President Barack Obama's repeated promise, echoed by other Democrats, that Americans can keep their healthcare plans was "fully vetted, coldly calculated and carefully crafted" to sell Obamacare, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson accuses in this week's GOP address.
“Those assurances weren't slight exaggerations or innocent shadings of the truth,” Johnson said Saturday morning, The Hill reports.
“It was a political fraud echoed relentlessly by House and Senate Democrats who should be held accountable for the disastrous consequences of their grand deception," Johnson said.
Meanwhile, the "massive fraud" committed by Obama and Democrats would "bear serious legal ramifications" had it been in the private sector, rather than in the government, said Johnson. He also accused Obama of giving a "phony" apology
that did not acknowledge fully his administration's responsibility in the misinformation.
Obama's administrative fix
was to give Americans an extra year to keep the health care plans they already have in hopes of easing concerns of people on the individual market whose policies were canceled for not meeting minimum standards required under Obamacare.
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But Republicans and many Democrats complain Obama's solution is not enough, and on Friday, the House quickly passed a bill to authorize extending plans and allowing others to sign up for them as well. Their measure -- passed by all House Republicans and six Democrats -- is not likely to get through the Democratic-controlled Senate and past Obama's desk.
Johnson will introduce the "Preserve Freedom and Choice in Health Care" bill, a similar bill to the House legislation, and called for Democratic senators to help pass the bill and limit the damage that's already been caused nationwide by Obamacare.
However, he warned that the laws may not be enough to fix the damages that have already been caused, and said that lawmakers must act quickly to prevent Obamacare from causing further harm.
"Democrat Senators must help Republicans pass legislation to limit the damage of Obamacare,” he said. “If not, those who choose to ignore the plight of millions of Americans should be replaced next November by those who will act.”
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