The Washington Times - March 23, 2011, 01:42PM

As Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Democrats’ health care reform bill into law, Republicans released a blitz of news releases blasting the law they derisively call “Obamacare.”

Here’s a sampling:



“Obamacare’s cost, regulations and complexity have stunted job growth by making it more difficult for entrepreneurial Americans to start a business or expand existing ones.”

— Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida


“On the first anniversary of Obamacare, it is clear that Americans want this law repealed. I have not rested from this mission for the last 18 months, and I will keep my intensity up as long as necessary to put an end to this unconstitutional taking of American liberty.”

— Rep. Steve King, Iowa


“The president promised, ‘If you like what you have, you can keep it.’ But cuts to Medicare Advantage mean millions of seniors will lose access to programs they like … And the administration now acknowledges that the new rules will cause millions of Americans to lose the employer-based health plan they currently have.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky


“If there’s a constant in the story of Obamacare, it’s broken promises. Instead of creating jobs, employers have been handed more uncertainty and more headaches. Instead of lower costs, families and small businesses are being squeezed even further. Instead of keeping what they like, millions are being forced off their coverage.”

— House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.


“In just one year, American families and businesses have already witnessed firsthand the disastrous impact of Obamacare — higher health care costs, fewer choices, unsustainable Medicare cuts and government interference in the physician-patient relationship.”

— Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas


“I opposed Obamacare because it taxed too much, spent too much, and borrowed too much. I voted to repeal it and will continue to fight against it for these same reasons and I will work to replace it with a plan that truly increases access to quality, affordable health care.”

— Sen. John Cornyn, Texas


“Behind closed doors and through backroom deal-making, Democrats built a costly and unworkable maze of new federal agencies and empowered Washington bureaucrats to determine the what, when, where, and how of health care.”

— House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, Texas


“Whether it’s the millions of businesses that will forego making a hire because of Obamacare’s burdensome regulations or the trillions of dollars in new deficit spending, the simple fact is that by the president’s own standards this law is a complete and utter failure.”

— Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus


Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin issued a rare Republican statement devoid of the pejorative term “Obamacare,” instead referring to the health care law by its official name,  the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA. Duffy still slammed the law though, saying it places a “massive bureaucracy between patients and their doctors” and that it has failed to address “he real issue in health insurance: escalating costs.”