October 19 2013
Government May Be Open, but ObamaCare is Still Sputtering
Vicki E. Alger
ObamaCare is about to get a lot more scrutiny now that the government shutdown is over. Congressional Republicans are planning hearings on ObamaCare oversight, according to The Hill:
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will be the first out of the gate, with a hearing already scheduled on the exchanges’ rocky rollout.
Energy and Commerce Republicans sent letters recently to officials at the Health and Human Services Department who oversaw the implementation effort, and to the contractors charged with building the federally run exchanges that have had such a hard time getting off the ground.
“After three-and-a-half years, the law was clearly not ready for prime time, and the administration now has a competence problem. The American people deserve to know what caused this mess,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said in a recent statement. …
Sources close to the insurance industry have said they’re concerned about the exchanges returning inaccurate information about the level of tax subsidies applicants will receive.
If the calculations are too low, consumers might see a higher out-of-pocket cost and avoid buying coverage. Or, if the mistake goes the other way, consumers might end up paying more than they were told they would owe.
The Hill adds that other committees, including the House Ways and Means Committee, are also planning for their own hearings.
So the government may be open, but with intensifying scrutiny shifting to ongoing technical problems with the healthcare exchanges, many ObamaCare supporters might start wishing it were closed.