Exclusive: House Panel Launches Online Portal for Health Reform Info

The House Energy and Commerce Committee wants to be a go-to reference for all things related to the Obamacare repeal-and-replacement process, and it’s launching an online portal Wednesday meant to serve as “health care central” for inquiring minds.

The committee, led by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), is poised to play an important role in GOP efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 health law. It’s one of four congressional committees that will receive instructions to draft reconciliation legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act if, as expected, both chambers approve a budget resolution later this week.

The online portal — which committee aides say is the only one to be put forth from any of the relevant committees — will compile fact sheets, infographics, blog posts and videos for a one-stop shop about the health law and the process to repeal and replace it. The items being released today focus on what Republicans say are problems with Obamacare and the reasons it needs to be repealed.

The portal will be housed on the committee’s website, and is meant to provide a resource for people working on health care reform issues, such as staffers on Capitol Hill or at other organizations.


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