H.R. 3362, the Exchange Information Disclosure Actby Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2014-01-15
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my
opposition to H.R. 3362, the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, which
is yet another effort to undermine the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act.
The Exchange Information Disclosure Act requires weekly reporting by the Department of Health and Human Services on health insurance enrollments through HealthCare.gov and any and all problems consumers experience when using the website.
While I support strong congressional oversight through sufficient reporting and transparency, the reporting required by this bill is overly burdensome, unfunded, and in excess of requirements for other public or private programs. And it includes another attack on navigators charged with enrolling uninsured and underinsured Americans in the new exchanges.
If this bill was a sincere effort to improve or build upon the landmark health care reform law, then it should have gone through the committee process. Instead, it was crafted to further bog down HHS and make the implementation of the ACA as difficult as possible.
Congress should be using our time to work on legislation to improve the historic law so that millions of Americans can take full advantage of affordable coverage and the landmark reforms and protections included in the ACA, rather than another attempt to delay and derail health care reform.