Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking ahead of the House vote to repeal Obamacare, faulted them for “refighting old political battles” instead of helping implement the bill.
“[W]ith Congressional Republicans staging their 31st repeal vote earlier today, it’s clear that some want to keep the political battle going,” Sebelius said today. “Now that the Supreme Court has spoken, we need to stop refighting old political battles and trying to take away benefits that millions of Americans are relying on. Instead, we should move forward with implementing and improving this law to provide more security to Americans who have insurance, better choices for those who don’t, and lower costs for all.”
She protested the pre-Obamacare health care system as one in which “the five largest insurers made $12 billion in profit in 2009 alone. But it didn’t work so well for the rest of us.” Sebelius added that “The alternative vision put forward by the Affordable Care Act is to do on a national scale, what America’s best health systems have done in their communities: that’s bring down costs by IMPROVING care.”
The Doctor Patient Medical Association conducted a survey and found that 83 percent of doctors have at least considered leaving their practices as a result of the health care law. “Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,” DPMA co-founder Kathryn Serkes told The Daily Caller’s Sally Nelson.