On MSNBC's The Daily Rundown on Tuesday, guest host Kristen Welker asked Phil Schiliro, a White House healthcare advisor, if he thought the goal of seven million Obamacare signups by the end of March would be achieved.That's when the healthcare advisor took one giant step back from the often-stated goal.
Well, that was never our target number. That was a target that was put out by the Congressional Budget Office and has become the accepted number.
Welker pointed out that it was Kathleen Sebelius who provided the seven million enrollee number, but Mr Schiliro insisted it was meaningless:
But that was because it came from the Congressional Budget Office and it had become an accepted number. There's no magic to the seven million. What there is magic to is that in the month of December a million Americans signed up for insurance. Not because they had to. They didn't face a penalty if they didn't. They signed up because they wanted insurance on January 1st. There's no doubt we had a slow start. October, November, there weren't many sign-ups. But in December we had nearly a million people sign up on the federal exchange
Secretary Sebelius gave the seven million figure in an interview with NBC News on September 30, the day before Obamacare's launch: “I think success looks like at least seven million people having signed up by the end of March 2014."