Dems press Sebelius to speed up Obama health law implementation

Senate Democrats raised concerns about the implementation of President Obama's signature healthcare law during closed-door meetings this week with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusJerry Moran: 'I wouldn't be surprised' if Pompeo ran for Senate in Kansas Mark Halperin inks book deal 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE.

Sebelius met Thursday morning with the Senate Finance Committee, following a series of one-on-one meetings with committee members on Wednesday.

Senators said they pressed Sebelius on the status of the implementation effort — including delays in some their favorite projects.

"I've got real issues with some of the things they're doing over there, on rules and regulations and timing," Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World MORE (D-W.Va.) said.

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Rockefeller said he wasn't satisfied with some of the answers he received, but that he also recognizes the monumental task of implementing such a massive law.

"She was getting bombarded a lot, and all of a sudden I wanted to say, 'Whoa.' You go take that job," Rockefeller said.

This week's meetings follow a Finance Committee hearing last month in which several Democrats similarly raised issues with the implementation effort.

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellLet's enact a privacy law that advances economic justice There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware MORE (D-Wash.) met one-on-one with Sebelius on Wednesday, where she pressed the secretary on the lack of progress toward implementing the law's Basic Health Program — an option to help states provide care to low-income people.

Cantwell said there doesn't appear to be any new progress since she asked the secretary about the program last month.

Rockefeller and several other senators who met with Sebelius declined to discuss the specific issues they raised.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals MORE (R-Utah), the committee's top Republican and a staunch critic of the healthcare law, said Sebelius was responsive to his questions but he still has serious concerns about certain policies.

Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonLobbying world Bottom Line Bottom Line MORE (D-Fla.) said only that the meeting was "wonderful" and about "everything."