Lawmakers set to grill CMS Administrator Verma on efforts to sabotage nation’s health care law
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s top official charged with overseeing the Affordable Care Act, is expected to face a grilling from lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday when she appears to testify before a key House oversight panel that’s investigating the administration’s ongoing efforts to sabotage the 2010 health care law.
Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:00 a.m. ET.
It will be Verma’s first appearance before a House committee since taking over as head of CMS in early 2017 and lawmakers – including the panel’s chair, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) – are prepared to use the opportunity to shed light on her actions to undermine the very program she is responsible for overseeing.
“For nearly three years now, Administrator Seema Verma has played a key role in the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to sabotage Americans’ health care while flouting our Congressional oversight requests,” DeGette said in advance of the hearing. “That lack of accountability ends this week when members will have the opportunity to question Administrator Verma directly about her tenure, including her efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.”
Verma, a former health care consultant who was tapped by President Trump to lead the health care agency, has been widely criticized for working to sabotage the Affordable Care Act as the president and his allies push to repeal it altogether.
According to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, premiums for mid-level silver plans under the ACA are 16 percent higher than they would be otherwise this year because of the administration’s actions to sabotage the ACA.
Wednesday’s hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
It will also be streamed LIVE online at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT-egpXPGno