John Boehner blasts Extension of Obamacare Sign-up Deadline
Speaker of the House John Boehner publicly criticized the White House for again delaying the Obamacare deadline. He feels that the current president is trying to extend the sign-up period so it will beef up his numbers and make Obamacare look like a bigger success than what it is. The Ohio Senator is quoted as saying, “What the hell is this? A joke? Another deadline made meaningless. If he hasn’t put enough loopholes in the law already, the administration is now resorting to an honor system to enforce it.”
He is saying this because the White House has recently announced that they are extending the deadline for people who want to sign-up but have been unable to meet that deadline. The original deadline was March 31st 2014. Many Republicans feel that this is another screw-up from President Obama and the current administration and that they are trying to make up for the botched opening of Obamacare and the lack of people signing up for the healthcare plan.
Boehner also feels that President Obama is skirting the law by not getting congressional approval for the deadline extension. He feels that everyone else in Washington has to abide by rules that are put into place, so why shouldn’t the President? Boehner made it clear that “The law says that enrollment ends at the end of March. That is what the law says. I have to live by the law … and guess what, the president needs to live by the law as well.” The executive privileges that President Obama is taking appears to be rubbing Boehner and the rest of the Republicans the wrong way.
The White House’s response to Republican objections was that they are currently seeing an increase in demand for Obamacare, and they want to make sure that they are giving people every opportunity they need in order to sign-up. Joanne Peters, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement to Politico.com that “Open enrollment ends March 31. We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone.” Currently they have over five million people who have signed up for Obamacare, which is less than the seven million they projected earlier in the year.
Senator Boehner said that Republican House Leaders are planning to create an alternative version of Obamacare to be introduced into legislation; but, he did not give a certain timeline for when this plan would be presented. He said “Our goal is to show the American people what we believe would work better. I believe we will.”
And, while Senator Boehner is certainly entitled to his opinion about the failings of Obamacare, he has done nothing to help fix the bill. The only reason he is opposing the deadline is because he knows that the better the sign-up numbers, the better President Obama and the Democratic Party looks. He is also being a bit hypocritical, because when the bill was first introduced, he wanted delays because he knew that there were problems, but now when the White House is granting delays for the same bill, he thinks that the delays should not be given. Someone should remind him that he needs to follow the same rules as everybody else, just like the way he feels the current president should do the same.