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Both Houses Proposing Independent Obamacare Watchdog

By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 06:35 PM

Republican lawmakers have re-introduced legislation to create an independent watchdog to oversee Obamacare.

The bill — introduced in the House by Illinois GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, and in the Senate by Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts — would create an Office of the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act that could investigate and audit Obamacare's implementation, the Daily Caller reports.

"In the years since Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress, our country has already seen the costly consequences of this law: billions of dollars wasted on a failed website and overpayments, millions of Americans kicked off their healthcare plans, and skyrocketing premiums for hardworking families and small businesses," Roskam said in a statement.

"We need assurance that — until Obamacare is repealed and replaced — there is rigorous oversight in place to prevent more taxpayer dollars from being squandered on this law."

Roberts added that as long as the law is on the books, "we need a watchdog" to make sure taxpayer dollars are being properly spent.

Both lawmakers introduced similar legislation last year.

The Department of Health and Human Services theoretically would investigate any issues related to Obamacare, the Daily Caller notes, adding, however, in rare instances, special inspectors are created to provide oversight to multi-agency initiatives.

"Surely the scope and breadth and depth of the Affordable Care Act is worthy of an inspector general," Roskam said in an interview law week, posting the video on his YouTube account.

The move was hailed by Grover Norquist, president of American for Tax Reform, who called the healthcare law a "government boondoggle," while Brent Gardner of Americans for Prosperity said the legislation was needed because "when a government program takes over a fifth of the American economy, taxpayer dollars should have the highest level of protection."

The Topeka Capital Journal reports
the first 20 pages of Roberts' 47-page bill
list 70 complaints about Obamacare, the way it was passed through Congress and how it's been implemented since becoming law in 2010.

He told the newspaper he still believes Obamacare should be replaced.

"We need to do everything possible to repeal and replace Obamacare with real health reforms that lower costs and restore the all-important relationship between a patient and their doctor," he told the Capital Journal.

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Republican lawmakers have re-introduced legislation to create an independent watchdog to oversee Obamacare. The bill - introduced in the House by Illinois GOP Rep. Peter Roskam, and in the Senate by Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts - would create an Office of the Special...
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