Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner delivered the same answer to a question eight times during a roughly five minute span at a Congressional hearing Tuesday and claimed that even she does not have numbers yet on how many people have successfully enrolled in President Barack Obama's signature health care program.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) acknowledged the Medicare and Medicaid administrator was unable to release the enrollment numbers to the public, but repeatedly grilled her asking if she was personally aware of how many people have enrolled.
"Do you not know, do you not have any idea on how many people enrolled?" Camp asked, later adding, "are you getting those numbers?"
"Am I getting those numbers? Not yet," Tavenner answered.
"You have no numbers on who's enrolled?" Camp pressed. "So you have no idea?"
"We will have those numbers in mid-November," the Medicare Chief replied, repeating that answer seven more times during her exchange with Camp.
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The House Ways & Means Committee Chair reiterated his question one last time.
"[I] understand you aren't publicly releasing those numbers," Camp said. "But I am asking, do you have any idea on a weekly basis how many people enroll? I mean, how do you not know how many people have enrolled?"
"Chairman Camp, we will have those numbers in mid-November," Tavenner replied.
Tavenner is the senior administration official closes to the implementation of Obama's landmark health care program.
At the start of her testimony, she also apologized for the glitches that have riddled the healthcare.gov website.
“To the millions of Americans who’ve attempted to use HealthCare.gov to shop and enroll in health-care coverage, I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the Medicare chief said. "We know how desperately you need affordable coverage.”
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