An Obamacare delay was announced by the Treasury Department Wednesday, and it took about five seconds for the GOP to re-start their call to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare reform package.
A one-year delay in a key provision of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will keep businesses from implementing the law while individuals will still feel its effects in 2014. To the GOP, this is a sign of broken bureaucratic policy, and they want it gone now more than ever.
“This announcement means even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse,” House Speaker John Boehner said.
“This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms.”
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida also said that the Obamacare delay betrays “remarkable acknowledgment by the Obama administration that Obamacare is a disaster in progress that will hurt job creators and those looking for work.”
The Obama administration has defended the delay, with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett saying in the move’s defense that “we have heard that you need the time to get this right. We are listening.”
But the GOP is completely united against Obamacare, and stronger than ever before as the Affordable Care Act is poised to take center-stage in the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections.
“While on the one hand many will rightly see this as a nakedly political move by the White House to blunt public anger over Obamacare ahead of the 2014 elections, it could very well have the opposite effect,” Republican strategist Brian Walsh told CNN.
“It brings this debate back to center stage and forces every Democratic senator to explain why they wrote this deeply flawed bill behind closed doors, rammed it through on a party-line vote, and didn’t listen to the concerns of millions of Americans.”
But as far as criticism of the Obamacare delay in 140 characters or less, Twitchy hands the award to Republican Governor Bobby Jindal:
You know things are bad when you can’t even successfully implement your own bad ideas.
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) July 3, 2013
Jindal’s note has been re-tweeted over 2,600 times.
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