Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee have asked that former CMS Administrator Tom Scully and White House health policy adviser Doug Badger testify at a hearing tomorrow on the cost of the Medicare reform law. The committee last week heard allegations that Scully ordered CMS Chief Actuary Richard Foster not to disclose his estimate of the bill's cost, some $150 billion more than the Congressional Budget Office estimate. At deadline, it was unclear if Scully would testify. An HHS spokesman said the only people who will definitely appear are Deputy CMS Administrator Leslie Norwalk and Jeff Flick, who was an assistant to Scully. A White House spokesman said Badger will not testify because of a "separation of powers issue." -- by Jeff Tieman
Scully, Bush adviser asked to testify on Medicare law
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