Year Four of Obamacare: Delayed Deadlines
As we near the fourth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing his signature healthcare law, residents in Central Washington and throughout the country are now feeling the pains and unintended consequences of Obamacare. Americans now understand what then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi meant when she boasted, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” In recent months, even some of the President’s staunchest allies like former Democrat Senator Max Baucus have joined the chorus of discontent – calling Obamacare a “train wreck.”
With each passing day, the Obama Administration has reluctantly acknowledged the shortcomings of the law by delaying or changing unpopular elements of Obamacare more than a dozen times.
Over the last year, the Obama Administration has:
Make no mistake, I have long-believed that government-run healthcare is not the answer and that we need real health reforms that put patients first, lower costs, and improve patient outcomes. However, one simply doesn’t need to look any further than President Obama’s recent actions to circumvent Congress and pick and choose to delay key parts of the law to determine the law isn’t working.
The fact is, in spite of President Obama’s efforts to delay unpopular parts of the law, Obamacare has caused increased costs and loss of health care plans for millions of Americans. House Republicans remain united in their opposition to Obamacare and have supported over 50 proposals – many with Democrat support – to repeal, defund, or replace this unworkable government-run healthcare program. This year, the House will continue to put forward, with my support, commonsense solutions that will protect the American people from this “train wreck” law and instead focus on patient-centered health reforms.