Congressman blasts reporters at Obamacare waivers presser: ‘I don’t know why your profession isn’t outraged’

Freshman Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh ripped mainstream media reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning for their failure to adequately cover the Obamacare waivers imbroglio.

“This is an outrage,” Walsh said of the Obamacare waivers program. “I don’t know why your profession isn’t outraged. If this were any other president or any other administration, you would be investigating this tooth and nail every single day.”

(Illinois Republican Joe Walsh tells TheDC why he said ‘no’ to congressional health insurance)

Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp organized the presser at which several members ripped the Obama administration for its lack of transparency and inability to answer basic questions surrounding the waivers process. Though the administration announced last week that it is phasing out the Obamacare waivers program starting in September, those that have already received waivers and those that get them before then will be allowed to keep them through September 2012, right before the next presidential election.

Huelskamp and 31 other Republican members signed onto a June 2 letter asking Obama’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to answer which entities the administration has denied waivers to and why? At the presser, Huelskamp held up a blank poster-board meant to represent Sebelius’s failure to respond to the letter.

“These waivers represent more of the same in that, if you want to participate in the process, you’ll find out that the rules are secret unless you know the key players and the referee,” Huelskamp said. “Obamacare was pitched to the American people as being fair for all, yet waivers do exactly the opposite. It makes it a choice between the haves, and the have-nots. Some get to be exempt from the law, while the rest of America has to live under it.”

The entire Kansas delegation was at the presser, and called on Sebelius, their former governor, to actually come forward and answer the questions being asked about the program. Kansas Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins said that, though she’s obviously ideologically opposed to Obamacare generally, she thinks the waiver program is especially unclear and unfair.

“In the spirit of full disclosure, I voted against the president’s healthcare bill last Congress and I have voted and worked very hard to see that it is repealed this year and replaced,” Jenkins said. “But, despite my personal opinions on the underlying legislation, I’ve had many friends at home ask me sincerely if these waivers are being used for political purposes. Unfortunately, I am unable to answer their question because we simply do not know.”

Jenkins went on to say that Kansans “just want transparency and accountability from Washington” regardless of whether they support the health care law or their former governor.

  • bohemian

    Thank you Daily Caller and Matthew Boyle for running this piece. Joe Walsh is right on about the ‘profession’. These so-called journalists enabled Øbama all throughout his campaign, from the time he became well known in 2007. Since when did real journalists go off with their tail between their legs because they were banned from press conferences? Real journalists would dig in and fight. Did Woodward and Bernstein cower before Nixon? Besides, anything said at Ø’s press conferences are lies and propaganda.
    There is enough out there to bury this Ø if any of these guys had balls. Two (more than 2, counting revised versions) phony BC’s alone is enough, but none of these pussy reporters will touch it. There is a good piece in The Canada Free Press from last summer: 50 Impeachable Crimes and Counting by Fred Dardick ; in The Washington Times: The Case For Impeachment by Jeffrey Kuhner ; numerous pieces in The Post & Email, just to name a few. Now these are real reporters.
    If GWB did any one of these things they would be all over him. But, since these slime reporters carried Ø to the WH in a sedan chair, they can’t admit their abdication of duty at this point.

  • SunnyJ

    First congrats to Rep Walsh and others for calling this presser, writing their letter demanding an explanation and keeping the pressure on this “transparency” farce…the Obama Administration.

    Second, are you reading this story about this presser anywhere else? So, all those reporters in the room, with the exception of DC’s Matthew Boyle did what with this story? We need to support those reporters and media outlets that are providing the back stories and doing the real investigation and reporting on the corruption in this administation. Bravo!

  • Taxpayer

    A little bit of deja vu From Atlas Shrugged:

    “Nobody professed to understand the question of the frozen railroad bonds; perhaps, because everybody understood it too well. At first, there had been sign of a panic among the bondholders and of a dangerous indignation among the public. Then Wesley Mouch had issued another directive, which ruled that people could get their bonds ‘defrozen’ upon a plea of ‘essential need': the government would purchase the bond, if it found the proof of the need satisfactory.

    One was not supposed to speak about the men who, having been refused, sold their bonds for one-third of the value to other men who possessed needs which, miraculously, made thirty-three frozen cents melt into a whole dollar; or about a new profession practiced by bright young boys just out of college, who called themselves ‘defreezers’ and offered their service ‘to help you draft your application in the proper modern terms.’ The boys had friends in Washington.”

  • BigRmv

    He’s just going to confuse the MSM by asking them questions like that. They only understand what the Obama administration tells them.

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  • riseabove

    This must be the phase right before the marriage falls apart where the distrust has grown to such an extent that the non-cheating party has hired a private investigator. That we even have to read these kinds of headlines everyday is alarming, let alone what’s really been going on with this administration. I think we’d likely be in divorce court flinging chairs around if we really knew.

    I totally agree with Mr. Walsh. Why aren’t reporters outraged? Look at all the hoops Issa has to jump through, for crying out loud! Our government is on the verge of collapse and Democrats want to keep sticking out their tongue and flipping the bird at us. Precious time, money and manpower is being squandered because we have a bunch of self-serving, reckless thugs calling the shots.

    Well, settlement time is fast approaching and I have a sneaking suspicion that most responsible taxpayers aren’t only going to demand answers and justice, but restitution, too!