Rep. Kelly Demands Answers about Obamacare Roll-out at Ways & Means Hearing

Rep. Kelly Demands Answers about Obamacare Roll-out  at Ways & Means Hearing

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WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, participated in today’s full committee hearing on the status of the Obama administration’s implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The hearing featured witness testimony by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Highlights from Rep. Kelly’s remarks:

“I know we’ve had a lot of talk about how it’s not working, but this failure to launch [of healthcare.gov] is really troubling to me, and it’s all about the process. So my question: Who is in charge of this? Is it you?”

“There’s an old saying out there: You’ve got to inspect what you expect. Were there any expectations at all? Because I keep hearing that we just didn’t expect this level … of volume. It’s incredible for me to sit back and understand that that’s possibly the case. I think this was designed for failure from the beginning, and I’ll tell you why I think that. It was never [designed] to achieve success. It just wasn’t.”

“I’m expecting to get answers from you as to: Who actually was there? How did these people get the bid? Were they held accountable for their lack of performance? And is there a performance bond in there that allows the American people to recover some of their money? Because not one penny came from the government — it came out of taxpayers’ pockets.”

“We have driven the gap between what the American people expect, and what they do now expect is so little from the government performing at this level.”

“My little town of Butler, Pennsylvania — they had a bid for police cars. Did you know part of that bid was a 10 percent bid bond – performance bond – that was included? I can’t understand how a little town that has a 7.8 or 7.9 million dollar budget can ask for those types of guarantees from bidders, responsible bidders, and the United States government cannot.”

“If it really started off … somewhere around $100 million to be spent and it’s now up over $600 million, and that doesn’t include any of the other roll out costs, can we actually sit here and talk to the American people with any degree of confidence and say, ‘We’ve got your best interest at heart here’? … This is an absolute incredible, incredible lack of efficiency and responsibility on behalf of the administration. And it doesn’t surprise me. This is the way they operate with every single thing.”

“I can’t believe that everybody is finding this out because of what they read in the newspaper. If you read the model, if you had the model, if you had the test going, you couldn’t possibly sit here today and say it’s going exactly the way we expected.”

 

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