12 Times Republicans Claimed Nobody Would Sign Up For Obamacare

Written by Igor Volsky and Sy Mukhergee

President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that six million people signed-up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act — meeting and exceeding the administration’s deadline days before the March 31st enrollment period — undermines critics who seized on the law’s troubled early rollout to predict that measure could never attract enough Americans to succeed. Below are some of the worst predictions after the administration published the first enrollment figures in November of 2013:

1. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)

“Above all, this report is a symbol of the failure of the Presidents health care law… It is a rolling calamity that must be scrapped. [CNN]

2. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)

“Pretty stunning…Just another day in a series of mess-ups in Obamacare.”

3. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)

4. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

“But this Administration will trudge ahead. Keep the doors open. Thousands of people enrolled instead of millions. They just released a number this week for the 36 states using the malfunctioning federal Exchange. Fewer than 27,000 people. Including people who haven’t actually committed to purchase the plans … those who have put it in their shopping cart….So the Administration will limp along with this pitiful sign up process hoping to get people properly assigned to health plans.      

5. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-OH)

He called the numbers “staggeringly low.”    

6. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-AR)

7. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

“The 27,000 enrollments through federally facilitated exchange pale in comparison to the millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance under ObamaCare… It is time for the president to finally acknowledge ObamaCare isnt working and to delay the law, in fairness to families and individuals.”

8. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)

The numbers released today are indicative of failure. Not just the failure of a website, but a failure of the underlying law, a failure to keep promises to the American people, and, above all, a failure of leadership.”

9. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

“Today, we learned only 371 Kansans have been able to successfully sign up [in October] for a health care plan on the federally run Obamacare exchange. And only a mere 106,185 total Americans have been able to sign up on both the federal and state exchanges across the country. These numbers are abysmal; the administration has not met even 25 percent of its enrollment goal for the first month.”

10. Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA)

11. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR)

12. Rep. David Camp (R-MI)

“Even if this data was an accurate picture, the administration would need to enroll 68,000 people per day to meet their year-end goal…However, the website isnt even designed to handle that much traffic and is currently capable of only handling less than half that much… With the little data we have so far, I fear we could see a fundamental breakdown of the insurance market with coverage gaps and skyrocketing premiums – pricing millions of Americans out of health care, yet still forced to pay the individual mandate tax.”


During the Nov. 18, 2013 broadcast of his radio show, Mike Huckabee said: “To compare that, 281 people in New Hampshire were issued permits to hunt moose. So I mean, the fact is, youve got more people wanting to go moose hunting in New Hampshire than want Obamacare.”

This post originally appeared on ThinkProgress

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons


Jim Ven
Jim Ven4 months ago

thanks for the article.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

They have lied before; they will lie again, and again, and again. Who do you believe!

Mary B.
Mary B.2 years ago

Ashley h......why do you feel it necessary to post multiple times ? We are capable of reading whole paragraphs and yours are annoying. You have a great profile and wonderful causes.....you CAN achieve the same number of points by going to other threads and sharing your great message on each....Once an article gets to over a certain number of posts, most won't go back to read them anyway..

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Good article.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Great comments guys.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Damn, the new system makes it annoying to send green stars on these comment sections.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

They've been whining for years.

Roseann D.
Roseann d.2 years ago

I'm sick of hearing all the negativity spewing from the GOPs negative mouths on Obamacare and their criticism of him on everything else. They've done nothing to better the country in six years...14 when ya count the BushCo years. And they never present solutions other than to benefit their corporate masters and their own bank accounts. They don't deserve consideration for anything in 2014, 2016 or beyond. They are not worthy.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

What do Republicans have to replace it?

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Let's say that ObamaCare fails, epically.