The Obama administration said Tuesday that it would not be releasing its final estimate of the cost of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces until after the November elections, but it will likely have a $5 billion estimate for the next few months.
“It’s the only way we can really put this to bed and get back to the facts,” White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at the White House briefing.
“We need to have more data, more analysis to get a sense of the impact.”
Obama’s campaign said in May that it expects a “substantial” number of the nearly 15 million people who are enrolled in the exchanges to sign up for coverage.
That estimate is the first publicly available estimate of how many people are expected to sign on to the exchanges.
The administration is also working on a final estimate for people with pre-existing conditions.
The Obama campaign said it would release the estimate this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.