(Bloomberg) — Supporters of the U.S. health care overhaul are criticizing a House panel’s scrutiny of nonprofit groups set to help enroll people in new insurance plans, saying it’s part of a Republican effort to impede the law.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Aug. 29 to 51 organizations in 11 states that have been named “navigators” for the health care law, demanding documents and meetings to account for $67 million in federal grants awarded Aug. 15, says Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who is the panel’s top Democrat. The groups were given a Sept. 13 deadline to respond.

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