Carney Lowers Expectations on Enrollee Numbers: ‘Always the Case’ They Would Be Low

by Andrew Johnson

The first round of Obamacare enrollment numbers won’t be released until mid-November, but the White House is already preparing for unspectacular numbers.

“If you’re asking me will enrollment be low? The answer is yes because that was always going to be the case,” he told reporters during Thursday afternoon’s briefing. How low? “Better than 123,” which is what Massachusetts saw in its first month of enrollment.

Carney also echoed Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s statement that the Healthcare.gov website never crashed when he said the website “has been functional — it’s just been poorly functional.”