Rep. Blackburn Disrepects Sebelius During Obamacare Hearing (VIDEO)
Matt | On 31, Oct 2013
On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to find out exactly what went wrong with the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov. The website is the new federal portal to buy heath insurance plans.
The committee grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about why the website was not fully functional on the launch date. They also hammered her about other aspects of the Affordable Care Act, many of which had nothing to do with the website.
As lawmakers took turns from each party either supporting or lashing out at Sebelius, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was clearly looking for more airtime in the 24-hour news cycle. During her four minutes of questioning, she repeatedly cut of the Secretary from responding, talked down to her, and was pretty mean. It was unprofessional and clearly for the TV and Internet cameras that were watching.
I know as soon as I heard Rep. Blackburn’s line of questioning that she would make the blogs and the news.
The problem I have is that so many Republicans in Wednesday’s were grandstanding and feigning outrage over the $118 million cost of the healthcare website and its technical issues. However, it was many of the same committee Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare altogether at least 41 times. Many also voted for a new budget that would have delayed the entire program by another year. The result of that vote caused our government to be shutdown for 16 days at a total cost of $24 billion.
So, how can the people that purposely threw daggers at the program now be so shocked that it isn’t working the way they want? How can a group of people be mad at spending money on a website (that’s being repaired) that costs half of one percent the amount of the government shutdown? We can’t get back the lost revenue from the shutdown. It’s pure hypocrisy!
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