Florida congressman calls Obamacare 'a breach of faith' for seniors
February 15th, 2014
02:37 PM ET
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Florida congressman calls Obamacare 'a breach of faith' for seniors

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not doing his part to help lower health care costs for older Americans, calling his health care promises a "breach of faith" for seniors.

"Across the country, millions of seniors are now paying more money for fewer choices, less access and far less peace of mind," Rooney said. "This goes well beyond a glitch or a pocketbook issue. This is a breach of faith."

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Citing examples of seniors in Florida and across the country losing access to specialists and primary care physicians, Rooney asserts that the president's failure to uphold his "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" promise has hit seniors particularly hard.

"Because of the President's health care law, I'm hearing from seniors in my district who have already lost their doctors," Rooney said. "In Florida's heartland, seniors are now forced to drive an hour or more just to see a primary care doctor, let alone a specialist."

In November, President Obama acknowledged problems with the roll-out of the healthcare.gov website and offered a one-year extension to Americans with cancelled health plans, despite insurance industry warnings that doing so may lead to higher premiums down the road.

Delivering Saturday's Republican weekly address, Rooney called on Obama to develop a plan to minimize coverage gaps for seniors, a request he says has already been made by senior Republican leaders in a letter they sent to the President on Thursday.

"After all the assurances he gave older Americans," Rooney said, "shouldn't the President develop a plan to address the problems his law is causing them?"

Rooney also urged the GOP to continue to work together to repeal Obamacare, saying, "few promises are more sacred than the ones we make to older Americans ... We pledge to do our part, and now we ask the President to do his."

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Xavier

    Republicans are just so full of it... even they don't truly believe the garbage they are selling.

    February 15, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    More like a breach of contract, between the government and the seniors who paid Medicare taxes, all of their lives.

    February 15, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    "Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Florida, slammed President Obama for not doing his part to help lower health care costs for older Americans,"

    This must be a mistake. as I was recently informed that the President doesn't make laws, only Congress can make laws, and the President only signs them. Apparently, he is not involved at all in the process, until the signing stage. Presidents have no influence on changing or passing laws. Thus say the know-it-alls on this Comment section.

    Therefore, Lincoln didn't free the slaves, Congress did.
    Roosevelt didn't give us Social Security, Congress did.
    Wilson (good ol Woodrow) didn't give women the right to vote, Congress did. (And that Susan Anthony gal, who does she think SHE is???) And, yeah, that Wilson thing is kind of a stretch, since Woodrow was against women's suffrage until he was for it late in the game. At least that is what I was taught in my backwoods Southern school.

    And, President Obama didn't give us Obamacare, Congress did.

    February 15, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. RWB1956

    Election year. Demonize the President to get votes. Again.

    February 15, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. jboh

    This is a total lie! Seniors have Medicare, and have absolutely NO part in ACA. Why do TEA/GOP always tell such lies? Must be because the truth doesn't suit them, or their corporate puppet masters.

    February 15, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. rs

    This is one confused Republican- or he utterly missed the fact that most seniors use another federal program (a very successful one) called Medicare. Odd occurrence for someone living in a retirement states.

    February 15, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. yeahright

    Seniors have Medicare Rep Rooney. You know, that program that your party wants to turn into a voucher system.

    February 15, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. Seniors deal with Medicare. The most of the so-called republican states such as Louisiana, Texas, etc deny Medicare. Well, entire USA know these GOP thugs that are hurting this nation. No further explanation is needed.

    February 15, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. jerrylax

    when most seniors learn what the president and his marxist friends have done to them they will fume. This fall they and the silent majority will speak, and it won't be pretty for the New Democratic/Marxist party.

    February 15, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Tony

    Has Obama ever said that "if you like your plan/doctor, you can keep your plan/doctor at the same price"? Many people are outraged that their insurance companies had to cancel their plans to comply with the law. They don't know that their insurance companies, since 2010, knew that their plans were unlawful, but kept on selling the plans anyway.

    Does the health care law say that if your insurance company jacks up your premium, you have to stay with the same company? Many people complain about higher premiums but do not look for alternatives. If people do not look for alternatives, it is their own fault that they are paying more.

    February 15, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. bill

    but obamadon'tcare won't lie to you-you can keep y our insurance-you can keep your doctor-it was a video--nobody told me. Nixon told one lie????? wow GONE WITH THE WIND

    February 15, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. rla

    medicare is influenced by obama (IDON"T CARE) as it pays for a good part of it....

    February 15, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Mary Ann

    Another republican opens mouth and more lies are spewed!

    February 15, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. king

    Its amazing how theses repubs are blocking millions of the people in their red states access for medicaid,and ofbshouting tbat shouting the president is making older folks pay more for medicare.these folks are maaaaaad

    February 15, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the repub/tea bag majority

    Florida? The state whose governor headed a company (Columbia Hospital Corporation) that was convicted of billions of dollars in Medicare fraud and paid the biggest fine in history?

    That Florida pretending it cares about seniors?

    February 15, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Idiot Dems here, don't even know all of the impact Obama has had on Medicare. Instead of sucking up to Obama.......why not investigate some truth for a change?????

    ObamaCare has changed a lot about how Medicare s working, and almost all of those changes are NEGATIVE to seniors.

    You remember that "death panel" discussion? That was absolutely the truth.

    February 15, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. Tom

    I'm a retired senior citizen and was told by Dems, GOP, and ins. companies that if you have Medicare, Obamacare does NOT apply to you. Perhaps Rep. Rooney didn't get the message as he surely wouldn't be hoping to frighten seniors who simply read the headlines or "hear it from friends." There's an election coming up and I hope the people of Florida remember Rooney's false accusations.

    February 15, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. ED in Texas

    The seniors helped vote these people in. They deserve to reap what they have sown...

    February 15, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Why can't we have affordable healthcare and fight a few less wars ?

    How much did Iraq and Afghanistan cost in DOLLARS ?

    February 15, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. sammy750

    Why didn't G. Bush and the Republicans negotiate a lower price for drugs while Bush was President. What they did was boost the profit of the drug companies. Let the Republicans answer us why drug prices are so high with Medicare. Republicans are screwing the seniors on drug prices and they know it.

    February 15, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. CM46

    This congressman is confused. The ACA has little to do with Medicare. Medicare is a one payer system and it works pretty well. I am a senior and I see very little change in Medicare other than an improvement in Part D. I have lots of choices – more than I did with my employer's plan before I retired.

    February 15, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    More like a breach of contract, between the government and the seniors who paid Medicare taxes, all of their lives.
    Unlike the hypocrites like Ryan who would simply end Social Security and Medicare, right Rick?
    Do you make this stuff up yourself, or does someone write it down for you?

    February 15, 2014 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. The REAL Truth...

    @RWB1956 – Election year. Demonize the President to get votes. Again.
    Election year be darned.. they've been doing it for 5 yrs.. this guy can't do anything without them jumping all over him.

    February 16, 2014 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  24. Vicki

    Who cares what republicans say about anything? I sure don't. They are not reasonable about anything. They just want to be the ones who cause trouble in the Congress. They have more republicans who are tea partiers who are not very intelligent when you see how they vote and what they say.

    February 16, 2014 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Lizzie

    Gurgyl, that's the kind of BS you preach, LA and TX have Medicare like every other state, MEDICAID was not expanded because every year the government makes the states pay more and more of the expenses untill it's 100%, wonder what will happen to those states when the government in a few years withdraws ALL of its support with millions enrolling in MEDICAID and not in the ACA, plus TX has something called primary care for those who can't afford medical premiums.

    February 16, 2014 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
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