Barrasso blasts Obamacare in address
September 7th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Barrasso blasts Obamacare in address

(CNN) – Less than a month before the health care exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama’s health care law take effect, Republicans continue to blast the measure and call for its repeal.

Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, said in the weekly Republican address Saturday that the law wouldn’t bolster the quality of care and that rates wouldn’t decrease.

“The President had grand intentions when he set out to reform health care in this country - but he made things worse,” said Barrasso, who practiced as an orthopedist before entering politics.

Obama and his administration have been working to convince young, healthy Americans to sign up for the exchanges, which begin October 1. Without the participation of younger people, rates for older Americans will be higher.

As part of the effort, Obama has recruited sports stars and movie actors to help promote the exchanges to a younger demographic, including people won’t don’t currently have health insurance. Former President Bill Clinton also promoted the plan in a speech this week.

But Barrasso said those efforts weren’t helping solve the problems facing America’s health care system.

“Americans want real solutions to bring down the cost of health care – not more press releases and propaganda,” he said. “We know what the law does - and in just a few weeks, we know it’s going to start hitting middle class Americans even harder.”

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Before making a decision on whether or not the Affordable Care Act is good, I am going to stop and read the Republican alternative... that didn't take long. To quote Alan Grayson, the Republican plan is "hurry up and die quickly."

    September 7, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. just saying

    Donkey Party
    What lie will the GOP tell when Americans see how well Obamacare really works?

    why don't you ask all of the labor unions that helped obama and the democrats jam this nightmare down our throats but now want to be exempted from the law or get special treatment? unions have stated obamacare will destroy the middleclass.

    obamacare discourages full time jobs and growing companies. do you think a company wit 49 employees is going to hire a few more people when it triggers an additional million dollar healthcare expense that the company can't afford to pay? the democrats think it is best those people not work and have the company go under. welcome to the food stamp rolls and enjoy unemployment.

    September 7, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Jill-IN

    Here are two real iife stories I personally know of in just the past 4 months. 1. a very dear friend diagnosed with a rarer form of cancer in March and his horrible Healthy Hoosier Insurance Policy (Indiana's governor's highly touted alternative to Affordable Care Act) denied my friend the right to have cancer care from one of the top 10 cancer specialists in this type of cancer at OSU in Columbus only 170 miles away, and instead said they would only cover care for chemo in his home city. This meant no specialist, no surgery or procedures, or clinical trials. He died in July and we are devastated at this lack of coverage. Second story, another good friend has not been able to purchase individual health insurance in Indiana for past three years (she works full time) due to cost and high deductible and pre-existing condition exclusions, and during this time she greatly needed hip surgery and degraded to the point where she used a walker and had otherwise been very healthy up to this injury. Lucky for her she turned 65 in July and received the hip surgery she needed from Medicare – no thanks to Indiana Governor's Healthy Hoosier Plan. Healthy indeed!

    September 7, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Hot air from a do-nothing Senator. Grow up already.

    September 7, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Eugene9

    Senator Bare Bottom, No one is listening when you bring no alternative to the table but scare tactics.

    September 7, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. charlie

    Wanting to have microchip inplants put into people for what i and another million people aint doing that obamacare really America open your eyes mid romney shouldve became president

    September 7, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. onlyfacts

    Keep in mind many of these corporations profit millions per year. They hand out million dollar bonuses. Now they are kicking people off their health plans because it is not sustainable. Right their bonuses might decrease to only 1 million instead of 1.8 million. Poor greedy low lifes! How are they going to make it? Take your anger out on the greedy 1%, not the government trying to help YOU!

    September 7, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    All these lies from a bunch of rethugs/teatrolls who will get medical insurance for life!
    I guess it IS like Animal Farm all animals are equal but . . . . In this case the repugs and the rich are better and deserve what the 98% can't get. Medical help.
    Keep it up repugs. Trying and failing 40 times is nothing to brag about. Waste of taxpayers $$$$

    September 7, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    @ just saying, it's useless to try to talk any sense into your closed mind.

    September 7, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  10. Winston Smith

    Remember: There's always enough for military spending. You on the other hand, not so much.

    September 7, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. onlyfacts

    @ think again, Obama's team needs to fire the Ravens and hire you! Thanks for all the info. Too bad all the Obama haters will ignore your comments. They can't handle being proven wrong.

    September 7, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    How disgusting that the folks who say they're 'pro-life' are perfectly willing to take away lifesaving insurance from millions of Americans. and they don't even see the hypocrisy!

    September 7, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Justjean

    This guy is SO afraid we will like Obamacare. We and most other Americans will not need it or see any change in our policies we already have, but it will mean life and death for many others who CAN NOT get coverage now and never would without Obamacare. Also, many borderline cases will see great savings in their new options, and many already have because this law puts the kabosh on fraudulent insurance charges and has already made them pay back millions. All this money stimulates the economy just fine thank you.

    September 7, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    Okay, so he (and many others) don't like this law. What do they have to replace it? What would they do differently because I don't see anything better out there that is helping people?

    September 7, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |

    Still waiting for crying,lying GOBP tea potty to step up to the plate with something,ANYTHING.

    September 8, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  16. ge

    republican plan if you can,t afford it dead people don,t cost any thing ,its been working fo 60 yrs

    September 8, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  17. rs

    Enough you baboons (with sincerest apologies to baboons)! The ACA is the law of the land. Enough with the votes in Congress to overturn the ACA. Enough with the lies that you can "defund" healthcare. We don't care that you think striping 34 million Americans of any ability to have legitimate access to the healthcare system through commercially purchased insurance is a "good" election idea. You have proved you simply are incapable of telling the truth on this law, or on this topic. Your lies are outrageous.

    Face it- doing something for the poor or middle class once in a great while might actually be good for the GOP instead of trying to make a permanent large impoverished underclass for you ultra rich handlers to lord over. All Americans NEED healthcare. If you wish to strip anyone of their "socialized" medicine- start with your own!

    September 8, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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