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Washington, DC, October 28, 2013 | comments

Congressman Tom Reed and the Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the Obamacare rollout and what plans the Administration has to fix the website and address the law’s underlying affordability and accessibility problems. Reed says the hearing is not just about the problematic website rollout, but the bigger healthcare picture.

“The Obamacare fiasco is about so much more than a botched website rollout, it’s about families’ healthcare,” Congressman Reed said. “Fixing the software won’t fix Obamacare – the problems go much deeper,” Reed continued. “Tuesday’s hearing is about accountability and transparency and finding out why, after three years of preparation on a website with a $600 million dollar price tag and hearing the Administration say it would be ready for the October 1st rollout, it has been a disaster. Glitches, inaccurate information and wait times are all impeding families’ ability to even get guidance in the sign-up process.”

Reed referenced a recent New York Times review that found rural areas are suffering significantly under Obamacare due to less competition. “We’re seeing more than half of the 2,500 counties being served by the federal exchanges have plans offered by only one or two insurance providers,” Reed noted. “One of the promises the President made when he promoted and campaigned on the law was the increased competition Obamacare would bring. In actuality, we’re seeing that’s not the case.”

The Ways and Means Committee will hear testimony from Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CMS oversees the operation of the Exchanges through the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).

Reed has long been a proponent for patient-centered solutions including affordable coverage for all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions, coverage for young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ policies, and allowing Americans to shop for coverage that best suits their family’s needs from coast to coast.


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