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Debbie Wasserman Schultz: ‘Unfair’ to ask how many have signed up for Obamacare

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By Doug Powers  •  October 9, 2013 02:17 PM

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I’d be willing to bet that much of the HealthCare.gov traffic the Dems want everybody to mistake for demand for Obamacare is really more akin to a gawker delay near a traffic accident: People are slowing down to take a look at the wreck close up, but that doesn’t mean they’re wishing they’d been a part of it.

Regardless, Debbie Wasserman Schultz did a heck of a dance after being asked about Obamacare enrollment numbers:

THOMAS ROBERTS, MSNBC: So how would you respond to the messaging and the criticism that there has been about the rollout of Obamacare, the access to the exchanges, the glitches in the system that do exist and the fact that there isn’t any hard data? Even though the government is not running the actual insurance exchanges, it is running the rollout and should be able to provide every curious American about the data and certainly journalists about the data of how many people are actually signing up accessing Obamacare. So where is that number?

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): So clearly we’re eight days in and to be insisting on data being produced day by day for a six-month enrollment program is a little bit unfair. And, you know, the good news that came out of this problem and HHS has acknowledged that there’s obviously been some technological problems with the server, but the good news out of that is that the servers were apparently designed to anticipate about 50,000 people a day going on the website and moving around and they — it turns out it’s been 250,000 a day. So it’s very clear that there is demand.

DWS went on for three more paragraphs, the final sentence of her non-answer to the question of how many people have enrolled was this: “The Republicans are controlled by extremists.” The GOP must be holding the enrollment numbers hostage.

Click the picture for Ramble-Tron video at RCP:

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This is a possible reason she was unprepared for the question:

Good point.

Here’s a news story from Tennessee that gives DWS a starting point on what Obamacare enrollment number to offer anybody who asks:

Given all the available data, here’s the enrollment number DWS should have given:

**Written by Doug Powers

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