GOP again highlights Obamacare in weekly address
February 22nd, 2014
11:06 AM ET
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GOP again highlights Obamacare in weekly address

Washington (CNN) - If there were any doubts left that running against Obamacare is the GOP's strategy in 2014, the President's signature healthcare law was again the message of the GOP's weekly address.

In a message released Saturday, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, slammed the administration for "the sad reality of Obamacare: lose your insurance, lose your doctor, lose your job."

Cotton is running for Senate, trying to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor, a vulnerable Democrat in a state that leans right. That race is one of a handful across the country where incumbent Democrats face tight re-elections - and where Republicans hope to pick up enough seats to win control of the Senate.

There, and elsewhere, Democrats have shied away from the President and, in some cases, even gone after his healthcare law.

Instead of attacking his opponent, though, Cotton set his sights on the President.

"Arkansans, like most Americans, have had their grit tested over the last several years through a financial collapse, recession, and a stagnant, jobless recovery. Barack Obama's policies aren't solving these problems; they're causing the problem," he said.

Five million Americans have lost their healthcare policies under Obamacare, and the Congressional Budget Office projects the law will cost 2.5 million full-time jobs, he said.

Obamacare could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024 as many workers opt to work less to retain their eligibility for Medicaid or new federal subsidies under the healthcare law, according to that report.

Obamacare also will leave 31 million Americans uninsured by 2023, says Cotton, citing another CBO report. Other CBO estimates, however, say that number is actually a decrease from the 57 million that would be uninsured without the insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion the law creates.

"The impact of these policies is real, and I've met people across the state with stories that show how misguided Obamacare is," he said, referencing a constituent named Elizabeth whose premiums have risen 85% because of the law's new coverage mandates.

"Republicans in Congress are committed to stopping the harms caused by the President's policies, repairing the damage, and getting America working again. We're advocating reforms that trust patients and their doctors – not Washington bureaucrats. And we're working to get spending under control," he said.

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  1. Bill from GA

    " Barack Obama's policies aren't solving these problem "

    Typical lying republican.

    When the President had a Democrat Senate and House, he mostly got his agenda passed and our economy was rebounding, with a huge turnaround in jobs numbers. Since the repubs got the ability to block Obama's policies, they have done all they can to slow the growth of this Country. Their Senate leader even stated that his main goal was to make Obama a one-term president.

    Repubs have done all they could since 2010 to hurt our Country, just so they could blame Obama for failing. They stop all of his programs for growth, such as infrastructure programs for highways and bridges, yet blame him for slow growth.

    How can anyone support these repubs, who care more for their party than they do for the USA?

    February 22, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP opposition to ObamaCare is getting old and tiresome. By 2016, the same old line of attack will be ancient history especially when ObamaCare becomes a widely accepted program like Social Security or Medicare.

    February 22, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Stuffitu

    At least some of the media (although certainly not the liberally biased) ia taking mote how the most corrupt president in our history is screwing senior citizens with cuts in the Medicare advantage program to pay for free healthcare for the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unions. These are of course the same DNC controlled outlets that come election time will shrilly repeat the semoxrat liberal "progressive " lies about how Republicans are hurting senior citizens. You can bet Bob Schoeffer will not tell you that in promotions for Deface the nation and for sure Wolf Blitzee, Cooper and Morgan will never bring it up.

    February 22, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. wendel

    republican policies discrimination in Arizona ted Nuggents no increase in minimum wage voter rights womans rights. We are tired of a party that has only one note one goal. Where are the ideas and help the American people need. Stop paying these clowns they have stopped working for us.

    February 22, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    These GOP idiots are so pathetic idiots to nag on this law which is the most dire needed law. Enough of these thugs. Yes, ACA IS A LAW. YOU PUT UP OR SHUT UP. It is a law–USA needed for centuries.

    February 22, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Look at the republican accomplishments: 2 unfunded wars with 4500 dead soldiers and 45 thousand wounded, 9-11 with almost 3000 killed, 15 embassy attacks with 50 deaths, tax cuts for those who didn't need it, a war on women, war on poor, war on students, war on veterans, war on our environment, an unfunded drug program, a housing plan in 2002 that led to the bubble, the Great Recession, millions of jobs lost, TARP, auto industry going bankrupt, and when you put it on the books, over $5 trillion added to our national debt.

    February 22, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    It's time to boycott the states where these insistent elected officials come from. They always want to have their way, whine, cry and be disruptive, fine. They can do so without the benefit of many people's monies. We need to remember this is a democracy, and those who prefer to be totalitarian in their approach need to comply or leave.

    February 22, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Stuffitu " screwing senior citizens with cuts in the Medicare advantage program "

    The same cuts were included in House Republican Paul Ryan's budget, approved by the House. Take 'mote' of that.
    ( And I doubt you even knew it, since the right-wing-propaganda network leavers out those kind of details. )

    Would you still hate them if a repub passed them? Didn't think so.

    February 22, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    In the 99 days that the house of reps. will be in session this year, Eric Cantor promises more attempts to repeal the ACA, more attacks on women's rights, and guarantees no action will be taken on issues Americans deem important. The sad part is that his district is so gerrymandered, he could not lose if he ran against Jesus.

    February 22, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Tony

    So, why aren't Republicans talking about their own plan? I remember reading about a Republican alternative to Obamacare from William Kristol this year. Do Republican politicians know about this alternative? Why aren't Republican politicians promoting their alternative?

