GOP Weekly address: Obamacare promise is 'consumer fraud'
November 16th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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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. don in albuquerque

    Oh and Ben Sweeney-Maybe the only thing that is going to save this nation is socialism. Stick that where..........

    November 16, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. morrie

    Get rid the lying gop. They have been lying since they got in. They have nothing to offer except negitivity.

    November 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Wah,wah,wah. Party on Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    November 16, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Beans

    Its not consumer fraud, its TAX fraud.

    November 16, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Hector Slagg
    That old Adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it rings truer and truer with the "Affordable Health Care Act".

    Wrong again Hector. The insurance system was very broken. Millions of people could not afford insurance and most who did had junk policies that didn't cover anything and had through the roof deductibles. People went bankrupt just by spending time in the hospital. President Obama had the guts to stand up to the health insurance cartel and their Republican flunkies in Congress. Shame on you and the rest of the tea idiots. One thing I have to say in your favor. You have been posting here for a while, so I have to assume you aren't one of Karl Rove/Roger Ailes new wave of fake posters putting negative Obama comments in here trying to sway public opinion.

    November 16, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Rusty Krus

    Let's hope the good people of Wisconsin give the statehouse a colonic and purge themselves of fecal matter like Johnson and Walker!

    November 16, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. norma jean

    Jump on the bandwagon..Johnson...get your face and name in the paper because nobody outside of your state has ever heard of you and probably won't again!!!!!.........When you are doing NOTHING and the opposition has a problem......you Repubs just love to jump in.....Could we possibly imagine how well this country would be doing if for the last five years the Repubs had been manly enough to work WITH the president instead of against him???? WOW...that would have been something to see!!!.........As to you writers degrading and calling the president names......it says more about \YOU than it does about him!!!!FACT!!!

    November 16, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. freedom

    "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."

    This speaks volumes – and is only the tip of the iceberg.

    November 16, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Eeboy

    The ACA has been sabotaged. No one is wondering why the GOP has fought tooth and nail to repeal it, but now is offering their "fix" for the law?

    November 16, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. name. willard

    I said warning to presdient obama what about fraud check scam from afrcicain amercian so who was recived fraud check scam from afrcian amercian cause people was cheat support vote for presdient obama
    I said not respect to presdient obama so why obama never tell truth to people what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian. Right

    November 16, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Fraud like Rapheal Cruz taking Koch Brothers AND bumpkin wingnut money with both hands while he shut down the government.

    November 16, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Elmer Fudd

    Republicans have no plans, never proactive just reactive. Reaction does not win elections. @Stephen if you were an insurance consultant you are part of the problem. We all know health insurance companies rank alongside a rabid dog.

    November 16, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Rogerd

    Where's our new Consumer Protection Agency and the arrogant Department of Justice when we need them. This political fraud should be investigated and prosecuted like they have with the banking, mortgage and credit card industries. Those in this administration must be held accountable and to the same standards they created for the financial industry. The American people must demand justice and be relentless in its pursuit.

    November 16, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. dave

    Indepents suddenly belive Repulicans are adovates of consumer protections. Credibility increased.

    November 16, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. anAmerican1954

    Give it a rest, GOP. Try working with the process in favor of all Americans, instead of working against the process.

    November 16, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. rs

    Meanwhile GOP- remind us what your health care plan is. Sure we know the ACA has much of the '90s GOP plan, and the individual mandate from the GOP and Heritage Foundation- but surely you have plan, right? One ready to replace the ACA that's better, right? Love to hear it.
    Meanwhile- if the ACA is "consumer fraud", what is your party's blowing of $24 billion during your little coup d'etat last month? What about your votes to crash the economy? What are those?
    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.

    November 16, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    I don't think the GOTP really want to talk about fraud. Remember a little thing about 24+ billion dollars, and there was a lot of money changing hands with GOTP reps, and senate members. Can I prove this. No. Can GOTP prove Obama created any of the scandals they keep trying to investigate (at a cost of millions). NO.

    November 16, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Evergreen

    Consumer Fraud: Promising Americans that cutting taxes for the rich will create jobs. Lets hold someone accountable for this lie

    November 16, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. basedonfact

    Rogerd. Why can't you understand that the reason the Consumer protection agency and the DOJ are not there is because the GOP has prevented them from being there? They refuse to pass laws that give the CPA teeth and then say whine when it doesn't bite.

    November 16, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Thomas

    A North Carolina deputy responding to a complaint about an animal made a shocking discovery Friday at the residence next door - a child found shivering and handcuffed to a front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

    After reading this , if you don't think America is lacking in mental health , your crazy !

    November 16, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Solution Mr. Johnson? … Didn't think so.

    November 16, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. 2012liberal

    Read my lips, no new taxes. That's what's obama equivalent. Give a break. And comparing a computer glitch 2 katrina and iran-contra is a joke!

    November 16, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    But lying a country into war which cost tens of thousands of lives (Iraqis are humans except to bigots) is just kinda ok, right Senator.

    Do you know what a blivot is, because you're one.

    November 16, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Does this idiot know a simple Procedure costs 18,000 dollars for just three hour Hospital stay? This sob is talking. I told you, GOP is dead. These idiots of GOP are the one FRAUDULENT–not ACA. ACA is a Law, SC upheld, need for and in USA. Ignore this sob. Racist idiot in 21st century.

    November 16, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. Gunderson

    Humm,
    Now old Gunderson wonder why democrats now beginning to wash hands of Obama Care? Latest dumb statement, People have Crappy Insurance Policies. Need better Policies. Men now need Maternity Care. OK, if you say so.Hope you rich. Otherwise get in line for higher Premiums, and High Deductibles, that is if you have job. If that case call your Nanny!

    November 16, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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