House Committee to Examine Obamacare Uncertainty

Joe Pitts / Wikimedia Commons


A House committee will question Obama administration officials Thursday on many remaining questions about Obamacare’s implementation, the committee announced yesterday.

The Health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold "a public hearing to press the administration to finally respond to the numerous critical questions that remain unanswered," the press release said.

"The administration has repeatedly ignored inquiries from governors, Congress, and state health officials seeking more information on the imminent Medicaid expansion and health exchange deadlines," Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.) said in the release.

Several states have refused to implement the state health insurance exchanges, citing the unknown cost of the exchanges to the states. The federal government itself will instead implement the exchanges at the state level.

"Many more questions still remain, and we expect the administration to finally provide answers on Thursday," said Pitts after the administration released some details three days before the hearing.

The release also included some numbers illustrating the uncertainty that legislators and state leaders feel, including:

  • 2,700 PAGES of legislation to create Obamacare
  • More than 32 MONTHS states have been waiting to receive federal guidance on key Obamacare issues related to the health insurance exchanges and market changes
  • 5 MONTHS since governors first asked for clarification on key issues related to the Supreme Court’s decision that the president’s mandatory Medicaid expansion was unconstitutional

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. and will be streamed over the Internet.

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