Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) lashed out at the legitimacy of the hearings on Capitol Hill being held on October 24, 2013, on the problem with the Obama care website and called the hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee a “monkey court" and questioned the true intent of republican lawmakers.
Pallone followed Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) who was questioning four representatives of the contractors who were hired to develop and administer the flawed website and deviated from the actual problem with the site itself to problems with the Obama care program in general.
Before the questioning got underway, Pallone stated that “Republicans don’t have clean hands coming here, let the goal be to fix it not nix it.”
Pallone who serves the Garden States sixth district stated during his allotted time that “there is no legitimacy to this hearing and once again here we have my republican colleagues trying to scare everybody”, at which time he was interrupted and asked to yield which he refused to do and continued saying “no I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is.”
Pallone continued “ I am trying to tell you the problem here is preexisting conditions don’t matter, HIPPA does not apply there’s no health information in the process , your asked about your address, your date of birth, you are not asked health information. So why are we going down this path? Because you are trying to scare people so they don’t apply so therefore the legislation is delayed , the Affordable Care Act is defunded or it’s repealed. That’s all it is, hoping people won’t apply. The fact of the matter is millions of people out there, over 20 million, that are going on this site and they are going to apply, they are ultimately going to be able to enroll, in fact many of them have already enrolled.”
“ I think my republican colleagues forget that a lot of people are enrolled in the state exchange rather then the federal exchange and if it wasn’t for the fact that many republican governors, including my own from New Jersey had agreed to set up state exchanges then we would not be putting so much burden on the federal system. “