Associated Press White House Reporter Julie Pace today said Monday morning that the White House has the enrollment numbers for Obamacare but won’t release them.
Pace, who appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said that White House was “selectively” releasing figures related to the Obamacare website to “make the system look good,” while guarding the enrollment numbers.
Here’s an excerpt from her remarks:
Every day they tell us, “We don’t have that number yet. We’re going to provide the first enrollee number in mid-November.
And, really what they’re trying to do at this point is, they’re being selectively transparent. They’re telling us numbers that make the system look good. They say that 19 million people have looked at healthcare.gov since the site opened up to the public. They say that about a half million people have actually gotten through the application process. That’s about as detailed as we’ve gotten at this point.
But, you know, the enrollments figures, they say, “Oh, reporters, you’re just obsessed with this enrollment figure.” Well that’s because, the enrollment figure is the only thing that tells us whether this is actually going to work . . .
Part of what’s been so frustrating about this as a reporter is that, we know that they have these numbers. It’s not as though they have to wait for some tech person in some far off place to send them the data. They’re getting these numbers in . . .
You can assume, though that the number is fairly low. If you have half a million people who have gotten the application finished, that means that the enrollment number is likely far less than that.
Pace said that White House refuses on a daily basis, both during the briefing and privately, to provide the requested information.