Despite multiple setbacks, last year the Obama administration met their goal of reaching over 7 million people to enroll in government-run healthcare exchanges as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The goal of 7 million enrollees came about as an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and was seen as a figure necessary for the success of the program. Now multiple news sources (links to those sources below) are reporting that figure to be inaccurate.
Investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, using data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, discovered that $380,000 dental plan subscribers were incorrectly added to the health care sign-up figure to raise the total above 7 million. Whether the miscalculation was done on purpose or in error is unknown, but it begs an all too familiar question: Is the administration flat out incompetent or engaging in deceitful manipulation of the facts?