Obamacare's going to start overloading some peoples' Outlook calendar very soon.
Stung by an embarrassing overstating of Obamacare enrollment numbers, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has ordered her deputies to hold a series of meetings to discuss how to increase transparency around that health-care reform program and the rest of the agency's work.
Burwell's mandate came days after it was revealed the Obama administration had inflated—accidentally or otherwise—the number of total Obamacare sign-ups by nearly 400,000 people in September and then again in early November by including people enrolled in dental plans.
It also comes after HHS' failure as of yet to reveal current open-enrollment data as has been noted by CNBC and other media outlets, even as a number of states have been releasing such data.
Burwell, in an email to senior staff cited the dental plans fiasco at the top of her missive, which was sent out Sunday night. She said that it happened because people with both health insurance plans and separate dental plans "were erroneously counted. Those with stand-alone dental plans should not have been counted."
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"Let me be clear: this mistake was unacceptable," Burwell wrote in the email. "One of our most important obligations to the American people is to report information and data accurately. We are working quickly to understand what happened and to improve our processes in order to prevent similar mistakes from occurring again."
Burwell also wrote that she believes "strongly" that being an effective leader requires "instilling a culture of transparency, ownership and accountability."