Republicans continue assault on Obamacare
July 13th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Republicans continue assault on Obamacare

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law came under fresh assault from Republicans over cost and complexity with a Senate lawmaker saying comprehensive doesn't mean comprehendible.

Speaking the week after the Obama administration said it would delay a key provision of the law, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming said on Saturday in the weekly GOP address that the Affordable Care Act was a "partisan experiment in government-run health care" that had failed.

Last week, the Treasury Department said it was delaying by one year the requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide workers with health insurance – a provision that had long been contested by Republicans, who said it would hurt jobs growth.

In the weekly address, Enzi predicted the delay would force more Americans to enroll in the health care exchanges created under Obamacare – thereby increasing costs to taxpayers.

"Where did he find this authority to pick and choose what parts of the law he'll put in place and when?" Enzi wondered. "Republicans and Democrats alike are asking how the administration can possibly justify this decision."

Part of the problem, Enzi argued, was Obamacare's length, which he said made it impossible for any single lawmaker or agency to fully to fully determine the effect of the law.

"After 20,000 pages and still adding new regulations, and over 150 new bureaucratic agencies, boards, and programs, they still haven't figured out what is in the law, or how to make the law work, which is why we need to permanently delay implementation of the law," he said.

Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives have voted numerous times to repeal all or part of Obamacare, though those efforts have stalled in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.

In his address, Enzi decried Washington's penchant for passing enormous laws he said don't allow for thoughtful debate. While not specifically mentioning the current push for comprehensive immigration reform, the Wyoming Republican took aim at laws that seek to make sweeping changes.

"We also need to get away from trying to do everything comprehensively," Enzi said. "'Comprehensive' usually means incomprehensible. The larger a bill gets, the harder it is for people to understand and agree. This is especially true when we try to pass bills that no one can have read and we have to find out what's in them after we pass them."

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. ironman59

    For all the gop whining about the government getting into healthcare why isn't an issue with all of the states making medical decisions for women? Must be nice living by a double standard.

    July 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. rs

    Good- we must keep up the pressure, that is the only way to get rid of ObamaCare. We do not need for the Goverment to decide on peoples healthcare, leave that to the Doctors.
    You've obviously bought the GOP's "the government is your enemy" foolishness. Really, you trust some insurance company bean counter to look out for your health care interests?
    Thank you, I'll keep Medicare for myself in my retirement, and I'll support expanding insurance to the 45% of Americans that have no adequate health care. You obviously have "yours" and don't care about anyone else.
    Stop hating America, and use your head. The GOP is the road to chaos.

    July 13, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    ObamaCare is an assault on the is a monstrous program, that is simply unworkable.
    And you can't even explain why.
    Here's a question- as the ACA is based upon the plan in Mass. (you know, "Romneycare")- how is it that this program works so well, provides nearly 100% of the population converge, and is so well liked?

    July 13, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. rs

    Republicans really don't really need to keep up the assault on Obamacare—it's going to collapse of its own weight. That said, though, the faster it's killed off, the less damage it will do and the less will have to be cleaned up.
    Funny, what you think is happening with the ACA is EXACTLY what's happening to your party. The GOP is so near death it ain't funny. Who do you guys have left to make mad at you? Anybody?

    July 13, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Ed1

    Don't need a replacement proposal just take everything out of this one or start over with what we want not what they think we want ask us first because this isn't what we want or need.

    July 13, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. fayray11x

    not to worry. the GOP will be a relic in less than a generation.

    every day people get more sick of their party being ONLY for the rich and their only action is: spreading hate, telling lies, spreading fear, insulting anyone who doesn't agree with them and trying to run everyone's life as they see fit regardless of what these people want.

    July 13, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Dr. Chester Grice

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act. Much of what has been said against the Act is incorrect and misleading. No death panels, available online in every state, yes every state. If your state does not implement the Feds will. Too many people are without any healthcare which drives up the cost for those of us who pay through our jobs for some level of healthcare. Perhaps the Respublicans could spend more time helping develop and pass a Jobs bill and stop complaining about a Law that has already been reviewed by the SCOTUS and appears to be more beneficial than detrimental. Every major law has required modification after implementation, why not for thos in opposition sit down and suggest some tweaks to improve it rather than destroy the Act? Medicare was treated the same way when it was implementd but try and remove that now and you will really have a revolution by the same people opposing the Affordable Care Act.

    July 13, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. sonkarlay

    Obama care will work just fine, republican can do whatever they want but the heath care is here to stay not a damn thing those clowns can do, let then go on with their abortion bills that going to go no where

    July 13, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Ron

    Obama Care is just one more example of federal waste and fraud to feather the nests of our politicians. It didn't matter if Americans wanted it or not. Just another example of cram it down their throats.

    July 13, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @scott: "Good- we must keep up the pressure, that is the only way to get rid of ObamaCare. We do not need for the Goverment to decide on peoples healthcare, leave that to the Doctors."

    Under Obamacare, doctors and other healthcare providers DO decide on people's healthcare (unlike the current system, where insurance companies control whether or not to cover procedures).

