The Republican National Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday demanding the Obama administration reveal how many people have enrolled for insurance through the new healthcare exchanges.
“It’s important for Americans to see these numbers because they illustrate just how terrible the system is and how poorly designed the law was,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said. “The administration isn’t living up to its promises, and they must be held accountable.”
The request filed by the RNC’s counsel asks for all data of successful purchases of health insurance through the exchanges as well as all letters and emails regarding the collection of the data.
“Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to the public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in my or the Republican National Committee’s commercial interest,” RNC associate counsel Jonathan Waclawski said in the letter.
Over the weekend, The Associated Press reported that 476,000 applications had been filed through the newly created health exchanges. However, officials have refused to say how many customers have actually enrolled.
The report said the administration projected nearly 500,000 people would enroll through the insurance markets in the first month. It is unclear if that number would be met.
The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday that the website had 19 million unique visitors this month, and it is working to remedy the bugs on the site.
The initial launch of the healthcare website, the main way to access the exchanges, was plagued with problems. While the administration has made some improvements, other concerns have arisen — including the accuracy of the level of tax subsidies individuals receive.
President Obama is expected to address the technical problems of the healthcare website in a Rose Garden speech later Monday.