House panel to attack O-Care application problems

A House subcommittee will turn its attention back to ObamaCare next week with a hearing on the millions of inconsistencies in applications for exchange coverage.

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will host high-ranking federal health officials to discuss problems that still plague the process of determining tax subsidies under the law.

The committee said its witnesses would come from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general's office (HHS OIG), which has released several in-depth reports on the problem.

"Sadly, nine months after launch, broken promises and technological glitches continue to define the president's healthcare law," said Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), the subcommittee chairman, in a statement.

"The extent of the administration's malpractice in launching the exchange without a complete back-end system is beyond belief."

House Republicans have spent less time focusing on the healthcare law since the spring, when the administration announced that more than 8 million people had joined the exchanges.

The GOP is still hoping ObamaCare will serve to turn out its base in November, even as the issue recedes from headlines.