- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 1, 2014

The White House disputed Thursday a report by House Republicans that only two-thirds of Obamacare enrollees have paid their premiums, but couldn’t provide the administration’s own data on the true number of consumers who have paid up.

“We dispute their numbers,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, claiming that the GOP’s report “isn’t on the level.”

But Mr. Carney could not offer more precise data on the number of people who have paid their premiums.

“We are assembling it, working with issuers,” he said. “We’re not going to put out partial information.”

The Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday that its survey of insurers showed that about one-third of the roughly 8 million Americans who signed up for private coverage under President Obama’s signature overhaul have not confirmed their enrollments through payments.

Mr. Carney dismissed the Republicans’ effort as another partisan effort to undermine Obamacare, saying “they’re upset” because the law is working. He said insurance executives have reported between 80 and 90 percent of enrollees have paid their premiums.

He also said House Republicans only surveyed about half of all insurers, and didn’t include a large number of last-minute enrollees in their survey.



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