Rep. Burgess: President Accountable for 'Self-Inflicted' Obamacare Disaster

Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 07:38 AM

By Todd Beamon

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Republicans will continue to hold President Barack Obama accountable "for his broken promises on this self-inflicted disaster" called Obamacare, Texas Rep. Michael Burgess said in the weekly GOP address.

"As a physician, I know our health care system needs improvement, but this law is already failing," said Burgess, who practiced medicine for nearly three decades before he was elected in 2003. "The best thing we can do now is scrap it and start over with a step-by-step approach that focuses on lower costs and patient-centered solutions."



Burgess, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said that the botched rollout of the individual mandate portion of Obama's signature domestic legislation on Oct. 1 proved "that the reality of the president's healthcare law does not match what he promised."

He mentioned the millions of Americans who have seen their policies cancelled, who have lost their doctors, or who face higher deductibles and premiums under the plan.

"It’s a train wreck for doctors, a train wreck for patients, and most importantly, it's a train wreck for the American people," Burgess said. "And the trouble is, this is only the beginning."

Obamacare continues to be plagued with problems. Just this week, top technology officials said that the law's main website, HealthCare.gov, might not be fully operational by the end of the month, as Obama had promised — and Americans continue to have problems accessing the site or signing up for health plans.

In fact, HealthCare.gov crashed during a visit by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a Miami hospital.

In his address, Burgess quoted letters from several Texas constituents about the problems they were facing because of Obamacare. These included a small-business owner who says his premiums will increase 22 percent under the law.

Obamacare "will take down my company and the 125 people that I employ or it will require me to reduce wages, thus hurting the very people who are just trying to make a living,” the congressman said as he read from the resident's letter.

A woman diagnosed 14 years ago with multiple sclerosis now fears that she will lose her insurance.

“This is beyond stressful,” Burgess read. “Can I continue to see my neurologist? Will I still have access to my medications? It is heart-breaking and by far the most broken system I’ve ever seen.”

The congressman added, "Isn’t this exactly the kind of confusion and uncertainty that the president promised to fix?

"Many Americans are now questioning the White House’s credibility, and rightfully so," Burgess added. "They are right to expect the president to admit his mistakes and start giving some clear answers."

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