There's clearly no love lost between House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif) and North Carolina Republican Patrick McHenry.
But Waxman outclevered the more junior Republican this afternoon at the Medicare Part D hearing. During friendly questioning of Acting CMS Administrator Kerry Weems, McHenry was making the point that no way could you trust the government to negotiate better prices for drugs under Part D compared to the private sector.
"There are some shortcomings to the program, it's a government program, that's what government does very well, right? Inefficiency is what government does very well," McHenry said of the Part D program.
Weems answered the eventual question on negotiating savings.
Waxman waited until the end of Weems' testimony and then hit the audience with this one-liner:
"Thank you, Mr. McHenry. Mr. Weems, thank you very much for your participation, I know you're anxious to get back to the work that government bureaucracies do so poorly, according to our friends on the other side of the aisle, but I salute you for the work that you do," Waxman said with a smile.
Chairman Waxman will be here all week, folks.