House Panel Subpoenas Obamacare Enrollment

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 05:54 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

House of Representatives oversight panel subpoenaed the Obama administration on Tuesday for internal reports showing the number of people who have enrolled in health coverage through new online insurance marketplaces in all 50 states.

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp said the subpoena was necessary to learn how many people must enroll by the end of December to ensure that those who want benefits are able to obtain them by Jan. 1. That is when coverage is scheduled to begin under the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare.

"Actual enrollment could lag projections by over 1 million people," Camp said in the letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "There is no evidence this system is capable of handling this type of volume."

Camp said status reports on enrollment had been made available to top officials including Tavenner and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he complained the administration had refused to share them with congressional investigators. Tavenner told a Senate oversight panel earlier on Tuesday that the administration would release enrollment figures for October next week.

The administration and 14 states have built online marketplaces or exchanges that offer private coverage to millions of uninsured people, often at federally subsidized prices. Some exchanges have had a rocky start, particularly the federal web portal, HealthCare.gov, which administration officials acknowledge has been able to enroll only a small number of people since Oct. 1 because of technical problems.

Camp said internal administration memos projected 494,620 enrollees for the month of October and 706,600 for November, but that the actual number could be lower than 100,000 for last month. Tavenner told the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee that the administration had expected 800,000 enrollees in the federal exchange alone by the end of November.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Issa: WH Fence-Jumper Could Have Easily Been Stopped

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 17:51 PM

By using easily available technology, the Secret Service could have prevented the Sept. 19 incident in which a man jumpe . . .

First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US: Health Officials

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 16:58 PM

The United States has diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, a man who became infected in Liberia and trave . . .

Gen. Hayden: Obama's Lack of Participation on Intel Problematic

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 16:22 PM

President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1 percent of his daily intelligence briefings , and that could be dangerous  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved