Rep. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said Tuesday that his private health insurance in Colorado has been cancelled because of Obamacare — something he’d like to ask Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about when she testifies before Congress on Wednesday.
“I would like to hear from her why the president’s promise if you like your health care plan you can keep it simply isn’t coming true for many Americans,” he said on CNN. “I’m one of those Americans that’s in that boat, we have a private insurance policy in Colorado that is being cancelled.”
He went on to say that the inability of Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to answer basic questions about enrollment, like how many young people are signing up, is unacceptable. Ms. Tavenner is testifying before the House on Tuesday.
“The lack of transparency is simply astonishing,” he said.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, said that Republicans are just trying to scare people out of using the website, noting the other ways to enroll over the phone, by mail and in person. He also said he sees no need for Ms. Sebelius to testify since she’s already said what the administration plans to do to fix the website.
“I think she’s already answered the question on the website,” he said on CNN. “I’m very concerned that this committee meeting is just going to be another effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. … Let’s hope they focus on positive ways to get rid of the glitch.”