GOP accuses Obama of 'betrayal' in claims about healthcare law

Nov. 9, 2013 at 8:24 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama has betrayed the American public by making promises about the Affordable Care Act that haven't come true, an Indiana congressman said Saturday.

Delivering the Republican party's weekly media address, Rep. Todd Young said despite the president's assurances that people could keep their existing health insurance, that hasn't happened.

"This is what betrayal looks like," said Young, citing four examples from his constituents who have been notified their policies will be canceled.

"Adding insult to injury, the White House -- the president -- isn't leveling with us," Young charged. "He's trying to cover his tracks, claiming he never really made these promises."

Obama has stepped back from his original claim, and has apologized that some people have lost coverage, The Hill reported.

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said earlier this week. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

Young said, "If the president is truly sorry about all this, he'll take steps to right this wrong."

One of those steps, he said, would be a bill he has introduced to delay the healthcare reform law's individual mandate. Additionally, he said, the House will consider next week the "Keep Your Health Care Act" that would allow families to keep their current insurance.

In the meantime, Young said, "we're going to keep asking hard questions and having hearings."

"Because the problem isn't just a website -- it's the whole law," he said.

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