who appear on similar programs on other networks. Apparently, only liberals are allowed to express their opinions as they pass judgement on those with whom they disagree.

I have made it a point to tune one of the television sets at the local fitness center to Fox News the five days I am there weekly. I have noticed some of the regulars have since switched from MSNBC and CNN to Fox News. If any of them asks me why I am reading a book or magazine rather than watching Fox next Monday, I will explain.

I worked in broadcast news more than forty years. I have more often than not had to defend Fox News from others in the trade. I learned very early that every mike is a live mike. That seems to be a small matter to Mr. Bechel. It is a very large matter to me.


AFVet October 7, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I tend to agree with you.
Beckel is nothing more than a fat liberal tick on a boar hog.
With suspenders.

Jeff1000 October 7, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Arrested development. There’s something creepy, and pathetic at the same time, seeing a man the age Bob Bechel acting like a member of a college fraternity and bloviating like he’s too stupid to realize how little how little he actually knows.

Megyn Kelly is my pet peeve; she’s a liberal in disguise if I ever saw one. Her giddiness the evening of Barack Hussein’s reelection disgusted me more than Bob Bechel ever has. At least Bechel knows in his heart he’s a joke. Miss Kelly is just plain devious.

Langley Spook October 8, 2013 at 7:38 am

Megyn “ditzy blonde” Kelly is bad, but Shep “drama queen” Smith is worse…

gracepmc October 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

Today was my final Five day as well. Beckel accused someone of being a “coward” just one time too many for me. Heard the word and I was out.

I have written them before. This time I don’t even have the respect to do that. So good on you.

Langley Spook October 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

Does FNC even read viewer emails?
Especially negative ones?

Star October 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Sorry–I like Fox, although I could nitpick with the best of ya. No boycott for me.

Danceswithtruth October 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

I imagine they wouldn’t hesitate to tell the nation if the numbers were good. Obama would be on television himself proclaiming the success of his “Obamacare”.

Anonomous October 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm

You can’t expect Obama’s Treasury Sec. to be good with numbers.

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