Ayotte: O-Care ‘breaks my heart’

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteHeitkamp ad highlights record as Senate race heats up Ernst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP MORE (R-N.H.) pleaded with President Obama to take a “time out” with the implementation of ObamaCare because she said the law is hurting middle-class families.

“Call a time out, Mr. President,” Ayotte said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “It’s not working … the problem is much deeper [than the healthcare exchange website].”

Ayotte said ObamaCare’s failures are more than just website “glitches” on HealthCare.gov. She cited letters from her constituents who have said they are losing their existing coverage, no longer able to see their current doctors, paying more for insurance plans and seeing their hours cut because of the healthcare law.

“I feel terribly bad for these people,” Ayotte said. “It breaks my heart.”

Ayotte asked Obama to delay implementation of his signature law, saying the president should use a one-year delay to come up with bipartisan fixes to the law.

She suggested that instead of a healthcare exchange, Americans should be able to purchase health insurance across state lines, increasing competition and lowering costs. 

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