The American people have known the president’s health care law is driving up costs and making it harder to hire, and many of the law’s Democratic architects have warned of its unraveling. But up until last week, top Democrats in Congress and the administration kept insisting everything was going fine.
But the truth is the Obama administration has “known for months” that “Obamacare implementation wouldn't work.” The National Journal had a bombshell report today that said in part:
“If you've been reading all the Obamacare stories lately, you might get the impression that the administration has just realized it will not be able to implement the massive health reform as designed. It has known for months.”
In last week’s announcement from the White House, “[t]he word ‘delay’ turns up 45 times…”
This all begs the question: if the administration has known for months it can’t implement its own law, what else is the White House not telling the American people about ObamaCare’s meltdown?
Republican leaders and committee chairs asked that very question in a letter to President Obama today. You can read it here. Republicans requested “a complete list of all other provisions in the law that you expect to delay prior to October 1, 2013.”
Republicans also asked the president for a justification “for only delaying the employer mandate at this time and not the new mandate on individuals and families.” As Speaker John Boehner said today, “If businesses can get relief from ObamaCare, the rest of America ought to be able to get relief as well.”
The president’s health care law isn’t on track, it’s not fabulous, and it’s not living up to the promises made when it was rammed into law. It has to go. “We need to protect the American people from this law,” Speaker Boehner said – “permanently.”