Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Republicans Helping WITH Obamacare

In June, two stalwart conservatives, Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), announced that their offices would not help constituents who phoned in with questions about Obamacare, such as how to enroll or take advantage of subsidies that are available.

Republicans are doing everything in their power to hinder the new health law’s implementation, and refusing to help constituents who were trying to figure out how Obamacare can work for them is one way to accomplish that.

ThinkProgress spoke with three congressmen this month about whether they would be following Huelskamp and Chaffetz’s lead. Though all three made clear they opposed Obamacare, they unanimously confirmed their offices would “help every constituent that calls our office,” as Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) declared. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) agreed, explaining, “I’m not going to send our constituents out the door just because I may not like it.” Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) said helping guide constituents who call with questions about federal programs is “one of the primary functions of our office.”

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