Who said Democrats and Republicans couldn’t work together? Of course you can be assured 99% of the media will ignore this humiliation for Obama.
The House voted Thursday to require weekly updates from the Obama administration about the implementation and operation of ObamaCare and its website, HealthCare.gov.
Members passed the Exchange Information Disclosure Act in a 259-154 vote. And while many Democrats criticized the bill as another GOP attack on ObamaCare, it won the support of 33 Democrats in the final vote.
It’s the second House vote in as many weeks showing some level of Democratic support for more oversight of the healthcare law. Last week, 67 Democrats voted for another GOP bill that would require officials to tell people if their personal information has been stolen from the HealthCare.gov website.
Of course these folks realize there a bloodbath coming in November and are running like sprinters away from Obama. Cna’t blame them.
Still, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said President Obama’s past commitment to transparency means the White House should be fine with the bill.
“Preventing access to reliable data about the exchanges is not exactly what you’d expect from the self-proclaimed most transparent administration in history,” Upton said. “It should not take a vote in Congress to get basic information from the administration, but without voluntary transparency, we don’t have any other choice.”
Democrats argued the bill would create new reporting requirements that would only divert efforts by the administration to implement the law.
“It’s an effort to slow down implementation of the new law by drowning the Department of Health and Human Services in red tape,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on Upton’s committee.
This country is larded down with red tape and 800,000-page bills forcing us to do whatever Democrats ascribe for us. But now all of a sudden Nostrilitus Waxman is worried about red tape? Please.