A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(CNN) – The White House has been tight-lipped on details about Obamacare.
From the progress of the troubled website, to basic details about how many people have signed up, there is little information.
Will the administration start providing answers?
Under mounting pressure in Washington, White House Spokesman Jay Carney said the administration will begin providing daily briefings on Obamacare.
"So, there will be regular briefings at Secretary Sebelius' instigation that would try to answer your questions and provide as much information as possible," Carney said.
So far, answers about the Obamacare rollout have been hard to come by.
"Again I would refer you to HHS about what information they have and what they're able to provide," Carney said.
It’s not unusual for the White House spokesman to walk away from reporters, as he did Tuesday, when he was still being questioned about Obamacare. But it is an example of the tension in Washington over scarce information.
"How much is this costing, taxpayers money, as a longtime Washington reporter before you took this job, obviously, that would likely be something you felt was a right to know,” a reporter said. “Will we get that information from HHS?"
"Well, I would address your question to HHS, I don't have that information, and this is an operation being run by HHS," Carney said.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was quick to recite some numbers, in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
"We've had a million, one hundred thousand calls,” Sebelius said. “We've had 19 million people visit the website. 500,000 accounts created and people are shopping every day, so people are signing up."
But creating an account is not the same as signing up.
"How many people have signed up?" Gupta said.
"We'll be doing what we've done with every other program, Medicare Part D, we've done it with Chip,” Sebelius said. “We will give monthly enrollment figures; we've said that since the beginning."
Republicans are seizing on the secrecy.
"We still don't know these enrollment numbers and HHS is blocking third-party verified traffic data,” said Rep. Eric Cantor. “This is not transparency, and this is adding to the confusion and the fear surrounding the rollout of Obamacare."
Carney said the daily briefings will help give people a sense of what is going on with efforts to fix the problems associated with Obamacare. We still don't know when they'll answer how many people actually have signed up.
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