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. MaryM

    Tea party-supported , Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, is one of those senators that helped shut down the government and cost Americans 24 Billion dollars. When are you TPers going to pay back that money Ron Johnson

    November 16, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  2. Marie MD

    We all know that Obamacare is good for the country.
    The only fraud I know of when it comes to politics is the fraud that the teaklans are trying to ram down our throats and how they go about it.
    Government shutdown, rights of women, gays down the toilet, seniors (death panel to all), the poor (that 47%+ of takers who also include some of the vanishing middle class families) and, most importantly, our veterans. Those men and women the teaklans are so willing to send to battle to their deaths or being maimed but their "Christian" values does not mean that when they return home they are going to help them. One third of food stamps go to veterans. Well, guess what? There are more veterans living on $4.50 of food a day than ever.
    I wouldn't call it fraud. I would call it hatred and uncaring of everything not them or the 1% of the so called "job creators" who don't create jobs for anybody, including our veterans.

    November 16, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I was surprised that one of the 39 democrats who joined with Boehner and the Kochs and voted for RWNJs to keep their worthless junk insurance policies isn't giving the republican response. But, at least the GOP, bought and paid for by big insurance, sent out their big insurance spokesperson Johnson.

    November 16, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    As for the 39 democrats who are now palling with domestic terrorists from the GOP, I hope they will suddenly find a democratic primary opponent.

    November 16, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    Wow – if only somebody has listened to those crazy Tea Party people earlier.....it seems they weren't quite as crazy as so many of us thought....I still love the newspaper article where the woman says she was a big supporter of Obamacare....until she found out that she had to pay for it.....welcome to my world....whatever it is I always end up paying for it and then being accused of not paying my fair share! Nice how so many people who contribute so little get to decide that I'm not doing enough.....they of course have gone above and beyond I'm sure.....

    November 16, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Yes it is. We all know the insurance companies view that as eating into their PROFITS......and they are not going to accept that, at all.

    November 16, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Consumer fraud” I love it
    Both parties involved in consumer fraud, both parties didn’t fulfill their promises
    FOX news spend 98% of its time delivering opinions not news that also consumer fraud

    November 16, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Hector Slagg

    That old Adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it rings truer and truer with the "Affordable Health Care Act". Fraud was and still is a problem with Medicare. Already the Hacker's are looking for ways to game the ACA Act. Not to mention the Liars and Fraud's in the Government.Get rid of Obama Care. There are better ways to do it.

    November 16, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. 2frazzled

    Republicans should know when they see "consumer fraud". They've been selling their snake oil for decades in the form of trickle down economics, lower taxes increase revenue and a rich person's dollar is more valuable than a poor one's.

    November 16, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Anthony

    Under the White House's Obamacare fix, if insurance companies want to continue to offer these plans, they may do so, but they are required to tell people what benefits these plans lack and what their alternatives are. My guess is that most companies won't continue to offer these plans, because they don't want to get sued by people who actually have to use these plans.

    November 16, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. jinx9to88

    Shut up or tell us your plan. All I know is people were losing policies and premiums were going up prior to ACA, so don't act like this is new. The GOP is crying about people losing polices on an Obama lie, but people are losing their lives and legs in Iraq and afghan over Bush's little lie about WMD's!!! So I ask the American people what lie can u live with? Besides the GOP never cared about the people losing their policies, now all of a sudden they care.

    November 16, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Jill-IN

    What else would you expect from a tea party Senator like Ron Johnson. He doesn't care if people get quality health care insurance that actually pays for medical claims. Plans that do not conform to AFA medical care mandates will not pay for much in the way of medical insurance claims when they come due.

    November 16, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Dennis Freeman

    The Senator should indeed recognize a fraud.

    November 16, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. MIke in Texas

    The Upton plan is designed to undermine the funding of ACA. By allowing new customers to purchase these junk policies, the funding for ACA will be insufficient. The GOP will then say how bad this law is and it needs to be repealed. They have no desire to help the law. They fake outrage for a site that is not working properly, as if they really cared if people couldn't sign up. Obama was right when he said people cling to their guns and bible, because that is all the Republicans seem to offer.

    November 16, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. MIke in Texas

    Upton's bill would undermine ACA which is the intent of the bill. It is not the same idea as the President is offering. Back in the 80's I think, the NHL required players to wear helmets. The rule stated that any player already in the league had the option of wearing a helmet or not. Any new player coming into the league would have to wear a helmet. That is what Obama is offering. If you had a policy you can keep that policy but new insurance customers would need policies that met the minimum ACA requirements. Upton's bill is similar to saying all players have the option of wearing a helmet or not, which really defeats the purpose of the rule.

    November 16, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Faux Scandals

    Obama kept his promise, it's the Insurance Companies that should be charged with fraud for offering junk policies that don't cover people.

    November 16, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Anthony

    Republicans are fighting for plans that insurance companies don't want to keep. Now that is consumer fraud.

    November 16, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Thomas

    Ron Johnson keep your pants on !

    Nobody has yet died or been displaced over the Affordable Healthcare Act .

    The GOP didn't make this much fuss when we went to war in Iraq over WMDS that didn't exist .
    Talk about "Consumer fraud .

    November 16, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. rs

    Blah, blah, blah. This is their "Benghazi" blather under a new label.
    Look, the GOP doesn't care about Americans' access to health care insurance. They never did. They have no alternative plan, and no concrete fixes. They just want to destroy it with their new law allowing insurance companies to continue selling junk policies (that allow them to deny service, drop coverage, impose limits, etc.). In addition, it would appear this back-door attempt to kill the ACA takes us righty back to insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men, ending childhood coverage at 18, ending the 80% efficiency requirement, in other words the status quo that allows 48,000 Americans to die each and every year from the lack of medical access and where medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy.

    In other words, the GOP pays back its master. So much for the "party of life"!

    November 16, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. basedonfact

    Collecting premiums on policies that don't cover anything and dropping people from coverage when they got sick is consumer fraud. Obama's statement was 100% true for 90% of the population.

    November 16, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Hooper

    It's a never ending plethora of idiotic labels, placed on something they didn't conceive. If this program would have been implemented during a time when republicans held the power of the presidency, it'd be marketed as the next best thing since sliced bread. Also, if they (the republicans), had made the attempt to do a healthcare program we'd all be reminded that to have a negative thought or comment would be unpatriotic to the nation. Sick of the whole damned republican hypocrisy.

    November 16, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Stephen

    I am a registered democrat, and find these problems with ObamaCare, or the ACA, very troubling. I also previously consulted for hospitals on insurance and services, and point out that states such as California have a 20 year history of productive regulations for the insurance marketplace. For a new federal program such as the ACA to now replace years of state's regulations, is a really big challenge. I, like many other Americans, had assumed Democrats had done their due diligence on these details. Now it appears they did not, suggesting the ACA may be a step backwards for what's already available in many states.

    November 16, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    GOP is dead for another fifty years.

    November 16, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Ben Sweeney

    The Emperor has no Clothes AKA President Jesus Crisis Superstar lives through his Lies .. Megalomania has no nothing on him... He is the Creator of Crisis fore with out it... he is a naked socialist

    November 16, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    As was done to Clinton, it is now being done to Obama. It is time to direct National Hate where it needs to be directed. That would be the GOTP. They are deserving of nothing less then the contempt of a nation.

    November 16, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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