Alexander calls for unanimous passage of bill requiring weekly reports on Obamacare exchanges
Washington, DC -
The senior Republican on the Senate
health committee Monday introduced a bill requiring the administration
to provide weekly reports on the Obamacare exchanges and said he would ask
Tuesday for unanimous passage of the bill.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said:"Before
the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the
Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the
Internet, McDonald's could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day.
Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried
to sign up for Obamacare."
The Exchange Information Disclosure Act would require
the Obama administration to provide weekly reports to Congress, states, and the
public about the 36 federally run exchanges, including easily tracked data such
as the number of individuals who have visited the site and the number who have
successfully enrolled, their zip code, and the level of coverage they've
obtained. The reports would also be required to contain information on the
department's efforts to resolve the site's widespread technical problems.
He added: "With Wikileaks and Edward Snowden spilling our
beans every day, what's happening on the Obamacare exchanges is the only
secret left in Washington. The National Security Administration should learn
some lessons from Secretary Sebelius."
Alexander said he would ask Tuesday for senators to unanimously consent topassage of the bill, saying: "It's a six-page bill. I'll be putting it in the Congressional Record. Tomorrow, after every one should have had time to read it, I intend to ask for unanimous consent."