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. onlyfacts

    Barrasso says, "Americans want real solutions to bring down the cost of health care – not more press releases and propaganda". So he releases this biased statement full of blind accusations, designed to make you dislike Obamacare, if that's not propaganda, what is? Then he never offers one alternative solution. And, he is a doctor. He should be aware of what type of pay cut greedy physicians could take that would lower health care costs. ANOTHER one of your typical shallow minded members of the GOP.

    September 7, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    I think it is time for republicans to get over it, and start working for Americans. We know the republican plan is to let people die, as they have no intentions of improving health care. We are 38th in the world with the highest costs.

    Barrasso, what's in a name?

    September 7, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  3. Tigas

    But the incentive to sign up for ObamaCare is so great for young folks... ObamaCare has evaporated all of the full time jobs and has frozen businesses into a 'let's wait and see' status rather the 'let's grow our business and we'll have to start hiring' status. Oh well, why graduate high school or continue college when there are no jobs out there. Even more, the young people get to pay the highest rates! (if you can't tell I'm being sarcastic, turn of your device and go back to crayons)
    Just remember... We have to pass it to know what is in it.

    September 7, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. 1twinsfan

    Geez, GOP, get off of it. It's isn't healthcare reform; it's insurance expansion. And it isn't a failure as it isn't rolled out yet. My state released their rates this week and the rates are quite low. Lower than what I pay with my group health employer coverage and my employer IS group health coverage. I work for one of the big health insurers.

    September 7, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. jinx9to88

    Whats the GOP proposal for HealthCare? O thats right the GOP doesnt have one, so why dont you sit down and shut up!! We would have 1% unemployment if the GOP in Congress put this much effort into creating "Jobs, Jobs and Jobs" like they told American people who decide to vote them into office in 2010.

    September 7, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Ya know several things are just wrong (lies) about what this guy says. Yes, young people will be mandated to buy health insurance or will be (and should be) fined. Same old song, you have to buy car insurance or in some states you could be jailed. And if just makes sense that if everybody was insured, rates would drop because no one would be getting free care. This Rep (and now we should all use the term Rep with a grin, because they only Rep themselves) knows this and yet glibly continues on lying. (Will health care prices drop? Probably not because your are dealing with an industry that the Mafia could have only dreamed about) But I guess what I would like to see, is when any elected official "lies" to the people, he is prosecuted, fined, and goes to jail. Harsh? Yes, but this guys should be held to a higher level of responsibility. And this should include any, from POTUS down, and include lying television ads in campaigns (MittWitt would never see day light again.) Just tired of hearing the lie's from both sides, which are done intentionally to misinform, and mislead the public that these guys were elected to serve. Never happen because lying, bribery, and misrepresentation have just become a way of life for these guys. The Tea Party would crumble is moments.

    September 7, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Donkey Party

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

    September 7, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Evergreen

    "American's want real solutions to bring down healthcare costs." After years of bashing the ACA his party has not said what they would replace it with. Why is that?

    September 7, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. maf

    The GOP have been blowing this horn for a long time now and THE CHANGES HAVEN"T EVEN TAKEN PLACE YET!!
    Talk about scare tactics! The ACA was watered down to appease the GOP, now the law won't do enough and the GOP are flogging its faults! Incredible . . . sad . . . not helpful!

    September 7, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Tom

    Is another anti-Obamacare rant by a Republican even news anymore? We've heard it all before. Until the Republicans offer a clear alternative to Obamacare (other than just doing nothing) it's just more of the same whining.

    September 7, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Thomas

    Sen. John Barrasso, a Wyoming state senator, was sworn in by then Vice President Dick Cheney ...

    Thats all I need to know .

    Taking Barrasso's advice on health care is like asking Dick Cheney for advice on Syria .
    We will be greeted as liberators ,

    September 7, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. DarqueSide

    As usual, a Republican who bashes Obamacare but offers no alternative. Sorry, until you can come up with something BETTER, sit down and shut up!

    September 7, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Anonymous

    The Republicans have written one speech declaring Obamacare a failure, blah, blah, then they draw a name
    out of hat, and that person gives the same speech over and over, ad nauseum.
    They call it the "Republican weekly address" – it's more like the Republican 'weakly spin'.

