Obama Tells GOP 'Health Insurance Isn't Something To Play Politics With'

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).

The Associated Press: Obama Pledges To Make New Health Care Law Work As Intended, Criticizes Republican Opponents
President Barack Obama is pledging to do everything he can to make sure new health care law works the way he intended. ... In the Republican address, West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito argues for a delay in the requirement that uninsured consumers buy health care coverage or pay fines (Superville, 8/17).

The Hill: Republicans Call For Senate Passage Of Obamacare Delay
Republicans doubled down on their attacks of President Obama's healthcare law on Saturday, claiming it has contributed to layoffs, unnecessary insurance restrictions and high costs to the American people. With concerns of a government shutdown looming over the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) called on Obama and Democrats in the Senate to further delay instating the law, saying that it would be irresponsible to move forward (Yager, 8/17).

The Hill: Many 2016 Republican Hopefuls Agree: Defund ObamaCare
Many Republicans who are eyeing a run for president in 2016 are backing an all-or-nothing plan to defund ObamaCare. More than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates support that strategy while a handful are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law. Another five are dodging questions and a couple others are not signaling one way or another (Viebeck, 8/17).

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