We’ve all heard it: “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” Time and again, you were promised by the Obama administration that if you like your health coverage, you could continue the plan. But with each news cycle, the president’s anecdotal promises are falling flat. Just how bad is it? So bad that the president had to apologize for misleading the American public.
The cabinet secretary in charge of the Obama administration's signature health law admitted to some of the law’s shortfalls today. But when I asked Secretary Kathleen Sebelius if the president is ultimately responsible for ObamaCare’s failures, she answered, "Whatever."
Congress has to figure out a way to overcome physician shortages and reach underserved patients. The answer to this problem isn’t some far-reaching law like ObamaCare, which saddles families and businesses with new tax increases and mandates. Instead, we should begin by strengthening Medicare and enhancing Medicaid through expanded telemedicine coverage.
On Wednesday, the House and Senate voted on a bill to end the government shutdown and preserve the full faith and credit of the United States of America. I supported that effort. Our country could not afford to default on our obligations. The business and financial services communities agreed, and they supported passage of the bill.
The House voted tonight to end the 16-day-old government shutdown and to protect the full faith and credit of the United States. While I was not satisfied with the agreement that was reached, I believe that it was in the best interest of the country to end the shutdown and ensure that our debts are paid. We cannot default on our obligations.
House Republicans have passed 13 bills to keep the government running, including one this morning to provide back-pay for furloughed federal employees. These bills fund critical programs, like making sure that National Guard and military reservists continue to get paid. We’ve also sent bills to the Senate that help some of our country’s most vulnerable patients maintain access to the National Institutes of Health and allow hardworking Americans to visit their national parks and monuments.
At midnight, when the federal government shut down, it was Harry Reid’s refusal to have a grownup conversation that cut the lights out on Americans. The House of Representatives did its job. And we did it three times, passing reasonable budgets to keep the government’s doors open.
The House of Representatives passed a short term budget today that defunds ObamaCare and keeps the federal government operating through December 15, 2013. I supported this bill because it protects Mississippians from ObamaCare’s harmful mandates and avoids a government shutdown.
September 11, 2001, forever shaped American history. Horrific images of two burning towers. Dark memories of debris and ash. But it’s from this ash that our strength and resilience continue to rise.
Yesterday, I asked an Obama administration official tough questions about ObamaCare’s impact on families. You see, in the official’s remarks, she claimed – and I paraphrase: “There is growing evidence that these reforms are working for the entire system…keeping costs low…for consumers…shopping for coverage in the private health insurance market.” This isn’t true for folks in Mississippi like Forrest Collier.