What the Republicans in Congress quickly dubbed “Obamacare obfuscation,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathew Burwell called merely “a mistake.”

Whatever you call it, the HHS-released figured of 7.1 million Obamacare enrollees in 2014 included 400,000 standalone dental plan enrollees, so the official figure for health care enrollment has been corrected to 6.7 million.

“This mistake was unacceptable,” Burwell said. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the department. While we understand some will be skeptical, our clarity that this is [a] 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.”


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