GOP Senator: White House ‘Cooking The Books’ On Obamacare Numbers

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Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama's health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Trying to head off a new round of consumer headaches with President Barack Obama’s health care law, the insurance industry says it will give customers more time to pay their premiums for January. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A Republican senator is accusing the Obama administration of “cooking the books” on the Obamacare enrollment numbers.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., questioned the numbers released by the White House indicating that more than 6 million Americans have signed up for federal health care insurance.

“I don’t think it means anything,” Barrasso told Fox News. “They are cooking the books on this.”

Barrasso called the health care law “unfixable.”

“Once all of this is said and done, what kind of insurance will those people actually have? Will they be able to keep the doctors that they want? How much more is it going to cost them?” Barrasso questioned.

David Plouffe, former top adviser to President Barack Obama, put a positive spin on the Affordable Care Act a day before the March 31 enrollment deadline.

“The law is working,” Plouffe told ABC News. [I]f you count people who are going directly to private insurance companies, Medicaid, children’s health care, we’re talking well more than 10 million people (having) health care, tens of millions more have security. This law is working.”

Plouffe added that the “repeal Obamacare” playbook used by Republicans will end up backfiring.

“I think the Republican playbook of just ‘repeal Obamacare, repeal Obamacare, repeal Obamacare’ gets tougher as more and more people get health care,” Plouffe said. “I think smart Republicans understand that.”

Last week the White House announced that they will allow additional time for Obamacare consumers who were unable to completely fill out applications on time. HealthCare.gov was down for several hours Monday for maintenance as the enrollment deadline loomed.

Those without health insurance face a fine of $95 or 1 percent of their income.

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