Sen. Mike Johanns took to the floor of the Senate to condemn the federal healthcare law.
“We’ve reached the one-month milestone of the embarrassing rollout of healthcare.gov and it still doesn’t work,” Johanns stated.
Johanns told fellow Senators in Washington he has heard the complaints from a number of Nebraskans about the healthcare website.
“The accounts from people who have experienced page crashes, hours and hours of slow service, no service, and information errors go on and on and on.”
Johanns has created a page on his official United States Senate website for Nebraskans to share their stories about the website.
Johanns accused members of the administration of dodging questions and withholding critical information during testimony before Congressional committees. Johanns has co-sponsored legislation that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Congress updated healthcare enrollment information. The Government Accountability Office estimates that the federal government has spent $400 million to create and operate the website.
Johanns, a Republican, criticized Democrats for pushing through the legislation three years ago without a single Republican vote.
“Not surprisingly, the law’s botched implementation is mimicking the clumsy passage,” Johanns said. “I was here. I saw it. 27-Hundred pages, written behind closed doors, passed on party-line votes, full of unrealistic promises, and filled with pork,”
Johanns accused the Obama Administration of playing favorites in implementing the law.
“I find it amazingly contradictory that the Obama Administration is granting a delay that provides private businesses temporary relief from an employer mandate, yet American families will be subject to the individual mandate.”
Johanns also is a co-sponsor of legislation that would allow consumers to keep their current health insurance policies, rather than seek a new policy through the healthcare exchanges.
AUDIO: Sen. Johanns criticizes the federal healthcare law during Senate floor speech. [13:30]