GOP: 'Another broken promise' on healthcare
March 1st, 2014
10:46 AM ET
5 months ago

GOP: 'Another broken promise' on healthcare

Washington (CNN) - Republicans continued assaulting President Barack Obama's administration over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, accusing the President of breaking his word and violating the trust of the America people.

In the weekly GOP address, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, cited a "quietly-released report" from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that claimed 11 million people would face higher premiums because of the healthcare law. The St. Louis lawmaker said this revelation is the latest piece of evidence that the Obama administration misled the public on how the President's signature piece of legislation would impact American families.


"As it turns out, the so-called ‘Affordable Care Act’ is not so affordable for American families after all," Wagner said.

"Not only is this another broken promise to 11 million people who will lose more of their hard-earned money," she said, "it’s another slap in the face to our already hurting middle class."

Wagner's bludgeoning of the administration over the Affordable Care Act signals Republicans intend to keep the law's failings in public view as the 2014 midterm elections draw closer. The GOP-controlled House is set to vote next week on legislation aimed at reducing the penalty for those who fail to buy health coverage in order to comply with the law.

For her part, Wagner demanded the President give American workers an explanation for the law's unintended consequences.
"Mr. President, you owe our 11 million workers an explanation," Wagner said. "Are you willing to look them in the eye and say that you stand by this law?"

While Wagner questioned Obama's resolve in vocally supporting the law, the President delivered a full-throated defense of Obamacare on Friday. Speaking to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting, Obama told the Washington audience that, despite the "disruptions" in the ACA's rollout - including the much-maligned website debacle - the law is a success. The President also countered that the Republican fixation on blockading the law's progress bordered on farce.

"We've worked hard to fix problems that have come up, without any cooperation from (Republicans). In fact they complained when we fix them. Well, how dare you fix the things we were complaining about? And then we take steps to fix it. You're a tyrant; you're overreaching," Obama said.

The President fashioned a pricklier barb when the topic turned to the Republican's forthcoming 50th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“You know what they say, 50th time is the charm. Maybe when you hit your 50th repeal vote, you will win a prize," Obama said.

Measureables on whether the law has accomplished its goals are decidedly more mixed.

The latest figures from CMS indicated some 700,000 people enrolled in Obamacare in February, raising total enrollment to roughly 4 million. With a little more than a month to go before the sign-up deadlines to get insurance this year expires, the administration will need a record month in March to reach its 6 million enrollment target.

Even as the White House works to hit its enrollment goal, the administration will likely face more Republican fire over newly announced subsidies to compensate some enrollees who got stuck in limbo. CMS recently announced those who could not enroll in state exchanges because of technical and other problems can receive financial assistance to help pay insurance providers. Individuals who had problems signing up for a plan during the eligibility determination phase and were unable to complete the enrollment process will now be able to apply for tax credits.

"We recognize that some states have experienced difficulties in processing automated eligibility determinations and enrollments, and we released guidance providing options to marketplaces to ensure eligible consumers have access to financial assistance and issuers are paid," CMS spokesman Aaron Albright told CNN.

Administration officials say the federal exchange already has a process in place to assist people lost in the eligibility determination phase.

CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: Ann Wagner • GOP weekly address • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Republicans owe 315 million Americans an explanation why they have no accomplishments, no plans to help Americans, government obstruction, and why thy shut the government down at a cost of $24 billion.

    March 1, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Why do republicans fail to have a plan for health care? It has been long enough that they could come up with something. I guess if republicans have nothing, all they can do is attack ACA, in order to suck up to big insurance and the Kochs.

    March 1, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. salty dog

    Tell the citizens how much it costs to take up a vote to repeal, then multiply it by 50, add it to the billions they've already wasted on BS . They spend our tax dollars on this, the only real work they do is pushing the things the Koch brothers tell them too, sickening.

    March 1, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. salty dog

    They do the bidding for the uberich, and we pay them to do it, nice.

    March 1, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Smitty

    Obammy didn't mislead, he flat out lied. All the Obammy supporters can do is what they do best. blame someone else. We are also about to watch Putin kick his backside, again!!!

    March 1, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. rs

    Meanwhile, I think it useful to remember the GOP promise on health care- No one gets anything. So, who has the better plan?

    March 1, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Mike in Texas

    Agreed Tampa Tim. Rudy NYC said it correctly yesterday. What does the Republican Party stand for? We know what they are against but what specific things are they for? Not slogans, talking points, sound bites but real concrete ideas. The fact is ACA is the law and it isn't going away. The Republicans can come up with ideas to improve the law or else they should just shut up. Even some Republican Governors realize it won't be repealed and are signing up for Medicare Expansion so their residents can get health insurance. The Republican solution to health care is a Unicorn. I.E. it doesn't exist.

