(CNN) – Less than a month before the health care exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama’s health care law take effect, Republicans continue to blast the measure and call for its repeal.
Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, said in the weekly Republican address Saturday that the law wouldn’t bolster the quality of care and that rates wouldn’t decrease.
“The President had grand intentions when he set out to reform health care in this country - but he made things worse,” said Barrasso, who practiced as an orthopedist before entering politics.
Obama and his administration have been working to convince young, healthy Americans to sign up for the exchanges, which begin October 1. Without the participation of younger people, rates for older Americans will be higher.
As part of the effort, Obama has recruited sports stars and movie actors to help promote the exchanges to a younger demographic, including people won’t don’t currently have health insurance. Former President Bill Clinton also promoted the plan in a speech this week.
But Barrasso said those efforts weren’t helping solve the problems facing America’s health care system.
“Americans want real solutions to bring down the cost of health care – not more press releases and propaganda,” he said. “We know what the law does - and in just a few weeks, we know it’s going to start hitting middle class Americans even harder.”