With the second anniversary of President Obama’s health care reform law approaching, Republicans are seizing on its unpopularity among their base and ridiculing the administration for overlooking its landmark legislative accomplishment.
In a Senate floor speech Wednesday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., outlined problems the law could create in his home state of Kentucky. He also questioned why Mr. Obama is ignoring his own “signature legislative achievement” during an election year and suggest the president is ashamed.
“For a president who isn’t particularly shy about taking credit even for things he didn’t have a whole lot to do with, he’s curiously silent this week about a bill he talked about for more than a year before it passed,” he says. “According to news reports, the president doesn’t even plan to mark the occasion. Well, Republicans are happy to talk about it for him.”
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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also ridiculed the president for distancing himself from the reform package and several GOP lawmakers are hosting online town hall forums to discuss the legislation and the pending Supreme Court case.
The White House has said Mr. Obama is “looking beyond past battles” and has nothing scheduled to mark Friday’s anniversary.
However, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius touted the benefits of the reform for women during a visit to Miami this week.