Rep. Darrell Issa isn’t going to give Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the benefit of the doubt — he’s subpoenaed her for documents about the troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov and is giving her two weeks to comply.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman requested the documents on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24; the administration has yet to respond. Sebelius refused to answer a number of questions on enrollment data Wednesday during an Energy and Commerce hearing — saying she wanted to provide “reliable” data that just doesn’t exist at the moment due to the websites woes. She promised more information by mid-November and said she was confident the website would work properly by the end of November.
Issa isn’t satisfied.
“The Administration’s failure to provide answers about what led to the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov and what is being done to fix it is completely unacceptable,” Issa said in a statement Thursday. “The evidence is mounting that the website did not go through proper testing, including critical security testing, and that the Administration ignored repeated warnings from contractors about ongoing problems.”
The California Republican has been the administration’s de facto gadfly-in-chief — and his requests have been met largely with exasperation from the White House.
“The American people deserve to know why the Administration spent significant taxpayer money on a product that is entirely dysfunctional and puts their personal information at risk,” Issa said.
The subpoena requires HHS to produce the documents by Nov. 13 at noon.