Attention Nancy Pelosi: We STILL Don’t Know What’s In The health Care Law

An Obamacare Watchdog

WatchdogPeter Roskam writes:  Americans were shocked when Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the Affordable Care Act: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” It seemed bad enough that the bill was rushed through Congress with virtually no debate or amendments, but now its architects refuse to give the American people a full picture of the law as it stands today. Six months into implementation, Obamacareis wreaking havoc on Americans’ health-care decisions, spiking out-of-pocket costs, and limiting access to doctors; millions of Americans have lost their health-care plans altogether.

Because the president’s legacy is so closely tied to the success of the health-care law, the administration is operating under a win-at-all-costs mindset. The White House is changing rules and bending policy to serve its political needs, without regard to the uncertainty and the new costs such moves create for Americans forced to live under the law. Just yesterday, in a brazenly political move, the administration announced that health-care plans it previously considered “junk” can continue into 2017 in order to prevent millions more insurance-cancellation notices from hitting mailboxes before the midterm elections.

“The White House is changing rules and bending policy to serve its political needs, without regard to the uncertainty and the new costs such moves create for Americans forced to live under the law.”

That’s why today I introduced legislation to create a Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act — or SIGMA — an office to be tasked specifically with examining the implementation and administration of the ACA across the many federal departments, state exchanges, outside contractors, and a deeply involved White House in a way that no single oversight official currently can. SIGMA will serve as an independent watchdog, conducting audits and investigations to discern the full story and report directly to the American people on what decisions are being made, how the law is performing, and whether families and businesses are better off.

pelosi-incandescentCongressional oversight has been dogged, but the administration is going to great lengths to withhold key information from the public about the law’s true impact. As facts dribble out little by little, we’ve learned that the White House knew all along that the president’s promise of “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” was flat-out false. We’ve seen how the White House delayed a series of controversial health-care regulations until after the 2012 elections, withheld enrollment data while the HealthCare.gov website was faltering, and has gone so far as to pressure contractors not to release information about their work on HealthCare.gov after it was duly requested by Congress.

With SIGMA, the administration’s PR machine will no longer be the only source of information on the ACA’s performance. Upon enactment of this bill, SIGMA will have 120 days to file its first report on the implementation and administration of Obamacare. SIGMA must then file quarterly reports with Congress, and release them to the public, in order to provide a detailed and objective accounting of Obamacare on an ongoing basis. SIGMA will automatically sunset with one final report once the law is no longer in effect. The legislation specifically requires SIGMA reports to cover 32 essential aspects of the ACA, including its impact on out-of-pocket costs, its shrinking of doctor/provider networks, how contracting is handled, Medicare cuts through the Independent Payment Advisory Board, rights of conscience, the role of the IRS, HealthCare.gov’s data security, the administration’s repeated unilateral changes to the law, and much more….Read the rest >>>

National Review Online

— Congressman Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) serves as chief deputy whip in the U.S. House of Representatives and served with State Senator Obama in the Illinois General Assembly. 


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