GOP lawmakers slammed Obamacare for causing out-of-pocket costs to skyrocket and limiting access to coverage, arguing Friday’s enrollment numbers are reflective of the bill’s failures.
Roughly 9.2 million Americans signed up for Obamacare plans, approximately 400,000 less than the number that enrolled last year.
The dwindling numbers “only tell a fraction of Obamacare’s disappointing story,” according to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady.
“The success of our health care system should be measured by the quality and affordability of care Americans receive—not the number of individuals and families who are mandated by Washington to enroll in a failing program,” he said in a statement. “It’s painfully obvious that forcing Americans to buy insurance does not deliver the results they deserve. That’s why House Republicans are moving forward with reforms to deliver a robust health care marketplace — based on innovation, competition, and choice — so all Americans have access to health care options they will want, not be forced to buy.”