CNN: Is The White House Cooking The Books On Obamacare?


JOHN KING, HOST: They're having some maintenance issues. You see this year. Some of us have tried this morning and got on. I tried a half dozen times in my office, three times I got on, three times I didn't. They can't be happy with that on deadline day.

But listen here, Republican Senator John Barrasso, you know, the White House says we're over 6 million, if you add in the people on Medicaid, we're close to 10 million who have now have more access to health care. Listen to John Barrasso. He says don't believe it.


SEN. JOHN BARRASSO (R), WYOMING: I think they're cooking the books on this. People want to know the answers to that. They also want to know is when all is said and done, what kind of insurance will those people actually have?


KING: So the Republicans will not back down. They're saying it's a failure, don't trust the numbers. How does the White House try to change, if these numbers are correct and they've recovered, how do they change the narrative?

JULIE PACE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: To start, we have no evidence that the White House is cooking the books and the 6 million figure is not true. Six million could increase today is actually quite a good number for the White House. We don't know is what that six million figure actually means. How many of those people did not have insurance before Obamacare started, what kind of plans are they getting now?

How many of those people will actually pay for their premiums? What's the makeup of that 6 million figure? So even though on the surface that looks like a good answer for the White House, there's a lot of unanswered questions under the surface.

KING: And Manu, you know, if you look at the election dynamic across the country, Democrats are saying different things depending where you go in the country.

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