Representative Peter Roskam, R-IL., introduced legislation that would create a “special inspector general for monitoring the Affordable Care Act, or SIGMA.” Since the implementation of the HealthCare.gov website nearly two years ago, the program has had reports of cost overruns, increased prices, and lost work hours. According to Roskam, the legislation “will force disclosure, and the public then has choices about how it wants to move forward.”
The bill has support from Tim Murphy, R-PA, Tom Cole, R-OK, Tom Marino R-PA, and Jim Jordan, R-OH. The special inspector general would have jurisdiction including “the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Treasury, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor, and the Peace Corps.” Roskam believes that the cost of creating the post will be over shadowed by the savings the additional oversight will bring to the program.
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