Washington (CNN) - As expected, Republicans are attacking President Barack Obama on the second anniversary of his signing of the landmark and controversial health care reform measure into law.
"Today is the two-year anniversary of ObamaCare, but President Obama is not celebrating. He would rather Americans forget about his signature 'accomplishment,' because today it is a massive, undeniable failure and a heap of broken promises," says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement Friday.
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In a message echoed by other Republicans, the RNC chairman argued that "President Obama promised to lower premiums for families, but they will skyrocket into the future. He promised we could keep our health care plans, yet 20 million Americans could lose theirs."
Priebus added that Obama said his health care law was good for the country, but argued that instead, the measure would kill jobs, raise taxes, and increases taxes.
The RNC chairman's statement is part of a push by the party committee to criticize the president and the health care law on this second anniversary.
Obama signed the top domestic legislative achievement of his presidency into law on March 23, 2010. At the time, Democrats, emboldened by a new president and big gains in Congress, pushed the sweeping legislation to expand coverage for uninsured Americans, clashing with Republicans who branded the bill "Obamacare" and warned it would trigger an unprecedented intrusion by Washington into people's medical decisions. The bill was passed through Congress basically along party lines.
The issue became a central part of the 2010 midterm elections, helping the Republicans to a historic 63 seat pickup as they won back control of the House of Representatives. The 2012 GOP presidential candidates have made rolling back the new health care law a central promise of their campaigns.
Polling conducted earlier this month indicates Americans are divided when it comes to support of the health care law. According to a Pew Research Center survey 47% of the public supports the measure, with 45% opposed. But just as important, a majority (53%) say the bill should be expanded or left as is, with 38% saying it should be repealed.
– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.