Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee failed in a move to subpoena White House health policy adviser Doug Badger and former CMS Administrator Tom Scully to appear before the committee. Republican members of the committee tabled the motion. The committee had asked both men to testify as a follow up to a hearing last week in which CMS Chief Actuary Richard Foster said Scully had threatened to fire him if he disclosed a higher estimate of the Medicare reform bill's cost. In a written statement to the committee, Scully said business travel prevented him from appearing, but he had dealt fairly with Foster. The White House said Badger would not testify because of "separation of powers" issues. Speaking to the committee, Acting Deputy Administrator Leslie Norwalk said she stood by advice she gave Foster last summer that it was legal for Scully to prevent him from disclosing the estimate. -- by Jeff Tieman
Dems' effort to subpoena Scully, Badger is stymied
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