GOP weekly address: The ‘betrayal’ of Obamacare
November 9th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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GOP weekly address: The ‘betrayal’ of Obamacare

(CNN) - Rep. Todd Young took his turn delivering the GOP’s weekly address on Saturday to assail Obamacare’s negative impacts on his constituents.

“This is what betrayal looks like,” the Indiana Republican said in the address, speaking of battles some of his constituents have fought with the health care law, losing coverage and gaining increased costs on their insurance premiums.

“In recent weeks, I’ve heard heartbreaking stories from many Hoosiers about the impact the new health care law is having on them and their families,” Young said.

Key to Young’s argument was a promise President Barack Obama made on the stump for his signature legislation: that Americans who liked their insurance and their doctor would be able to keep both under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Obama apologizes for health coverage cancellations due to Obamacare

Some plans have been cancelled because they do not meet the minimum standards of coverage mandated by the law.

“Here you have hardworking people who were repeatedly told not to worry, that their coverage would stay the same and-if anything-their costs would go down. Just the opposite is happening,” Young said.

“Adding insult to injury, the White House – the President – isn’t leveling with us. He’s trying to cover his tracks, claiming he never really made these promises.”

The disastrous rollout of the online exchanges has provided Republicans ample ammunition to attack Obama, his law and his leadership.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has endured withering fire from congressional Republicans during hearings on the website.

Young took his own shot at the website Saturday, speaking of constituents who spent days and weeks trying to log on.

In reaction to the delays, “I’ve authored a bill to delay this law’s individual mandate tax,” Young said.

“After all, how can you tax people for not buying a product from a website that doesn’t work?”

Young also touted the legislation House Republicans plan on introducing next week that would guarantee Americans could keep their insurance plans under Obamacare.

“No one should have to go to their inbox or mailbox in fear of finding out they’re losing a plan they like – or worse, a plan they need,” he said.

One of the few things Young did not say Saturday, however, was “repeal.” Nor “replace,” some of the GOP’s favorite rallying cries against a law the party base has despised since it was passed by Democrats on a party-line vote in 2010.

That’s not to say Young was in anyway taking it easy on Obamacare.

“We’re going to keep asking hard questions and having hearings so we can get to the bottom of this,” Young said.

“The problem isn’t just a website – it’s the whole law. Let’s stop this train wreck now.”

Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    We all wish Indiana, like the other red states, would have set up their own exchanges so their citizens would not have had the state induced problems. Kentucky comes to mind as a state that did not waste taxpayers's money taking a frivolous lawsuit to the Supreme Court, instead saw the advantage in health care and worked to get it up and running. The more we see of red state governors, we realize that they are not in it to make government work for their state.

    November 9, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  2. James

    Why do republicans keep remaking the same cartoon?

    November 9, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    I, my family and friend do agree, it is a betrayal!!!! The Democrats who passed the ACA that didn't even read it will pay for this betrayal, with the election in 2014. Blame the RNC, economy what ever, but the cancellation of millions of healthcare policies due to the mandate place in the ACA by the Democrats. The worse part is they knew when the wrote, passed this bill this would happen. The Republicans have tried to change, stop or delay the ACA. Democrats are selfish/greedy people who truly don't care about ALL Americans. We need to see what they do about the up coming bill to be presented to stop these cancellations and REALLY allow the American who LIKE THEIR HEALTHCARE and can afford it, KEEPIT!!!

    November 9, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    Nothing betrayal about it. When Insurance thugs deny, flatly refuse why didn't you talk of this betrayal? Listen, ACA is a Law. Glitch is fixable, they are on the work. GOP thugs are crazy, self-centered to win to destroy the USA. Enough.

    November 9, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. Joan

    There are lots of ACA facts that the Republicans don't want covered. The article on the "Coverage Gap" in the Bible Belt is excellent. When State governors in the red states refused to accept the extension of Medicaid under Obamacare they were being totally political in their decision and it is hurting the citizens in their own states. This fact should be made more clear to everyone in the United States. It is another way that those opposed to President Obama are trying to sabotage a plan to help less fortunate people. In fact they are just hurting their own people. That doesn't sound very Christian like does it?

    November 9, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Liz the First

    If these clowns had spent a tenth of their effort they spent trying to defeat Obamacare on helping to make it the best it can be for the American people, it would have had a spectacular start. but no, they'd much rather hurt Obama than help Americans. they have yet to offer any alternative other than 'die quickly.' yes, there are some problems, but they're all fixable if the children and adults try working together to fix them. stop whining, rethugs, and DO YOUR JOB!

    November 9, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Oh please, the only betrayal are the teaklans whose party has been trying to pass this for decades.
    There is NO betrayal worse than what the teaklans are doing to the country, to women, to seniors, to the poor, to veterans.
    They don't want government to tell them what to do but that doesn't stop them from trying to impose their phony "Christian" ideals to the rest of us.
    Give it up. Obamacare is here to stay. Even insanity's three couples who lied about being against it then went to the website and found out, lo and behold, that it helped them!

    November 9, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Norma Vessels

    Betrayal? You talk about betrayal? You and the other Republicans have done nothing but betray all of us, in your obstruction on everything from the Jobs Bill, to Immigration. You talk about betrayal? You know the word all right, from top to bottom. You Republicans in the House have done that every single day since President Obama's been in office!

    November 9, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. MaryM

    The ACA will be fixed. However, the hatred from the rwnjs will never go away. Rwnjs, ask yourself, what would Jesus do.

