Sauce for the Goose…
The Secretary’s prepared testimony for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on October 30 was in fact an exact copy of the prepared testimony previously given by CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, when she testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, two days before.
Except for the greetings and committee member names – thank goodness someone picked up on that or what an embarrassment THAT would have been – the two delivered six-and-a-half pages of word-for-word documentation… oops, testimony.
Now I get that the two hearings are investigating similar things, but I find it more than a little annoying that two CMS officials would submit identical documentation… oh sorry, there I go again… testimonies to Congress. Both of them are trying to answer criticism that CMS did not take performance issues seriously enough.
One wonders what the billing was like… perhaps Congress should direct the Recovery Auditors at THOSE bills, now… after all, they seem to be getting a break from work anyway.
Tavenner departed from the written remarks on one point: “I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Tavenner said.
Wonderful. Can we get our money back now? Is the site medically necessary?