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HHS Director: Inflation of Obamacare Enrollment Numbers ‘Unacceptable’

In a Facebook Q&A with MSBNC host Chris Hayes Thursday, Health and Human Services Director Sylvia Burwell called the erroneous conflation of dental sign-ups with Obamacare enrollments last spring “unacceptable.” The inclusion of over 300,000 dental sign-ups pushed the enrollment number over the 7 million projected goal, hailed at the time as a triumph of the program.

“This mistake was unacceptable,” Burwell wrote. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the department. While we understand some will be skeptical, our clarity that this is mistake and the fact that we have quickly corrected the numbers should give people confidence. It is important to continue to focus on the fact that millions of Americans are getting affordable health care.”

The comments section was not convinced, which gives it something in common with every other comments section. Read the full exchange below:

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