President Barack Obama on Saturday suggested the GOP is hypocritical in their concern for the Obamacare website’s technical problems after failing to strip the health care law of funding during the government shutdown.
Since HealthCare.gov’s rollout on Oct. 1, Republicans in Congress have trumped up the difficult process Americans faced trying to enroll in the Obamacare marketplace through its glitchy web portal.
“That’s why it’s also interesting to see Republicans in Congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website,” Obama said in his weekly address. “Especially considering they’ve spent the last few years so obsessed with denying people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it.”
Though he said HealthCare.gov isn’t yet working as it should, Obama assured that his administration is working to correct the issues until the website runs smoothly.
“It’s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for its failure,” he said.
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