The White House has spent the first two days of open enrollment in Obamacare touting a high volume of traffic for online marketplaces, which they admit were not fully ready for the launch.
One question that has gone unanswered, however: How many people have actually signed up for Obamacare?
That information likely won’t be made public until next month, an administration official said.
“We don’t plan to do hourly or daily data releases, but anticipate sharing updates at regular intervals,” an HHS official told the Washington Examiner. “It will likely be released in the middle of the following month to ensure accuracy.”
HHS has to collect the information from different states and verify the online, paper and call center data with insurers, the administration official added.
Obamacare critics have accused the administration of trumping up traffic figures but not crystallizing the number of new enrollees in the health program.
The White House on Wednesday said healthcare.gov had received 4.7 million unique visitors in the first 24 hours, and said the large response was responsible for a series of technical snags that snarled the rollout.
White House press secretary Jay Carney called the technical errors a “good problem to have,” saying it demonstrated just how many Americans were interested in signing up for Obamacare.
Republicans counter that despite years of preparation, Obama’s signature legislative achievement was not ready for prime time.