Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday predicted that House Republicans would unveil — and possibly vote on — a plan to replace ObamaCare in 2014, fulfilling a long-delayed promise to voters. An alternative to ObamaCare will be “one of the big issues” the House GOP will discuss at its annual policy retreat at the end of the month, Boehner said.
While the party has repeatedly run on a pledge to “repeal and replace” President Obama’s signature law, GOP lawmakers have never coalesced around a single alternative. Boehner is now facing mounting pressure from conservatives who say the party cannot continue to merely denounce the unpopular ObamaCare as a means of winning elections. The Hill’s Russell Berman reports.
O-Care oversight: 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. The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz reports.
Issa made a memo from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services's chief information security officer, Teresa Fryer, the central focus of the hearing. The two sides have been at loggerheads over the importance of the memo for more than a month. The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports.
DC: A key official at the District of Columbia's ObamaCare exchange is joining global communications firm FleishmanHillard as a senior vice president and partner. Richard Sorian, who helped the D.C. marketplace navigate its crucial first year of operations, previously led communications for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reports.
How Dems are fighting back on ObamaCare, by Greg Sargent at The Plumline.
Ignore the White House’s Medicaid claims, by Glenn Kessler at The Washington Post.
ObamaCare critics are getting desperate, by Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic.
How ObamaCare will hurt doctors, by Marc Siegel at The New York Daily News.