Weekly Addresses: Obamacare, Debt Ceiling [VIDEO]
President President Barack Obama is asking Americans for help spreading the word about new health insurance exchanges in his weekly radio and internet address while Republicans talk about the debt ceiling.The Obamacare exchanges opening Tuesday were created by Obama's health care law. Obama says Americans can comparison shop like they would for a television or an airplane ticket. "You’ll see new choices and new competition. Many of you will see cheaper prices, and many of you will be eligible for tax credits that bring down your costs even more. Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less," said Obama.
Many, he says, will see cheaper prices and be eligible for tax credits.
Obama says it's disturbing Republicans want to shut down the government if he doesn't gut the law. "And that’s why many Republican Senators and Republican governors have urged Republicans in the House of Representatives to knock it off, pass a budget, and move on," urged Obama.
He says the exchanges will open Tuesday no matter what.
In the Republican address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington says the president wants to take the easy way out by raising the debt ceiling without cutting spending. She says it's is a "golden opportunity" to fix problems coming from Washington.
"By an overwhelming margin, Americans believe any debt ceiling increase should be coupled with solutions that help solve our debt and grow our economy," said McMorris. "Republicans have put forward a plan that does just that. It contains cuts and real reforms to build a 21st century economy – from approving the Keystone pipeline and fixing our outdated tax code to delaying the president’s health care law.
She said that in the past, "every major deficit reduction effort of the last 30 years has been tied to the debt limit. This time should be no different. If anything, it’s more important than ever if we’re serious about getting people working again and protecting our children’s future."
The Associated Press contributed to this report