Nebraska’s United States Senators are soliciting input from consumers about the federal health insurance law.
Sen. Deb Fischer is urging Nebraskans to go to a website created by Senate Republicans to relate their experiences with the law: republican.senate.gov/yourstory.
Fischer says the negative impact of the law has become evident.
“There are a shocking 3.5 million people and counting (who) have now learned the disappointing reality that though they were promised repeatedly by the administration that they could keep their health plans it’s just not so,” Fischer tells reporters. “We’re still awaiting specific data for Nebraska.”
The Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that data might be forthcoming next week.
Sen. Mike Johanns complains that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t been forthright with Congress, criticizing her for not releasing information requested by members of Congress.
He says her justification for withholding the information, that it isn’t reliable, isn’t adequate.
“As a former cabinet member, I never believed I had the opportunity or the right, the legal right, to turn to Congress and say, ‘I’ll make a judgment on the information you can see and what you can’t see.’ And yet, she continues to stonewall Congress with that kind of approach,” Johanns says.
Johanns has created a page on his official Senate website to solicit input from Nebraskans.
Both Johanns and Fischer are Republicans and staunch opponents of the law.
Still, Fischer insists the website hasn’t been established just to receive complaints and she will also consider comments from those who have benefited from the law.
“Oh, I want to hear from everyone,” Fischer says. “I think every viewpoint is important and as much information as I can gather always helps me in making decisions.”