Cantor: Americans Are ‘Fearful of their Health Care’

By Ali Meyer | October 23, 2013 | 2:17 PM EDT

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). (AP)

( --  At a gathering with other Republicans in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Americans are now “fearful of their health care,” adding that, “All we’re hearing is unsatisfactory answers to our questions,” which is “adding to the fear of so many American people.”

Cantor was joined, in the lobby of the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill,  by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.).

Cantor said the lack of transparency by the Obama administration over the problem-plagued Obamacare website,, was not healthy. “This morning I know that HHS officials will be up briefing the Democratic caucus -- no intention initially to say they were going to brief Republicans on what’s going on,” said Cantor.  “Last night we learned that federal officials asked insurers not to release numbers for the exchanges in terms of signups. We still don’t know these enrollment numbers. And HHS is blocking third party verified traffic down. This is not transparency.”

On January 1, the individual mandate tax will kick in and Americans will begin to pay 1% of their income to the federal government if they decide not to purchase health insurance. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives said “Republicans remain committed to delaying Obamacare.”

However, it was the GOP leadership in the House and Senate, in opposition to conservative members,  that brokered a deal with the Democrats and President Obama to ensure complete funding of Obamacare in the continuing resolution bill last week.

President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Under that deal, backed by Cantor, Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), funding will continue, including the implementation of the HHS rule on contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs that Boehner himself had called a violation of religious liberty under the 1st Amendment just one year ago.  “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country cannot stand, and will not stand,” said Boehner in February 2012.

“Nothing is funny about losing your health care plan when you already had what you liked and you wanted to keep it,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) at the press conference. “The American people deserve better.”

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), a member of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said that members of Congress are “approaching investigation in a deliberate and thoughtful way” and complained that the government is spending “half a billion dollars” on a “website that just doesn’t work.”

When asked about a strategy for Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said it is “our job to hold them accountable.”