(WASHINGTON DC) - The senior Indiana Senator says the recent partial government shutdown was an attempt to point out flaws in the law.
Senator Dan Coats voted to reopen the government after a nearly three week stoppage. He says that did not work because Democrats were able to make the issue about potential default instead of the problems with the Affordable Care Act. Coats says that while not all Republicans were supportive of the tactic, they do agree that Obamacare, as written, needs to be repealed and replaced.
Coats points out the failure of the Obamacare website, http://www.healthcare.gov/, as one of several reasons why the federal government is in no position to be in the health care business. "They call it a glitch," Coats said. "That's like saying the Titanic was just a minor accident," he added. Coats says the failure should be embarrassing to the President, noting that the government had three years and spent over $400 million getting the website ready.
Coats also has issues with President Obama's granting of waivers to supporters, Congress and others. He says, "one, it is unconstitutional, and two, if the law is so great, why are Democrats working so hard to exempt themselves from it?" Coats says if everyday, average Americans are going to be made to suffer, those that wrote and passed Obamacare must do so as well.
Coats went on to say that with many Americans learning the true costs of Obamacare, and the astronomical spikes in premiums and deductibles they face, Democrats will be forced to acknowledge the problems with the law.
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