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House Dem Rips GOP's Hearing As 'Monkey Court' (VIDEO)

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"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. HIPAA only applies when there's health information being provided," Pallone said. "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."

"If the gentleman will yield..." Barton interjected.

"No, I will not yield to this monkey court or whatever," Pallone barked.

"This is not monkey court," Barton objected.

"Do whatever you want. I am not yielding," Pallone said.

The full exchange is below.