The White House on Thursday hit back at a Republican report claiming that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace had not paid their first month's premium.
“What you have here is partial information packaged in a way to try to undermine what must be a depressing reality to those who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said of the House Energy and Commerce report, which said just two-thirds of Obamacare enrollees had paid for their health plans by April 15.
Carney accused Republicans of distorting the data, not including the total number of insurers offering federal plans and not accounting for the extensions consumers were given to obtain health insurance.
Still, Carney was not able to provide any data to counter the GOP claims. The White House has not yet given their own figures for the number of enrollees who have paid.
“We’re going to wait until all the data is complete,” Obama’s top spokesman insisted. “This is not data that is shared traditionally through the government.”
The White House has been criticized for not providing a clearer portrait of who had paid for health coverage or crystallizing the demographic breakdown of such sign-ups. The White House has turned the 8 million signups into a rallying cry ahead of the November midterms.
Carney pointed to individual insurers who predicted the payment rate would be as high as 90 percent.
“I am confident it’s not going to be 67 percent,” Carney said, before adding, “I don’t know what it’s going to be.”