Barrasso lashes out at ObamaCare site delay

Senator John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework Overnight Energy: Senate panel advances Trump pick for EPA No. 2 | Pruitt questions ‘assumptions’ on climate | Dems want Pruitt recused from climate rule review Senate panel advances Trump pick for No. 2 official at EPA MORE (R-Wyo.) joined a chorus of Republicans in lambasting the White House for Wednesday's announcement of a yearlong delay for the small-business healthcare exchange website being created under ObamaCare.

“President Obama made an important promise to small businesses across the country, and now he has broken it,” Barrasso said. “How many delays will it take before President Obama finally admits that the health care law is fundamentally broken and hurting Americans?”

The delay is another setback for the troubled enrollment process of President Obama's signature healthcare law.

Companies with fewer than 50 employees were slated to begin buying coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), an online ObamaCare exchange, this month.

The exchange’s delay means small businesses will instead have to seek out coverage through an agent or broker.

Barrasso accused the administration of strategically timing the announcement to take advantage of the country's distraction by the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Instead of trying to sneak another major change past the American people on the eve of Thanksgiving, President Obama should finally admit that his law does not work,” he said.