Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not doing his part to help lower health care costs for older Americans, calling his health care promises a "breach of faith" for seniors.
"Across the country, millions of seniors are now paying more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind," Rooney said. "This goes well beyond a glitch or a pocketbook issue. This is a breach of faith."
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Citing examples of seniors in Florida and across the country losing access to specialists and primary care physicians, Rooney asserts that the president's failure to uphold his "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" promise has hit seniors particularly hard.
"Because of the President's health care law, I'm hearing from seniors in my district who have already lost their doctors," Rooney said. "In Florida's heartland, seniors are now forced to drive an hour or more just to see a primary care doctor, let alone a specialist."
In November, President Obama acknowledged problems with the roll-out of the healthcare.gov website and offered a one-year extension to Americans with cancelled health plans, despite insurance industry warnings that doing so may lead to higher premiums down the road.
Delivering Saturday's Republican weekly address, Rooney called on Obama to develop a plan to minimize coverage gaps for seniors, a request he says has already been made by senior Republican leaders in a letter they sent to the President on Thursday.
"After all the assurances he gave older Americans," Rooney said, "shouldn't the President develop a plan to address the problems his law is causing them?"
Rooney also urged the GOP to continue to work together to repeal Obamacare, saying, "few promises are more sacred than the ones we make to older Americans ... We pledge to do our part, and now we ask the President to do his."