November 3rd, 2013
10:26 AM ET
5 months ago

Ayotte wants ‘timeout’ on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - Echoing her Republican colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Sunday that the entire country needs to slam the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act and re-evaluate President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

"It's time to call a timeout," Ayotte told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."


Calling the rollout of the federal health exchange a singular "mess," the New Hampshire Republican said the problems with the law run far deeper than the headline-generating failures with the HealthCare.gov website.

Ayotte insisted that, in spite of comments from White House press secretary Jay Carney blaming Republicans for obstructing progress, she is trying to help her constiuents deal with realities under Obamacare - including policy cancellations and rising premiums for some.

"My constituents are writing me, but how can I help them when they're getting cancellation notices because of the way Obamacare is drafted?" Ayotte asked.

While she hesitated to predict how her party would fare in the 2014 midterm election, Ayotte, who will not be up for re-election, did "guarantee" that Obamacare will be one of the focal points of every race across the country. Rather than say which side would come out on top - either Republicans bashing the fraught rollout or Democrats blaming the GOP for setting up roadblocks to implementing the law - Ayotte said Americans "are rightly frustrated with both sides of the aisle" and would look favorably upon lawmakers who sought a way to compromise and fix the law.


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Faux Scandals

    Healthcare has been rising for many years now, She and the Republicans have no plan, no ideas, and no clue.

    November 3, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. sonkarlay

    Looking at all this noise from republicans make me to say get your facts right, republicans only talk from fox noise rush dead brains that never checkup facts, what happened to your jobs your campaign on, only women livies is your worries, we have the party of stupidity that don't have anything for the American people, you guys are disgraced to this great nation

    November 3, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Lynn

    Affordable Health Care has been in the works for almost 100 years. It's now the law of the land. Yes, parts of it need to go, but we're working toward that. In a decade, it will be like Social Security and Medicare....."Keep yours hands off it!"

    November 3, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Hamilton

    "Next the government will tell you what kind of car, home and life insurance you need to have." Well, if you drive or have a mortgage, you already have been told. And what kind of gas you can or cant use, which side of the road to drive on, how fast you can go, where you have to stop, what materials your house can be built from, how tall it can be, what type of sanitation it must have, what gauge wires it can use, what angle the steps can be,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc.

    You write about a fantasy freedom that you cant define and that you never had.

    November 3, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. HenryMiller

    Of course it's time for a timeout, preferably a permanent one but even if that's not going to happen—yet—there needs to be one until the web site is fixed, it stops demanding identifying information before letting people get quotes, and Congress gets a chance to investigates Obama's lies about "you can keep your insurance." And if Obama and the Congressional Dems won't consent to that, the GOP ought to file an emergency motion with the Supreme Court to make it happen—and I encourage all of you to contact your members of Congress to suggest that to them.

    November 3, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    @Nodack: "It's here, it's the law. Get used to it. Stop whining about it."

    I'm not whining, I'm trying to kill it. And the Dems are so astonishingly incompetent that their own screw-ups are the best ammunition I have.

    November 3, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Zane

    Relax people. The Obamacare site is running just as smoothly as anything else this Administration has done. We have better people now to take the blame. A third world country could have done this better.

    November 3, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. BADGUY

    FIX the law...not KILL the law. The health care law is designed to ensure ALL Americans have healthcare at an "affordable" price. When ANYONE buys ANY KIND of insurance it's with the understanding they MAY or they MAY NOT wind up using it. That's WHY it's called Insurance. That MEANS... UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES....some people will get their money back in benefits....some will NOT get their money back in benefits...and some will get WAY MORE of their money back in benefits. That's the SAME for Obamacare. The young WILL pay more than what they would have paid, before, because they were not paying for benefits that cover the ENTIRE population. But...as with EVERYTHING....TIME will GUARANTEE that when THEY are old and NEED that coverage, it will be THERE for them. It's no different than paying income taxes. Some pay A LOT....and get nothing. Some pay A LITTLE...and get A LOT! There's NO WAY we can guarantee, to ANYONE, that THEY will get the "good end of the deal" or "wind up holding the stick". It's the taxes AND Insurance work!

    November 3, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Dan W

    There's nothing new in this Republican call for a time out they read us their feelings in a perfectly appropriate book from my favorite doctor Seuss. They don't want ObamaCare Sam-I-Am, they don't want it in a boat, or in California. They don't want it negotiated this way or that way. They don't want it in Texas or Virginia or North Carolina, No Sam I Am NO NO NO NO NO NO NO OBAMACARE FOR YOU, NOT FOR ME NOT FOR ANYBODY SAM I AM. I'd like to call a time out on my Social Security tax until they can prove my generation will get it beyond the shadow of a doubt. But that's not going to happen now is it?

    November 3, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Just

    There were no "roadblocks" only justified criticism on this debacle.

    November 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    reply to Nodack

    Nodack

    It's here, it's the law. Get used to it. Stop whining about it.

    November 3, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    I'll bet a lot of ppl thought that was before Hitler took over.

    November 3, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    They complain about a few hundred Million for the website for 35 states that help many, but say nothing about the 24 Billion for a 16 day shutdown that hurt all of us.

    November 3, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Dennis Freeman

    Blah, blah, blah... Get over it, it's the law, will work and will be well received in the long run.

