House GOP Renews Demand For Obama’s Health Reform-Related Memos
The New Yorker on Monday published an in-depth look at previously unreleased White House documents, including some related to negotiations surrounding the development and passage of the health law. Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have been seeking such internal communications for more than two years.
Politico: House Members Demand 'Obama Memos' From White House
On Monday, The New Yorker published "The Obama Memos," (Ryan) Lizza's in-depth look at hundreds of pages of previously unreleased White House documents, including some involving the White House Office of Health Reform (WHOHR) and how it negotiated and decided upon health care reform legislation. In the letter sent to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley on Tuesday, Chairman Fred Upton and three other members of the committee complain that their ongoing requests for these documents have been denied, despite President Barack Obama's promises to make such documents public (Byers, 1/25).
Modern Healthcare: House Republicans Renew Requests For Reform-Related Correspondence
An upcoming magazine feature has led House Republicans to renew demands for copies of administration correspondence leading up to passage of the 2010 federal healthcare overhaul. The leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote the Obama administration on Tuesday to demand copies of communications between the White House Office of Health Reform and various provider advocates before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Daly, 1/25).
The Hill: House GOP Livid White House Memos Leaked To The New Yorker
House Republicans are furious at the White House after being scooped by The New Yorker. Leaders on the Energy and Commerce panel wrote to President Obama's current and former chiefs of staff this week demanding that the administration turn over internal documents detailing its negotiations with industry groups during the healthcare reform debate. Republicans have been asking the White House to turn over such internal memos for more than two years and are miffed that political reporter Ryan Lizza was able to obtain some of them for an article entitled "The Obama memos" (Pecquet, 1/25).