"Shut up!", he explained.
It was humiliating to anyone who has a sense of shame, that is, with estimates required because the government feigned ignorance of any numbers that were likely to show less than a sterling success.
Yet after months of blank smiles that expected us to believe that the administration was reasonable in claiming to have no idea about the churning numbers, when Amazon handles far greater volume routinely, we suddenly have the announcement that 7.1 million enrollees have leapt onto the ObamaCare bandwagon. And what wonderful precision – not 7 million, but 7 point one million, which Charles Krauthammer picked up on as he expressed that we shall find this to be a "phony number".
The administration still remains dumb about how this number adds up. How many of that number were signed up for Medicaid, all at taxpayers' expense? How many had to sign up because ObamaCare compelled the cancellation of their old insurance policies, the ones that Obama promised they could keep, along with their doctor? How many are paying more for policies that Obama promised would cost less – "on average $2500 less per family"? How many have seen their deductibles skyrocket so that their insurance will kick in only after they're bankrupt? Add those to the accumulating pile of shovel-ready promises.
One factor that the administration touts in the total is the number of twenty-somethings who can still glom on to their parents' policies. That's fine in a strictly numerical sense, but this sustained gratification ceases once they turn 26. They may still live in the family basement, "staring up at fading Obama posters", but they will still have to be on their own for insurance and do more than Hope that things will Change.
Update: Left unexplained by the White House is the simultaneous finding by Rasmussen that likely voters are even more disenchanted with ObamaCare than before, with "58% reporting that they have at least a somewhat unfavorable opinion of the health care law ... up from 54% two weeks ago." The recent finding of unpopularity includes 43% who view it "very unfavorably". These figures match the all-time high first reached last mid-November.