Colorado Republican Rep. Cory Gardner earned scattered applause Wednesday when he blasted Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for not getting her own health insurance through the troubled federal exchange website.
He followed up this fusillade with a special request: Could he get an Obamacare waiver for his whole congressional district?
Gardner also held up a letter that he said was a notice that his family’s healthcare policy was about to be canceled because it doesn’t conform to Obamacare’s regulations.
“Why aren’t you losing your health insurance?” he asked. “Why aren’t you in the exchange? You’re in charge of this law.”
Sebelius replied that she is covered under a federal health insurance program and isn’t eligible to enroll in private insurance through the healthcare exchange.
The line of questioning was taken up by Missouri Republican Rep. Billy Long who asked Sebelius if she would join the rest of the country in trying to get health insurance through HealthCare.gov.
“Come on in,” he quipped. “The water is fine.”
Gardner also held up a poster of an Obamacare ad running in Colorado that features three college-age men doing a keg stand and encouraging them to sign up through the state-run healthcare exchange for “Brosurance.”
“Do you agree with this kind of advertising for Obamacare?” he asked.
“Do I approve of it? I’ve never seen it,” Sebelius replied.
Gardner ended his remarks by telling Sebelius that he would be submitting a waiver from Obamacare for his district.
“[I] hope that you will consider waiving Obamacare for the 4th Congressional District,” he said.
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