WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A Republican congressman said talking to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is “like talking to the Republic of Korea.”
Rep. John Shimkus, a Republican representing Illinois, has criticized Sebelius’ testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health with the problems that have been associated with the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius testified that Obamacare was paid in full to Rep. Jan Shakowski, but Shimkus believes that Americans deserved the truth.
He explained that he would try to be “nice and polite” and told Sebelius that she cannot claim that Obamacare is paid for.
“You can’t tell us this is paid for when we double counted $500 billion. I just want to put that on the record,” Shimkus said.
He reminded the HHS Secretary she admitted to congress that she “double counted $500 billion,” noting that she said$500 billion went to preserve Medicare and that $500 billion went to Obamacare.
Shimkus went further in the heated exchange between the two. He said that 20 times more people in his state are enrolled in Medicaid than they are in Obamacare. He demanded Sebelius to give him the number of consumers that have actually paid for Obamacare since enrolling in plans.
She resisted answering his question and instead stated that “we did not take over the private insurance market that people will purchase their plans from the insurance companies.”
The congressman wants Sebelius to come back with the true number of how many American have actually paid for healthcare plans under Obamacare stating that he thinks the 365,000 enrollment number is false.