Weekly Addresses: Immigration, Obamacare [VIDEO]
President Barack Obama says overhauling the nation’s immigration system can provide a big boost to the economic recovery while Republicans discuss the Obama health care law in their respective weekly Internet and radio addresses.
Obama cites former President George W. Bush’s support for a comprehensive solution on immigration. He says if Democrats and Republicans can agree on something, it’s a good place to start.
The Senate has already passed a bipartisan bill. Obama says now the House must act. He says Americans should use email and Facebook and phone calls to tell their representatives to take action.
” If we don’t do anything to fix our broken system, our workforce will continue to shrink as baby boomers retire. We won’t benefit from highly-skilled immigrants starting businesses and creating jobs here. American workers will have to make due with lower wages and fewer protections,” said the President. “And without more immigrants and businesses paying their fair share in taxes, our deficit will be higher and programs like Social Security will be under more strain.
In the Republican address, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming says Americans are paying the price for Obama’s health care law. He says it’s time to admit the law is failing.
Enzi went back to the last time he delivered the Republican weekly address in 2009 that he warned if the then-Democrat controlled Congress “messed up” the implementation of the health care law a high price would be paid for years to come.
Citing increases in health care costs, employers dropping coverage and less choice available, Enzi said, “lNo one likes to be right when what’s happening is affecting so many people in a negative way. The American people saw this coming, it’s a shame the President didn’t see it and didn’t listen.”
He’s urging a “permanent delay” in the law’s implementation.
He says the heath care system needs to be fixed but not in a divisive and partisan way as he says it was in 2010.
“The key is common ground. More often than not, you’ll hear what divides us, instead of what unites us. I believe that we can agree on 80 percent of an issue 100 percent of the time. It’s the basis of my 80 percent rule and how I believe we should go about improving our health care system.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report