Republicans want equal briefing on embattled health care law

Posted by Lesley Clark on October 22, 2013 

U.S. Capitol

TISH WELLS — McClatchy Washington Bureau

House Republicans are asking for an invite of their own to a health care law briefing that they said te White House has arranged for House Democrats. But a spokesman for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the briefing is one of a series of discussions on the health care act that Democrats have been holding "for months now.

"While we appreciate House Republicans' newfound interest in the implementation of health reform, it is clear they are not interested in anything other than continuing their desperate drive to sabotage this law, which so far has included shutting down the government," spokesman Drew Hammill said.

The Washington Post reports that Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday. The briefing was requested by House Democrats.

"The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1," the Post says.

House Republicans say no similar offer was made to them and since learning the news, House Speaker John Boehner's office has requested that the administration brief House Republicans as well.

“Far too much information about Obamacare’s rollout is being concealed from the public," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said. "All members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle. That’s why we have asked the administration to provide the same briefing to House Republicans. This snub is all the more offensive after Secretary Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week. It’s time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”


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