U.S. Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana took on the Affordable Care Act in the weekly GOP address and stressed his party's concerns about law, just one month after the much criticized launch of Healthcare.gov.
"Too many Americans still cannot even access the online exchanges," said Coats, "and for the few that have, they're experiencing sticker shock."
Coats' comments are just the latest in a long line of Republican attacks on the president's signature health care reform legislation, which continued full force this week and reached a boiling point on Wednesday when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before a House committee on the site launch.
During that hearing, Republicans hammered the secretary for the website failures and broader aspects of the law. Democrats for their part, acknowledged the website's problems, but many were adamant in their support of the law.
A popular Republican criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that its more stringent insurance requirements are causing some people to have their existing policies cancelled, despite promises made by the president in 2009 that "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."
Several House Republicans have also suggested that the website's problems could pose a security threat, putting applicant's personal data at risk
The Affordable Care Act "is more than just a website," said Coats, "and the problems run far deeper than a few technological glitches."
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which launched the website in partnership with dozens of contractors, is working to fix problems with the website, and says it is on track to do so by the end of November.