Five years after the passage of his signature healthcare law, President Obama took a jab at the Republican Party for still lacking its own plan to replace it.
“We have been promised a lot of things these past five years that didn’t turn out to be the case,” Obama said at a White House event marking the healthcare law’s progress. “Death panels. Doom. A serious alternative from Republicans in Congress.”
Obama’s scolding of the GOP’s healthcare politics came just minutes after he endorsed a Medicare deal that has been led by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — who is also a sworn foe of ObamaCare.
He also joked that ObamaCare could not have happened without the help of Republicans. He said his law was influenced by healthcare reform plans from “a guy named Mitt Romney” and the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.
“The Affordable Care Act was their plan before I adopted it,” Obama said. “If they want to take credit for this law, they can. I’m happy to share it.”
Obama has consistently chided congressional Republicans for voting more than 50 times to repeal pieces of his healthcare law without offering a full replacement plan. Republicans argue that they have introduced several frameworks for healthcare reform.
SOURCE: Sarah Ferris