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ICYMI: Greg Walden on “Fox and Friends” on the Obamacare rollout
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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Fox News after yesterday’s hearing with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Walden talked of the chaos, concerns, and cancellations that Americans are seeing with the rollout of the new health care law. Just yesterday, the Associated Press reported that 150,000 Oregonians will see their plans cancelled due to the law.
Greg Walden on the rollout of the health law
“If they can't enroll you, how are they going to take care of you? I think this is why Americans are uneasy. They see the chaos. They see the concerns. They see the cancellations. This should have been suspended. This should have been delayed. It was not ready for prime time. If they were going to force it on America, they should have at least gotten the web site right.”
Greg Walden on the lack of testing of healthcare.gov
“They said they sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office in June saying all good to go. We got the tests, everything will roll well. Yet in the prior hearing, we heard from the designers of the software that they were only given two weeks to do the end to end test to see if everything worked. I said, how long would you have wanted? They said months. That's the industry standard: months.”
Greg Walden on promises that all Americans could keep their health insurance plan
“It's not true. It never was true. They knew it wasn't true and the President kept saying it and saying it. So that makes Americans wonder, if that wasn't true that I could keep my health insurance, then is it true that I can keep my doctor, that I can go to my local hospital? The answer will be oh, kind of yes. You may be able to see your doctor, just won't be in the network, there will be an extra cost to go to the doctor you and your family have seen.
“If you made as little as a $5 change in co-pay then the policy was no longer grandfathered. Did anybody think a policy wouldn't change over the course of three years? I have constituents who say may policy got canceled, my rate in the nearby policy I might be able to get now is $200 more a month now and $2,000 more for the deductible. How is that affordable? It's a broken promise.”