The Obamacare rollout began over a week ago, but no one is saying how many people have actually enrolled in the program. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla, even said it was “unfair” to ask.
When asked by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts on Wednesday how many people have signed up, Wasserman Schultz gave a long, rambling answer that made little sense.
“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?” Roberts asked. “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?”
Wasserman Schultz responded:
“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.”
That was only about half of her explanation. She rambled on, but her final comment made even less sense.
“The Republicans are controlled by extremists,” she said.
Watch Wasserman Schultz’s comments here via Real Clear Politics: