'Laughing on Jon Stewart': Rep. Hall Takes Aim at Obama, Sebelius
HALL: “Mr. Chairman, thank you. This hearing's entitled PPACA implementation failures didn't know or didn't disclose. And I guess this hearing really is to set us in little better shape to deal with Ms. Sebelius. I think she's going to be here next week. President Obama often attempts to paint Republicans as being out of order, downright crazy in their criticism of the health-care law. I want to talk about that a minute before I ask my question. I hear from my district and from Americans across the country that the craziest part of the last few weeks is seeing the president's top health care official laughing on Jon Stewart while Americans are having to deal with the consequences -- with the consequences with the president's flawed health care law. For example, I have a teacher there in my hometown where she has to face premiums that will consume nearly a quarter of her monthly income or another constituent that's tried to comply with the law but not yet received information about their coverage as promised and claimed, quote, ‘I am very concerned that my family will not be in compliant, will face IRS fines.' They are calling for a repeal of the individual mandate and most of them are calling for that. Yet, another who has been advised that their current coverage will end December 31, 2013. So much for keeping what you have. And concern that this dysfunctional health care government will expose me to an unwanted liability if I can't get coverage through the website.
Now -- and how verbose is this? You know, the Founding Fathers in 1776 declared their independence. The next year they wrote a Constitution that was 4500 words. This, this wording in here, the regulations not voted on by Congress contains a massive 11,588,000,000 words. I just don't know how anybody could ever answer these things. And I just want to ask you in an environment where people are already worried about whether or not they have a job and there's no jobs now and if we go on like we are going now there’ll be no employers a year from now, they now have to worry about navigating a flawed law where their chances of finding affordable coverage are often less than before the law's existence. So my question to each of you is, CMS has had three years and most of you’ve had over a year to ensure that this law could work. Now what do you want me to tell the Americans who are terrified of really facing IRS fines for not being able to access coverage they actually can't afford?”