Age of Diminishing Expectations (Washington Free Beacon)
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other White House officials are trying to distance themselves from their initial stated goal of getting 7 million people to sign up for Obamacare, claiming the figure was merely a Congressional Budget Office prediction.
Yet, Sebelius said success for Obamacare looked like “at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014″ during a Sept. 30 interview with NBC. Tuesday,speaking with HuffPostLive, she said the hope to get “7 million was not the administration. That was a Congressional Budget Office prediction.”
Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel told MSNBC on Sept. 30, “On April 1, have we seen over the last six months 7 million sign up or not in the exchanges, and that, I think, is going to be the more relevant date and the relevant number.” However, during a Fox News Sunday interview Dec. 8, he also called the figure a CBO projection and not what anyone in the administration said was necessary.