Herman Cain: 'Not Buying' Positive Obamacare Projections

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 03:23 PM

By Aaron Stern

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Herman Cain doesn't believe this week's report from the Congressional Budget Office that the Affordable Care Act will cost less than previously projected.

"The thing that is frustrating, that is disingenuous on the part of the Democrats . . . is that they don't tell you about all of the negatives that are also out there," the one-time Republican presidential candidate told John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

Those negatives include the nearly 7 million people who lost their insurance when Obamacare went into effect, Cain said.

"So, I'm not buying it. They are just simply trying to put a positive spin on a disaster going into November 2014," he said Wednesday.

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Cain praised a joint letter sent Tuesday to President Barack Obama from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry that decried the administration's recent announcement that it would increase Medicare Advantage payments next year as "little more than political theater."

"It's not a fool's errand for them to send it and I applaud them for sending it, and this is why, because this administration has been so wishy-washy on so many things," Cain said.

"One day they might say that they're going to back off, the next day they may do something differently, but this just lets the administration know that this is a very serious issue, especially with these three particular governors."

Obamacare will be a major issue going into the midterm elections, but Cain said it shouldn't be the only issue for candidates. Instead, they should focus on the economy's slow recovery, and on cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.

Cain said he likes the idea of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a presidential candidate that the Republican Party could rally behind in 2016, someone with experience as a leader and who has successfully stood up to challenges from opposition groups while stabilizing his state's budget and economy.

As for his own political aspirations, Cain said he doesn't have any concrete plans for the future.

"As I tell people, in all seriousness, it's in God's hands, because I didn't have a long race planned the last time I ran for president and I certainly don't have one now," he said. "I'm just most concerned about the Republicans having a field of candidates where we can end up with someone who can win the White House."

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