November 3 2013
Administration Stays Mum on ObamaCare Enrollments
Vicki E. Alger
The White House has refused to make ObamaCare enrollment figures public, and now numerous media outlets are demanding answers. As The Hill reports:
CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [requests] seeking information on the beleaguered healthcare.gov website. They have also asked for government documents revealing how many people have enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges.
Journalists have repeatedly pressed the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the enrollment data, but the administration says it won't do so until mid-November. …
It's unlikely that these FOIA requests will be granted any time soon. Government processing of FOIA requests can take weeks, months or years. However, HHS moves quicker than other government entities on FOIA.
Still, the HHS FOIA office won't be releasing enrollment data before mid November, especially after senior administration officials have suggested they need to first vet the data to ensure its accuracy.
Other media organizations who have filed FOIA requests on ObamaCare include the Huffington Post, Reuters, Politico, National Journal and Time magazine.
So much for the most “transparent and accountable administration in history,” not to mention promises about the quality of affordable healthcare Americans can expect to receive.