Weekly addresses: GOP sticks to health care, Obama pivots to the economy
November 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Weekly addresses: GOP sticks to health care, Obama pivots to the economy

(CNN) – While Republicans continued on the anti-Obamacare offensive, President Barack Obama largely pivoted away from the troubled rollout of Healthcare.gov, instead focusing his address on the economy.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess, a physician and vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called the Affordable Care Act a "train wreck for doctors, a train wreck for patients, and most importantly, it's a train wreck for the American people."

"It has now become clear that the reality of the president's health care law does not match what he promised: A website that was launched before it was finished. Waves of cancellation letters. The sticker shock of high premiums, coupled with ever-increasing deductibles," Burgess said in the GOP weekly address released Saturday.

Technical glitches barred many Americans from signing up through the federal online healthcare marketplace since the site's October 1 launch. Obama and administration officials have admitted they "fumbled" the rollout of the website and promised significant improvements to its functionality by the end of the month.

In addition to Americans having trouble accessing the site, many have reported losing their plans despite a promise from the administration that if you had an insurance plan you liked, you could keep it under the act.

The President has since announced a legislative fix to the law, allowing some people to remain on their insurance for another year, and Friday extended the sign-up deadline from December 15 to December 23 in order to have coverage at the beginning of next year.

"Over the past couple months, most of the political headlines you've read have probably been about the government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act," Obama said in his weekly address.

"And I know that many of you have rightly never been more frustrated with Washington. But if you look beyond those headlines, there are some good things happening in our economy. And that's been my top priority since the day I walked into the Oval Office."

Obama continued: "Five years later, we have fought our way back. Our businesses have created 7.8 million new jobs in the past 44 months. Another 200,000 Americans went back to work last month."

Obama touted less dependency on foreign oil, the comeback of the auto industry and his work cutting the nation's deficits.

But the President's address was not without political undertones, jabbing at Republicans for their continued assault on Obamacare and last month's 16-day partial government shutdown.

"Think about what we could do if a reckless few didn't hold the economy hostage every few months, or waste time on dozens of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act rather than try to help us fix it," he said.

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. BDR

    Liberal's uneducated?
    All those college kids that elected Obama are uneducated?
    I think your confusing education with indoctrination and if you feel you have to lie then you really have no grounds for your argument

    November 24, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Ddtgwt

    Katie b who are you trying to kid? Suspect you are a paid poster.

    November 24, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Frustrated

    Both parties keep on trashing us . How come we can not have the option on the voting ballot that offers.
    ( None of the above)

    November 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Lizzie

    My name is, if this country is SO racist as you say, then how come a BLACK man got elected to the highest office???? Or is it that Americans just voted for him, because they been told over and over again that they will make history.

    November 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Thomas

    Big insurance is no different then the big mortgage companies , crooks !

    @Larry in Houston
    WOW !! The Dow = 16,000 !! That's history in the making.....well, the fed is causing the dow to keep going higher & higher...LOL ....and for some odd / unknown reason, it's not up to the Gov't to "create" Jobs....and – Small Business isn't going to "replace" all the "Jobs" that has been lost in the last 35 years, period.... 100 people here, and 50 people there, and 25 people over there, isn't going to cut it, even if there is thousands that are needed by small businesses, when there were tens of millions of Jobs that were done away with. (no comparison) my advice to people that is relying on that stock to make them a bunch of cash money : get out now, while you can.....
    Gold is down Larry , oil is down , and I see new construction from Seattle to San Diego .

    We need Affordable Healthcare.

    November 24, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Katie B

    @True Conservative: I have worked and paid taxes for over 40 years. Many a "true conservative" has gotten wealthy because of my honest labor. You have no right to disrespect me just because I have temporarily fallen on hard times.

    November 24, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Obama pivots to the economy........"Oh look! A squirrell!!!!"

    November 24, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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