McDermott: Reaching Obamacare Goal Like Trying to Lose 20 Lbs

By Eric Scheiner | December 9, 2013 | 1:56 PM EST

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) AP Photo

( Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) has compared ObamaCare's signup goal of 7 million people by the end of March to trying to lose 20 pounds.

“I’ve said I’m going to lose 20 pounds a whole bunch of times and I’m still struggling - but I don’t take my goal away,” McDermott said. “I don’t say, ‘Well, it’s no use. I give up. I’m going to just keep eating.' You keep the goal there and keep working at it and that’s really what the president’s doing.”

McDermott made the comments on a Dec. 4 edition of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal when asked if the administration would reach its goal of 7 million signups by the end of March.

“If it doesn’t reach the 7 million mark, we’re going to have to have some talking with ourselves about how we finance it,” McDermott said later on the program.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the ObamaCare system would need to enroll 7 million people by the end of March to remain "revenue neutral" and avoid putting more money into the system to compensate the insurance industry for financial losses.

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