Right? We feel so … so … cheated! If we can’t trust the government to tell us the truth, who can we trust?

Well, butter our butts and call us biscuits!

The Obama administration included as many as 400,000 dental plans in a number it reported for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, an unpublicized detail that helped surpass a goal for 7 million sign-ups.

Without the dental plans, the federal government would have had 6.97 million people with medical insurance under the law known as Obamacare, investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee calculated, using data they obtained from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Federal officials said in September they had 7.3 million people enrolled in coverage through new government-run insurance exchanges. They didn’t distinguish between medical and dental plans, breaking from previous practice without notice.

Rep. Darrell Issa’s been tweeting about it, too:

We know we’re just a bunch of stupid American voters, but even we know that there’s a difference between medical and dental insurance.

You do what you’ve gotta do to make it work!

Hey-oh!

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Update:

Ezra Klein: WH lied about O-care enrollments? Just an ‘unforced error,’ you guys!

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