Since the launch of the Obamacare website, the administration has been secretive about how many people have attempted to sign up and how many have successfully signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The administration has released sporadic data when the demand for answers got so loud they could not be ignored or when the data suited the purposes of the administration. This should not only frustrate Republicans, but should frustrate everyone who believes in open government.
How many people have enrolled is not a national security issue. That is not classified information. Unfortunately, as of last October Senate Democrats were happy with keeping health enrollment numbers secret and blocked a bill sponsored by Senator Alexander that would have required weekly reports on the Obamacare exchanges.
The coming week, the issue will be back before Congress when House Republicans will began work on H.R. 3362, the House version of the bill. The bill will require weekly reports from the Obama administration on how many people are using the HealthCare.gov website and signing up for health insurance. It would require weekly updates on the number of unique website visitors, new accounts, and new enrollments in a qualified health plan, as well as the level of coverage. The data would have to be provided on a state-by-state basis. Weakly the administration would also have to report on efforts made to solve any website or enrollment problems.
Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the Internet, McDonald’s could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day. Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried to sign up for Obamacare.With Wikileaks and Edward Snowden spilling our beans every day, what’s happening on the Obamacare exchanges is the only secret left in Washington. The National Security Agency should learn some lessons from Secretary Sebelius.We shouldn't have to rely on anonymous sources to get basic information about what's happening with the Obamacare exchanges. They should be able to provide it really every minute. We shouldn't have to pass a law to find these things out.