“The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of ObamaCare is well known,” Chairman Issa writes. “The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation.”
“The Administration tries to sugarcoat the fact that it lost billions of taxpayer dollars in the GM bailout, but Secretary Lew’s praise for President Obama’s leadership ignores the dangerous precedent this sets for the future. President Obama’s extraordinary intervention in GM means that big corporations who make bad decisions can turn to Uncle Sam for a huge injection of taxpayer cash. Big corporations can apparently avoid the transparent judicial processes where all stakeholders have rights, just as long as they are willing to let government bureaucrats pick winners and losers in closed door meetings.”
“As a result of ObamaCare, Arizonans are seeing their insurance go up an average of 51%,” said Chairman Issa. “While the President promised that if ‘you liked your healthcare you could keep it,’ millions of Americans have received notices that they will lose the plans they liked and had thought were affordable. This hearing will examine how the cost and quality of healthcare is changing under the President’s unaffordable landmark legislative achievement.”
“The President sold his health care reform plan to the American people on two fundamental promises… ’If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period,’” the Chairman writes in the letter, sent Friday, November 29th. “After millions of Americans received notices that their plans were being cancelled, the President was forced to acknowledge just how misleading his assurances were.”
“This new effort by the Obama Administration to limit traditional advocacy efforts by social welfare organizations will have a much more profound impact on grassroots and community organizations than on the well-heeled groups it supposedly targets. The fact that the Administration’s new effort only applies to social welfare organizations — and not powerful unions or business groups — underscores that this is a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.
“As the clearinghouse for the federal security clearance process, the Office of Personnel Management has a responsibility to present a complete picture of all subjects who are being adjudicated for a security clearance,” said Chairman Issa. “In regards to the Washington Navy Yard shooter, OPM failed to provide adequate documentation to the Navy, including an arrest record—easily obtained by Committee investigators—that showed he discharged a weapon in public and behaved erratically.”
A new e-mail chain released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., states that just days prior to HealthCare.gov’s launch, a top HealthCare.gov official discussed White House fears about the website being unavailable and accurately predicted media outlets publicizing a now well-known error message that appears when the website is down.
“When the President told Americans ‘if they liked their healthcare, they could keep it’, many believed him,” said Chairman Issa. “In this hearing, we will hear the stories of those North Carolinians who have experienced firsthand the increased premiums and dropped coverage as a result of the President’s landmark legislative achievement. Americans will also hear from small business owners who are facing uncertainty providing healthcare to their employees in the wake of ObamaCare.”
“The DATA Act is an important piece of legislation. It will create the opportunity for government to be more efficient, more effective, and more transparent,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “The American people deserve real accountability of how their taxpayer dollars are spent, now, more than ever.”
“While the President repeatedly said that Americans could keep their insurance under ObamaCare, even he has had to admit that just isn’t so. By holding these field hearings, the Committee will hear firsthand the stories about the initial impact of broken promises. These hearings will help the Oversight Committee determine how the Affordable Care Act is affecting individuals in areas hit the hardest by the ACA where costs are rising and choices are limited. HealthCare.gov continues to struggle while millions of Americans have their health plans cancelled and are left without the options the President promised.”