    November 9, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Joan

    The GOP is so wrong. My daughter and I have signed up and we will both save hundreds of dollars every month with more coverage. We are HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY!

    November 9, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Evergreen

    If you have a policy that does not even meet minimum standards, is it not better to find that out before you have a medical situation. But I am glad to see that a GOP is finally talking about making the law better by fixing the "cancellation" problem. Did Indiana set up an "Exchange?"

    November 9, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Tony

    Why don't we let people buy insurance across state lines? Blue states that cooperate with the federal government in implementing Obamacare have reported lower premiums. Let people who are not happy with premium increases shop for lower premiums in blue state. Hopefully Republicans won't disown their idea of letting people buy insurance across state lines, like they did with the individual mandate.

    November 9, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. mickey doyle

    when does this administration stop lying to the country.not one person in this JIMMY CARTER AND GEORGE BUSH ARE STARTING TO LOOK GOOD TO ME.

    November 9, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Data Driven

    “The problem isn’t just a website"

    I'll repeat what I said to some other conservative genius who posted here yesterday: Tell Issa that. He's wasting money and time holding hearings about the website.

    November 9, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Thomas

    Betrayal ?

    Give me a break GOP , Trying to give people affordable heath care is not betrayal ,

    The Republican Party " INSANITY " Doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results .The GOP , has no new ideas continues to obstruct any new Progressive Modern ideas .

    The road to success is paved by bumps on the road , the GOP party is turning into a pothole . The key to success has sometimes failures , the key to failure is doing the same thing over and over , thats the GOP.

    November 9, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. wendel

    of course here right before vetran's day the repos are going all out for Obama care. Really? What a bunch of turds.

    November 9, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Hector Slagg

    It appears the ACA Law is designed to make people pay much higher premiums to fund those that can't afford health care. Problem is it is also making more workers part time so the advantage is futile. Less Taxes less money to pay for those that couldn't afford health care before. Now the liberal's want to raise the national debt ceiling. Obama Care isn't the only problem facing the Nation.The 17 Trillion Dollar Federal debt is still there. When your out go exceeds your income you will understand there is no free lunch. The Liberal's want to Re-Invent toe old Soviet Union. You all know how successful that was. Obama Care is headed for the Bone Yard. It will just take a bit more time.

    November 9, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. John

    The GOP mantra should be......."The Betrayal of our GOP to recommend any meaningful positive action that will improve America or it's people"..

    November 9, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    @ Tampa Tim, you're right...Perry has been in it, for himself, & his cronies.... The reason him & his ilk keeps getting elected, is because they have the money, and Spend the money to get elected......The Mexicans ( the Legal ones, that are Voters) are typically bought, they Vote for's pathetic

    November 9, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. w l jones

    What percentage of Congress have government healthcare insurance?

    November 9, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. tom l

    Holy cake. President Obama said this about John McCain's plan for healthcare reform in a 2008 debate:

    So here’s John McCain’s radical plan in a nutshell: he taxes health care benefits for the first time in history; millions lose the health care they have; millions pay more for the health care they get; drug and insurance companies continue to profit; and middle class families watch the system they rely on begin to unravel before their eyes. Well, I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think we should settle for health care that works better for drug and insurance companies than it does for hard working Americans. I don’t think that’s the change we need. We can do better than that.

    That is eerie. And to those that say that repubs don't have a plan, that's just a lie. I'm not saying their plan is good or bad because I haven't done enough research on it but they definitely have ideas and a plan

    November 9, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. tom l

    If you are truly an independent I'm really confused by the fact that you are so partisan when it comes to answers with regards to Benghazi. I would think that you would notice the stonewalling and lack of full information on what happened there. I don't understand how it doesn't make you scratch your head that for weeks the administration said it was a video that caused this uprising rather than the planned attack that they that it was. If it's true that Hillary went up to the father of one of the fallen seals and said we're going to get the guy responsible for the video, knowing full well for sure that the video had nothing to do with the attack, then why doesn't that bother you? You realize that means that the administration has lied to us about that if that's the case? Why are you so staunchly supportive of an administration that would do that?

    November 9, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. VET-2

    The real betrayal is the 24 billion the government closure cost, the 42 times and tax payer money that was wasted voting to repeal it and the taxpayer money for Darrel Issa (politician and well known scam artist) continues to waste on the BS hearings and witch hunt. The true betrayal is the poisoning of the law by the republicans themselves. Could we not call Michelle Bachmans assertion that children will die, old people will die, young people will die as a broken promise. the promise of grandmothers being killed if the law was enated. The betrayal is the outright lies that have been purposely presented to the American people by the republicans for there own self interest with regards to the ACA.

    November 9, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Winston Smith

    New Talking Point: How about some of you self righteous water throwers say something good for a change. There's been many mistakes made by the republicans, one is not caring for people. The biggest mistakes you and your party have made have to do with greed and want.

    November 9, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Stuffit

    Finally starting to see some chatter about what OBOZOCARE has done to the 47 million of us whouse Medicare Advantage. 177 percent premium increase, doubling of co pays and deductibles. Exactly who is this rip off supposed to make healthcare more affordable for an where is that $2500 annual savings Pinnochio, Pelosi and Dingy Harry promised us. Madoff said he was sorry for stealing peoples money and went to jail, Obama said he is sorry and went golfing.

    November 9, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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