Senate Republicans piled on criticisms of President Obama’s “broken promises” about ObamaCare Tuesday.

“As the leader of our country the president’s words matter,” Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneAviation panel recommends Trump roll back safety rules Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule Overnight Tech: Senate looks at self-driving trucks | Facebook to keep ads off fake news | House panel calls Equifax CEO to testify MORE (R-S.D.) said on the Senate floor. “The promise that you can keep your plan if you like it, the promise you can keep your doctor is a broken promise.”

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Sens. John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE (R-Texas) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Cybersecurity: DHS bans agencies from using Kaspersky software | Panel calls Equifax CEO to testify | Facebook pulling ads from fake news Mueller investigation focusing on social media's role in 2016 election: report Intelligence director criticizes former officials for speaking out against Trump MORE (R-Ind.) joined Thune in bashing President Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

They repeated Obama’s campaign promise that if someone liked their current healthcare coverage they would be able to keep it under a grandfather clause in the healthcare law.

“The president said, ‘if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,’” Coats said. “The truth is you can only keep your healthcare plan if this administration likes it.”

Coats said that at least 3.5 million have been told they’ll lose the healthcare plans they had before ObamaCare. ObamaCare requires healthcare plans to cover privative care for women, among other things, so insurance companies were forced to change some of their policies.

The Republicans encouraged the public to share their stories if they’ve received letters from their insurance providers saying they’ll lose the plan they like.

Republicans have increased criticism of the law since the healthcare exchange website launched on Oct. 1. HealthCare.gov has experienced major technical “glitches.”

Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-Ill.) chided Republicans for not putting forward any alternatives to make ObamaCare better, but Cornyn countered by listing nine things he said would help reduce healthcare costs, including expanding health savings accounts and the ability to purchase healthcare plans across state lines.

Republicans have called for a full repeal of the law, but more recently have said the administration should at least delay for one year the individual mandate, which requires people to buy insurance or face a tax penalty.

Democrats argue that the law has already benefited those with preexisting conditions who cannot be denied coverage, people younger than 26 who can stay on their parents’ plans and women who receive free preventive care. But even some Democrats have now said the individual mandate should be delayed because of the healthcare exchange failures.