Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Will Stop Enrollment Reports After Leak of Embarrassing Numbers

by Andrew Johnson

After the Wall Street Journal’s report of meager enrollment numbers for the federal insurance exchange, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a national coalition of health insurers, will no longer produce weekly reports containing the enrollment figures.

Earlier this week, the Journal reported that fewer than 50,000 people have been able to enroll on the federal exchange, citing two people familiar with the data. The figure, which apparently was based on Blue Cross’s numbers, was well below the Obama administration’s goal of 500,000 enrollees in the first month.

Days later, Blue Cross decided to stop publishing the figures, according to the New York Times. Both the Obama administration and an executive with Blue Cross have declined to comment whether the original numbers were accurate.

White House press secretary Jay Carney, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other key members of the Obama administration have repeatedly explained that the official enrollment numbers, which are set to be released this week, will be “very low.”