Top 10 ObamaCare quotes of 2013

The fight over ObamaCare produced a raft of memorable quotes in 2013.


Both parties disseminated misinformation about the law and its rollout, and numerous lawmakers ended up in hot water over something they’d said about the law.
The Hill pulled together the 10 most memorable ObamaCare quotes of the year, presented in chronological order:
“I don't want to pay for a sex-change operation … I’m not interested. I like being a boy.” – Rep. Paul BrounPaul Collins BrounHundreds apply to fill Isakson's Senate seat in Georgia Joe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia California lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment MORE (R-Ga), Apr. 8
Broun was referring to incorrect reports that ObamaCare insurance plans cover sex change procedures.
“I think that probably no one fully anticipated when you have a law that phases in over time how much confusion that creates for a lot of people.” - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen Sebelius Senate outlook slides for GOP CNN to feature teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in coronavirus town hall Jerry Moran: 'I wouldn't be surprised' if Pompeo ran for Senate in Kansas MORE, April 8
Opponents of healthcare reform seized on Sebelius’s admission, which would prove prescient in October when crashed and burned.
“I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard.” — Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), April 16
The former lawmaker’s candid assessment could hit home in 2014, when Democrats fear ObamaCare could cost them the Senate.
“I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” – Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Bottom line The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE (D-Mt.), April 17
Baucus, the primary architect of the healthcare law, now contends that his ObamaCare comment was taken out of context. But Republicans have made it a fixture of their messaging against the law.
“The implementation of this is fabulous.” - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), June 26
By October, Pelosi and most Democrats were singing a different tune.

“I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I Am.” – Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Tex.), Sept. 24
In September, Cruz sought to defund ObamaCare by hitting the Senate floor for a 21-hour speech to delay a continuing resolution that would keep the government open. The Tea Party favorite took a few minutes to read Dr. Seuss’ children’s classic “Green Eggs and Ham” to his two young daughters, who were watching from home.
“We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this, and I don’t know what that even is.” – Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), Oct. 2
Stutzman’s remark crystallized the confusion in the GOP over the party’s failed strategy to defund ObamaCare by shutting down the government.

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.” – President Obama, Nov. 7
Obama’s promise that if you liked your healthcare plan, you’d be able to keep it was a key talking point for Democrats during the debate over the healthcare law. It quickly proved false, and along with the poorly functioning website, was one of the biggest political problems for the Obama administration in 2013.
“Even if it takes changing the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” – Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKanye West says he had coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report- Presented by Facebook - Trump threatens schools' funding over reopening Fox News apologizes for 'mistakenly' cropping Trump out of photo with Epstein, Maxwell MORE, Nov. 12
President Obama was already dealing with severe blowback for “keep your plan” promise. Clinton’s remark added fuel to the fire.
“On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to.” – President Obama, Nov. 14
Republicans said Obama’s admission confirms their view that he is disengaged from governing and the actions of his administration.