Boehner: Congressional Oversight Key to ObamaCare Repeal

As the president’s health care law continues making it harder for small businesses to hire, Speaker Boehner this week is urging colleagues to recognize the critical role congressional oversight will play in repealing ObamaCare going forward.   

“I’ve long maintained,” Boehner wrote in a letter to House Republicans, that “there are three possible routes to repeal of ObamaCare: the courts, the presidential election, and our constitutional responsibility for oversight.  With two of them having come up short, the third and final of these becomes more important than ever.

Speaker Boehner outlined his repeal plan in discussions with House Republican colleagues Tuesday. 

“The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our debt already exceeds the size of our whole economy – and as I told Diane Sawyer last week, ObamaCare must remain on the table,” Boehner said.  “We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact.”

House Republicans are already moving to make good on the Speaker’s pledge.  Oversight efforts, which have already been aggressive in the past year, continued in earnest yesterday as the House Ways & Means Committee issued a subpoena demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services turn over any and all information regarding how taxpayer dollars have been used to promote ObamaCare.

It’s the second subpoena Sebelius has faced from congressional Republicans in as many months,” according to POLITICO, which notes that “the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed the agency to turn over documents to determine if funds from a Medicare Advantage demonstration program are being used improperly.”

Additionally, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have requested that Secretary Sebelius provide information relevant to exploring potential conflicts of interest involving a company responsible for supporting ObamaCare’s health exchanges.  The Hill has previously reported that the company’s role has “sparked concerns about a potentially uneven playing field.”  The panel’s request comes as states are feeling “tension and angst” over whether to take part in the exchanges.