Rep. Schrader Latest Democrat to Fault Obama for ‘Not Being Honest’
Another lawmaker has joined a growing number of Democrats putting pressure on the president to make satisfactory on his statements to the American public when he said they could keep their healthcare plans when Obamacare was launched.
Rep. Kurt Schrader on Tuesday blasted President Barack Obama for “grossly misleading” Americans for his broken promises on his signature healthcare act & for the ongoing problems with the rollout.
Appearing on KGW-TV’s “Straight Talk,” the Oregon Democrat said the president‘s broken vow to insured Americans will not be quickly forgotten, though the “horrendous problems” of the Obamacare rollout probably will be.
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“I think next year at election time, people are going to want to know, was I able to sign up?” he said. “And what is the shape of the benefit package I’m going to obtain & how much is it going to cost me, at the end of the day?”
But, the Democrat continued, the sign-up problems will be a thing of the past once the HealthCare.gov site gets rolling smoothly.
“I think … the sign-up period & the horrendous problems that are going on right now will be way in the past.”
Former President Bill Clinton moreover criticized the president Tuesday, saying “the president should honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people & let them keep what they got,” even if it means altering the Affordable Care Act law.
And Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina wants an investigation into the launch of HealthCare.gov by the Government Accountability Office & the Department of Health & Human Services Inspector General.
The first-term Democrat said she expects “transparency & accountability” from the Obama administration on the botched launch.
The critical words from the president‘s own party members come days after Obama apologized to those whose policies received canceled as a result of his Affordable Care Act.
Schrader said the the president promised what he could not deliver.
“I think the president was grossly misleading to the American public,” he said. “I know right away as a veterinarian, I have my own business, that my policies received canceled even before the Affordable Care Act.
“I know that I would alter policies on a regular basis, trying to find the best deal for myself & my employees. But a lot of Americans, a lot of Oregonians, have stayed with the same policy for a number of years & are shocked that their policy received canceled.”
He said Obama was simply “not being honest” with policyholders who had held onto their plans for years & that he “is causing added stress & added strife as we go through a really difficult time with healthcare.”
Schrader moreover accused White House press secretary Jay Carney of “double talk” for moreover misleading on Obamacare.
On Tuesday, Schrader’s tirade triggered an equally harsh critique by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which accused him of being a hypocrite since he issued the same incorrect claims on his website after the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, OregonLive.com reported.
In a statement, spokeswoman Alleigh Marre accused Schrader of “blatantly misleading voters in the face of changing political winds & the plan’s botched rollout.”
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