    February 22, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    The sad reality is the ACA is a conservative idea that was the Democrat's compromise to the single payer system. So basically what the Republicans are trying to say is that they are the party of no ideas or bad ideas. They are miffed that a Democratic President and Congress decided to take their idea an make it law. But once again, Republicans only criticize and bring nothing to the table. Their hope is that people won't take a step back and say "ok you keep saying this is bad, but you never say why are you good. In fact, the Dem candidate may not be great, but you are worse.". All they keep doing is telling you why you shouldn't vote for the other candidate, never why you should vote for them.

    February 22, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    I have a theory about red state right wingnuts being so out of touch with reality. It begins with drinking red state polluted water, breathing red state smog, and eating food grown in radioactive dump sites like Texas.

    February 22, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Now it's this clowns turn to get 15 seconds of fame.

    February 22, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Hector Slagg

    I don't know why of you are ragging the Republicans about the current situtation in the country. It is what people voted for the last 100 years. You want things fixed get rid of Liberals, Progressives and Democrats! State where huge budget deficits were now in the hands of republican's have started to turn around as well as unemployment has improved. Liberals have one message. Tax the rich and raise the national debt. Obama Care is killing the country. Wise up.

    February 22, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. rs

    The Republicans look ever more silly pounding away on something that with every day appears to be working fine- it certainly doesn't help the GOP can't produce anyone who has been so grievously harmed to date.

    Adding to their irrationality, they still have no healthcare plan of their own- except for the poor to use the ER- a sure way for them to lose their car and home to bill collectors or bankruptcy.

    The worst of it though are the dopey Republican Governors who turned down Medicaid expansion in their states just to ensure their citizens would suffer, and that the positive effects of the ACA would be blunted. Even Arizona's Gov. Brewer (no raving liberal mind you) saw the wisdom of the law.

    February 22, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. just me

    The posgop is still lying about the cbo report. Either reading comprehension or ethics is woefully lacking among dixie pols.

    February 22, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. James

    I don't think that the ACA is going to be the silver bullet they think it is. Raising the minimum wage and addressing stagnant wages is the most important issue right now and it's not going to just go away. If Republicans continue to stonewall and drag their feet into the midterm election,not only are they going to fail to regain control of the Senate, but they're going to lose the House as well. Regardless of how they try to argue their position or what they campaign for or against, if the minimum wage is still an issue it's going to be the central issue and it's going to cost the Republicans the elections.

    February 22, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Germaine Beger

    When you shutdown the government you threw away 24 BILLION DOLLARS. That was 4 times the cost of the ACA. then you don't help the homeless, the sick, food stamps, and unemployment but you fund the opening of a cemetery. That was helpful and it says a lot about how you view the general public. You have a midnight meeting when nobody is watching. A 15 minute vote was held open for 6 hours because you could not get enough votes to help your friend in pharmaceuticals to make 250 billion. You pass this garbage and now big pharmaceuticals are going to receive 500 BILLION dollars. You forget you had no money when we got involved in 2 wars and medicare part D. Where was your restraint then. In your message about Elizabeth (your new Joe the plumber), If Elizabeth was paid a decent wage she could afford health care. Why can't Republicans do something good for humanity. Why can't America be Inclusive instead of exclusive. We need to also stop citizens united. this is a real bad idea letting money run our elections. You can't make it 1950 again. Half of the Republicans are in line with how Russia and Uganda treats their people. I tried to email you direct but you don't accept opinions from outside your state, How convient

    February 22, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |

    Tampa t@ I noticed Y0U wrote the word Jesus in one of your post . If you alone were t0 repent an stop fabricating falsehoods he just might heal are land ?you think bud ? gays killing babys wars the borrower instead of the lender thats where your party has brought to our land thx

    February 22, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Greg in Arkansas

    Cotton...""the sad reality of Obamacare: lose your insurance, lose your doctor, lose your job."
    The GOP reality has been...lose your job, lose your insurance, lose your doctor....been there, done that.....SO....
    How does the GOP/TEA party plan to fix anything....?????
    More tax cuts....?? Since most of the stimulus they bellyache about was TAX CUTS, I guess that TAX CUTS are a failure when it comes to creating jobs....... Lower minimum wage...(with govt social services making up the difference)...???
    Come-on Cotton.....tell us YOUR got nutthen...

    February 22, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    Let's remind everyone that social security is now taxed thanks to their demi god king of Hollywood party hearty Reagan.

    February 22, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. bcrunner

    @Stuffitu: The president is screwing the senior citizens of this country by cuts to Medicare advantage: This does not affect their Medicare. It's the supplemental policy that seniors can buy to supplement Medicare which is a subsidy to senior to be able to buy it ... right? Sooo, you are OK with providing subsidies to seniors to buy additional insurance, but you are not OK that we provide subsidies to others to be able to afford insurance at all... And, you're ok with insurance companies just kicking people off just because they got sick... Do you also forget that the ACA closes the donut hole for seniors? Do you forget that they get free preventative doctor's visits?

    February 22, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. rs

    Here you go GOP- your stale, old "Obamacare" lies need spruced up. How about calling it: "Benghazicare"? Maybe "IRS 50 (c)4care"? My favorite for you guys is: "Idon'tcare".

    Yeah, go with that one.

    February 22, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |

    Hector @! Your right bud ! We just got 3000 jobs from Remington Arms .

    February 22, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. ja

    What Job!!!!!

    February 22, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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