YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday is the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Government officials said it has met the goal of 6 million over the weekend, but will another million sign-up Monday?
The White House had forecasted that 7 million people would sign up for health care by Monday’s deadline.
John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, isn’t buying that figure and says the Obama administration has “cooked the books.” He had some harsh comments on the Affordable Care Act in an interview Sunday morning.
Barrasso said the numbers don’t mean anything and questions how many people were previously uninsured or how many have actually paid for coverage?
Independent Senator Angus King of Maine also said the Obama administration needs to be more forthcoming with enrollment numbers.
Barrasso said the new health care law is unfixable and many questions still remain unanswered.
“Once all this is said and done, what kind of insurance will those people actually have? Will they be able to keep their doctor that they want? How much more is it going to cost them,” said Barrasso. “We know that some of the best cancer hospitals in the country want very little to do with people that actually buy this insurance on the Obamacare exchange.”
At its launch on Oct. 1, the healthcare.gov website was filled with technical glitches for two months.
The Obama administration said that all consumers who have begun to apply for healthcare coverage and won’t finish Monday will have until mid-April to ask for an extension.