During his victory lap in the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Obama declared that debate over repeal of his signature healthcare law is “over.” He also told members of the so-called “mainstream media” that instances of Healthcare.gov — the federal Obamacare portal — being down is not newsworthy.
“The debate over repealing this law is over, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” he said.
He also guaranteed there would be times when the federal site would be down and told the obedient “reporters” present those instances were “not news.”
“So – press, I want you to anticipate there will be some moment when the website is down and I know it will be on all your front pages. It’s going to happen. It won’t be news,” he declared (Emphasis added).
The Hill observed:
Obama cracked a smile during the remark, and Vice President Biden, standing behind the president, laughed as well.
Obama also took a gratuitous swipe at conservatives who oppose Obamacare, falsely claiming they are “mad” people have health care.
“Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?” he asked.
The president wasn’t finished, however.
“History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security,” he threatened.
Republicans fired back, declaring that the debate — despite Obama’s wishes — is far from over.
“This law continues to harm the American people,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. “Every promise the president made has been broken: healthcare costs are rising, not falling. Americans are losing the doctors and plans that they like – especially seniors suffering under President Obama’s Medicare cuts. Small businesses are afraid to hire new workers, hobbling our economic growth. That’s why we must replace this fundamentally flawed law.”
Obama dismissed that criticism, claiming the law has “helped millions of Americans.”
Monday was the official deadline for enrolling, however, the administration has “extended” the deadline for those who could not complete the process.
Questions also remain as to how many have actually paid for coverage. One study, for example, says that only 858,000 previously insured Americans have actually paid for their new policies.
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