Republicans Rip President's Plan to Fix Obamacare

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | November 14, 2013 | 1:39 PM EST

Republican leaders had harsh words for the plan to fix Obamacare announced by the president today.

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chair Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.):

"President Obama has offered no solutions to help the millions of American families who are losing the good health care plans that they liked," Scalise said.  "This hollow press conference was like a person who burned down your house, later showing up with an empty bucket and talking about how inadequate your house was before the fire.  President Obama blatantly misled the American people when he kept promising they could keep plans they liked even though he and his Administration knew three years ago that millions would lose their health care under this law.  It is time for President Obama to admit his broken health care law has failed, and join with House Republicans to suspend the penalties and stop this train wreck before it's too late."

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):

"President Obama's announcement doesn't even come close to fixing the problems that so many Americans are facing right now as a result of cancelled health care plans and skyrocketing premiums. But, it does represent the clearest acknowledgment yet that his oft-repeated pledge 'if you like your plan, you can keep it' was false all along. What makes this admission even worse is the fact that it was prompted not by the heartbreaking stories of millions of Americans, but by the private pleadings of a handful of endangered Democrats. Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the fact Obamacare is broken beyond repair. The only 'fix' is full repeal followed by step-by-step, patient-centered reforms that drive down costs and that Americans actually want."