Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) Weekly GOP Address

◼ via GOP: This partisan experiment in government healthcare is failing - Andrew Malcolm/IBD

The last time I gave this address was back in 2009 when President Obama and the Democrats in charge of Congress were moving forward with their own go-it-alone plan for American health care reform.

Back then I warned that if Congress and the Administration messed this up, each and every one of us would pay for their mistakes, as would generations to come.

And, boy, are we paying for it.

All across the country health insurance rates are skyrocketing. Employees are losing coverage through their employers. Families are struggling to cope with higher costs and less choice. Businesses aren’t hiring full-time employees. (Scroll down for video of these complete remarks.)

Generally if it comes from Washington and it sounds too good to be true, it is.

No one likes to be right when what’s happening is affecting so many people in a negative way. The American people saw this coming, it’s a shame the President didn’t see it and didn’t listen.

It’s time to admit that this partisan experiment in government-run health care is failing. To get better they will have to acknowledge the problem.

Just last week, the Obama Administration was forced to admit that one of the key pieces of the health care law just isn’t working. The Administration can’t get it ready.

In an attempt to push the most economically crushing and burdensome regulations past the 2014 election, President Obama decided he had the authority to waive the employer mandate because he knows that it’s a political liability.

The delay will likely force even more people to either enroll on the exchanges, or be taxed if they don’t. This will likely increase the overall cost of this bill to the taxpayer, making it even more unaffordable.

Where did he find this authority to pick and choose what parts of the law he’ll put in place and when? Republicans and Democrats alike are asking how the Administration can possibly justify this decision.

The real answer is after 20,000 pages and still adding new regulations, and over 150 new bureaucratic agencies, boards, and programs, they still haven’t figured out what is in the law, or how to make the law work, which is why we need to permanently delay implementation of the law.

It appears that some Democrats want the health care train to wreck so we would be forced in to universal, single-payer, government-run, one-size-fits-all health care.