Obama Administration Will Allow HHS Officials To Brief GOP on ObamaCrash, Too

After much Republican grousing, the Obama administration has agreed to let HHS officials brief House Republicans on the botched ObamaCare online enrollment system.  

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Wednesday:

“A short time ago, HHS responded to our request for a House Republican briefing on HealthCare.gov, like the one House Democrats were afforded this morning,” Brendan Buck said in a statement. “The department indicated it will provide the briefing, and we are working out details.”
Democrats were briefed earlier today by Gary Cohen, “a main figure in ObamaCare’s implementation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)”. 

“It’s not clear why Republicans were excluded in the first place, but we look forward to getting answers to how the administration botched this enormous use of taxpayer dollars so badly,” Buck said.

(Hint: Maybe because you say things like “the administration botched this enormous use of taxpayer dollars so badly”?  Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s totally true. It’s just that this president is sort of known for his thin skin.)

Here’s another clue for Buck: according to the Hill, “Democrats left their briefing on Wednesday downplaying the significance of the technical issues plaguing the site” and thatthere was no discussion about potentially delaying the individual mandate…”

Well well. Sounds more like a political strategy session than a “briefing.” No wonder Republicans weren’t invited. 


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