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Van Hollen: Same Republicans attacking ObamaCare used it to balance budget

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Sunday questioned why the same Republicans now working to defund ObamaCare voted for a budget that used Medicare savings and revenue generated from the Affordable Care Act to balance, calling it a “hoax.”


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“There’s a reason Republicans senators like Senator McCain and others are saying this is absolutely insane because the Republican proposition here is they're going to shut down the government if they can't deny healthcare to millions of Americans, including millions of kids who are right now benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, kids with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be thrown off of their insurance policies,” Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“That's right now. They're saying we're going to shut down the government unless we get rid of those protections, number one. Number two, [House Republicans] have to explain to the American people how they voted for a budget that includes all of the Medicare savings from ObamaCare, that includes the same level of revenue generated from ObamaCare and, in fact, would not even balance in 10 years, if not for the Affordable Care Act.”

“So here they're running around the country on the one hand, saying let's get rid of the Affordable Care Act. And yet they passed the budget that only comes to balance because of it. Now that's misleading and that's a hoax. And they should explain that to the American people, how you're trying to do two things at one time,” Van Hollen added.

Responding to an ABC News/Washington Post poll that showed 52 percent of respondents oppose the law and 55 percent disapprove with the way it is being implemented, Van Hollen said the “biggest poll we had on this was the last election.”

“I'm not surprised that there's a lot of confusion,” Van Hollen added. “These guys have been running around the country demagoguing, scare mongering on this issue. They're not afraid that it's going to be unsuccessful, they're afraid it's going to be successful and all of that misinformation will be shown to be a fraud.”

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who’s been leading the effort in the House to defund ObamaCare, said on the same show that since the election, President Obama “has amended, delayed, or repealed 19 components of his very own law.”

“So if it's so good for America, then why he is delaying it for his friends in big business? Why is he delaying it for members of Congress like yourself?” he asked.

“We are united around a very simple goal, and that is keeping the government open while protecting our constituents from the harmful effects of ObamaCare,” Graves said. “So, we're going to do everything we can to protect our constituents, and we have eight days to do that.”