GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address
November 2nd, 2013
01:25 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP Senator hammers Obamacare in weekly address

(CNN)–Senator Dan Coats of Indiana delivered the GOP weekly address on Saturday, further stressing his party's concerns about Obamacare one month after the disasterous launch of Healthcare.gov.

"Too many Americans still cannot even access the online exchanges," said Coats, "and for the few that have, they're experiencing sticker shock."

Coats' comments are just the latest in a long line of Republican attacks on the president's signature health care reform legislation, which continued full force this week and reached a boiling point on Wednesday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before a House committee on the site launch.

During that hearing, Republicans hammered the secretary for the failures of the website, and broader aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats for their part, acknoledged the website's problems, but many were adament in their support of the law.

A popular Republican criticism of Obamacare is that its more stringent insurance requirements are causing some people to have their existing policies cancelled, despite promises made by the president in 2009 that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

Several House Republicans have also suggested that the website's problems could pose a security threat, putting applicant's personal data at risk

Obamacare "is more than just a website," said Coats, echoing the president's own statements, "and the problems run far deeper than a few technological glitches."

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which launched the website in partnership with dozens of contractors, is working to fix problems with the website, and say they are on track to do so by the end of November.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    It's funny that these GOP teaparty SLOBS keep knoxing Obama care and have NOTHING to replace it with????? These GOP useless slugs will have their own train wreck in the 2014 midterms when they loss the house and are unemployed!!!!!!

    November 3, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Where's our 24 billion dallars you GOP slugs lost in 16 days and shut up in your last year in office and get your resumes updated because you will soon be unemployed !!!!!!

    November 3, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. more bs

    and of course in the entire article not one mention of an alternative

    November 3, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. Don in albuquerque

    "Sticker Shock"? Reality...tough concept, huh.

    November 3, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Sammy

    What is new, the Republicans have been hammering Obama on the AHC for 3 years. It will continue and the voters will have their say in 2014 and 2016 and shut the Republicans up. Kick them out of office. They are obstructing Obama even in those he wants to appoint to courts. The Republicans under Bush have packed the court system with Republicans and don't want that reversed.

    November 3, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. petez01

    Americans are still waiting for GOP plan for healthcare and what baffles me the most is the amount of energy the GOP is investing in there effort to defund or discredit Obama care. GOP where is your plan?

    November 3, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. What's in that tea anyway?

    HA HA HA....the Tea Baggers are court jesters saying we are destroying america by given people insurance. Of course the baggers couldn't possible articulate an idea for how they would resolve the issue. The Stupid party according the Jindahl is incapable of spelling anything with more letters that the letters "N and O" And we are suppose to listening to the morons and incorporate their ideas? In a pigs eye....Are tea baggers smarter than a 5th grader...that answer is rather obvious...absolutely not even close.

    November 3, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Data Driven

    Not one truthful statement. Congratulations, Coats! Well, "a few technological glitches" is correct. There are in fact only a few.

    November 3, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans and Media are talking about ACA and democrats are responding to the critics
    BUT
    We are planning for Holidays and Will interest remain low in 2014 can we invest?
    Simple we are planning the future

    November 3, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Don Wright

    When obamacare came out the president said it wasn't perfect the GOP and Dems have had years to fix it and nothing but fighting so far what a joke.

    November 3, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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