Obama election shenanigans: Rep. Issa threatens to subpoena HHS over Medicare bonuses
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Thursday that he’s willing to subpoena documents from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), alleging a conspiracy to hide the impact of President Obama’s healthcare law.
Issa, as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is investigating an $8 billion demonstration project in which Medicare pays bonuses to certain private Medicare Advantage plans based on quality.
The congressman has suggested that HHS is using the bonus payments to mask the healthcare law’s cuts to Medicare Advantage plans ahead of the election.
Issa and Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) requested documents about the bonus payments in August. They said Thursday that they haven’t gotten a response and said they “will consider the use of compulsory process” if HHS doesn’t turn over the documents by Oct. 5.