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House Holds Hearing on the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on “The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) and the Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” With the January 1, 2014, deadline for full implementation of the law rapidly approaching, the subcommittee heard from CCIIO Director Gary Cohen, who leads the agency responsible for implementing the law.

Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) criticized the law saying: “The American people have been promised good coverage that is also affordable. We all remember the many promises that were made in the rush to pass the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary. That if you liked your coverage you could keep it. Yet, we see many stories about impending doctor shortages, and companies faced with the tough decision of whether to continue providing coverage.”

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) highlighted a list of Obamacare programs that have been “either delayed, closed enrollment because they weren’t ready for prime time, or just outright repealed because they were so bad.” When responding to Scalise’s questioning, Cohen maintained that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is “on track.” ADEA will keep everyone updated as to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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