OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Key ObamaCare official headed back to Capitol Hill

A key official involved in ObamaCare's rollout is headed back to Capitol Hill for Republicans' first 2014 hearing on the law.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Deputy Administrator Gary Cohen has testified before lawmakers many times in the last year about the law's implementation. 
He's also met privately with members to describe the administration's effort to shore up HealthCare.gov and promote the law's benefits with the public.


The hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Oversight subcommittee is scheduled for Jan. 16 and heralds another season of intense Republican inquiry about the law.

The House GOP has scheduled votes Friday on two bills related to the Affordable Care Act and has vowed more oversight as the enrollment period continues. The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reports.

Dispute: The ranking Democrats from two House committees released a memo on Thursday disputing Republican arguments about security concerns with HealthCare.gov and trumpeting the site’s safety record.

In a memo to the Democratic Caucus, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said “there have been no successful breaches of the Healthcare.gov website to date.”

The report comes a day before the House will vote on a Republican bill that would require the government to tell people if their personal information has been compromised on HealthCare.gov. The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports.

Boys club: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted the Republican Party for refusing to allow Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) to testify at a hearing about federal funding for abortion. 

“America’s women deserve better than eight Republican men trying to dictate and control the most intimate medical decisions in their lives,” she asserted Pelosi to the Judiciary Committee’s subpanel on the Constitution and Civil Justice.Mario Trujillo at The Hill reports.

Poll: A strong majority of uninsured adults lack basic knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and haven’t visited an ObamaCare exchange yet, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from Enroll America, a nonprofit with close ties to the Obama administration that is aiming to sign people up, found seven out of 10 uninsured people in the United States haven’t visited an ObamaCare online exchange yet.

In addition, 81 percent said they didn’t know March 31 is the open enrollment deadline, after which they would be subject to the individual mandate penalty if they remain uninsured. Jonathan Easley at The Hill reports.

State by State:

HealthCare.gov drops tens of thousands of Ohio Medicaid applicants

Wyoming legislative panel considers Medicaid expansion

Wisconsin receives federal waiver for Medicaid change

Reading List:

GOP obsession with repealing ObamaCare must end, writes Norm Ornstein at The National Journal.

Karl Rove says young people are in for a rude awakening with ObamaCare.

Congress grapples with primary care pay, at MedPage Today.

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White House stops short of veto threats on healthcare bills.

Most visitors to ObamaCare site report good health.

House advances ObamaCare bills.