PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - The White House says enrollment numbers for the first months of new health care exchanges won't be very high.
The Obama administration has refused to provide figures for how many people have signed up for insurance since the exchanges opened Oct. 1. But it plans to release numbers monthly starting in mid-November.
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the figures will show the first month was slow. He says that was expected, but numbers will be even lower because of widespread problems with the website.
Congressman Steven Palazzo says those website issues and low enrollment figures demonstrate, once again, that the new healthcare law is an unpopular program that should be repealed.
"This just shows you the incompetence of this administration," Palazzo said. "They've had three-and-a-half years to get this right. They spent billions of dollars of taxpayer money on a program Americans do not want. So, I'm absolutely rooting for the failure of this bill," he said.
Palazzo was in Lamar County Friday speaking at a monthly law enforcement luncheon at Purvis' First Baptist Church.