Issa on Medicare: 'Spending More... Not Getting Much'

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 11:22 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Healthcare costs have risen from five percent to 18 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product since Medicare began in the 1960s, with little to show for the increase, Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday.

"Since 1960, when the government really began interfering in the healthcare system with Medicare, we've gone from five percent of all our money, five percent of GDP, to nearly 18 percent of GDP spent on healthcare," the California Republican told "Fox & Friends."

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"The fact is that we have a long history of spending more and not getting that much more for it," he added.

Issa maintained that needed to change, and suggested doctors and hospitals could be more efficient to deliver medical care "at a reasonable price."

Issa chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee interviewed Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a second time Wednesday over the Obamacare rollout. He charged Sebelius is obstructing justice about security for the healthcare website.

"In a letter that I sent to her, I warned her that her people are actually obstructing justice. They're telling individual companies who have serious reports on security flaws, in other words, vulnerability to hackers, not to provide us the information.

"That means the vulnerabilities are still there today. Your personal information likely can be hacked on these web sites today, based on their refusal to let us see what was, in fact, pre-launch vulnerabilities," Issa said.

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