The House is about to consider H.R. 3362, a bill that would require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services post weekly reports on the public health insurance exchange enrollment effort.
Maybe someone needs to amend the bill and make the report shorter and easier to compile. The bill looks on the surface as if it might be one of those doomed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange bills that pass in the House with every possible Republican vote and no Democratic votes, then die in the Senate.
But, seriously, if this is one of those doomed PPACA-related bills, why?
If this bill does die, why the heck doesn’t HHS just work with the author to come up with a more practical template for the report, then just go and produce the report, whether President Obama signs the bill or not?
If finding the cash and money to create the report is the problem, why not figure out some way to have the Congressional Budget Office or the Government Accountability Office do the report?
Why is HHS goading Republicans in the House into going to the barricades to demand the kinds of information that true blue Democratic officials at some state-run exchanges have been releasing every week since October?
I’m supposed to wear two hats here, as a reporter and a “blogger” (aka, a columnist, but with more typos).
In theory, as a reporter, I have no opinions. As a blogger, I have to find some opinions, quickly, whether I actually have any or not.
But, of course, I obviously have plenty of implicit opinions.
I think that I exist, and that you exist, and that, even if we don’t exist, assuming that we all exist and having a job is a lot more comfortable than acting based on the opposite assumption and ending up on the sidewalk.