Five dramatic moments from past congressional showdowns over health care

Kaiser Health News looks back on high drama moments over health care on Capitol Hill.
3:47 | 02/26/19

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Over the years many hearings in the house and senate have produced tension filled moments and sometimes important policy changes here are some of the most memorable. In an effort to build support for president Bill Clinton's health plan the First Lady testified before five separate committees on Capitol Hill. Most of the interactions were polite but Republicans made it clear they were not buying what she was selling. And while I don't share the chairman's joy at our holding hearings on a government run health care system. I do share his intention to make the debate no legislative process as exciting as possible. I'm sure you will do that that mr. Armey. We'll do event for genuine doctor Kevorkian's. To pull wool. I have been told about your charm and written let me say. Three parts on your charm are overstated new reports on your read our under educated naked. Thank you very mines. As part of an investigation into the dangers of smoking. The CEOs at the nation's top tobacco companies testified under oath before the house energy and commerce committee. Oregon congressman now senator Ron Wyden famously drilled the executives about a key point. Yup remote do you believe that he is not addictive. I believe nicotine is not addictive yet history jump. Congressman. Cigarettes and nicotine clearly do not. Meet the classic definitions of the dictionary is no car tax okay will take that is Nolan again time is short you could just. I think each of you believe nicotine is not addictive and just would like happens for a I don't believe that nicotine or our products are addicted. I believe that nicotine is not. I believe that appears. Two. The. The launch of health care dot gov which was supposed to let people sign up for insurance under the new Affordable Care Act did not go as planned. Health and human services secretary Kathleen to believes was summoned to explain the mishap to members of congress. Frustrated and angry as anyone. With a flawed launch of health care dot gov so who is responsible. For overseeing this project is hate you are your designate hold me accountable for the device I'm response. Dramatic price increases on drugs that had been on the market for years caught the attention of congress. The poster child for buying up all drugs and raising prices was mark inch Crowley was later convicted of fraud. Jerry is at the house government reform and oversight committee. What he stated that signal pregnant woman who might have aids. No income. She needs air prim and ordered to survive but what do you say to her when. She has to make that choice what you cedar. On the advice of counsel invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination and respectfully decline answered. Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act prompted some major protests. Particularly from people with disabilities. Who worried about the potential loss of their Medicaid health coverage. The protests came to a head at a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee. Okay. I'm a.

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