U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga) repeated on Tuesday his commitment to keep American families protected from the "negative impacts" of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), and to investigate the clumsy roll out of Obamacare, especially the federal sing-up website healthcare.gov.
The website, where those without employer-provided insurance coverage were supposed to start signing up beginning October 1st, has been down, and despite numerous assurances from the White House every fix has fallen short.
"The biggest news has been the utter failure of the healthcare.gov website," said Westmoreland on his website. "It’s not just that the website has a few ‘glitches,’ as the president tried to claim last week. It doesn’t work. It’s now expected to more than double in cost and after a month, millions of Americans still can’t access it properly to sign up."
Indeed, according to most reports, the estimated cost of fully functioning healthcare.gov will be around $1 billion, that's a $400 million increase from its original cost.
But the Georgia lawmaker pointed out that problems with the website are not as serious as the cost of the insurance coverage offered on the exchanges. He cited a report by CBS that showcased a woman from Florida who will go from paying $54 a month for her insurance to $591 a month under the new law.
In addition, Westmoreland, along with many of his Republican colleagues, has called out President Barack Obama for saying repeatedly that those who like their insurance will be able to keep it under Obamacare.
The woman from the CBS report, Dianne Barrette, is one of those individuals who already received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield telling her she will be dropped from her $54 a month coverage on January 2014 due to the new law.
"Americans all across the country have begun receiving letters letting them know they can no longer keep the health insurance they already have," said Westmoreland. "According to a recent National Review investigation, as many as 16 million Americans may lose the insurance they currently have.'
Concluding, Westmoreland promised he will keep trying to fix the law and lessen its negative effects.
"I will continue to fight tooth and nail to protect Americans from the negative impacts of this law," he said. "The president has shown he would rather let millions of Americans suffer than admit that his law is flawed and hurts people more than it helps. Until he can finally put politics aside, I will continue to do everything I can to keep ObamaCare from hurting you and your family."
Westmoreland represents Georgia's third congressional district.
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