JACKSON, Miss.–Lawmakers questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday about the roll out debacles with Obamacare.
Sebelius is the lead person over the entire project and was grilled for over three and a half hours on the problems consumers are facing.
“There was never really any clear explanation, in my opinion on why you have three and a half years to roll this out and it’s not ready,” said Miss. Congressman Gregg Harper who questioned Secretary Sebelius at the hearing.
He said the Democrats knew that it probably wasn’t ready to be unveiled at October 1 but they stuck to the hard deadline instead of heeding to Republicans on delaying the implementation.
“In reflection that seems like it would have been a good idea,” he said. “She finally did say it was her fault and she apologized for it, but it’s ultimately the President’s responsibility.”
Harper also reiterated at the Mississippi Economic Council’s Hobnob Mississippi that people all over the country are losing their personal health insurance plans due to Obamacare ruling them sub-standard.
“Now we’ve got two-million people that have received notices they’re losing their insurance and that number is significantly higher than the number of people that have even been able to sign up for Obamacare thus far,” said Harper.
He tells News Mississippi constituents have contacted him who have received the letters of dropped coverage in Mississippi.
“We’ve also had other employees who have said they don’t think they’ll be able to pay for the coverage and they’re dropping their employees, which kicks them into the exchange,” he said.
Harper closed by saying the notion that new plans on the exchange are any better than someone’s old individual plan, like President Obama has said, is just false.