Obamacare: Fixing the Website Won’t Fix the Problem

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the ‘calamitous rollout’ of Obamacare:

“I’d like to say a word about Obamacare too…

“I want to remind my colleagues that the President is correct.

“He’s correct when he says that Obamacare is about so much more than some flawed website.

“It’s about people.

“People like the California woman with Stage-4 gallbladder cancer whose story we read about in The Wall Street Journal this past weekend. I’d like to read to you some of what she wrote. She wrote: ‘I am a determined fighter and extremely lucky. But this luck may have just run out: My affordable, lifesaving medical insurance policy has been canceled effective Dec. 31.’

“Here are the impossible choices she says she’s left with. She can either get coverage through the exchange and lose access to her cancer doctors, or she can pay up to 50% more for, as she put it, ‘the privilege of starting over with an unfamiliar insurance company and impaired benefits.’

“That’s not right. It’s not what the President promised, and it’s not the kind of health reform Americans asked for.

“So we should keep our focus where it belongs – on the real people getting hurt by this law.

“But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking questions about HealthCare.gov too.

“Because, if the government can’t even run a website that it had three years and hundreds of millions of dollars to create, can Americans really entrust the same bureaucracy with even more power over their health care?

“The calamitous rollout also reminds us that we do not even know if data being submitted over this website is 100% secure. And in today’s age of digital scammers, that’s a real concern for my constituents. Identity theft is about the last thing Americans need to be dealing with right now, especially with everything else this economy and this law have been throwing at them.

“They’re already mad enough about the President’s repeated, unequivocal claims of if you like it, you can keep it.

“The White House keeps trying to ‘message’ its way out of this whopper. But no matter what they say, the reality remains: people are getting hurt. People are getting hit with premiums they can’t afford and millions are losing the coverage they like; in my home state of Kentucky alone, 130,000 individual policies and 150,000 small-group policies will be cancelled.

“And remember: the President assured Americans up and down that this wouldn’t happen.

“I read about one D.C. woman who just lost her plan. She found something comparable on the exchange, but it cost a lot more than what she had before. And here’s what she said.’[It’s] just not fair,’ she said. ‘[It’s] ridiculous.’

“She’s not alone.

“So I’ll say it again. It’s time for Washington Democrats to work with Republicans to start working for their constituents — instead of thinking that their first priority is to protect the President and his namesake legislation.”

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