Former Sen. Jim DeMint published a letter to President Obama on Thursday that trumpets complaints about the president’s health care law, even as many Republicans appear to be backing away from their Obamacare demands in a bid to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt limit.
Mr. DeMint, who now leads the conservative Heritage Foundation, says in his letter he wants to highlight “the harm the law is inflicting on Americans across the country.”
He offers several anecdotes about people who saw higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs after the law was implemented.
“With the economy still mired in a scattered and sluggish recovery, these people deserve relief from Obamacare — and they deserve it now,” he wrote.
House Republicans demanded a delay to key provisions of the law in the run-up to the government shutdown on Oct. 1. That same day, insurance markets tied to Obamacare debuted and experienced numerous technical problems.
Nonetheless, the health care law appears to be sitting on the sidelines as leaders in Washington try to find a way out of their quagmire.
Heritage Action, the political action arm of the foundation, pushed to defund Obamacare in the run-up to the spending stalemate.
Mr. DeMint’s letter makes it clear that his group hasn’t given up on the fight.
“At a time when so many Americans are suffering because of the rollout of this new law, I remain puzzled by your failure to acknowledge the faults caused by this unfair, unworkable, and unpopular measure,” Mr. DeMint wrote Thursday. “We believe the law should be fully repealed, but at minimum, both sides should agree not to fund the law for one year — a ‘time-out’ that would halt the law’s most harmful effects before they start.”