January 17, 2014
Startling congressional testimony on Thursday revealed the Obama administration does not know how many people have Obamacare coverage because it has yet to build the systems necessary to determine the number of individuals who have paid their premiums to activate coverage.
During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) asked Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deputy administrator and director for the Center’s Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight division Gary Cohen how many people have activated their Obamacare coverage by making their first premium payment. Cohen said no one knows, because that part of the Obamacare system has not been built yet.
“The most important number, as has been reported by many news outlets, is whether individuals have paid. Does the administration collect this information?” asked Harper.