Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was apparently caught off-guard Wednesday when MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts questioned her about the current number of Americans who have enrolled in Obamacare.
Roberts played a portion of comedian Jon Stewart's interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in which Stewart criticized the White House for failing to ensure that the new health care exchanges would be operational in time.
“How would you respond to the messaging and the criticism that there has been about the rollout of Obamacare?” Roberts asked Wasserman Schultz. “Even though the government is not running the actual insurance exchanges, it is running the rollout and should be able to provide every curious American about the data — and certainly journalists about the data — of how many people are actually signing up accessing Obamacare. So, where is that number?”
The Florida congresswoman said the question was "unfair."
“We’re eight days in and to be insisting on data being produced day by day for a six-month enrollment program, that — is a little bit unfair.”
She also said that the servers handling the Obamacare exchanges were designed to deal with only 50,000 visitors per day, but that there have been an average of 250,000 visitors per day -- which is actually good news because it means people are eager to enroll.
“So, the analogy that I’ve used repeatedly is that the Republicans, because they don’t like their kitchen redesign, are trying to burn their house down,” she said.
“They don’t even acknowledge or agree that everyone should have access in America to quality, affordable health care. That is the rub,” she added. “And they don’t accept that President Obama was re-elected last November.”
Roberts wrapped up the interview quickly, perhaps saving the Florida congresswoman from further confusing the issue:
Wasserman Schultz’s non-answers would appear to show that Democrats have yet to figure out how to explain the glitchy Obamacare exchange websites and the confusion over the number of health care enrollees.
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