Witnesses who appear before congressional committees typically end their testimony by saying something like this: “I want to thank the committee and I’ll be glad to answer any questions.”
But Albert Sochor, an insurance company executive from Oklahoma City, had a novel, if no less courteous approach, before the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Sochor, who gave impassioned testimony about how some elderly people in Oklahoma have been hoodwinked into buying Medicare plans they don’t need and can’t afford, urged the committee to do something to protect them and to give them an opportunity to get out of plans they didn’t mean to join.
A novice at testifying, Sochor seemed momentarily at a loss for how to conclude his remarks, and then said, “I appreciate your time and have a great day.”
Amid some soft laughter in the hearing room, the chairman of the committee, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, said, “It will be pretty hard to do that after your testimony.”