Health care law one year on
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- March 23, 2011 - 11:25 AM
The Obama administration and its allies aren't letting the first anniversary of the health care overhaul law pass without crowing about its virtues, even as congressional Republicans continue their drumbeat of denouncing what they sneeringly call Obamacare.
And Vice President Joe Biden, the administration's point man on selling the law, trotted out a Minnesota family to make the case for the Affordable Care Act. In an e-mail sent out by President Obama's campaign operation Wednesday morning, Biden tells the story of Brooklyn Park residents Justin and Kari Ihle:
They're parents to three children. Their three-year-old, William, was born with a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex…. What Justin and Kari want for William is a future. And because of health reform, that's what he'll have."
In an accompanying online video, Kari Ihle says, "we know now that William has a lot better future than what he had prior to health care reform."
The Ihle's couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., jointly wrote a newspaper column in which they blasted the administration's "broken promises" that "illustrate why so many Americans continue to support a full repeal -- which the new Republican-led House has passed -- followed by common-sense reforms that will actually lower costs, improve care and protect jobs."
Separately, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., weighed in with his own denunciation of the law, writing that it contains "$500 billion in job-killing tax increases, massive spending, and mandates I believed would hurt our economy and make it harder for small businesses to create jobs and get people back to work."
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