Health reform implementation

Barrasso warns of ObamaCare ‘sticker shock’ in GOP address

Weeks before a key ObamaCare component is set to get off the ground, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is warning that flaws in the healthcare reform law will only make things harder for American families. 

{mosads}Barrasso, who worked as an orthopedic surgeon for two decades before coming to the Senate, used the weekly Republican address to denounce the Affordable Care Act as too expensive and push for a repeal.

“There’s no question we needed real reform – reform so that people could get the care they needed, at lower cost. Americans now know that’s not what President Obama’s health care law delivered,” he said on Saturday. “What we got is higher taxes and bigger government, without the lower costs or quality care.”

In just more than three weeks, new healthcare marketplaces will open in states across the country. Called exchanges, those marketplaces will provide a place for Americans who do not receive health insurance through their work to buy coverage.

But Barrasso warned that once they get up and running, prices will be higher than expected.

“Many families are going to have real sticker shock when they see their new insurance rates – even families who get government subsidies,” he said.

He cited reports that some businesses are cutting back on workers or keeping employees on part-time schedules to avoid being subject to the law’s mandate on employers. Under that provision of the law, which has been pushed back to 2015, businesses with 50 or more full-time employees would be required to offer their workers health insurance or pay a penalty.

People working fewer hours and companies choosing to drop coverage for their employees’ spouses will only make it harder to pay for health insurance, Barrasso added.

This week, former President Bill Clinton gave a heavily publicized speech praising the law at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens announced that they would be the first professional sports team to partner with a state health department to promote the new exchanges.

But to Barrasso, those efforts are merely shallow publicity stunts. What the country needs, he said, is effective policy.

“Americans want real solutions to bring down the cost of healthcare — not more press releases and propaganda,” he said.

Instead, he asked for the public to back Republican efforts to repeal the law and start anew.

“The American people have a choice,” he said. “We can embrace the status quo of ObamaCare for four more years. Or we can repeal the law, and quickly move to help people get the care they need, from a doctor they choose, at lower cost.”

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