    November 3, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. ritr1620

    Segregation, Prohibition, Jim Crow.... It's here, it's the law. Get used to it. Stop whining about it.

    Segregation, Prohibition, Jim Crow.... Draft a proposal to address the problem and draft it in a nonpartisan fashion that addresses the problems without attacking the law in general. Solving problems with legislation is what people in Congress are supposed to do.

    November 3, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. SFRich

    Oh surprise of surprises, a republican senator doesn't like Obamacare.

    Another "surprise" is that some people are seeing their healthcare costs under the ACA increase. DUH... healthcare costs have continually been on the rise! My company (me + 2 others = 3 people) started out paying approximately $600 per month for our health plan in 2000. In 2013 it was over $2500 per month. At the same time, the yearly deductible has doubled and per visit co-pay costs risen 500%. One of the goals of the ACA is to trim costs, but it won't happen when one party in congress—and state governors in the same part—are hellbent to do everything to stop it from happening.

    November 3, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. davecu

    Perhaps if the democrats had worked with the congress Americans would get the healthcare they deserve. Instead we have the democratic drafted atrocity which no one take responsibility for.
    Both parties suck by themselves but working together they don't suck as badly.

    November 3, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Nothing bad about Healthcare Law. It is quite normal. When Law kicks in, company cancels to implement the law. When Healthcare-Exchange takes place–PRIMIUM GOES DOWN. TRUE. If not you will switch to Government-Exchange. This your company knows, so does your insurance company. Just wait.

    November 3, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Hal

    Dennis Freeman

    Blah, blah, blah... Get over it, it's the law, will work and will be well received in the long run.
    --------------------------------------
    You obviously haven't received your insurance cancellation notice yet.

    November 3, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    You can fix a web site, but you cannot fix the mind of a brain dead right wingnut

    November 3, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Hal

    Would it have been to much to ask to have the site working prior to people getting their insurance cancelled?

    November 3, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    davecu
    Perhaps if the democrats had worked with the congress Americans would get the healthcare they deserve.

    +++++++++++++++++++

    What exactly would that be? And for that matter, what is the rethugs' plan?

    November 3, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. E-mailelcantwell3@netscape.net

    What a shame this lady wasted her time writing this editorial and her senate career being the token GOP chick. It took almost ten years and quite a few amendments to make Social Security work. The Medicare roll out was so uncertain that the Johnson administration had the VA and the military on alert to take care of any problems. The ACA website doesn't work on the first day and the entire GOP obstructionist caucus goes ballistic with faux outrage. If they had been willing to co-operate the law might have been better and better implemented. Instead they decided that full scale obstruction was their best bet. I doubt that false look of "genuine concern" will get her through her next election.

    November 3, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Doc Ock

    Maybe if Ayotte hadn't wasted so much of the taxpayers money and time with their ongoing pandering to the tea party, 5 years in ridiculous pursuit of the "real birth certificate" publicly admitted plan of spending 4 years with the single goal of "preventing Obama from being re-elected, pursued inane and ceaseless attempts from stopping the Affordable Health Care Act after 40 some passes and a Supreme Court ruling, and their recent success of shutting down the government for 16 days things would have run smoother. Perhaps if the Republican politicians focused on their jobs, worked for the people who elected them instead of the billionaires who finance their campaigns and worked on behalf of the nation as a whole, the economy would be more stable, and unemployment would be less.
    I'm not giving the Democrats a pass here, they are guilty of a lot of partisan behavior as well. I will say that they spend way to much on the defensive dealing with the Republicans and their attacks, but at some point point they have to say, |Law has passed and we are moving ahead (I mean 40 some votes and a Supreme Court ruling in your favor should give you the backbone to say "Done and we are moving forward and dealing with other issues such as the economy, the middle east etc.").

    November 3, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. marc

    The chance for compromise went out the window when Ayotte and her cohorts shut down the federal government, wasted $24 billion of our tax dollars, and came within hours of letting the U.S. default on the debt they helped run up with 2 unfunded wars, one of which was totally based on lies. Anything other obstructions they come up, like blocking Obama's nominees, is peanuts in comparison to the damage they did last month.

    November 3, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Minnie Mouse

    The law is the law, so move on. Put yourself in a timeout along with the rest of the Republicans and you will see all of the good in the "Affordable Care Act". While your in your time out, eat some cheese and drink some whine because you doing to much of that already! When your done with your time out, please end the whine so we don't have to throw baby bottles at you all as well.

    The computer site is fixable. Things are going better and you all have not patience whatsoever.

    You all have no reason to keep going on and on about something that you never did anything to make any better.
    You have no plans, no ideas, no nothing but you can't stop bashing, smashing, trying to repealing, holding up, trying to replacing with nothing, a law that has already been into effect since 2010 and has been helping millions already.

    The people who have gotten letters about insurance cancellations are only because what they have don't meet the new law standards in the "Affordable Care Act". You can't blame that on the president. He has no clue what any person takes out on an insurance policy. Unfortunately some people just had limited coverage. The law is changed to provide people with better coverage and more access to things that they didn't have before to make sure that everyone's health is taken care of regardless to what's wrong with your health. There are to many insurance providers that really just didn't provide.

    November 4, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
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