Obama Again Invites Health Care Reform Ideas, But 50 Days Later, Still Hasn’t Answered Griffin’s Letter

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address:

“The President promises to make this year one of action, but getting things done will require more than just words.  In his State of the Union address, he again invited critics of Obamacare to suggest ways we can improve our health care system, but 50 days later, I’m still waiting for his response to my letter detailing nine key proposals.  On this issue and others, it’s time for President Obama to step up and work with Congress to make things happen.  My colleagues and I in the House are also willing to work with him to grow the economy and spur job creation, by approving critical infrastructure projects like the Keystone pipeline and passing tax reform that makes our code fairer, flatter and simpler.  With so many Americans hurt by Obamacare or struggling to find work, I hope President Obama means what he says and will turn his words into real action.”

Under President Obama:

  • $6.7 trillion has been added to the national debt, despite President Obama’s 2010 SOTU declaration that he didn’t want to create “a mountain of debt”
  • The Labor Force Participation is 62.8% – its lowest level since March, 1978.
  • 5 million Americans have received insurance cancellation letters as a result of Obamacare.
  • The income gap has widened under President Obama, with the richest 10 percent of Americans earning a larger share of income last year than at any time since 1917, according to UC Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez.
  • 68% of Americans say the country is in the same place or worse off than it was when Obama took office.
  • 63% of Americans do not have confidence in the President to make the right decision for our country’s future.
  • 42% of Americans say they are worse off financially than they were one year ago.