One Day After Secretary Sebelius Dodges Question About Future Delays, Administration Announces Latest Delay
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement in response to the administration’s latest delays and changes to its health care law. The administration today announced that state-based “high risk pools” will continue through January of 2014, rather than December 31, 2013.
“Another day, another delay. When specifically asked yesterday of any looming delays, Secretary Sebelius failed to disclose anything about this or any other pending change, but here we are today. Unfortunately, withholding information from the public has become the norm. Our investigation has uncovered that the administration was aware of concerns and unavoidable delays for months, but when pressed publicly they repeatedly insisted everything was ‘on track.’ The administration has known for many months that this law was not ready for prime time, and Americans who depend on high-risk pools would have been better served by the administration admitting their failures sooner and working with the Congress to protect these and other Americans being harmed by the health care law.”