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House GOP: Snub on Obamacare Briefings Offensive

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 01:46 PM

By Courtney Coren


House Republicans are accusing the administration of snubbing them by holding a briefing Wednesday for Democrats only on the troubled launch of the Obamacare enrollment website, according to The Washington Post.

"Far too much information about Obamacare's rollout is being concealed from the public," Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement released late Tuesday.

"All members — as well as the American people — deserve answers for this debacle. That's why we have asked the administration to provide the same briefing to House Republicans."

"This snub is all the more offensive after [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius declined to testify at a House hearing this week," Buck added. "It's time for the Obama administration to honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability."

Sebelius, who declined to attend a congressional hearing Thursday because of a previous commitment in Boston, is now scheduled to appear next week at hearings on Capitol Hill, including some where Republican lawmakers may call for her resignation.

Democrats were scheduled to be briefed Wednesday morning by Mike Hash, who heads the health reform office at HHS, according to The Hill.

Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said House Democrats have had several briefings on the rollout so far and described Wednesday's gathering as "yet another in this series of discussions."

Hammill, according to the Hill, offered what appeared to be Pelosi's take on why Republican lawmakers may not have been invited to briefings.

"While we appreciate House Republicans' newfound interest in the implementation of health reform, it is clear they are not interested in anything other than continuing their desperate drive to sabotage this law, which so far has included shutting down the government," Hammill said.

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