House Oversight Efforts Expose More White House Credibility Problems

| November 22 2013

The House Energy & Commerce Committee uncovered new evidence this week that President Obama knew as far back as March that the rollout of his health care law was headed for disaster, contradicting his recent claim that he “was not informed directly that the website would not be working,” Reuters reports.   The committee’s findings add to a growing list of discrepancies between what the White House has known, and what it’s been telling the American people about ObamaCare, casting further doubt on the president’s already-flagging credibility:

  • Looming Rate Shock.  President Obama was warned by House Republicans back in 2010 that the new mandates in his health care law would, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, drive up premiums for the more than 13 million Americans on the individual market.  Yet the president repeatedly claimed otherwise, saying his law would “bend the cost curve,” saving “a typical family an average of $2,500.”  But as millions are now coming to find out, they’re facing a major rate shock next year that will stretch thin budgets even further.  “It was scary getting the letter and hearing that rates are going up,” says one New Yorker – a sentiment shared by many others in the same position.
  • “Numerous Security Flaws.” “When consumers fill out their online marketplace applications, they can trust that the information they’re providing is protected by stringent security standards,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney assured Americans on October 31st.  But under the headline “Officials Were Warned About Health Site Woes,” the New York Times reports that “one of the main firms hired to assess the security of the site” said on October 11th “it was ‘unable to adequately test the confidentiality and integrity’ of the health exchange,” warning “that a ‘complete end-to-end testing’ of the site ‘never occurred.’”  At a House Science Committee hearing yesterday, experts confirmed “numerous security flaws within Healthcare.gov,” attributed “to the complexity of its 500 million lines of code and a rushed rollout that failed to properly test the website,” the Free Beacon reports.
  • Millions of Canceled Health Plans.  At least 4.2 million Americans have been blindsided by notices that their health plans are being canceled and premiums are going up, but that should come as no surprise to the president who admitted back in 2010 that as many as eight or nine million would be losing their policies under his health care law.  Apparently when the president told Americans no less than 36 times they’d be able to keep the plans they liked, he “really didn’t mean it.”

Given all this, it’s no wonder that in the latest CBS News survey, support for the president’s health care law is at an all-time low, with just seven percent of Americans saying the law “is working well and should be kept in place as it is.”  And according to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans say they’re opposed to the law, “its most negative rating to date.”

“What we’re seeing here is a pattern of broken promises from the administration,”Speaker Boehner said yesterday.  From canceled policies, to higher costs, and now losing access to doctors, “it’s just one more reason why this health care law needs to be scrapped – now.”