GOP Lawmaker on Latest Obamacare Revelations: 'The President Has Lied Again and Again and Again'

February 6, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Raul Labrador

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said Wednesday that the president has lied repeatedly about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare when speaking about the latest revelations from the Congressional Budget Office about the loss of jobs the health care law will cause.

“The president has lied again and again and again,” Labrador said at the Heritage Foundation’s Conversations with Conservatives event at the Capitol.

Labrador’s remarks came after a reporter asked him about in-fighting in the Republican Party in the wake of a recent Republican retreat where topics included the debt ceiling and immigration reform.

After saying the Republicans should not be fighting with one another, Labrador addressed the CBO report released Tuesday that said by 2021 Obamacare could reduce the number of hours Americans are working would be equivalent to 2.3 million jobs.

“The president is already showing that his agenda is bad for America,” Labrador said. “The CBO said yesterday that there’s going to be less people working less hours because of Obamacare.

“Constituents are telling us that they’re paying more for their health care,” Labrador said. “They’re telling us that they actually have to pay more for their health insurance, that they’re losing the ability to go to their doctors.

“The president has lied again and again and again,” Labrador said, “and instead of us fighting amongst ourselves, what we should be doing is showing the American people that the president’s policies have failed and that we have policies that will actually improve our everyday lives.”

The Heritage Foundation holds the Conversations with Conservatives event each month to allow the press to ask questions of what it calls “liberty-minded and free-market conservatives.”

Other House Republicans who spoke on the panel were Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Joe Barton (R-Texas), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tim Heulskamp (R-Kan.), and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)