Weekly Addresses: Obamacare [VIDEO]
President Barack Obama and the Republicans made Obamacare the subject of their respective weekly media addresses.The President focused on the glitchy health care website and he’s asking people to give it a chance as experts work to fix it.
Obama vowed that “in the coming weeks, we are going to get it working as smoothly as it’s supposed to.” He assured citizens that “everyone who wants insurance through the marketplace will get it.”
Obama took a poke at Republicans who continue to criticize the program. “I’m willing to work with anyone, on any idea, who’s actually willing to make this law perform better,” insists Obama. “But it’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for its failure. Because hardworking, middle-class families are rooting for its success.”
The administration says the website should be running much better by the end of November.
For the Republicans, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wondered whether the website’s troubles are a harbinger of what’s ahead for the entire health care law and raised a number of concerns. “Will enrollment glitches become provider payment glitches? Will patients show up at their doctor’s office or hospital only to be told they aren’t in the system? And is the personal information Americans provide as part of the enrollment process safe from cyber hackers and identity theft.”
He also asked how the administration can “punish innocent Americans by forcing them to buy a product many cannot afford, from a system that does not work?
Upton also pushed for a delay in the implementation of the individual manditeate while the Obamacare website’s problems are worked out.
“In the past few days, the bipartisan chorus has been growing to delay the individual mandate, to delay the penalty that Americans would face for being unable to purchase insurance through this broken system. This is good news. The business mandate was delayed, and it’s only fair that individuals and families receive the same treatment.
The Republican address was not available to be posted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.