Rep. Boustany: Obama's 'Arrogance' on Display With ACA

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 05:43 PM

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Rep. Charles Boustany of Louisiana — a medical doctor — says he's known from the get-go that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to fail and President Barack Obama's insistence on pushing it is "arrogance."

“This is nothing short of a disaster. I saw it coming way back given 30 years of healthcare experience before going to Congress," Boustany told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"I knew … that we were looking at something that was going to be a major disruption to the finest healthcare system in the world.

"To basically have the arrogance to try to write a massive bill to rewrite the operation of one-fifth of the whole U.S. economy was nothing short of just pure hubris."

Boustany said the flaws of the law are reflected by the rampant tweaking the president has hastily done to it over the past few months.

"The president is being forced to break the law in effect by postponing implementation of aspects of it," he said.

"And the sooner the Democrats realize that this a disaster and they work with us to repeal major portions of this or all of it and replace it with a sensible healthcare law, we're going to continue to see this.

"And who's suffering? It's the American people. Families … worried about higher costs and losing the doctor they’ve had a relationship [with]."

Boustany, chairman of the Way and Means Oversight Subcommittee, said it is essential to continue the investigation into the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seeking non-profit status.

"The targeting of these groups was directed by people under [former IRS official] Lois Lerner and from Lois Lerner herself in Washington, D.C. These were not rogue operators in the Cincinnati office as the president tried to suggest," Boustany said.

"For the president to say there's not a smidgen of corruption, well, why hasn't Lois Lerner come clean? Why have we not been given access to all of her emails and the documents that we've requested?"



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