ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says his party may not have to kill the Affordable Care Act because he thinks it’s already dying.
The Missouri Republican made his comments in a conference call Thursday morning while talking about the looming government shutdown. Blunt pledged to help avert the shutdown but only if the compromise calls for elimination of the ACA.
“I think it’s falling now on it’s own weight. The more people see of it, the more they dislike it,” he said of the federal health care law.
Blunt says the ACA would impose a “terrible penalty” on the American people and he voiced frustration that the federal government has found itself nearing a shutdown.
“Why are we here again? Not having had the appropriations process worked the right way a single time since the Democrats took over the House and Senate in 2007,” Blunt said.
President Obama has vowed to fight any effort to weaken or delay the Affordable Care Act, saying “that’s not going to happen as long as I’m president.”
Amid reports of more delays and expected glitches in the rollout of the new online Affordable Care Act marketplaces, President Obama assured voters in Maryland Thursday that if they attempt to sign up for health insurance on the marketplaces themselves, they’ll be satisfied.
“You don’t need to listen to the politicians, you don’t need to listen to me, just go check it out yourself,” Mr. Obama said at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. “Make up your own mind whether this works for you.”