Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as an unnamed member of the Republican House told the President eyeball to eyeball, “I can’t even stand to look at you.” Speaker John Boehner denied that such a thing happened, but the charge is still in place on Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) Facebook page.
Next, there is the story about the House calling Kathleen Sebelius before an Oversight Committee to answer questions about the mal performing Obamacare website and Affordable Care Act system. A drubbing is in order for that fiasco that should not have happened.
More than a drubbing, HHS Secretary Sebelius had better be armed with the following:
- Succinct accurate and complete diagnosis of the performance problems
- Timely, accurate, and complete schedule for correcting the problems.
- Recommendations for delaying or extending time to comply with mandates before the penalty phase kicks in.
- Acceptance of responsibility and a way ahead acceptable to all parties concerned.
As the Politico story says, if it appears that the House Oversight Committee is anything less than constructive, or if it appears that they are grandstanding like “boobirds,” they may lose their credibility.
“But “I cannot even stand to look at you,” is what Sen. Dick Durbin says one unnamed House GOP leader told Obama in a meeting during the recent government shutdown.
By Wednesday afternoon, spokesmen for the White House and Speaker John Boehner had flatly denied that any such encounter ever occurred. But Durbin (D-Ill.) posted the allegation on Facebook over the weekend, and his office said Wednesday that he stood by his words”
Is that the best news in Washington DC today. It sounds a little light as no one else seems to verify the charge of making disparaging remarks. Is the House Oversight Committee heckling or helping?
“Obamacare hearings: Oversight or heckling?
By DAVID NATHER | 10/24/13 5:00 AM EDT
There’s congressional oversight that answers everyone’s most urgent questions - and then there’s just heckling from the partisan peanut gallery.
Over the next few weeks, Republicans are going to have to decide which path they’re going to take as they open hearings into the broken Obamacare website.”