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Obamacare Grants

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, in today's Wall Street Journal, Dr. Steven Greer relates his disastrous experience trying to review grants for a program created by ObamaCare.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will hand out more than $10 billion in the coming decade. Dr. Greer was one of the chairmen overseeing panels of outside experts who were supposed to review grants for projects to train new types of health care workers. The team had only 2 weeks to review applications that ran more than 100 pages. Among other things, work was lost to poor computer systems, leading some panelists to quit in disgust. Dr. Greer himself quit after his complaints went unanswered.

Despite the problems, the money went out the door--$1.9 million to a George Washington University project that only saves $1.7 million, $4.5 million to a San Antonio project that only saves $5 million, and $5.8 million for the University of Chicago to create 80 jobs. All this poorly supervised spending while we rack up more than $1 trillion in debt every year. More evidence that our debt problem is a spending problem.

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