Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Democrats are pushing poetry as an alternative to holding a job.
During an appearance on Fox News, he referred to the results of a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that finds millions of American workers might move away from full-time employment because of benefits offered through ObamaCare.
Some lawmakers, such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), say that the law allows workers to alleviate themselves from “job-lock” — staying in a job that’s otherwise unwanted or disliked, simply to collect healthcare benefits.
Media reports say Pelosi fired back at the Republican interpretation of the CBO report — that ObamaCare kills jobs — by saying the workers are now able to leave jobs to “[follow] their aspirations to be a writer; to be self-employed; to start a business.”
Gowdy honed in on the remarks, saying they are part of a larger effort to smooth over flaws with the healthcare reform law and its rollout during an election year.
“What the liberals and the Democrats want you to believe is, ‘Well, but you’ll have time to write poetry,’ ” Gowdy said. “Well, that’s great until you try and buy your grandkid a birthday present or you try and pay the heating bill.”
He also assailed a potential White House proposal that would extend from one year to three years the period policyholders could keep their health plans that are not compliant with ObamaCare.
"We are continuing to examine all sorts of ways to provide consumers with more choices and to smooth the transition as we implement the law,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters told The Associated Press. “No decisions have been made.”
Obama came under fire for promising Americans they could keep their health plans after the impending healthcare reform became law, while its implementation was marked with millions receiving cancellation notices from insurance companies.
Gowdy said, “If you need any more evidence how disastrous this healthcare law is, the architect doesn’t even want to implement it.”
“My guess is they’re going to delay it until there’s a new president, or hopefully a new Senate, and then we can start all over again,” he continued.
“Our fellow citizens have the chance in November — they can throw us out and give Nancy Pelosi back the Speaker’s gavel, or they can give us the Senate and give us the chance to govern again,” he said. “This experiment in divided government has led to lawlessness.”