Thursday, October 24, 2013

Indiana Republicans Demand State Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

The Republican Indiana congressional delegation is demanding that the Obama administration provide them with the exact number of Hoosiers who have enrolled in insurance programs since the October 1 launch of Obamacare. Oh, and they need it broken out by congressional district. And they'd like that report on a weekly basis, please.

And why do they need this information so urgently? Are there services to their constituents that depend on those numbers? Do the numbers impact planning activities? No, their request is for no discernible reason other than to rub the President's nose in a less than stellar beginning to the program, a fact that is already apparent enough. Their request is merely to try to sweep up every crumb of political advantage to help them recover from the government shutdown/debt ceiling fiasco that has left their party at record low approval ratings. Even after five years of relentless Republican trashing of the program, Obamacare is more popular today than the Republican party.

Obamacare will likely recover from a bad website as citizens start to benefit from its services; it's not so clear that Republicans will recover from their foray into extortion politics.

Read more about Indiana Republican's demands here.