UPDATED to correct stat in first paragraph. Nearly 500,000 applications came through federal and state exchanges, not just healthcare.gov.
If anyone doubts that the Obama administration selectively released figures about healthcare.gov to its liking—while not releasing others requested by the media and watchdogs, look no further than the Twitter stream. Within minutes of when the Associated Press story broke on Saturday night about nearly 500,000 applications through state and federal exchanges, top White House officials were highlighting it.
While the story says, “The officials did not want to be cited by name and would not discuss the health insurance rollout unless they were granted anonymity,” it’s pretty clear the leak had high-level blessing.
A sampling of the tweets:
RT the news: Nearly half a million Americans apply for quality, affordable health care in less than three weeks: http://t.co/vfg2GF7G0T— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 20, 2013
Nearly half a million applications for health insurance in Market Places nationwide http://t.co/w3hJ9bvUgC— Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) October 19, 2013