Obamacare is an "unmitigated disaster," and the White House is trying to "push it as far away as possible," Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, told Fox News "America's Newsroom."
"If this were a success, this White House would be pulling everything into the White House and saying, 'Let us tell you what a great success it is,'" Rove said Wednesday.
The rollout to the signature health plan of President Barack Obama experienced a rocky start on Oct. 1, when the program's website was overwhelmed by technical problems. Rove said the number of enrollees appeared to fall short
of the estimated goal of the White House to sign up nearly 500,000 people during October.
"Last Wednesday, Delaware signed up its first person — over 2 1/2 weeks in. Alaska signed up seven. Wisconsin said, 'We have 50 people signed up.' Friday, Oregon said, 'We don't have anybody in a private plan.' South Dakota said, 'We've got 23.' Monday, North Dakota said, 'We've got 20,'" Rove said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it would be mid-November when they release numbers about how many have signed up for Obamacare. If the numbers were on target, Rove said the administration would be publicizing it.
"You can bet, if this number was a good number of the sign ups, the people who have actually gotten through the process and enrolled, we'd be hearing it from the president's lips himself," Rove said.
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