Obama denounces GOP’s “empty promises” on government shutdown

President Obama admonished some Republicans for offering “empty promises” to either repeal Obamacare or shut down the federal government in his weekly address on Saturday. “This isn’t a game,” he said. “This is about the economic security of millions of families.”

Meanwhile, in the weekly Republican address, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., warned that the health-care law is clearly not working the way it’s supposed to, calling on the president to delay the implementation of the law’s individual mandate, which requires individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

The president said the law is already yielding benefits for consumers, like the discounted prescription drugs now available to Medicare patients. And he noted a few upcoming deadlines, including the opening of the health-insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, which will allow consumers to “comparison shop” for insurance plans in an online marketplace.

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He also said the law is already lowering costs in states where governors and legislatures are working with insurance companies to implement the law, an assertion challenged by Capito, who said that other states have detailed the “rate shock” consumers will experience buying insurance under Obamacare.

“Many members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections and affordable plans,” the president noted, “but there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health-care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.”

“Think about that. They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process,” he said.



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