Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California announced yesterday, October 22, that his House Oversight Committee is investigating the implementation of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") a/k/a “Obamacare.” Specifically, Issa sent a letter to the Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget asking for information about the new Healthcare.gov website which has experienced problems with users trying to sign up for health insurance under the ACA. At the same time, however, Issa is running a satirical attack campaign against the Affordable Care Act, using cats. Likewise, conservative columnist Ron Fournier of the National Journal yesterday compared the Affordable Care Act rollout to President George W. Bush's Iraq War.
After the Republican Party's federal government shutdown failed to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats are simultaneously engaged in a war of anecdotes over the ACA. For example, Sean Hannity of Fox News recently invited guests onto his show to tell their allged "horror stories" in receiving or paying for health insurance under Obamacare. However, it turned out that these stories were largely made up. Meanwhile, the Obama White House is firing back with anecdotes from Americans who say they have signed up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and will be saving money and getting more protections than before. Similarly, columnist Sally Kohn recently wrote an opinion piece for the Fox News website in which she said that her family will save over $ 5,400 per year on the Obamacare exchange in her home state.
Interestingly, Republicans have offered very few proposals either to help implement the Affordable Care Act, or to provide affordable healthcare to many of the more than 47 million Americans who don’t have it. For now, it appears that the Republican healthcare plan is to attack the ACA.
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