Republican Senator John Barrasso said on FOX News Sunday “I think they’re cooking the books on this. People want to know the answers to that. They also want to know is when all is said and done, what kind of insurance will those people actually have?” Senator Barrasso was referring to the White House’s claims that over 6 million Americans have signed up for healthcare plans since open enrollment began last October.
Monday, in a stupefying interview, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that they have hard numbers from the private insurance companies confirming that many of the people who have signed up for plans have paid their premiums. “What we know from insurance companies…tell us for their initial customers it’s somewhere between 80, 85, some say as high as 90 percent have paid so far,” Sebelius told KWTV. See Sebelius’ gaffetastic interview below:News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |
But that can’t be right. Just hours after Sebelius confirmed that upwards toward 90 percent of insurance premiums have been paid, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “We don’t have those figures. When we do, we’ll get them to you.”
So what’s the truth? Either the White House knows the number of health insurance premiums that have been paid or they don’t. Both can’t be true.
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