During testimony before the House Oversight Committee Thursday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner admitted that the White House’s original number of eight million Obamacare enrollments was inflated. The real number, Tavenner now claims, is 7.3 million.
Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said the Obama administration’s new numbers represent a “precipitous drop.”
Other Republicans, like Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), also took aim at the administration’s Obamacare revision.
“For the past five months, the administration has been silent on enrollment details for the president’s health care law, and now we know why: the number was going down,” said Burgess. “Sadly, this comes as no surprise.”
Adding to the unpopular Obamacare program’s woes, reports Investor’s Business Daily, is the fact that “as many as 115,000 could lose their coverage this month because they haven’t validated their citizenship or legal status. Another 360,000 or so could lose their Obamacare subsidies because of discrepancies over income, which will likely drive many of them to drop their now overpriced health plans.”
Obamacare remains unpopular nationally. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, just 41% of Americans approve of Obama’s controversial healthcare overhaul.