House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D- Md., said on Tuesday Democrats expect glitches when Obamacare is implemented and are bracing themselves for the potential political fallout, the Hill reports.
Hoyer strongly defended Obamacare, stressing that public support will grow as more benefits kick in.
But he conceded that with the plan’s central reforms set to be put in place within the next year, stumbling blocks are bound to occur and Republicans will attempt to score political points by pouncing on each one.
“We're concerned about the implementation,” Hoyer said.
“It's going to be difficult to implement without glitches and I think it would be a surprise if there weren't some glitches,” Hoyer said.
“And, yes, I think the Republicans will try to make as much hay of any glitches that may occur as they possibly can.
But … the election last year was essentially about the Affordable Care Act and their [the Republicans'] desire to repeal it. … And Obama won a very handy election.”
The recent scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of conservative groups has buoyed the GOP’s opposition to Obamacare, as many on the right now say the agency can't be trusted to implement the healthcare law.
Hoyer shot down that idea.
While calling the agency’s conduct “inappropriate” and demanding the offending officials be held accountable, he said there's no link between the scandal and the agency's ability to install the healthcare law.
Those who suggest otherwise, Hoyer added, “are grasping at straws to distract the American people and to undermine … a focus on substance.”
“I don't think that this is anything that's going to undermine the IRS's credibility, vis-a-vis the implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” Hoyer said.
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