Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) issued a subpoena to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide all data the agency has on enrollment in the Exchanges. The subpoena, which is the second Camp has issued as Chairman, comes after CMS refused to provide enrollment data for the ObamaCare Exchanges. The data was first requested by Camp during a hearing with CMS Administrator Tavenner and again in a letter Friday, November 1.
In a letter to CMS accompanying the subpoena, Chairman Camp stated, “Millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices for their insurance policies, and yet the Administration has failed to create and implement viable Exchanges where Americans can enroll in affordable coverage. Furthermore, the failure to sign up enough people, especially young Americans, will lead to an even greater increase in premiums – pushing health care out of reach for millions of Americans and shifting even higher costs onto those who already have health insurance through their job….Due to the Administration’s inability to adequately and effectively solve these problems, Congress may need to act to mitigate this crisis. We are past the point of rallies, rollouts and revisionism. Congress and the American people need the facts.”
Chairman Camp demanded CMS provide the documents by close of business Friday, November 8. The full letter can be read here.
In its official refusal to comply with the Chairman’s initial request, CMS confirmed that it does in fact have the enrollment numbers.
- “…these documents appear to be notes and do not reflect official enrollment-related statistics.” The mention of “official enrollment-related” statistics confirms CMS has the data.
- “The numbers…reflect daily snapshots…” Daily snapshots are part of the request the Chairman made, and are being provided to HHS and the White House, which CMS refuses to provide.
- “These daily snapshots may not capture missing transactions, duplicate transactions, or cancellations.” So, what little information we are receiving from media reports could, in fact, be overstated.