Obama: GOP ‘no friend of American workers’
In an interview with Politico published Tuesday, President Barack Obama criticized Republican lawmakers who have opposed his healthcare reform plan.
The president said they “no longer have the confidence of the American people.”
Obama has vowed to move ahead with his health care plan even as congressional Republicans have opposed it.
The Republican plan would roll back several provisions in Obama’s healthcare plan, including the mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance for their workers.
The administration says the mandate will cost the economy $500 billion over the next decade.
The GOP plan would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion over 10 years, but the Obama administration estimates that would result in the loss of more than 10 million jobs.
Obama told Politico that “our health care system is not perfect.”
“But it’s a system that works for everybody.
And if the American public sees it working, then they will vote for it,” Obama said.
Obama said that despite Republican lawmakers’ opposition to his healthcare plan he has no regrets about his administration’s achievements.
“I’m not embarrassed,” he said.
“It is working.”
In the Politico interview, Obama said the Affordable Care Act “works because it allows people to buy health insurance at the lowest price they can get.”
He added that the healthcare reform law “gave employers the freedom to create their own health insurance plans and offer them to their employees.”
“And that gives them more flexibility, and that gives us more flexibility,” Obama told POLITICO.