Republicans slam Obama on health care at two year mark
The exterior of the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. on March 23.
March 23rd, 2012
11:12 AM ET
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Republicans slam Obama on health care at two year mark

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.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Pam from Iowa

    Yeah, we all know that the GOP does not want your children to have insurance if they have pre-existing medical issues!
    Nor do they want you to have insurance if you can't afford it. Like they have been saying at all their rallies, they would rather that you die than have a nickle of their money pay for your treatment!
    The GOP is the most non-Christian group in America!!

    March 23, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Rudy retorts:

    "Care providers are not health insurers. What does my insurance co-pay have to do with Medicare? Nothing."
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    Au contraire, mon frere. Doctors see medicare patients at a net loss (financially). In order for them to cover these losses, they bill those with private insurance at ever-increasing amounts. The insurers, who have to pay these bills, have to raise premiums, copays, or both to remain solvent.

    Take a look ar a graph that compares Medicare covered lives versus healthcare inflation (just INFLATION – not overall outlays). The results are astounding.

    March 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. DC Broughton

    It's easy to bash since it hasn't been enacted yet....but it would be nice to have some specifics on what it will cost per family's ranging from 3 to 6 individuals covered. We keep hearing about it being "affordable" But what is affordable? The public wants specific yearly costs.

    March 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Congrats GOP. You have successfully convinced your base that healthcare is a bad thing. You people are scary smart. I'll be you could convince GOPers to set themselves on fire if you tell them the Liberals don't want them to. LOL

    March 23, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    I think it's so funny that you have right wingers and certain Republicans that question the name of Barrack Obama as being so foriegn then they elect a guy named "Reince Priebus" to head the RNC!! Anyway the president and the DNC need to hang a sign and remind Americans and forgetful Republicans that many parts of the healthcare bill INCLUDING the mandate were once GOP ideas that themselves supported. That gets swept under the rug quite a bit.

    March 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. curious

    50 million americans without health coverage is a good thing to the republicans. Most republicans are fully insured.

    March 23, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. WhereIsPalin

    Has the GOP switched their assault on Obama from the economy to health Care? Or is this just temporary?

    March 23, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Taran

    Straight from the healtcare law:
    2. - Pg 354, Section 1177 Government will restrict enrollment of special needs individuals
    - Pg 379, Section 1191 Government creates more Bureaucracy , Telehealth Advisory Committee
    - Pg 425, Lines 4-12 Government mandates "Advanced Care Planning Consultation" Seniors will be interviewed every year for health issues and decisions made as to what care they can and cannot receive
    - Pg 425, Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills and durable powers of attorney MANDATORY
    - Pg 425, Lines 22-25, Pg 426, Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources Guiding you in death.
    - Pg 427, Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life The government has a say in how your life ends.
    - Pg 429, Lines 1-9 An "Advanced Care Planning Consultation) eill be used frequently as patients health deteriorates
    - Pg 429, Lines 10-12 "Advanced Care Planning Concultation" may include an order for end of life plans An order from the government
    - Pg 429, Lines 13-25 The government will specify which doctors can write an end of life order
    - Pg 430, Lines 11-15 The government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life

    And you liberals want this kind of control over your lives? Granted there are some good parts, but there are a whole lot more bad parts. Get rid of the whole thing and start over and create some real "makes sense" reform.

    March 23, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Doctors see medicare patients at a net loss (financially). In order for them to cover these losses, they bill those with private insurance at ever-increasing amounts. The insurers, who have to pay these bills, have to raise premiums, copays, or both to remain solvent.

    Take a look ar a graph that compares Medicare covered lives versus healthcare inflation (just INFLATION – not overall outlays). The results are astounding.
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    I agree that doctors can be charged significantly less for some Medicare procedures. Yes, the cost must be shifted somewhere. But, why do you deny, or otherwise ignore, that those without health care insurance, obtaining free care that the rest of us must pay for, are not a factor in the increased costs?

    At least those with Medicare are getting at least some of the cost of care paid for. These health care shoplifters don't pay a dime in most cases. Oh. I know why you dieny it. Because that is part of the Republican plan for health care. Republicans are always saying that free care is already available.

    March 23, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. rob

    Santorum: Pick Obama over Romney

    Isn't the like treason for GOP?

    March 23, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Rudy Said:

    "At least those with Medicare are getting at least some of the cost of care paid for. These health care shoplifters don't pay a dime in most cases. "
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    Rudy, you just don't seem to get it. Medicare covered lives are rising at an unsustainable rate... and it's getting worse by the day due to the baby boomers turning 65. All you have to do Rudy is compare the cost of uncompensated care to Medicare expendtures. There's no comparison.

    March 23, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    @Taran – Why don't you share with us how to find a link to the text of the health care law? Please, it goes without saying, do make sure that it is a government link to a government web site. Just name the department, or gives a some keywords for a web search. Thanks.

    Because posting a page numbers with axxompanying diatribes is, um ah, not good.

    March 23, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Take a look ar a graph that compares Medicare covered lives versus healthcare inflation (just INFLATION – not overall outlays). The results are astounding.
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    Sorry, no can do. I don't have one. Why don't you share it?

    March 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "Sorry, no can do. I don't have one. Why don't you share it?"
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    Why don't you just go and get accurate, readily available information before you make baseless claims?

    March 23, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Taran

    @Rudy, you are really showing your lack of knowledge today. Just google "text of ACA." It really is that simple. It is the first one on the list.

    March 23, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. RicardoAWiggins

    The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance BTW check 'Penny-Health' for more information

    March 24, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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