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Statement on Testimony on HHS Secretary Sebelius on Affordable Care Act Exchanges


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Representative Mark Sanford (SC-1) released the following statement regarding the testimony of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"This morning's testimony from Secretary Sebelius confirmed for me that this administration is determined to meet their own political goals no matter how it harms Americans. It's clear from this morning that the Affordable Care Act exchanges were in no way ready for primetime. The Secretary's admission that the websites didn't have enough testing and simply weren't ready seems to fit a pattern we've seen from this administration," said Sanford. "The website was rushed to meet self-imposed political deadlines, and the White House and the executive branch knowingly pushed what their own tests indicated was a flawed product."

"The exchanges are just one of many failures and shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act," added Sanford. "All across the Lowcountry, people are facing higher premiums, losing the insurance plans they were promised they could keep, and watching as the administration struggles to answer questions about why they pushed so hard to launch a website and enforce a mandate when they knew it wasn't ready."

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