(CNN) – The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday accused the panel's chairman of engaging in a "destructive political exercise" by launching a series of hearings on the road meant to highlight various flaws in the Affordable Care Act.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a written statement it's evident that Republicans are not invested in fixing the flawed federal health care website, and are instead trying to undermine President Barack Obama's signature legislative accomplishment.
(CNN) - The top White House technology officer will appear before the Republican-led House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, despite the Obama administration's insistence that he was too busy helping to repair the flawed Obamacare website
Todd Park was subpoenaed last week by the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, after the White House balked at a request for his voluntary cooperation due to his work on the ailing HealthCare.gov site.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Two Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have asked the panel’s chairman to withdraw his Obamacare subpoena of the White House chief technology officer, according to a letter sent Monday.
In the letter released to reporters, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Gerald Connolly of Virginia called Rep. Darrell Issa’s subpoena of Todd Park “unnecessary and misguided,” and said it was part of a “predetermined political strategy rather than a constructive effort to conduct responsible oversight.”
(CNN) – House Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has issued another subpoena in the GOP’s assault on the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, this time summoning the chief White House technology officer to testify.
The White House has resisted congressional Republicans’ efforts to speak to Todd Park, chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, saying that he’s too busy trying to fix the online exchanges. The resistance has infuriated Republicans, finally resulting in Issa’s subpoena, which calls on Park to testify on Wednesday.
Updated 4:01 p.m. ET, 11/8/2013
Washington (CNN) – The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused the panel's chairman, Representative Darrell Issas R-California, of selectively leaking documents related to testing done on HealthCare.gov, the troubled Obamacare website.
Rep. Elijah Cummings D-Maryland, made the allegation Friday amid a battle over Issa's request for testimony from the Obama administration's top technology officer, Todd Park, at a hearing scheduled for next week. Issa has hinted he may subpoena Park to compel his testimony.
Updated 3:07 p.m. 11/8/2013
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans are returning the spotlight to another Obama administration controversy with the executive branch currently mired in the botched online rollout of HealthCare.gov and broken promises over Obamacare.
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, is again pressing the IRS over its scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He issued another subpoena late Thursday to the Treasury Department, according to two spokespeople for the committee.
Updated 4:19 p.m. ET, 11/6/2013
(CNN) - A stack of daily updates written by Obamacare contractors shows the October rollout hit more walls than previously known: In the first days, half of the calls to the phone center had problems, paper applications could not be processed and up to 40,000 people at a time were sitting in the waiting room of http://www.HealthCare.gov.
The 175 pages of internal updates during the sign-up chronicle the growing ailments and efforts to heal the system during October. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Darrell Issa, obtained the documents from contractors involved and released them Wednesday.
"50% of the call center calls have issues," reads an entry on day three of the sign-up. "Anecdotal evidence supports a widerspread problem (with the call centers)," the October 3 document says.
(CNN) – The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has subpoenaed Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as part of its effort to obtain documents and other information about the embattled HealthCare.gov website, a committee spokesman tells CNN's Lisa Desjardins.
Rep. Darrell Issa had previously requested information about the website and the online rollout of Obamacare, which has been plagued by problems. But committee aides said last week that Sebelius had failed to respond.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A House Republican aide told CNN Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius missed an extended deadline set by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to respond to its request for documents and information about the HealthCare.gov website. That could trigger a congressional subpoena from Republicans.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, first issued the request in a letter on October 10, setting an initial deadline of October 24. He extended the deadline to Monday at the close of business after receiving no response the first time. Issa indicated he would consider issuing a subpoena if Sebelius missed the second deadline.
(CNN) - The Health and Human Services Department responded Friday to the House Oversight Committee’s threat of a subpoena, saying the department is working to provide the information requested by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, on the technical problems with the Obamacare website.
“We have told the Committee repeatedly that we intend to accommodate their interest in better understanding our efforts to implement the ACA,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “The Committee sent us an extremely broad request for documents on October 10 - while the government was still shut down - and asked that we produce these materials within two weeks.”