U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about the cost, compliance, and clarity of the regulations being issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Treasury, the IRS, and the Department of Labor as a result of Obamacare.
"To date, the administration's implementation of the critically flawed Obamacare program has been a colossal failure," Roberts said after the hearing. "Regulations are being issued by a myriad of agencies that are ill-defined, over complicated, and remarkably costly. Yet, stakeholders and lawmakers are allowed mere weeks to review thousands of pages and share their thoughts before the regulations are enacted. Our healthcare providers and small businesses are being crushed by compliance costs years before Obamacare goes into full effect. This is flat out unacceptable, and I will continue to push for serious regulatory reform to protect hardworking Kansans from this Administration's healthcare overhaul. "
For example, Roberts remains concerned about the lack of information coming from the Administration related to the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFE). These exchanges are to be operational in 2014 to provide insurance plans those that do not have coverage through an employer or a state program but are still mandated to purchase insurance. To date there has been no clear explanation for how the FFE will operate, what the timeline will be, or of the costs associated with it.
Video and audio of the exchange can be found here.
Senator Roberts is an outspoken advocate for the elimination of ridiculous and burdensome regulations. Last month, Roberts introduced a bill, S. 191, the Regulatory Responsibility for our Economy Act to fight against regulations issued by the Obama Administration that hurt the nation's struggling economy.
Senator Roberts, is the co-chair of the Senate Rural Health Caucus and a member of both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.