COLUMBIA Two Republican S.C. congressmen want answers from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about this month’s problematic rollout of the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.
U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-Greenville, and Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, joined Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in sending a letter to Sebelius Monday, asking her to answer questions about the website’s delays and technical glitches that have been reported since it launched Oct. 1.
They also rebuffed a statement Sebelius made last week. After saying the website needed more testing, Sebelius tied problems with the site’s rollout to “a political atmosphere where the majority party, at least in the House, was determined to stop this anyway they possibly could ,including shutting down the U.S. government,” Sebelius said Friday in Austin, Texas.
The federal government partially was shut down for 16 days after congressional Republicans demanded the healthcare law be delayed or defunded, and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
“Inasmuch as the website launched Oct. 1 and the government shutdown began Oct. 1, how precisely was the website launch affected by the shutdown?” the trio of GOP congressmen asked.
The congressmen said they want details about who was responsible for making decisions about the website, how much the website was tested before Oct. 1 and whether Sebelius asked to delay the website’s debut.
Critics are pressuring Sebelius to testify before congressional committees about the insurance website’s launch.
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