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Obamacare support melting away
Washington Post ^ | 02/09/11 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 02/09/2011 3:46:01 PM PST by MissesBush

Pretty much as expected by conservatives, Obamacare has remained unpopular with the public. It's under attack in the courts. And now, vulnerable Senate Democrats are running for the hills. ABC News reports:

"We're looking at everything humanly possible. I've always had a concern and a problem with the mandate, that we were forcing it, basically saying by the law of the land you have to buy the product," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV, told ABC News today. "But on the other hand, I know that's been the linchpin. I'm looking for flexibility any way I can."

Manchin is one of the moderate Democrats trying to figure out how to repeal the individual mandate. While talks are still in the early stages, Manchin hopes the push will take shape sooner rather than later.

Joining him in these efforts could be a handful of other Democrats who are also up for reelection in 2012: Nebraska's Ben Nelson, Missouri's Claire McCaskill, and Montana's Jon Tester.

You can understand why liberals might be starting to panic. So earnest Obamacare supporters are rushing in. Ezra Klein offers his contribution:

Replacing the individual mandate wouldn't be particularly hard. All we need is another policy that does the same thing -- specifically, discourages free-riders who don't want to buy insurance until after they get sick and thus leave the rest of us paying for them.

Not only is the repeal of the individual mandate no big deal, it's actually better for the Dems! Ezra announces, "The danger, as I say at the end, is not that the law does get changed, but that it doesn't. That the GOP won't let it thrive and the Democrats won't let it die and so it just limps along." (I guess the "historic legislation" was badly crafted, after all.)

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obamacare
Keep the pressure on! Call your Reps and Senators, no matter who they are.
1 posted on 02/09/2011 3:46:03 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

It never had any support. Except in the back rooms of Washington.


2 posted on 02/09/2011 3:52:51 PM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: MissesBush
I've always had a concern and a problem with the mandate, that we were forcing it, basically saying by the law of the land you have to buy the product," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV.

Yet, you didn't vote to repeal it! Putz!

3 posted on 02/09/2011 3:53:22 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Bushbacker1

There are no moderates in the Demorat Party. There are only a few liberals and the far left.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 3:58:38 PM PST by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: MissesBush
You can understand why liberals might be starting to panic.

BS. Liberals are proud of their parasitic anti-American agenda.

5 posted on 02/09/2011 4:05:16 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

A moderate is another name for a Liberal who lives south of Washington DC.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 4:09:19 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: MissesBush

Manchin is the biggest chicken in D.C. After that grandiose TV campaign promise that he wouldn’t support ObamaCare, he fell right in line with Dingy Harry and voted not to allow repeal to be voted on. WV should be ashamed to have such a coward representing them,


7 posted on 02/09/2011 4:14:01 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: MissesBush

What is this on-going blabber about Obamacare for? I agree with Rush, Judge Vinson has ruled that this is unconstitutional, end of story, null and void until addressed by SCOTUS. That’s the whole point.

In our former Republic, the administration would have to play its cards out and expose themselves but with this lawlessness, it doesn’t matter.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 4:16:27 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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To: luvbach1

Exactly. There are two groups: those who are up for election soon the those who are up for election later.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 4:18:18 PM PST by rod1
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To: MissesBush


Obamacare support melting away

I love a happy story!


10 posted on 02/09/2011 4:25:15 PM PST by VOA
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To: Bushbacker1

“I’ve always had a concern and a problem with the mandate, that we were forcing it, basically saying by the law of the land you have to buy the product,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV.”

Yes, Manchin is a shameless liar.


11 posted on 02/09/2011 4:32:22 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: MissesBush
The Democrats' wall of resistance is cracking... now is the time for Republicans to press on with the offensive on all fronts. Obamcare care will soon be histoire!
12 posted on 02/09/2011 4:32:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MissesBush

The bullsh*t is hot and heavy from moderate democrats and unicorns.

The unicorns are more believable.


13 posted on 02/09/2011 4:34:44 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: MissesBush

Hey West Virginia, you got duped by a lying bag of crap.

You will suffer and it will be all your own fault.

Enjoy your lying shoot em up democrat.

Governors become different creatures when participating in national politics.


14 posted on 02/09/2011 4:40:24 PM PST by dforest
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To: MissesBush

It’s already dead.

No Republican is going to vote to fund a law that has been completely invalidated by a federal judge.

No funding for the period until 2014, when most provisions go into effect, means it will go the same way as the Mexican border fence. It will die on the vine.


15 posted on 02/09/2011 4:46:26 PM PST by Helotes
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To: MissesBush

Then why did Manchin vote against the repeal if he has so many concerns about it.

West Virginia voters need to get rid of Manchin in 2012


16 posted on 02/09/2011 5:03:42 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: MissesBush

I imagine this is true for most who still have jobs.

I’m paid twice per months and my health insurance contribution in January went from $145.50 per pay period to $180.00 per pay period. Obamacare is awesome!


17 posted on 02/09/2011 5:27:48 PM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

Dang! They just got him.


18 posted on 02/09/2011 5:35:42 PM PST by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards lying to me.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
Obamacare has remained unpopular with the public. It's under attack in the courts. And now, vulnerable Senate Democrats are running for the hills.
Yeah, well, we've fallen in the past for this meme-building exercise by the partisan media shills. Thanks MissesBush.


19 posted on 02/09/2011 7:29:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: MissesBush; azishot; mojitojoe

GET RID OF THIS ARCANE.........DRACONIA LAW!

JUST SAY NO TO DEATH CARE.......NO TO RATIONING OF CARE..................... NO TO POLITICAL WAIVERS AND FAVORS TO THE DYING WHO ARE POLITICALLY CONNECTED( Dear Senator ____________my wife is dying and needs care to extend her life two years, we need you to call the National Health Inquisition Board in Washington,
please, please help us, our chldren and grandchuildren beg you, oh great god and senator, pray for us in our time of need....blah, blah blah... Do not let the IRS take our home away to pay for our non covered care....blahdee blah blah blah...all to come if this horrible law is allowed to stand!!!!)

We stand on our own as a people, and we protect and care for our own....GET OUT OF OUR LIVES YOU FASCIST PRICKS!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 02/09/2011 7:40:29 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: MissesBush

Here’s an idea, allow folks to run and get insurance AFTER they get sick, but it will cost them four times as much as what it costs those who got it earlier. They can cry foul all they want, but at least they’ll have coverage.


21 posted on 02/09/2011 10:20:34 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: MissesBush

Especially that bonehead Nelson in Nebraska. I plan on sending some $ to his opponent in the next election, and I don’t even live in the state.


22 posted on 02/10/2011 12:08:40 AM PST by Pining_4_TX
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