Sebelius denies GOP’s Terry ‘unreliable’ Obamacare info

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Rep. Lee Terry
Rep. Lee Terry

By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

He asked and asked and asked again, but never got the answers he wanted.

Nebraska Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Terry’s repeated attempts to wrangle Obamacare information out of the president’s point person on health care went nowhere Wednesday.

Time and again Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, told Terry the data he wanted — such as how many Americans have tried to enroll on the administration’s troubled website — was “unreliable.”

“It is not reliable data according to the insurance companies who are eager to have customers,” said Sebelius during a sometimes testy hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Terry: The contractors say they do have those numbers but can’t tell us that because of a contract with HHS saying they’re gagged on that information.

Sebelius: I would suggest the numbers are not reliable.

Terry: Will you on the record right now authorize them to give us those numbers and let us determine whether those are reliable?

Sebelius: No sir.

At the start of the hearing, Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said, “The news seems to get worse by the day.”

Sebelius promised that a “vast majority” of consumers will be able to use the website by the end of November.

“I am as frustrated and angry as anyone with the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov,” she said. “So let me say directly to these Americans: You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.”

Contact Joe Jordan at joe@nebraskawatchdog.org

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