GOP: 'Another broken promise' on healthcare
March 1st, 2014
10:46 AM ET
7 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. john

    GOP offers no alternative. They offer nothing to improve the current and only Healthcare plan. GOP are a very negative party who only whine and offer no constructive solutions.

    March 1, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. The HAM

    Don't worry... Now with the red line weak statements prior to the fall of Ukraine in addition to the current mess called healthcare there will be a sweeping change to power in Washington come November... The lame duck will be done...

    March 1, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Are you kidding me?

    The GOP is a total farce. They do not stand for anything except for opposition. They are the first to run to the mic for any problem. How
    About they try to help fix or propose some ideas that may help make the situation better. They certainly will not and this is one of the main reason why I will not vote for the GOP. Time to excise the bad seeds.

    March 1, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Smitty

    I guess were all wrong Harry Reid states any one with Oblunder care problems is lying !!! You just cant make this stuff up.

    March 1, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Xavier

    Over 4 million people get healthcare... but republicans continue to spread lies. I swear, republicans stand for nothing but negativity and hate. Was this party ever positive? Lincoln would be ashamed...

    March 1, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Leftcoastrocky

    What are the details of the GOP's alternative to Obamacare? They have had years to prepare them.

    March 1, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. DRAKE MALLARD

    The fat cats in DC need to cut their salaries, benefits and pensions while they are at it. I know, I won’t be holding my breath for that one!!. (They vote on their own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and we are left with the bill)

    “Gone are the days when the Republican Party used to put forward big bold visionary stuff…We’re gonna have problems politically until we get some sort of third party movement or some alternate voice out there that can put forward new ideas.”
    ~Jon Huntsman,

    March 1, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. just asking

    weren't obama and kerry cracking wise about this not being the cold war? guess what fools, you may not think so but others like putin sure are thinking along those lines. and now that obama has proven himself to be nothing but a gas filled empty suit, putin will have his way with him, just as he did in syria. obama, our feckless paper tiger meows i am deeply concerned, meow, meow.

    March 1, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. 2partydictatorship

    More blind allegiance from the left and right. Soros and Koch bros laugh at us all in the same room as our dear leaders. At what point will we see there are no choices in who leads the country. They are made for us. Keep posting about mean conservatives and weak liberals.

    March 1, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. YoonYoungJo

    What the GOP are calling lies is more like miscalculations. Let's be realistic Obamacare is a massive under taking. Its complexity is beyond anything anyone could have predicted. It's like expecting the new windows 9 OS have zero bugs or errors. Its impossible to not have issues or hiccups. Does it mean its not a good thing? I mean obviously we know what windows did for computing, right?

    March 1, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Chris-E...al

    Another dem failed us to his name was Bill Clinton . The report files said he passed on killing bin laden . Which caused 911 . dems are so good at denying the facts with lies and cover ups.

    March 1, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. YUCK

    @are you kidding me,nicely said.

    March 1, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    @just asking–when it comes to helping our own people–you cut the funding–when it comes to Putin, you lick the butts, want Pres. Obama to go to war?? You are out of mind–sorry, USA can NOT afford another drain of war–bow, bow, bow....yes, ACA is a Law, huge SUCCESS–indispensable.

    March 1, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. rs

    just asking
    weren't obama and kerry cracking wise about this not being the cold war? guess what fools, you may not think so but others like putin sure are thinking along those lines. and now that obama has proven himself to be nothing but a gas filled empty suit, putin will have his way with him, just as he did in syria. obama, our feckless paper tiger meows i am deeply concerned, meow, meow.
    ______________
    JS- the President has responded to the Ukraine with greater concern than the GOP has for the middle class in the US. What's with you guys? Afraid you might miss out on a perfectly idiotic war? Until one person on the Right can make a logical argument for why the Ukraine means anything to the U.S. logic dictates that this is a global issue- not a p_____g match with Putin- who you guys still seem infatuated with.

    March 1, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    ACA is a Law. Way to go.

    March 1, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. tstorm92

    Is that all Repubicans have to whine about? Health care? Millions have signed up for it and are very happy to have it. And it's proven that the negative ads run by the Republican party about healthcare were paid actors and made up lies. Seriously. I don't think Republicans grasp their low approval rating. A congress that does nothing and still gets paid for it. Bigoted laws the GOP has tried to pass in states like Arizona that scream discrimination, offending recent Mexican immigrants and refusing to help rebuild our economy because of their rabid hatred of our President. You lost the last national election in a landslide, GOP and you promised to quit being so hateful. So far you've only gotten worse.

    March 1, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Obama - The Absentee Incompetent President

    Despite a flurry of activity Saturday in Washington, including a confab of the President's national security team – Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, and CIA Director John Brennan to discuss potential policy options – the White House remained mum on how the United States intended to respond to the situation.
    A senior administration official says that President Obama was not at the meeting but has been briefed on the latest developments in Ukraine by National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
    ---

    Not surprising he didn't care enough to attend. Our embassy was under attack in Benghazi and our ambassador and 3 others killed and he went to bed to rest up for his campaign fund raiser the next day in Las Vegas. I don't know why this clown ever ran for President, other than for the photo ops and celebrity events. Doing the actual real work of the office just doesn't interest him. No wonder Putin thinks he can just invade other countries at will.

    March 1, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Senator Wagner, what health coverage do you and your family have? Oh yes, taxpayer funded health care for the rest of your life. Just Sayin"...

    March 1, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Chris-E...al
    Another dem failed us to his name was Bill Clinton . The report files said he passed on killing bin laden . Which caused 911 . dems are so good at denying the facts with lies and cover ups.

    Dispense with the run on sentences and people might take you seriously.

    March 1, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. tstorm92

    I honestly don't think Republicans have a firm grasp of reality. All they whine about Is healthcare which, after the glitches were fixed with the website has become very popular. And the attack ads against healthcare by Republicans have all been proven made up lies with paid actors. Just a few days ago Republicans in Arizona upset the whole country by trying to pass an openly discrimination law against gays. If the GOP is not offending recent Mexican immigrants, they are picking on teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Conservatives stopped a bill about simple background checks before you buy a gun after the slaughter of so many innoncent children at a school in Connecticut. They offend women by telling them what to do with their bodies, and have basically told the middle class that tax breaks are only for the wealth "job creators". GOP, you LOST the last general election by a LANDSLIDE. You promised to change. Your hate and animosity towards just about every social group in this country has only grown worse.

    March 1, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. S-Hug

    My employer just renewed open enrollment for our insurance on March 1st. Our costs haven't increased one dime. I don't know what she's talking about. The GOP don't want anything that will help average, everyday hardworking Americans.

    March 1, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Wes

    uhbama and the left winged Taliban continue to lie.

    March 1, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. rs

    Memo to GOP: Obstruction, anti-Americanism, and doing nothing is NOT leadership- it is uselessness.

    March 1, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @just asking and the haters, tell the 4 million+ that they won't have insurance because the teaklans just can't move ahead.

    March 1, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Chris-E...al

    I Never thought the Mahdi would pop up 0ut of a well in the U.S. ?Man we just going to have to witness to 0bama for a shnrt time 0h maybe !

    March 1, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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