David Schweikert: Health Chief Should Answer Obamacare Questions During Her Phoenix Visit
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Some congressional Republicans think U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems to have a lot of reasons to delay testifying before Congress on problems with the healthcare.gov website.
Republican Congressman David Schweikert suggests Sebelius answer some questions during her visit to Phoenix.
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Here's what Schweikert's office released:
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement ahead of tomorrow's Phoenix visit from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
"Throughout the country there is mass confusion and uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and the online exchange. Secretary Sebelius has a responsibility to step forward and give the American people answers. Instead of appearing before Congress, the Secretary is touring a call center in Phoenix. She should take this time to give everyone the answers they deserve.
"How many people have successfully signed up on healthcare.gov? Why weren't basic best practice guidelines utilized for the opening of the online exchange? How is it possible that after three years and hundreds-of-millions of taxpayer dollars spent, that HHS was caught 'off-guard' by website glitches? How much more will it cost to fix what's wrong?
According to one report , Schweikert and fellow Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks are among 32 members of Congress who are calling for Sebelius' resignation.
Sebelius is among several Obama administration officials going to places around the country to promote the healthcare.gov website, where people should be able to purchase health insurance through an exchange.
While they're supposedly working on the website, health officials have encouraged more people to sign up over the phone, hence Sebelius' visit to a call center today.
The Republicans aren't the only ones with objections to various aspects of the healthcare law.
Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema hasn't been completely on-board with the law, as she's advocated for a one-year delay of the individual mandate.
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