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October 24, 2013 - 8:16 am

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) was visibly unhappy during today’s House hearing on the disastrous rollout of Healthcare.gov. He was particularly incensed about a Republican question regarding why Healthcare.gov includes a warning, invisible to most users, that the site comes with no expectation of privacy. The site handles Americans’ personal, private information, and most Americans probably assumed that it would handle their information judiciously.

Pallone responded to that question with a rant and soon lost his temper.

PALLONE: “Thank you, mr. chairman. 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. HIPA 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 –”
CHAIRMAN: “If the gentleman will yield?”
PALLONE: “No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever –”
CHAIRMAN: “This is not a monkey court.”
PALLONE: “Do whatever you want. I am not yielding. I am trying to tell you that the problem here –”
CHAIRMAN: “Protecting american citizens –”
PALLONE: “No pre-existing condition. Pre-existing conditions don’t matter. HIPA doesn’t apply. There is no health information in the process. 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so they don’t apply and so therefore the legislation gets delayed or the Affordable Care Act gets defunded or it’s repealed.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.

Pallone went on from there to blame Republican governors for some of Obamacare’s rolling chaos. Watch video below.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Well.. the name for group of baboons IS called a 'Congress'.
25 weeks ago
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Censure him. The votes are there in the House. Make him stand in the well and tell him he's been bad. It's a miniscule slap on the wrist, but apparently it's the fullest extent of accountability you can expect in the House. Except for losing your seat, and with NJ's gerrymandering, that ain't gonna happen.
25 weeks ago
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this derpmeister keeps referring to the pre-existing condition canard where last i heard there were less than 10,000 persons out of 300 something million who were denied insurance because of "pre-existing" conditions

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Firefox browser users here ...

guess what ... NO VIDEO BELOW to watch.

Remind me again what decade PJMedia tech folks occupy.
25 weeks ago
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Works on my elderly first generation iPad with both Chrome and Safari. IOS 5.5.1.

What are you running, Paul?
25 weeks ago
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Firefox, Chrome, and Safari work on Mac OS/X 10.9. Did you try, eg, reloading the page? Are you behind a firewall?
25 weeks ago
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It shows up for me. FF 24, Windows 7.
25 weeks ago
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Before you savage us you might want to consider that we do test, and that your system may be the problem. I can see these videos in Chrome, FF and IE. Grabien has fixed an issue its player had with iOS7. So...what decade are YOU in, pal?
25 weeks ago
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This idiot obviously hasn't tried to enroll to see what kind of private info it's asking for. Oh that's right, he's exempt.
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