Wasserman Schultz: "Unfair" To Ask For Obamacare Enrollment Numbers Right Now


DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) gave a long, rambling and incoherent answer when asked by an MSNBC host what the Obamacare enrollment numbers are and why the rollout was disastrous. Wasserman Schultz said it would be "unfair" to ask for enrollment numbers right now given that the rollout is set to last 180 days.

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.

It's also clear that they need to fix those technological bugs. I don't know any software program or app, for that matter, by any high-tech company that doesn't have bugs and fixes that need to be made in the first few days of the rollout. And so that's why, in part, there's a six-month enrollment plan. So what the analogy that I've used repeatedly is that the Republicans, because they don't like their kitchen redesign, are trying to burn their house down. And that's what they're doing by trying to take the government down with them and our economy.

We need and we've acknowledged all along, like we've done for more than 200 years, Thomas, if there are problems that arise through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which inevitably with a change this big there will be, we need to work together to fix those. What the Republicans are trying to do, they don't really want to fix the problems. They don't even acknowledge or agree that everyone should have access in America to quality, affordable health care. That is the rub.

And they don't accept that President Obama was re-elected last November. It is time to work together and move on. even Al Gore, who didn't -- who vehemently disagreed with the Supreme Court decision that made George W. Bush president in 2000 accepted that the Supreme Court's ruling was the final say and moved on. And the country moved on. That's what our democracy is all about. We have to work together, accept when we win and accept when we lose and work together to move our democracy forward. The Republicans are controlled by extremists.

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