House GOP Demanding Regular ObamaCare Updates

It’s pretty sad when Congress has to pass bills just to make “the most transparent administration in history”  more transparent about the president’s signature legislative achievement – but that’s where we’re at. 

The administration apears to be playing politics with the numbers in order to prevent Republicans from gaining a political advantage, so the House GOP is calling up legislation next week that will require “weekly reports from the Obama administration on how many people are using the HealthCare.gov website and signing up for health insurance under the law.”

In particular, Republicans would like to find out the extent to which the young and healthy have enrolled verses the old and sick. 

The Hill reports:

Members will consider the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, which Republicans say is needed because the Obama administration has failed to offer details about ObamaCare participation levels.

Since the launch of the troubled website in October, the administration has offered sporadic updates about participation. But those updates have mostly frustrated Republicans who are seeking more detailed data, and who are also pressing for more information about what officials are doing to fix the websites various problems.

The bill up next week, H.R. 3362, would address both complaints. First, it would require weekly updates on the number of unique website visitors, new accounts, and new enrollments in a qualified health plan, as well as the level of coverage. All of this data would have to be provided on a state-by-state basis.

Secondly, it would require a weekly update on efforts to fix problems people have had logging into the website and enrolling in coverage. Reports detailing all of this information would have to be submitted to Congress every Monday until the end of March 2015.
There is also a Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

“With Wikileaks and Edward Snowden spilling our beans every day, what’s happening on the Obamacare exchanges is the only secret left in Washington,” he said in October. “The National Security Administration should learn some lessons from Secretary Sebelius.”

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