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Pallone: House health-care hearing a ‘monkey court’

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) grew heated in criticizing his Republican colleagues during a House Energy and Commerce committee hearing on Thursday. (Video: The Washington Post)

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) derided today's House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing as a “monkey court,” accusing Republicans of exhibiting false concern during testimony and chastising them for raising security concerns that he said were specious.

“You are trying to scare people so they won’t apply,” he said, adding that he believes the Republicans’ true purpose is to undermine people’s trust in the new health-care law so that it has to be delayed or repealed.

His outburst came after two Republicans alleged that the federal marketplace does not adequately protect people’s medical privacy.