Republicans in Congress are soundly rejecting President Obama’s calls this week to concede defeat in their years-long fight against the Affordable Care Act.
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In a lengthy speech on Thursday, Obama urged GOP leaders to “stop pretending” they have an alternative to the law and get to work with the next president to approve some much-needed fixes.
But Republicans are making clear that they remain opposed and will not accept changes in the next Congress.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), whose home state is struggling with ObamaCare this year, used the GOP’s weekly address on Saturday to criticize Obama for being “in denial” about the law’s failures.
“Rather than admit Obamacare isn’t working, the president painted a rosy picture that doesn’t match the reality experienced by millions of Americans,” Tillis said in the address.
“Unfortunately, instead of working across the aisle to fix this mess, President Obama and congressional Democrats are in denial. In fact, they’re doubling-down on their support for this failed law,” he said.
Tillis argued that the effects of ObamaCare are particularly strong in his state.
North Carolina, where Republican Sen. Richard Burr is locked in a heated reelection battle this fall, is among about a dozen battleground states facing struggles with the ObamaCare marketplace.
About 90 percent of all counties in North Carolina will have a single insurer to choose from next year, compared to about one-quarter of counties last year, according to a study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is now the only insurer in nearly every county.
“To make matters worse,” Tillis added, “those same North Carolina families will also be hit with a nearly 25 percent premium increase hike next year.”
Obama has staunchly defended the law, arguing that it has expanded coverage to nearly 20 million people.
With double-digit premium hikes this year and high-profile insurer exits, many Democrats have been increasingly willing to address the law’s shortcomings.
Top Democrats, including presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have called for boosting the subsidies, cracking down on the penalty for people without insurance and creating a “public option.”
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