Ways and Means Republicans request hearing on healthcare law's implementation

Ways and Means Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to the panel's chairman, Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), requesting a hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The GOP says HHS has already missed several deadlines regarding implementation of the new law, including:

Complying with an important transparency in government provision requiring HHS to publish a list of its new authorities (Sec. 1552; required by April 22, 2010);

Proposing methodology and criteria for designating what qualifies as “medically underserved populations” and “health professions shortage areas” (Sec. 5602; required by May 7, 2010);

Establishing a government task force to develop a strategy to improve the government health care programs in Alaska (Sec. 5104; required by May 7, 2010); and

Establishing an advisory committee to assist in creating and conducting an advertising campaign to educate young women about breast cancer and breast health, including early detection (Sec. 10413; required by May 22, 2010).

"This is merely the first in what will be a long list of failures in government-run healthcare," health subcommittee ranking member Wally Herger (R-Calif.) said. "The new law is seriously flawed, and the American people deserve a full accounting of the administration’s actions in carrying it out.”

The Hill has asked the Obama administration for its response and will post shortly.