The Washington Times - February 11, 2013, 03:32PM

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday dared President Obama to address the unintended consequences of “Obamacare” in his State of the Union address.

On the Senate floor, Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the reported ill effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were predictable.

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“I could stand here and tell you that Republicans warned about most of these things until we were hoarse,” he said. “That we saw it all coming and said so: the higher costs, the higher premiums, the tax hikes, the lost jobs, and the potential for millions to lose their plans. The president dismissed all that, and he got his legislative win. The question is, what’s he going to do to help folks now that our predictions are coming true?”

Mr. McConnell lumped the health care situation in with the most pressing debate on Capitol Hill— what to do about austere spending cuts set to take effect if Congress does not act.

Deeming it the “Obama sequester,” he said the debt crisis and faults in Mr. Obama’s health care law were part of a broad pattern in which the Republican Party offers solutions at an early stage, only to be blamed by the White House when things go awry at the last minute.