    September 7, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. onlyfacts

    One benefit of the ACA is, if you have a kid who just turned 26, you were able to keep that kid on your family policy for 2 extra years. Please raise your hand if you said no to this benefit 2 years ago and volunteered to kick your kid off yourself, because the ACA is so bad for America. How many of you with a pre existing condition will tell your provider next year, "no that's ok, you don't have to cover me for that, I'll pay 100% out of pocket? Don't be a hypocrite, ACA helps everyone, not just you. Now go to church tomorrow practice WWJD.

    September 7, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    The GOP wants to defund Obamacare because they know it will hurt the American people – at least those not wealthy enough to weather any financial storm.

    Why? Because it's all part of their end-game plan to eliminate the American Middle Class and their pesky desire to work for a living wage. The more folks losing healthcare, the more folks lose their houses, investments and life savings – resulting in more assets for American and multinational and individual "investors" to come to our country and buy up houses, companies, bridges, you name it.

    The GOP = rotting our country from the inside out, and blaming it all on that black guy in the White House

    September 7, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    ObamaCare does not increase insurance premiums directly. The law states that as of 2011, insurance companies are no longer be able to raise insurance premiums for the sake of profit (this is ObamaCare's rate review provision). If health insurance companies do raise premiums, they will have to justify rate hikes of over 10% to the state they operate in and then disclose this information immediately on their website and If the State does not have an effective rate review program, the Federal Government will step in.

    ObamaCare helps curb the increasing costs of premiums via the rate review provision, the 80/20 rule and other protections implemented in 2014.

    People with high-end plans may continue to see higher prices on their plans moving forward, while low to middle income Americans and employees will see an Average savings of 60% of their premiums due to subsidies, tax credits and up-front assistance. Customers in States utilizing rate review provisions and setting up an insurance exchanges are projected to save the most. Also, an estimated 13 million Americans have received rebates due to the 80/20 rule. (That includes my family.)

    So you have to ask yourself: Why does the GOP want to defund Obamacare?

    September 7, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Because of Obamacare, Healthcare consumers will finally be able to compare prices and quality for the services they pay form, which very directly benefits them.

    And who's leading the charge on all this? HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES. They WANT consumers to find the best value, because in the end it SAVES the insurance company money.

    Just think: freedom of choice, comparison shopping, greater understanding of just what you're paying for and how much it will cost; isn't that kind of consumer power that supposed free-market capitalists are wanting?!?

    I guess not – if it means a "legislative victory" for the President ...

    September 7, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Why all the push back from the GOP regarding Obamacare?

    Two reasons: 1) The GOP doesn't want President Obama to succeed at anything, regardless of the benefit to the American people.

    2) The GOP believes in a dog-eat-dog world where only the wealthy enjoy any of the benefits of civil society.

    The GOP will never admit this; instead, they'll thump their chests and righteously proclaim they are "Christian" and "patriots" and "real Americans" – when their words and actions prove the exact opposite.

    September 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    And in other news:

    the sun rose this morning.
    grass is green.
    water is wet.
    fire is hot.

    September 7, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Malory Archer


    Just remember... We have to pass it to know what is in it.


    That statement is only true of the crybaby neocons who REFUSED to even be part of the healthcare debate while simultaneously whining that they were locked out of chambers where talks were taking place – a charge that was promptly disproven BTW.

    September 7, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Hector Slagg

    News Alert,
    IBM to move about 110,000 Retires off Company Health Plan to, you guessed it, Obama Care. IBM says Health Plan not sustainable. You are worried what the Republician's are going to do? Either become Fiscally Responsible, or go broke. Don't like the Cold Hard Facts. Stay tuned. More reality coming.

    September 7, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Name Uche Agonsi

    John Barrasso should put up or shut up. What is he afraid of something that should be tried, without proffering an alternative.

    September 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Republicans- The party of "no" -no ideas and no clue!

    September 7, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    Same old drivel from the party of "whatever Obama likes we hate but we offer no alternatives" how shocking

    September 7, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. jboh

    Flush the TEA pot in 2014.

    September 7, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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