    THE FACTS: For the past several years, groups of health insurance companies, doctors, hospitals and other medical personnel have been developing best practices and guidelines, not only as a way to provide more effective, standardized care for common medical situations, but to bring down costs. These guidelines have been developed for everything from infection prevention to protocols for heart attack.

    Check out online NCQA and HEDIS; these involve measuring quality in the delivery of these best practices, as a way of making more transparent for healthcare consumers which providers are best following these established guidelines.

    So Scott and all you other righties you believe everything Fox tells you, enough with bureaucrats making medical decisions! Wake up and smell the coffee – and grow the stones to accept that you're being lied to and manipulated when it comes to Obamacare!

    July 13, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo..."Where is your replacement proposal, Republicans? Oh THAT'S right... You DON'T have one."

    As you mentioned, the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare was originally a REPUBLICAN idea. Further info for those who actually prefer facts to Fox fiction:

    In 1993, the Republicans championed the idea of the individual mandate in healthcare reform as an alternative to the Clinton initiative. During the 2000s, dozens of Senate Republicans co-sponsored healthcare plans that included
    a mandate.

    In 2007, Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), a favorite of the tea folks, endorsed Romney-tron 2012 for President, citing Romney-tron's HEALTHCARE PLAN AS A REASON FOR DOING SO.

    So, Repub voters, just WHEN are you going to get tired of being lied to and manipulated by your party? Huh?

    July 13, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Rickie, rickie, rickie, please explain what Obamacare is. Talking points from limberger or insanity with no real back up is no answer.

    July 13, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    @rs–just ignore these idiots. Their brain is full of hard clay. Even if you explain they are still blind sheep to follow based on color, race. Yes, we all know it works. What a bunch of uneducated idiots we have in USA. We need education.

    July 13, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Sophie Meyer

    Just more from the "I've got mine, screw you" republican party. While this clown sits in DC barely working a full year, he's provided with a full comprehensive compliment of benefits. this is the least productive congress on record, yet clowns like Enzi are spending his time working against the best interests of the nation – he's more concerned about his political party. When will voters wake up to their cynicism and disdain?

    July 13, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. bombastus

    Ten years from now everyone will be wondering what all the fuss was about. The GOP fought social security as well and now they are staunch defenders. Once the public accepts the fact that Obamacare works (it will need tweaking) and that eventually a single payer system is more efficient and saves money will be accepted by all. The Swiss have been operating an Obamacare-type system for years and it's working just fine at a lower cost than we pay now…but then again we pay more per person than any country in the world. WHO ranks the US around 38th in health care..down there with Costa Rica and Slovenia but number 1 in cost. We gotta do something different.

    July 13, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Thomas

    @Richard Long
    Fortunately $7 billion that could have been used to properly implement ObamaCare was pledged to Africa.
    Wonder how much he is going to pledge the people at Martha's Vineyard as the Obama family continues its vacation tour.


    July 13, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    Thirty-eight votes to repeal Obamacare! how many votes on creating JOBS???? NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shameful! the republicans just don't seem to be able to help themselves lately. they've been showing the worst side of their party for a couple of years now. hope everyone is watching and paying attention. i talked to a young man the other day who had been a republican until a month ago, when he started paying attention to all the crap they're pulling. let's hope this is the beginning of a trend!

    July 13, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. will never vote Republician again

    God Bless the POTUS for the Affordable Care Act! My husband who is a cancer survivor will now be able to get insurance in 2014!

    July 13, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. California

    Obama even delaying it.


    July 14, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is either Jobs or Obama Care. There are much better ways than Obama Care. Somewhere the bill has to be paid. Some of you want your Cake and Eat it too. Not possible. Everybody want's tpo go to Heaven. they just don't want to go today. The Un-Affordable Care Act is killing jobs. You want something, you will have to pay for it. Something you have avoided these last 83 years.We have a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt to prove it. Time to pay the Piper.

    July 14, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. Fran2

    Since the government is forced to pick up the hospital tab of the uninsured by way of charity care, it is only fair that they be able to levy a tax on the uninsured.

    July 14, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Or as it should be more accurately stated: "Republicans keep beating a dead horse to avoid doing their job in Congress". Brings to mind Einstein's definition of insanity.

    July 14, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. sammy750

    The Republicans have no other agenda, but for 3 years now wasting millions of $, trashing the HC bill. The Republicans trashed Social Security, Medicare and other bills that helped Seniors and others. Republicans are not a helping party, but prefer to use the Fed. Govt to get to their positions then fight against it.
    Gov. Perry stated on CNN Sunday morning, he didn't want the Federal Govt. telling him how to run his state. Perry has the worst state record of the 50 states, wages are the lowest in TX, worker safety the worst of 50 states, just ask West, TX. having their town destroyed by a company not regulated and the highest population of people not insured for health care. Then Perry wanted the Fed. Govt. to fund the rebuild. This is the mindset of an incompetent Governor. Perry suppressing the votes of minorities, having the worst educational record of the 50 states.
    This is what Perry has done to TX and he brags about it. This is what the people of TX stands for.

    July 14, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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