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House GOP Basically Admits Its Obamacare Survey Was Bogus

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"After discussions with many of you, the Committee believes that gathering data through May 20, 2014 should accurately capture the number of individuals who have completed their enrollments through (HealthCare.gov) by paying their premium," the email, sent by a committee staffer, said. It was accompanied by a formal letter from committee leadership.

The implication, of course, is that the committee's previous survey, which gathered data only through April 15, did not provide an accurate picture.

That was the criticism levied by many against the committee's initial report.

While the committee had already announced that it planned to collect more information, the email sent Thursday helps explain why: It appears insurers, like TPM's source, had noted the problem with the GOP's methodology.

Anonymous GOP staffers expressed the same sentiment when they were asked about the criticisms of their survey by The Daily Beast. When given an opportunity to rebut the critique that it was "rigged," they didn't, the Daily Beast reported.

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Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.