(CNN) - Rep. Todd Young took his turn delivering the GOP’s weekly address on Saturday to assail Obamacare’s negative impacts on his constituents.
“This is what betrayal looks like,” the Indiana Republican said in the address, speaking of battles some of his constituents have fought with the health care law, losing coverage and gaining increased costs on their insurance premiums.
“In recent weeks, I’ve heard heartbreaking stories from many Hoosiers about the impact the new health care law is having on them and their families,” Young said.
Key to Young’s argument was a promise President Barack Obama made on the stump for his signature legislation: that Americans who liked their insurance and their doctor would be able to keep both under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
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Some plans have been cancelled because they do not meet the minimum standards of coverage mandated by the law.
“Here you have hardworking people who were repeatedly told not to worry, that their coverage would stay the same and-if anything-their costs would go down. Just the opposite is happening,” Young said.
“Adding insult to injury, the White House – the President – isn’t leveling with us. He’s trying to cover his tracks, claiming he never really made these promises.”
The disastrous rollout of the HealthCare.gov online exchanges has provided Republicans ample ammunition to attack Obama, his law and his leadership.
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has endured withering fire from congressional Republicans during hearings on the website.
Young took his own shot at the website Saturday, speaking of constituents who spent days and weeks trying to log on.
In reaction to the delays, “I’ve authored a bill to delay this law’s individual mandate tax,” Young said.
“After all, how can you tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?”
Young also touted the legislation House Republicans plan on introducing next week that would guarantee Americans could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare.
“No one should have to go to their inbox or mailbox in fear of finding out they’re losing a plan they like – or worse, a plan they need,” he said.
One of the few things Young did not say Saturday, however, was “repeal.” Nor “replace,” some of the GOP’s favorite rallying cries against a law the party base has despised since it was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote in 2010.
That’s not to say Young was in anyway taking it easy on Obamacare.
“We’re going to keep asking hard questions and having hearings so we can get to the bottom of this,” Young said.
“The problem isn’t just a website – it’s the whole law. Let’s stop this train wreck now.”