House GOP steps up oversight of two ObamaCare programs 

The House Energy and Commerce committee on Thursday announced it was stepping up its oversight of two programs created by the national health care law.

Republicans have criticized the Obama administration's management of the law's high-risk pools, which were intended to cover those with pre-existing conditions, but have attracted few enrollees despite spending billions. Meanwhile, a program meant to provide insurance to early retirees has been used to dole out $2 billion to unions and large corporations, as Byron York reported.

The Republican-controlled committee held hearings on the programs earlier this month.

Today, the committee sent a letter to Steve Larsen, the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, which is the entity within the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the programs, requesting biweekly updates on their enrollment and expenditures.

You can read the letter here (PDF).

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