David Schweikert: Health Chief Should Answer Obamacare Questions During Her Phoenix Visit

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Some congressional Republicans think U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems to have a lot of reasons to delay testifying before Congress on problems with the healthcare.gov website.

Republican Congressman David Schweikert suggests Sebelius answer some questions during her visit to Phoenix.

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Here's what Schweikert's office released:
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement ahead of tomorrow's Phoenix visit from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

"Throughout the country there is mass confusion and uncertainty surrounding Obamacare and the online exchange. Secretary Sebelius has a responsibility to step forward and give the American people answers. Instead of appearing before Congress, the Secretary is touring a call center in Phoenix. She should take this time to give everyone the answers they deserve.

"How many people have successfully signed up on healthcare.gov? Why weren't basic best practice guidelines utilized for the opening of the online exchange? How is it possible that after three years and hundreds-of-millions of taxpayer dollars spent, that HHS was caught 'off-guard' by website glitches? How much more will it cost to fix what's wrong?
According to one report, Schweikert and fellow Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks are among 32 members of Congress who are calling for Sebelius' resignation.

Sebelius is among several Obama administration officials going to places around the country to promote the healthcare.gov website, where people should be able to purchase health insurance through an exchange.

While they're supposedly working on the website, health officials have encouraged more people to sign up over the phone, hence Sebelius' visit to a call center today.

The Republicans aren't the only ones with objections to various aspects of the healthcare law.

Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema hasn't been completely on-board with the law, as she's advocated for a one-year delay of the individual mandate.

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ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

A lot of the problems appear to emanate from the user's computers themselves - many have got through fine just by using a different browser.  Try Firefox if Windows Explorer doesn't work.  I got through fine and am all signed up, it was easy. 

All you Tealiban folks out there like to claim you're against government spending too much, such hypocrites.  If the ACA were repealed the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyzed proposals to repeal the law would cause a net increase in federal budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013–2022 period.

BTW - over a million people have been able to sign up despite Republicant obstruction and software problems due to improper funding levels the Republicants fought so hard for.  In addition, I would not put it past the Tealiban to attempt denial of service attacks on the website. 

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The US ship of state already sank. We're in the lifeboat. And Obamacare is shooting more and more holes in the bottom of the lifeboat.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

Schweikert needs to address questions himself. This story amounts to nothing more -- from Schweikert, that is -- than a shiny object to get people to not consider HIS conflict of interest in advocating the US Treasury be pushed to the brink of default.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Does anyone else think it's odd that the NSA can access and archive the electronic communications of an entire nation and a good chunk of the rest of the world, but a simple signup website can't be managed? Priorities?

djorkasnatch
djorkasnatch

Yes, she should.  But she won't.

If she happens to be asked a pointed question, she will dance around the issue.

I agree with Jonnyquest, the ACA is a lose-lose act.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

A one year delay of the individual mandate will help increase the cost of insurance. Healthy people won't sign up because there is no penalty. Sick people will sign up because they need coverage. Higher costs for the insurance companies will drive the price of insurance up. Obamacare is a lose lose proposition.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Yes she should and she will. Now STFU, Congressman.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will Schweikert  grow a pair and get his own health insurance instead of using his FREE government health care?


Of course he wont!  He wants to deny normal folks of what he gets for being a PART TIME employee!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I would like Franks and Schweikert to answer for the outright lies they spew about the ACA on their FB pages. 

What's the chance of that happening?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot  

If a website doesn't work well with all of the major browsers, you don't blame the users.

Particularly if it doesn't work well with the default browser that the least sophisticated users will be using, that's entirely the fault of the web designer.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Ah, so you're saying that Obama couldn't get it done without the Republicans? Looks like you're shooting at the wrong target. Your target is showing Maggie's Drawers! I thought you were an expert shot.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jonnyquest So, call you grand mother and tell her that she's destroying the US for taking SS and Medicare.  It will make Thanksgiving a fun day for all in your family!

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

What conflict of interest? The American people deserve an explanation for how we got in the position in the first place. How do we find ourselves in the position of having to borrow more and more money just to pay our bills? And now we're set to multiply that debt even more with Obamacare?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jonnyquest The ACA site was done by a commercial company.  That Outsourcing the right wing loves so much!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@shadeaux14 Zilch. Question: What areas does Franks represent. It's in the West Valley, right?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Got it. Debt is good. Frugality is bad. Let me guess. You're from California, right?

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

So you're saying Obama trusted his legacy, his defining accomplishment, to the second string?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@WhoKnows @jonnyquest ALso, the republicants stood in the way of proper funding for the creation of the website.  Must be fun to break something and then stand back and criticize those who are trying to fix it.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Perfectly valid 5th grade argument. Absolutely, if little Dickie can do it, why can't I?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@jonnyquest

"Deficits don't Matter" - Dick "Darth Vader" Chenney (paraphrasing Ronny Raygun)

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@jonnyquest The heart of the current federal debt situation, other than the FACT that David Schweikert did vigorously advocate, during the shutdown, for ignoring the debt ceiling crisis -- thereby pushing the US Treasury to the brink of default -- is that the bulk of the problem has been caused by BUSH's (unfunded) WARS and tax cuts for the rich that have drained the treasury.

By "unfunded" wars, I mean that Bush knew full well that he was putting trillions of dollars of military spending (for the invasion of Iraq, for example) on a credit card, rather than raising money by way of taxes to pay for it.

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

@jonnyquest I have no evidence of any personal gain Schweikert has obtained from the debt ceiling crisis. That's not necessarily enough to let him off the hook, however. Even the APPEARANCE of impropriety is something honorable elected officials stay away from. David Schweikert has not distanced himself from his conflict. On the contrary, he has willfully ignored ALL efforts to get him to answer for his role in the situation.

THAT is problematic. For that, he should be held accountable. Instead, he employs the SHINY OBJECT defense to distract journalists and other observers.

His base, as long as Schweikert attacks anything having to do with Obama, is complicit.

An enterprising journalist could, would, and should examine his campaign finance reports for connections to the financial services industry -- at minimum.

One problem is that nobody has been able to take the time to do that research, including little ol' blogger me.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

To continue, public debt is a bad choice any way you look at it. The President and Congress won't deal with it and spending continues to grow beyond revenue. Of course the money lenders don't want a default. They'll lose money. Except for the sneaky ones who will make money either way. Lose lose for the public. The solution? Stay out of debt. The heart of the problem is THE DEBT. And the politicians who won't deal with that don't deserve a second chance.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

AZE, I read your blog post a bunch of times. Are you saying that Sweikert is personally profiting from the increased yields of T bills generated by the near default? Do you have evidence? I'm not defending him. I think Barry Goldwater was the last Republican I voted for. If Sweikert is doing that, legal or not, it should be made public.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot

I heard on NPR that the designers were blaming last-minute specification changes, which had nothing to do with funding.

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