House Republicans today blasted the Obama administration’s approach to implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and communicating with the public about implementation.
Democrats on the committee, and a hearing witness who supports PPACA, accused the Republicans of trying to achieve with bluster what they could not achieve through the courts or at the polls.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) said at a hearing on the PPACA employer mandate delay that the Obama administration has been giving Congress vague assurances that everything was going well since the law was enacted.
Then, a week ago, right before the Independence Day holiday weekend, a Treasury Department official revealed the delay in implementation of the PPACA provision requiring many large employers to provide health coverage in a blog entry, Roskam said.
The Treasury Department blogger was, “essentially, whispering, ‘It’s not working,’” Roskam said during the hearing, which was organized by the House Ways and Means health subcommittee and streamed live on the Web. “‘Oops! This is a mess.’”
Roskam noted that the Obama administration has suggested that members of the public keep tabs on PPACA implementation by visiting various websites.
“It’s ridiculous,” Roskam said.
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Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) acknowledged that PPACA implementers might face challenges.