by Katherine Restrepo
Director of Health Care Policy, John Locke Foundation
In today’s thehill.com
The chief of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not back down during a tense back-and-forth with GOP Republicans on Wednesday, declining to offer the Obama administration’s backup plan in the event of a looming Supreme Court case going against it.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell did not budge despite a barrage of questions from the two highest-ranking Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee about what the administration would do if ObamaCare subsidies are struck down in 34 states.
“You’re a highly intelligent, charming person, but do you’ve refused to answer our questions, and to me, that doesn’t strike me as trying to work with Congress, but rather contemptuous of Congress’ responsibilities,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said after several minutes of questions.