If anything is irrefutable, it's that the Obama administration doesn't want to admit that the Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA, is a disaster. It's irrefutable because the administration won't give reporters information on how many people have finished enrolling in Obamacare:
Though Sebelius left the call before the question-and-answer session, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille declined several times to provide payment information.
“At this time we don’t have that detailed information," Bataille said in response to one question. "What I can share with you in terms of the individuals who have paid their premiums that is something that consumers will do directly with their health plans. And as part of the outreach that we have been doing, we have reminded consumers that that is a step that they need to take to confirm enrollment and access their coverage."
Later in the call, CNN's Jim Acosta asked Bataille if she could at least say with confidence that a "very high percentage" of those 2.1 million had paid.
Instead of answering in the affirmative, Bataille said, “We are confident that those consumers have selected a plan and know what the next steps are for them in terms of securing coverage.”
Two things that this administration has shown a propensity for is a) rushing to the microphones when they have positive news to report and b) telling reporters they don't have the information the reporters need when that information hurts the administration.
Since the now-infamous tech surge, the administration has highlighted the fact that HealthCare.gov is working better than when it was launched. Thus far, they've measured that by how few times the website crashes.
While that's nice to know, that doesn't tell people whether people actually like the product. Another question that isn't being asked is whether the American people like the newly-christened system or whether they'd opt for a modification of the old system.
It isn't a stretch to think that the American people would prefer to start with the old system, then fix things like excluding people with pre-existing conditions, letting people buy insurance across state lines and a couple other things.
It isn't a stretch because people liked their old plans. That's why President Obama and dozens of Democrats lied about keeping your plan if you liked it. It isn't a stretch because 85% of Americans were insured when Congress started debating the Affordable Care Act. The vast majority of insured people were satisfied with their plans.
In 2014, as people realize that the ACA doesn't help them, they'll start asking whether there's a better option available to them. That's when this administration's spin will collapse.