Request for Navigator Info an Impediment
The navigator responses are due to the committee by Sept. 13.
Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA), the ranking minority member of the E&C could barely contain his frustration. In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the E&C chair, Waxman labeled the navigator letter as "an abuse of your oversight authority" and "groundless investigations into civic organizations that are trying to make health reform a success."
He noted that the timing of the letters and the Sept. 13 deadline was "particularly suspect. You are insisting on voluminous document productions... just when these groups need to be focused on their mission of helping uninsured Americans enroll for coverage."
He added that the information requests appear to have been sent "solely to divert the resources of small, local community groups just as they are needed to help with the new healthcare law."
It is hard to say what the E&C Committee expects to accomplish in this move. Whether you support PPACA or not, you must be as tired of this political posturing as I am. The House has had ample opportunity through its hearing process to question leaders at the Department of Health and Human Services about the navigator process. But so many of these hearings are bogged down in partisan politics that they are more political theater than fact-finding efforts.
PPACA is the law of the land. Isn't it time for the House GOP to move on to more pressing issues?
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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