Either she’s lying, because she sees the failure of Obamacare, or she just has a really bad memory.
She said that she never said anything about trying to get 7 million people to enroll in Obamacare exchanges by the end of March. She claimed that was a CBO figure and that she didn’t even know where they got it. In an interview with HuffPost Live, she stated, according to CNS News:
“First of all, 7 million was not the administration. That was a CBO Congressional Budget Office prediction when the bill was first signed. I’m not quite sure where they even got their numbers. Their number’s all over the board, and the vice president has looked and said it may be closer to 5 to 6.”
It is true that the CBO had a report that found that in order for Obamacare to be financially viable, there needed to be at least 7 million participants.
But what Sebelius is not willing to admit is that she did in fact say back in September that she’d hope for 7 million enrollees by the end of March, 2014. Here’s what she told NBC News: “I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014.”
Perhaps the administration is backpedaling, because enrollments haven’t exactly gone their way. I think they’re around 3.5 million, and we still don’t know who’s paid and who’s simply signed up.
Maybe they have some internal figures that suggest that they’re not going to reach their goal of 7 million by the end of the enrollment period. So, instead of saying that they’re falling short of their goal (which would be bad for optics), they’ll say that they never said anything about a 7 million-enrollee goal. But that also looks bad in the eyes of the public, because Sebelius was caught on camera. It’s like Obama’s famous “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie.