Republicans immediately pounced on the White House announcement Thursday that more than 6 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans under Obamacare after a surge in enrollments just before Monday’s deadline.
“They seem to have forgotten that the bar had to be lowered to this level because they completely humiliated themselves for weeks,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement. “But given how bad things are for the White House these days, I guess meeting the lowest of low expectations is now worthy of celebration.”
“Canceling millions of policies, then bragging when they sign up for another one is a little odd, don’t you think?” Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, asked on Twitter.
And Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn told Newsmax in a statement: “Falling one million short of the proclaimed goal is nothing to celebrate — not to mention the White House still refuses to disclose the most important figure of who’s paid.
“As the administration scrambles to conceal its incompetence, millions of Americans are now enduring cancelled health plans, higher premiums, and lost access to trusted doctors,” Blackburn said.