Obama: ‘I want to see how the economy reacts’ when it comes to healthcare law
The White House is trying to tamp down fears that a healthcare overhaul may spark a backlash from some Republicans who have complained about how President Barack Obama’s healthcare law is currently implemented.
“I’m confident that we will not be faced with the type of backlash that we’re going to see in other countries,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday.
“We have to make sure that we don’t allow it to become the norm that there will be backlash in other parts of the world that have a different approach.”
Earnest added that the administration is still working on a number of issues, including “how the country responds to a massive influx of refugees from Syria.”
Obama said he wants to see what happens when the healthcare law’s insurance exchanges become more open to consumers.
The president also said that the White House would work with the Republican Party to help pass the healthcare bill.
“This is not just a question of the law,” he said.
“This is a question about who is going to control it.”
Obama and the administration have repeatedly emphasized that they are not seeking a government takeover of healthcare.
The law’s supporters have said they want to use the law to give Americans the choice of being covered by private insurance or a government plan. The White