Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says the government shutdown was an “opportunity” for Democrats to amend the “grave mistake” of Obamacare.
Because they failed to defund the healthcare law, Cotton says Republicans are going to force political concessions from Democrats hoping to delay parts of Obamacare, despite the claim from the GOP that they welcome such delays.
“Folks, don’t be surprised if in 30 days, or 45 days, or 60 days, it’s not Republicans who are asking for a delay of Obamacare or a delay of the mandate, it’s Barack Obama and Mark Pryor coming to us, asking us to delay it for them,” Cotton, who is now a Republican nominee for Senate, told an event held by the Benton County Republican Women on Oct. 26, ThinkProgress reported.
Cotton is hoping to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor in the next election.
“And then the issue will be, what concessions are they willing to make, so we can delay their own disaster of a law,” he added. “That is why we had a government shutdown. Not because of Republicans, but because of liberal Democrats like Mark Pryor, who refuse to take a second opportunity to make amends for the grave mistake they made four years ago when they voted for this law.”
This goes against the GOP claim that they would be agreeable to any delay because Obamacare is “hurting” the American people.
Cotton is one of several Arkansas congressmen who wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday complaining the their state marketplace has too few companies to be competitive and that Arkansas residents are being forced to pay 100 to 600 percent higher premiums under Obamacare.
“Before the law’s implementation, state insurance officials claimed that there would be as many as eight carriers offering coverage in the individual market,” wrote Sen. John Boozman and Reps. Tom Cotton, Steve Womack, Rick Crawford and Tim Griffin. “However, a consumer logging on to the AR Health Connector website will find, at most, four plans offering coverage, while 60% of the state will have no more than two provider options.”
“This is a disappointing, if unsurprising, failure of the reforms promised by Obamacare, which will mean decreased competition among plans, leading to higher costs, higher premiums, and less consumer choice.”
Cotton voted in July to delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s employer and individual mandates.