U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga-03) spoke on the House floor today against President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), and for a one year delay in the law, once again signaling that Republicans are not ready to fund Obamacare in the government budget resolution.
"I've heard from the good people of Georgia's 3rd congressional district about how expensive their health insurance costs have become and will become as a result of Obamacare," said Westmoreland. "On Tuesday, the fears of just how unaffordable this Affordable Care Act is became a truly bleak reality to them. If this train wreck of a law is really affordable, then why Georgians have seen their premiums increase by as much as 300% on the exchange?"
Westmoreland continued to name several Georgia families who contacted his office because of rising insurance costs. The congressman also named small and large businesses, such as IBM, that had to drop insurance for their retirees or for employees' families.
"In three years we have seen the disastrous consequences of this supposedly Affordable Care Act, and in just three days since the exchanges have gone live we have heard stories similar to the ones I just told," he said. "Imagine how much worse things could become in three months."
Westmoreland also accused the health care departments around the country lying about the number of visitors they had on their health care exchange websites. The congressman singled out California, which he said initially reported five million visitors but later changed it to 655,000.
"As I've said time and time again, the easy solution here is for the President and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to join House Republicans and agree to a one year delay and defund just like he's done delay for big business and his buddies," said Westmoreland in conclusion. "Why don't we do it for all American people?"