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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 SebeliusBiden seeks to use the bully pulpit he has on COVID-19 Biden unveils COVID-19 task force Biden's COVID-19 crisis team takes shape as virus rages 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 CantwellTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Senate advances energy regulator nominees despite uncertainty of floor vote OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Esper reportedly working with lawmakers to strip Confederate names from bases | Enemy attacks in Afghanistan jump by 50 percent, watchdog says | Fort Hood soldier arrested, charged in Chelsea Cheatham killing 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 HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line 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 NelsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE (D-Fla.) said only that the meeting was "wonderful" and about "everything."