Sen. Mike Johanns flatly rejects President Obama’s decision to delay health insurance cancellations as a fix to the law’s flaws.
“This president’s obvious political agenda nearly makes me want to retch; makes me ill,” Johanns responds when asked about the president’s announcement.
Johanns, a Republican, says the president is only making the move because Democrats fear the health care law could cost them re-election in 2014 and have proposed changing the law.
“So, he steps in and he says, ‘No, no, we don’t have to pass any laws. Let’s not do that, in fact, let’s do it administratively. I’ll handle this one, folks,’” Johanns says. “What he changes today, he can change back the morning after the next election next November and he will.”
President Barack Obama has announced his administration will give a one-year reprieve to its requirement that health insurance policies conform to regulations under the Affordable Care Act. States will be given the latitude to allow old policies to stay in effect through next year.
The president’s announcement comes on the heels of the release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of disappointing enrollment numbers. Federal officials say just over 106,000 Americans have registered in the first month of enrollment, far short of the half a million projected. Only 338 have signed up in Nebraska.
Johanns sticks by his conviction that the law must be overturned.
“The reality is this thing is a mess. It was a mess when it was put together. It was a mess on Christmas Eve Day when it was passed. It’s been a mess in the rollout and it’s not just about the website. Websites can get fixed. This policy won’t work.”
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns reacts to President Barack Obama’s decision to delay health insurance cancellations. [7 min.]