In his weekly address, the president criticizes Republicans for trying to "gum up the works" on implementation of the law. Meanwhile, in the GOP address, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito says overhaul is not workable and calls for a delay in the individual mandate.
Politico: Obama: GOP Trying To 'Gum Up' ACA
President Barack Obama criticized Republicans for trying to "gum up the works" in the health care reform law and for refusing to help constituents sign up for coverage. "A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they'll somehow be sticking it to me. But they'd just be sticking it to you," Obama said in his weekly address (Haberkorn, 8/17).
The Hill: Obama: Healthcare Reform Implementation 'Isn't A Game'
President Obama on Saturday admonished Republicans who have threatened to shut down the government if the next federal budget does not strip funding for the president's signature healthcare law, saying in his weekly address that "health insurance isn't something to play politics with" (Sink, 8/17).
CBS News: Obama Denounces GOP's "Empty Promises" On Government Shutdown
President Obama admonished some Republicans for offering "empty promises" to either repeal Obamacare or shut down the federal government in his weekly address on Saturday. "This isn't a game," he said. "This is about the economic security of millions of families." Meanwhile, in the weekly Republican address, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., warned that the health-care law is clearly not working the way it's supposed to, calling on the president to delay the implementation of the law's individual mandate, which requires individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine (Miller, 8/17).