GOP quick to blast Obama for health care remarks

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 21, 2013 

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill

EVAN VUCCI — ASSOCIATED PRESS

Republicans were quick to criticize President Barack Obama's assurances Monday that the Affordable Care Act was working.

"If the president is frustrated by the mounting failures of his health care law, it wasn't apparent today," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Americans are looking for accountability but what the president offered today was little more than self-congratulation."

He called Obama's remarks "well-worn talking points. Instead of explanations," Boehner said, "we got excuses."

At the Republican National Committee, Chairman Reince Priebus had similar views.

"Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight," he said, "and a Rose Garden speech isn't going to fix it. The Obama administration had over three years to build Healthcare.gov and they produced a non-functioning website."

Most Republicans have opposed the Affordable Care Act since the first major votes four year ago. But its efforts to defund or dilute the law fell short this fall, as they were stymied by a Democratic-run Senate.

 

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