These House committees are coming up with some good names lately. The GOP House Oversight Committee this week scheduled a hearing to look into the closing of open-air war memorials and national parks, called “As Difficult as Possible: The National Park Service’s Implementation of the Government Shutdown.” And now, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the “excruciatingly embarrassing” rollout of Obamacare, called “HHS PPACA Implementation: Unprepared or Incompetent?”
The president and top officials were quick to boast the number of visitors to HealthCare.gov, but they have since gone silent, refusing to disclose even basic enrollment figures. The rollout has been a complete mess, beyond the worst case scenario, and yet those administration officials responsible have indicated they will not be available to testify next week. This is wholly unacceptable. Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress.
Even Jon Stewart wasn’t ready to buy Sebelius’ story, so it’s not surprising that she’ll be unavailable to testify for real next week.