Reuters: Republicans press U.S. officials over Obamacare snags

U.S. President Barack Obama walks out to deliver remarks alongside Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (R) and other Americans the White House says will benefit from the opening of health insurance marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

 

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:41pm EDT

(Reuters) – Republicans in Congress chastised President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Thursday for declining to testify before an oversight panel about problems in rolling out the president’s signature healthcare program known as Obamacare.

Less than a day after Congress ended a 16-day partial government shutdown precipitated by Republican demands to delay or defund Obamacare, they sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding she make officials available for the October 24 hearing.

The online insurance exchanges that are a central part of Obamacare rolled out on October 1 despite the shutdown but have been hobbled by technical difficulties that Sebelius has said are being fixed.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing is titled: “Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose?”

The letter from majority members of the committee said they invited Sebelius on October 11 to appear at the hearing, only to learn on Wednesday that she would not attend. The administration has not agreed to provide other administration officials, the letter added. 

 

Continue reading here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/18/us-usa-healthcare-sebelius-idUSBRE99H01E20131018?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

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