Congressman Kevin Brady says he is not surprised by the latest Obamacare postponement despite assurances by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that there would be no more delays.
"I had to laugh, to be honest. I asked her the same question a year ago and she said there would be no, she assured Congress there would be no delays and of course there were eight major delays," Brady told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Friday. "So when I heard two weeks after she assured us again, they were doing another one, the secretary has little to no credibility left in this area."
Brady has represented Texas's 8th congressional since 1997. He is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health on the House Committee on Ways and Means. He said many of his constituents have already been harmed by Obamacare.
"What [small business owners] tell me is they see their costs going up, not down as was promised. They are cutting hours, they are holding back on hiring and expansion plans because of the uncertainty and costs of the Affordable Care Act," Brady explained. "We had a power plant in Conroe, where higher costs are the equivalent of them opening two new plants and hiring 100 new workers. They won't be doing that."
Brady refuted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that some of the Obamacare enrollment delays are because Americans older Americans have struggled to complete the online application process, saying his constituents have no problem using it.
"In fact, they're smart enough to know that when they look for healthcare insurance that these plans are not more affordable, the deductibles are dramatically higher, sometimes four and five times higher, sometimes are $10, $11,00 deductibles," he said. "So know that as opposed to Reid, who thinks people aren't smart enough, the truth is they are plenty smart, which is why a lot of people, especially young people, have looked at this and said, no thank you," Brady said.
Brady said his constituents want the Affordable Care Act repealed, but that it will take time to do that.
"They know it's going to take some elections to do that. In the meantime, they want us to delay as much as we can, including the mandate on them that forces average families to buy this government approved healthcare," he said.
Brady said Republicans have already taken steps to move ahead on alternatives such as health savings accounts.
"Not that that solves the problem, but for most families and small businesses, the reason they go without it is simply the cost of [healthcare]," Brady said. "So you're going to see a Republican vision of what healthcare ought to look like. Speaker Cantor has said that he will bring this to the floor before the November elections so the American people can see it."
Brady said it will be more productive for Republicans to run on the ways they want to improve healthcare, not just touting the failures of Obamacare.
"I like this because the truth of the matter is I don't think simply running against this horrible bill is not enough," he said. "I want people to see what we believe that healthcare could be like."
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