The GOP on Capitol Hill is continuing targeted attacks on the health law.
The Hill: Critics Blame Cost Hikes On ObamaCare
Senate Finance Committee Republicans released a compilation of posts to the healthcare.gov Facebook account in which users argued that the law was markedly increasing the cost of their individual coverage. ... The Affordable Care Act requires healthcare plans to offer a basic level of coverage, a change the administration acknowledges will raise premiums for some patients. But experts say it will take until 2014 and beyond before analysts can fully assess the law's impact on total out-of-pocket insurance costs (Viebeck, 10/8).
The Hill: GOP Demands ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers
House Republicans are asking for the number of people who enrolled in ObamaCare's federal exchanges in their first week amid a rash of technical challenges. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked for a full accounting of initial enrollment figures in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tuesday (Viebeck, 10/8).
In state political news related to the health law -
Politico: Chris Christie Makes Point On Obamacare
Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he doesn't like Obamacare but that he found a way to deal with it in New Jersey, another signal that he sees the government shutdown as an opportunity to contrast himself with feuding parties in Washington. "I don't agree with the law, but we've complied with it, and that's the job you have as governor," Christie said at a gubernatorial debate at William Paterson University in Wayne. "You don't always agree with every law you have to enforce, but I've enforced this one, and I'm proud of our record on health care" (Titus, 10/8).