Dem Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Goes Off During Obamacare Hearing: 'I Will Not Yield to This Monkey Court'

During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website on Thursday morning, Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) severely castigated Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) for inaccurately describing a privacy requirement in the law, eventually calling the entire hearing a "monkey court."

Barton had just questioned Cheryl Campbell, the senior vice president of CGI, one of the two primary contractors that built the federal exchange website, about whether the privacy components of the site were compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which in part regulates privacy concerns in the health care industry.

"I started out in my opening statement saying there was no legitimacy to this hearing, and the last line of the questioning certainly confirms that," Pallone said. "HIPAA only applies when there's health information being provided. That's not in play here today. No health information is required in the application process. And why is that? Because pre-existing conditions don't matter. So once again, here we have my Republican colleagues trying to scare everybody—"

"Will the gentleman yield?" Barton interrupted.

"No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever this thing is," Pallone responded.

"This is not a monkey court," Barton replied. "Protecting American citizens is a legitimate concern of this committee."

"There is no health information in the process," Pallone continued. "You're asked about your address, your date of birth. You are not asked health information. So why are we going down this path? Because you are trying to scare people so they don't apply, and so therefore the legislation gets delayed, or the Affordable Care Act gets defunded, or it's repealed. That's all it is, hoping people won't apply."

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Comment by Linda GrayWolf on November 7, 2013 at 5:21pm

We ain't, so wake up you misinformed, uniformed, head in the sand miscreant!

Comment by my911 on October 29, 2013 at 12:57pm

Jonathon Joseph,

Who "we" ?

Comment by Jonathon Joseph Parker on October 29, 2013 at 11:42am

Anything that we Left Wing "Progressive Socialists don't agree with suddenly becomes a "Monkey Court!" The only "Monkeys" that WE THE PEOPLE have to contend with are the COMMIE Democrats!

Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on October 27, 2013 at 9:59am

Is it not strange the Liberals take over our schools and what comes out of them are those who vote for a cell phone; do not even know who the Vice President is or Pelosi or Reid; and took our schools from about 7th in the world to above 20th. The figure 20th is when only the best students are tested and already were self-educated! All of this was planned including the shootings because of, again, Liberal fools educationing our children. But guns did it and not the idiots teaching in Liberal colleges and public schools.. It all fits together!

Comment by Virgil Earl Koon on October 27, 2013 at 9:49am

Common Tea Party Members, Pelosi said she did not read it but is for it. How in the heck do these idiots ever obtain public office of anykind? Well, Obama got in his second term so that speaks volumes! Where is our cell phone?

Comment by Lonnie A. Smith on October 26, 2013 at 6:51am

Another damn authority junkie.  The Rep's. need to start serving these jackwagons with JAIL TIME.

Comment by Ronald Harding Garrett on October 25, 2013 at 8:21pm
Folks, I give you Frank Pallone, avowed communist, and my enemy. He has been in Congress going on 21 years.
Comment by my911 on October 25, 2013 at 4:02pm

Ellen Jones,

He may see it, but do you think he is able to read it?

Comment by Eileen G. Jones on October 25, 2013 at 3:37pm

To James P Murphy.....I'm from N.J. and am embarassed by this idiot! i switched over to Repub. in 2010 because of idiots like this...N.J. politicians ( 90%) are liberal clones of the Pres. They have no concern of what the people want, nor do they care! But I think 2014 is going to be a wake up call to N.J. politicians.....WHY , because many of the people I know are getting notices from their ins, co. and they are not so happy about who they put in office !!  VICTORY.....I warned them and came up against oridicule, now the shoe is on the other foot !!!!Pallone is a classic example of N.J politics, and soon he will see the writing on the wall !

Comment by my911 on October 25, 2013 at 1:51pm

L Oravetz.....

The guy hooked onto a different technicality.

Unfortunately it seems a question was asked about HIPPA.

My understanding supports him on that point. HIPPA deals with disbursement of info; not collection.

He also stated that NO Health info is requested, but he was apparently wrong on that count.

There is a post where someone stated they WERE asked about chronic conditions.

THAT plus the Non-Privacy disclaimer should be shoved down his throat by the SGT at Arms

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