House Republicans are tired of waiting for the White House to disclose how many Obamacare enrollees have paid their premiums—so they're asking the insurers themselves.
If insurer data match anecdotal reports nationwide, the Affordable Care Act's enrollment tally will fall significantly short of the 6 million person goal the White House is hoping to hit by the end of this month.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday wrote every insurance company participating in the federal Obamacare exchange asking for "specific enrollment data, including the first month's premium and those who are identified as previously uninsured," the GOP-controlled committee said in a press release.
The House committee's request was not made to insurers who are only selling Obamacare plans on one of the 15 exchanges being run by individual states and the District of Columbia.
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"Who's paid? That's what Congress wants to know as the Obama administration refuses to be straight with the American public," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. "In the wake of the law's troubled rollout, officials have tried for months to backtrack and redefine metrics for success."
"If the administration won't provide transparency, we will work with every insurance provider to get the real picture the White House seemingly wants to hide from the public."