White House Mocks Obamacare Repeal

The administration mocked the Obamacare repeal bill sent to the White House Thursday, saying Congress had accomplished “nothing” and boasting that the health law is doing even better than expected.

Roughly 11.3 million people have selected private plans on Obamacare’s exchanges for 2016, the Health and Human Services announced — putting the administration on solid footing to meet its modest goal of 10 million paying customers this year. Not all of those who select plans will retain coverage for the whole year, but with nearly a month to go before the cutoff, having more than 11 million names in hand is encouraging.

Administration officials said about three quarters of the customers — 8.6 million — had selected a plan on the federal HealthCare.gov website by Jan. 2. Another 2.7 million had signed up on portals run by 12 states and D.C. as of Dec. 26.

The White House said the pace of sign-ups undercuts the latest GOP repeal effort — a bill President Obama will veto.

“They’ve voted 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This is the first time that it has reached the president’s desk, but it has no impact,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.