Last October, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave a misleading testimony to Congress about the roll-out of HealthCare.gov and can now face perjury charges for it.
The launch of the website was nothing more than a complete failure. They had three years to construct a functioning website that would match people with Obamacare insurance policies, and the website didn’t even work on day one. Six people signed up. It has been riddled with glitches and security issues since its inception. It’s not even expected to work properly until 2017.
Darrell Issa (R-CA), the House Oversight Committee Chairman, wrote a letter to Sebelius regarding her congressional testimony about “whether the Obama Administration was given warnings by an outside contractor about security issues with Healthcare.gov.” He wrote, “Providing false or misleading testimony to Congress is a serious matter… Witnesses who purposely give false or misleading testimony during a congressional hearing may be subject to criminal liability.”
Rep. Issa appeared on ” America’s News Headquarters” yesterday afternoon to discuss this:
Rep. Issa is not the only one committed to holding Sebelius accountable for lying to Congress. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (who is also participating in suing the White House over the unconstitutional healthcare legislation) blasted Sebelius as well.
From Fox News Insider:
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) weighed in on the situation this morning on America’s Newsroom. Republicans also want Sebelius to provide documents and notes that could resolve whether she was speaking truthfully before Congress.
“Lying to a television camera or reporter is one thing. Lying to a committee of Congress is actually a crime. No matter how unpopular we are, you still can’t lie to a committee of Congress,” said Gowdy.
He noted that testimony to Congress by Theresa Fryer, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official, is in “direct conflict” with what Sebelius testified about the pre-launch testing performed on the ObamaCare enrollment website.
We need to prosecute everyone who commits the felony of lying to Congress. If we fail to hold them accountable, they get by with it without so much as a slap on the wrist. As Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said, if we don’t take action, we are “just encouraging people to lie to us.”
Is it really any wonder more people see government as our biggest threat than ever before?
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