    March 1, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Mike in Texas

    If I'm a Democrat running for re election ACA is going to be a debate topic. Instead of running away from it, I would say yes the rollout was not great however look at what is happening in states where the Governors are signing up for Medicare Expansion, how kids can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26, how you cannot be denied for a pre existing condition or lifetime caps. Tell why have mutli billionaires (Koch Brothers) spent over $100 million dollars opposing the ACA. Tell how a Republican congressman wanted to change full time from 30-40 hours would cause over 1 million workers to lose employer insurance. I would then also ask their Republican opponent what do you propose?

    March 1, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Steve - Texas

    GOP Whine Machine in full force... waaaaaaa.....

    March 1, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. jpmichigan

    The government was shut down by not changing certain parts of the ACA, which changes the Democratic President made any way after the shut down. Tell it like is really is!!! The shut down never would have happened.

    March 1, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Mike in Texas

    What's worse a healthcare system where millions are denied even the right to obtain health insurance or is so expensive they cannot afford it or a system that allows those same people the chance to purchase health insurance? Yes some people lost their plan because it was substandard but they can still obtain insurance. They aren't being denied. Republicans think the former is better.

    March 1, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. 2020

    GOP got the nerve to complain, what a joke. Anyone out there even pay attention to them? Tell them to go home and dig a hole.

    March 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Mike in Texas

    Some have argued that prior to ACA we had the best health care system in the world. No, we had the best health care resources in the world; however millions of Americans would have never been able to use those resources under the old system.

    March 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP CLOWNS simply have NO credibility on anything to do with healthcare, their BS and propaganda and LIES are just going to come back on them in November . The GOP Koch brothers STOOGES don't REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLe and NEVER HAVE!!!!!!if the GOP couldn't HIDE BEHIND healthcare they would have nothing just like the GOP will end up with after they LOSE the house and senate in November !!!!!!!

    March 1, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. rs

    jpmichigan
    The government was shut down by not changing certain parts of the ACA, which changes the Democratic President made any way after the shut down. Tell it like is really is!!! The shut down never would have happened.
    ______________
    Indeed- "Tell it like it is": America got shut down by the AMerican Taliban- and it cost our nation $24 billion. You guys aren't Americans- you're Koch stooges.

    March 1, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    GOP needs to recite the mantra I wrote earlier–Obamacare no good, Obama is bad, Benghazi–now Ukraine. Hold your ear, close your eyes, face east on one leg, recite till the elections–pathetic idiots of GOP–party of "NO".

    March 1, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    "We've worked hard to fix problems that have come up, without any cooperation from (Republicans)."

    That pretty much sums up Obama's entire term in office. And he's being real generous with his criticism; they've tried to block him whenever possible.

    March 1, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. rs

    Meanwhile, let's look at the disaster the GOP has made for Americans by barring enhanced healthcare in their states- millions of Americans denied care, costs in those states going up, hospitals closing. The lying liars can't keep their meme straight.

    March 1, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. smith

    Funny, the GOP has the Koch Bros. and the corporations. The Dems have George Soros, Wienstein, and the unions. Both are nothing but paid puppets doing the bidding of their money masters.

    March 1, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. rs

    Mike in Texas
    Some have argued that prior to ACA we had the best health care system in the world. No, we had the best health care resources in the world; however millions of Americans would have never been able to use those resources under the old system.
    ______________
    Exactly! And, that's the way the GOP likes it. It really fries them to think that poor people might be able to get the same heroic health care to make their lives better through insurance as their beloved rich can- with cash!

    March 1, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Well, One or the other. 1. Obama lied, 2. Obama don't know which end is up and is totally incompetent. Old Gunderson say Number 2. If you think Health Care is expensive now, just wait until it's free. So who gonna pay for your heath care? Oh, wait, old Gunderson know answer. YOU ! You think you get Free Lunch. guess again. Screw all you freeloaders. Maybe those "Shovel Ready Jobs" appear, no?

    March 1, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Eleven million negatively impacted........would be a huge UNDERSTATEMENT.

    The truth is, 310 million people have been negatively impacted, by the health care law. if you go back to 2008 levels, and compare insurance costs, for all insured people, to today's cost of insurance, the only people who don't pay more, are the ones getting the coverage for free, in Medicaid.

    March 1, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    In Georgia, our governor, Nathan (Raw) Deal,wants to change the Federal Law requiring hospitals to treat any who come in. Whatta Guy!!

    He could expand Medicaid, like many states, to solve the problem, But NOOO! That might get in the way of those tax cuts he is always trying to pass for the top earners.

    March 1, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Smitty

    Obammy brown nosers, blog what you want, fact Obammy lied, fact Putin walks all over us cause of Obammy, fact Obammy still doesn't have a clue. Big win for this admin is LIAR OF THE YEAR !!!!

    March 1, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Anthony

    Jpmichigan, the government was shut down because Republicans made a political issue out of borrowing money to pay for spending that Congress had already approved. The president did not change the law. The president has the authority to implement a law in a way to provide a smoother transition. The Supreme Court says so. Even Republicans agree. Remember, Republicans want Obama to delay the individual mandate for everyone. If the president can delay the mandate for everyone, the president can delay the mandate.

    March 1, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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