GOP Weekly address: Obamacare promise is 'consumer fraud'
November 16th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

GOP Weekly address: Obamacare promise is 'consumer fraud'

(CNN) – Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, blasted President Barack Obama's now infamous "keep your healthcare" pledge on Saturday in the GOP's weekly address.

"Millions of Americans are coming to realize that those are your tire tracks on their cancelled policies," Johnson said about the President, arguing that it's "obvious that you didn't inadvertently misspeak when you promised Americans they can keep their doctors and health plans."

Johnson attacked Obama's pledge as not an inadvertent mistake but "statements that were fully vetted, coldly calculated, and carefully crafted to deceptively sell your health care plan to a trusting public," he said.

The pledge, Johnson said, amounts to a "political fraud," one perpetuated by congressional Democrats.

"Consumer fraud this massive in the private sector could – and should – bear serious legal ramifications," Johnson said.

"For President Obama, however, it helped secure enough votes to pass Obamacare, and win reelection."

On Thursday, Obama issued an administrative fix aimed at easing concerns of millions of Americans on the individual market whose policies have been cancelled because they didn't meet the minimum standards of coverage under the health care law.

House Republicans say the fix is not enough.

On Friday, the House passed a Republican bill that would authorize plan extensions and allow others to sign up for them as well – although the measure has little chance with the Democrat-controlled Senate and White House.

They believe the measure goes too far and that Obama has already taken care of the problem.

"Unfortunately, the implementation of Obamacare has progressed to a point where millions of cancelled plans cannot be reinstated," Johnson said of the attempted fixes.

"But the freedom of millions of Americans to keep doctors, treatments, and health plans they do value can still be preserved if Congress acts swiftly and decisively."

What the problems plaguing Obamacare amount to for Johnson and other Republicans is a full magazine of ammunition to attack Democrats in the 2014 midterms and beyond.

"Hopefully, Americans who were deceived will question the credibility of those who made so many false promises," Johnson said.


Filed under: GOP weekly address • Health care • Obamacare • President Obama • Ron Johnson
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Robert Lockridgejr

    Thank you anAmerican 1954. Good one TS. GOP is starting to realize the true about Ted C.

    November 16, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Steve- Illinois

    rs: Using the old "ACA was built on republican principles" argument eh?
    The Lincoln Town Car, and a Yugo, are built on the same basic principles.
    You boys bought a Yugo.
    Enjoy the ride.
    LOL

    November 16, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    Wow I got a great idea lets impeach any member of the house and senate if they ever lied on the stump to get elected!
    pretty certain to lead to a complete clean out of the House and senate, then we the people as voters can have what we want a house and senate that works to create jobs , eliminate tax loopholes , and spends on Infrastructure ( to create jobs and enhance GDP and the recovery and lower budget deficits and debt growth.
    Impeach or fire them all and start over.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    November 16, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Name Uche Agonsi

    i still cannt figure out why the insurers could not make any representation against a provision that would amount to cancellation of such large policies, rather than rushing to effect it or even inviting holders of such policies to seek repair measures instead outright policies cancellation...... OR why Mr. President would deliberately give Americans deceptive promise when he knew his action would affect so many people. Its either some people are not thinking properly or these critics enjoy playing deception games themselves.......... AND THAT INCLUDES Sen. Ron Johnson.

    November 16, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    The righties will lap this up ... but then again, they keep proving time and time and time again how dumb they are by voting against their own self-interest.

    I wouldn't care, except all those knuckle-draggers are tearing my beloved country down.

    November 17, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    "The Republican Party is a domestic terrorist organization- nothing more. At least the President is trying to repair this nation after the GOP crash of '08."

    Thank you, rs, truer words were never posted.

    November 17, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  7. Don

    rs wrote: "At least the President is trying to repair this nation after the GOP crash of '08."

    BREAKING NEWS – The Democrats controlled both the House and Senate from Jan 07 – Jan 11
    But yeah, keep thinking nothings wrong with Obamacare, that's why the WH is in full-panic mode and 39 House Dems just voted for a Republican bill to allow people to keep their old health plans PERMANENTLY. Meanwhile, Obama's 1 year extension to get through the 2014 election is not holding water with the American public; we see through the lies and the Dems OWN IT!

    November 17, 2013 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. tire

    When are the politicians going to tire of this debacle. It is sad that free health care is unavailable to the people.

    November 17, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  9. 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 GOP , where's assa the which hunt czar?????

    November 17, 2013 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  10. PHinMiami

    "Let no good deed go unpunished".

    November 17, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    As illiterate as you might be Willard, at least you show him respect by calling him President.

    November 17, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    And considering "do nothing" Ron Johnson is a paid US Senator not doing anything when he was elected by people of the State of Wisconsin to DO SOMETHING, he IS a fraud.

    November 17, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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