Republicans Resume Opposition as Healthcare.gov Stumbles
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on October 21, 2013 @ 11:09PM
Created on October 21, 2013 @ 6:25PM
The official website of the the Affordable Care Act, healthcare.gov, has hit nothing but snags in the first month. Users have complained of long wait times and trouble logging in to the website, which was supposed to streamline applications for healthcare coverage. The President himself said the current situation is "unacceptable" and that a team of experts has been called in to fix the problems, but the struggles are allowing some Republicans the opportunity to renew their attack on Obamacare.
However, the ACA emerged from the government shutdown unscathed, funded, and still law. It doesn't appear like Republicans should still consider the healthcare law something they can fight against.
But fight they shall. Many Republicans hate Obamacare because they see it as an over-extension of government that will ultimately hurt working Americans. The GOP said on its website months ago that Obamacare will only drive up the cost of healthcare and insurance premiums as it blows up the nation's deficit, and the shaky launch of healthcare.gov has only drawn more criticism. Now key republicans are seeking to present a "united front" against the healthcare reform.
Mitch McConnell called the website a "failure" and a waste of money. He also tweeted that a visit to healthcare.gov "makes a trip to the DMV look pleasant." Some Republicans are even calling for the Secretary of Health and Human services to resign over the website troubles and the Republican National Committee said the "tech surge" called in to fix the bugs is just a "spending surge."
Texan Senator Ted Cruz says he will continue to fight against the ACA. He told a reporter form CNN, "My ire is focused on Obamacare because it's not working and it's hurting the American people. And I don't think it's acceptable, I'm not willing to go to the Texans who elected me and say, 'well, you're hurting because of Obamacare but I wash my hands, there's nothing I can do about it. I'm not going to stand up and fight.' I'm not willing to tell that to my constituents."
Obama, however, is going to continue the fight to keep his reform alive.
"Even as we redouble our efforts to get the site working as well as it's supposed to, we're also redoubling our efforts to make sure you can still buy the same quality, affordable insurance plans available on the marketplace the old fashioned way, offline, either over the phone or in-person," Obama said on Monday.
To date, around 500,000 people have filled out applications for Obamacare.
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