Sebelius Returns to Hot Seat on the Hill

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 13: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a press conference at the Erie Family Health Center on February 13, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Sebelius, with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, used the opportunity to promote cooperation between states and the federal government in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Elahe Izad
Dec. 2, 2013, 12:32 p.m.

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us will be back in the hot seat next week at a hear­ing of a House Health sub­com­mit­tee.

Her testi­mony on Obama­care, sched­uled for Dec. 11, comes after she served as the sole wit­ness dur­ing an En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee hear­ing in Oc­to­ber. At that time, in ref­er­ence to the rol­lout of the Af­ford­able Care Act’s in­sur­ance ex­changes’ web­site, she told law­makers to “hold me ac­count­able for the de­bacle. I’m re­spons­ible.”

Ex­pect the fo­cus of next week’s hear­ing to go bey­ond the rol­lout. “The prob­lems with the pres­id­ent’s health care law are far worse than the many Health­­duced head­aches that have plagued Amer­ic­ans across the coun­try for the past two months,” Health Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Joe Pitts, R-Pa., said in a state­ment.


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