Rep. Van Hollen Says GOP Trying to Thwart Obamacare

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Sunday, 01 Dec 2013 12:08 PM

By Greg Richter

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Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland joined the White House's attack on Republicans Sunday, saying the GOP still is trying to thwart the success of Obamacare.

Van Hollen admitted on "Meet the Press" that the Healthcare.gov website and other parts of the Affordable Care Act are having trouble.

But Republicans, he said "are not trying to work with us to address these issues."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., issued a "playbook" against Obamacare, Van Hollen said.

Host David Gregory pointed out that Republicans had opposed the ACA from the beginning.

"But you're not saying it's the Republicans' job to execute, right?" Gregory asked Van Hollen. "Because these were the federal government's ideas, the president's ideas, and it's his responsibility to execute."

Van Hollen countered that conservatives are running ads telling young people not to sign up for Obamacare and are behind efforts to interfere with "navigators," who are assigned to help people through the process of signing up for health insurance through the new system.

Van Hollen argued that when Republicans passed the Medicare Part D prescription drug bill in 2003, Democrats didn't think it was perfect, "But Democrats worked with Republicans to get the job done."

Gregory wasn't sold.

"I did the research," he told Van Hollen. "You did not encourage people to sign up."

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