The Republican chairman of a House panel that oversees the U.S. Census Bureau slammed the Obama administration on Tuesday over reports that extensive changes to the agency’s annual survey will make it virtually impossible to track how Obamacare has affected Americans.
“The census should not be political,” Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold told Newsmax in a statement. The two-term congressman is chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements.
“These reports do nothing but give more weight to Americans’ level of general distrust in the Obama administration, especially after the president’s failed promise that ‘if you like your health insurance, you can keep it,’ ” Farenthold said.
The extensive revamping of the bureau’s survey, which is to be used in September, was approved by the Office of Management and Budget, The New York Times reports.
“We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked,” Brett J. O’Hara, chief of the Census Bureau’s health statistics operation, told the Times.
The bureau is long considered the authority on health data, the Times reports. The changes seek to improve the survey’s accuracy, but bureau officials told the newspaper that the questions are so different that it will be very difficult to compare the results with data from previous years.