Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told a federal health care official on Monday that he needed to “watch more Fox” to learn the real truth about President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
At a so-called “field hearing” in Richardson, Texas, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman took aim at the federally funded navigators who are helping to guide Americans through getting health care coverage.
“There are many problems with the Affordable Care Act, but I don’t think we ever expected it would be this bad,” Issa said, according to The Dallas Morning News.
As proof, House Republicans pointed to a Fox News report about an undercover video recorded by conservative activist James O’Keefe to allege that the navigators were guilty of misconduct.
“CMS took immediate action to decertify the navigators and issue a detailed corrective-action plan,” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Director Dr. Randy Farris explained to the committee.
Farris said that the employees who were accused of wrongdoing had been suspended, and that the Urban League of Greater Dallas had bolstered its training procedures for navigators.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) insisted to Farris that he had “no confidence” in the Affordable Care Act because he did not trust the HeathCare.gov website to store private information.
Farris, however, said that no private applicant information was stored on the website, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“You need to watch more Fox, I’m afraid,” Issa replied, drawing boos from the audience.
Watch this video from KDFW, broadcast Dec. 17, 2013.