Controlling The Optics – Obama Administration Doesn’t Want HHS Marilyn Tavenner Sitting Next To Gruber At Congressional Hearing…

Transparent motive… 

WASHINGTON DC –  […]  The Obama administration is asking Rep. Darrell Issa not to put its senior Medicare official next to the now infamous Obamacare “architect” when both testify on Capitol Hill next Tuesday.

CMS Marilyn Tavenner and HHS Kathleen Sebeliusgruber

But it’s very clear that Issa, in one of his last investigative hearings as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants to put Obamacare in a harsh spotlight by pairing Gruber with Marilyn Tavenner of CMS. They’ll be speaking about separate Obamacare issues — and the administration wants Issa to seat them separately, too.

“I am writing to reiterate the request made to your staff regarding the structure of the hearing; that is, that Administrator Tavenner be provided the opportunity to testify on a panel comprised solely of government witnesses,” Jim Esquea, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, wrote in a letter obtained by POLITICO. “Executive Branch officials are almost always afforded an opportunity to testify on a panel either alone or with other government witnesses.”

Gruber is the only other person scheduled to appear before the committee.  (read more)


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23 Responses to Controlling The Optics – Obama Administration Doesn’t Want HHS Marilyn Tavenner Sitting Next To Gruber At Congressional Hearing…

  1. “Esquea said having separate panels would reflect “important comity in congressional-executive relations” and avoid the appearance of “government officials’ testimony being treated as equivalent to statements made by other interested parties.”

    I like the way he makes this into a single sentence: Esquea is actually saying 1) that it would show the people how well the congress and the executive branch are getting along and 2) that government “officials” are more important than other “interested parties” when testifying before congress. It’s Tavner for pete’s sake. Overall, par for the course.

    I think they should have to sit in the same chair.


  2. justfactsplz says:

    I say put them together and make them squirm. Birds of a feather.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Theatrics plays a part in any political presentation – how can you sell bullsh*t as cupcakes without a lot of icing? Personally, I wouldn’t want to sit anywhere near Gruber as he’s going to be ground zero fro all of the incoming from both sides – vacation lots on Bikini are going to be salable before this guy is. I’m going to do everything I can to watch his entire testimony and questioning, I have a feeling it’s going to be reminiscent of one of those old safari hunting programs on they had on TV before Bambi got a seat at the FCC.

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  4. Ellie says:

    I’d like to see them both together in little chairs similar to what you see in kindergarten classes. With a dunce cap on each one of them. Sitting at the big table in the hearing room. Folks, this is such a joke! You would think the administration would have bigger things to worry about. Must be a slow night in the white house.


  5. florenceva says:

    I can’t imagine what Gruber is going to say–I mean what can he say? Will he double down and say he meant Americans are ‘stupid’ and he’s not taking it back? Will he say healthcare is one sixth of our economy and as a Marxist and economist he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it? I mean after the videos nobody will believe one word he says.

    Tavenner is the bunker type–she’d swallow cyanide if der Obama told her to. I worked with her son before she made it big. Real Nascar groupie and she’s got skeletons.

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  6. Dems B. Dcvrs says:

    “Executive Branch officials are almost always afforded an opportunity to testify”

    Please by all means, Subpoena Obama, Biden, Jarrett, and rest of those involved in Obamacare Scam. May I suggest pursuing charges under RICO, being money exchanged hands in criminal scheme organized to defraud Americans. Being Holder played cover for them, Subpoena him too.

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  7. texan59 says:

    Take a few minutes to go read up on the master of political theatrics, our old buddy LBJ from when he was just a lowly Senator. He was one of the first who understood how this could be used for political advantage. And that was before the days of C-Span. Scroo ’em all. 😈


  8. davidfarrar says:

    If they are talking about totally separate issues related to Obamacare, I would say separate them in the interest of proper decorum, but only if addressing completely different issues. If there is even the remotest possibility of any overlap; I would have them sitting next to each other, as it can then be completely and fairly justified.

    ex animo


  9. 1hear2learn says:

    And why would Issa want to afford this administration any kind of decorum after Obama just gave a big FU to Republicans with his executive order after election referendum? I mean, two wrongs don’t make a right, but you have to be tired of being a doormat after 6 years of disrespect.


  10. TexasRanger says:

    Obama Always Saves The Day – Again and Again….


  11. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    Obviously it would be better if they sat next to each other so we’ll see what happens!


  12. TwoLaine says:

    C-Span is currently playing reruns of Gruber.
    They just can’t get enough Gruber.


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