House Minority John Boehner (R-Ohio) Friday used a report published by the Health and Human Services Department to criticize the new healthcare law.
The report, issued Thursday, projects that the law will expand health insurance coverage -- one of the main goals of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform push -- to an additional 34 million uninsured.
"This Obama Administration report confirms that Washington Democrats’ government takeover of health care fails to deliver the one thing the American people wanted out of reform: lower costs," Boehner said in a statement. "This is in addition to what we already know about how this new law is squeezing employers with job-killing tax hikes and leaving middle-class families to brace for higher premiums."
The report is unwelcome news for Democrats, who said throughout the debate that the legislation would lower costs as well as expand coverage.
Democrats and the White House have said that reports from the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) often make projections that are too bleak.
They have pointed to reports by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that that show the law will lower the deficit and expand coverage.
Still, Boehner said that the CMS report shows vindicates Republican calls to slow down on healthcare, which was passed into law last month without a single GOP vote.
"Washington Democrats refused to wait for this critical analysis to be completed before forcing their job-killing health care bill through Congress, and now we know why," he said.