Obama defends health care law, slams GOP for “re-fighting” old battles
Some Massachussets residents have already been exempted from the “mandatory” health insurance requirement. “The only place in the U.S. that has attempted a mandate is Massachusetts, and we do not know if it is going to work here,” said David Blumenthal, a professor of health policy at Harvard university and an adviser to the Obama campaign. “A mandate is not a slam-dunk solution. The key question is whether there is the political will to enforce the mandate once it goes into effect.” Blumenthal concedes that the Obama plan will not cover all the uninsured, at least to begin with. But he claims that Obama will do a better job than Clinton in reducing the cost of health care premiums.
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“We have a lot more work to do, but health care inflation isn’t sky-rocketing the way it was.” Noting that there are still many who are “rooting” for the legislation’s failure and cheering “glitches” in its implementation, Obama said that the positive effects of the bill are starting to become evident to consumers. Pool / Getty Images President Barack Obama delivers a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House July 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. “You’re getting better protections,” he said. “You’re getting more value for each dollar that you spend on your health care.” A NBC/WSJ poll last month showed that just 37 percent of the public believes the law is a good idea, compared to 49 percent who say its a bad idea. The presidents remarks at the White House come after the administration announced the delay of one key part of the law the requirement that larger employers provide health care for workers or pay a fine. With Republicans arguing that its unfair to delay requirements for businesses but not for individual health care buyers, the GOP-led House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Wednesday to push back both the employer and individual mandates in the law. But those votes were merely symbolic, with the Senate sure to ignore the Houses actions and the White House promising to veto them. Flanked by supporters who say they’ve benefited from falling costs and insurance rebates, Obama slammed congressional Republicans for “re-fighting these old battles” instead of moving forward on other needed legislation. The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd talks about the president’s attempt to argue that the implementation of health care reform is working. “Maybe they think its good politics,” he said.
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