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Blame for Health Care Law Failure Lies With Cohen | Commentary

“Consumers will be able to go online, they will be able to get a determination of what tax subsidies they are eligible for, they will be able to look at the plans that are available where they live, they will be able to see the premium net of subsidy that they would have to pay, and they will be able to choose a plan and get enrolled in coverage beginning October 1st.”

We now know that not a single detail of that statement was true, and if Mr. Cohen was even halfway involved in the creation of the sites, he would have known that. Sitting there, 13 days before the launch of the website, Cohen should have known that there had been no complete “end to end” test of the site.

If he was doing his job correctly, he knew that the more limited tests that were conducted on the site had failed. And that his contractors had been asking for more testing for months and were warning him that the system was not ready.

In making this statement, either Cohen decided to overtly lie to Congress, or he is so inept at his job that he doesn’t know the basic facts about which he is testifying. Either scenario is absolutely unacceptable.

Last week, when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified at the committee, I asked if she was ready to call for the resignation of Gary Cohen. She dismissed my question with a brusque, “No”.

If gross incompetence or overt lies aren’t enough to get Secretary Sebelius to seriously consider my question, then what is going to?

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D., is a Republican from Texas.

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