Obama: GOP's 'biggest fear' is Obamacare will succeed
BY LYNN SWEET Washington Bureau Chief September 26, 2013 11:30AM
Updated: September 26, 2013 1:36PM
WASHINGTON–People can start signing up for health insurance with private companies under the new Obamacare law starting Oct. 1 As Republicans continue their quest to close down Obamacare, President Barack Obama said Thursday their “biggest fear” is that it will succeed.
Speaking in Largo, Md., a Washington suburb, Obama said “the fact is the — the Republican’s biggest fear at this point is not that Affordable Care Act will fail. What they’re worried about is it’s going to succeed. I mean, think about it. If it was as bad as they said they’re — it was going to be, then they could just go ahead and let it happen, and then everybody would hate it so much, and then everybody would vote to repeal it, and that would be the end of it. So what is it that they’re so scared about?”
Congress is heading towards a partial federal government shutdown if no funding plan is put in place by Sept. 30. Republicans, who control the House, have linked keeping government open to defunding Obamacare–a move the Senate Democrats will not take. It’s not clear yet how this will be resolved.
Obama spoke at the Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. A big push is being made to enroll youths who may not have had access to health insurance coverage.
Obama, referring to Republicans said, “they have made such a big political issue out of this, trying to scare everybody with lies about death panels and killing Granny — right? I mean, that’s Armageddon. So if it actually works, they’ll look pretty bad. If it actually works, that will mean that everything they were saying really wasn’t true, and they were just playing politics.
“Just the other day one Republican in Congress said, we need to shut this thing down before the marketplaces open and people get to see that they’ll be getting coverage and — and getting these subsidies, because — and — and — and I’m going to quote him here. He said, it’s going to prove almost impossible to undo “Obamacare.”