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Obama takes veiled shot at Ted Cruz, presses Texas to expand Medicaid
Washington Examiner ^ | NOVEMBER 7, 2013 AT 8:52 AM | SUSAN CRABTREE

Posted on 11/07/2013 12:43:29 PM PST by SoConPubbie

Photo - President Barack Obama walks in with volunteer Edna Pemberton before speaking with other volunteers who helped people enroll through the HealthCare.gov site at Temple Emanu-El, a Dallas Area Interfaith, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 in Dallas. Obama traveled to Texas to pitch health care and raise money for the Democratic party. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama walks in with volunteer Edna Pemberton before speaking with other...

With Washington focused on the Obamacare website's continued failure and insurers dropping millions from their plans, President Obama traveled to one of the areas of the country where opposition to Obamacare is the strongest to offer a pep talk to the law's supporters.

Speaking to a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said the many benefits of the Affordable Care Act are getting lost in all the “politics and all of the chatter.”

Because of the law, children up to the age of 26 already can stay on their parents insurance plans, he said, and “families aren't going to go bankrupt just because someone in their family got sick.”

“The status quo just wasn't working for people,” he said.

The president said he is the first to admit that the "website woes" are driving him “crazy” and are unacceptable. Stressing that affordable, high-quality insurance is out there for people despite the difficulties with signing up on the website, he likened the situation to a great product being available in a store that people can't access.

“The cash registers don't work and there's not enough parking spaces – folks can't get through the door,” he said, assuring that by the end of the month he anticipates that the website will be working properly.

Obama also used the appearance to ramp up pressure on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to take advantage of the Obamacare provisions that allow states to expand Medicaid rolls.

“I know that sometimes this task is especially challenging here in the great Lone Star State,” he said, prompting a woman in the audience to shout “We’re up to the task!”

No state needs to expand their Medicaid participants more than Texas, Obama said.

“Here in just the Dallas area, 133,000 people who don’t currently have health insurance would immediately get health insurance without even having to go through the website” if Texas would just expand Medicaid, he said.

He noted that neighboring states have done that because “this is a no-brainer.” Arkansas, alone, he said, cut the number of uninsured by 14 percent in the first month by expanding Medicaid, and Oregon cut its uninsured by 10 percent.

Roughly 150 people filled the synagogue's social hall, which was festooned with hand-painted banners that read “Affordable Health Care” in big blue letters. The White House said the crowd was filled with local volunteers who are helping consumers learn about and enroll in the federal exchanges.

Later at a fundraiser for Senate Democrats at the home of Dallas lawyer Peter Kraus, Obama made several allusions to Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Party-backed senator who led the charge for the government shutdown in a failed effort to try to defund or delay Obamacare.

While Obama said there are "a whole lot of good and decent Republicans," he said the party is captive to a more radical element that forced the shutdown.

“Right now there’s a group that – and a few of them are from Texas – who just aren’t willing to do the hard work and compromise necessary to move the country forward," he said.

In opening remarks, host Lisa Kraus was more direct in labeling Cruz and others as a "reckless" band of lawmakers and thanking Obama for standing up to them.

"I want to personally thank you for standing up to this faction and for saying, 'No, you can't," she said. "'No, you can't shut down the government because you don't like a law."

The president reiterated his desire for Texas to expand Medicaid and referred to Perry's resistance as "bullheadedness."

“It’s a good deal for the state of Texas … The only reason we’re not doing it is ideology," he said.

Those attending the dinner at the Kraus home paid $15,000 to attend.

This story was first posted on Nov. 6 at 9:45 p.m.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; cruz; deathpanels; medicaidexpansion; obamacare; tedcruz; texas; zerocare
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1 posted on 11/07/2013 12:43:29 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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2 posted on 11/07/2013 12:44:35 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Lil Barry is a big f’n poosey.


3 posted on 11/07/2013 12:46:40 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Because of the law, children up to the age of 26 already can stay on their parents insurance plans, he said, and “families aren’t going to go bankrupt just because someone in their family got sick.””
There is that crap about “CHILDREN up to the age of 26”.
What the heck is that? I’d be one mad as hell twenty something back in the day if I was called a CHILD after reaching, oh maybe 16 years of age. Now its ok to call adults 20-26 YOA children? What the hell is going on in this bizarro world.....


4 posted on 11/07/2013 12:47:40 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: SoConPubbie

Of course. The goal of Obamacare is Medicaid for all.


5 posted on 11/07/2013 12:47:40 PM PST by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Speaking to a synagogue in Dallas, Obama said

This is the problem with Baraq. Most speakers actually speak to people instead of to buildings.

6 posted on 11/07/2013 12:48:50 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Wait until the federal money runs out for the states that expanded Medicaid. They will all be left paying for a program that will take many of the states the way of Detroit.


7 posted on 11/07/2013 12:49:37 PM PST by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 9422WMR

When I was 26 I had been paying bills and helping to pay a mortgage for 3 years. I was no child.


8 posted on 11/07/2013 12:51:54 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: 9422WMR

Because they consider themselves children. Just look who is running the White Hut - CHILDREN. I think it is time the Adults took over.


9 posted on 11/07/2013 12:52:40 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: BubbaBobTX

That is why Gov. Perry doesn’t want to expand it.


10 posted on 11/07/2013 12:54:39 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: SoConPubbie

11 posted on 11/07/2013 12:54:53 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: VRWC For Truth
Seriously.


12 posted on 11/07/2013 12:59:19 PM PST by Salamander (Blue Oyster Cult Will Be The Soundtrack For The Revolution.....)
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To: SoConPubbie

Go peddle your lying bullcrap somewhere else, you limp-wristed, jug-eared moron.


13 posted on 11/07/2013 1:05:27 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Obama, I have an idea. Get real firm and threaten Texas leadership and Texans. Should put the “Fear of God” in them. Please. Show them you’re a strong leader who won’t take no for an answer.


14 posted on 11/07/2013 1:05:55 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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15 posted on 11/07/2013 1:06:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SoConPubbie
The only reason we’re not doing it is ideology . . .

Well, BO at least has that part right. The majority of Texas is patriotic Americans. An even bigger majority of BO's regime are hard core Marxists.

The two groups do not have a lot in common.

16 posted on 11/07/2013 1:07:48 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 9422WMR

I was back from a war for 7 years and was still a child. I had 3 sons by then!


17 posted on 11/07/2013 1:09:45 PM PST by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I saw another Impeach banner on an overpass while driving through Dallas on I-30 the other day.

Becoming a regular thing.


18 posted on 11/07/2013 1:13:19 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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19 posted on 11/07/2013 1:17:25 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie; Revolting cat!; GeronL

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20 posted on 11/07/2013 1:18:16 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SoConPubbie

When I was 26 I had two kids and a wife to support, I certainly wasn’t on my parents health insurance.

Why doesn’t Obama just raise the age to 37 or 48.

If Texas increases Medicaid the people of Texas will have to be taxed to pay for that Medicaid. The Governor knows what he is doing.


21 posted on 11/07/2013 1:18:39 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: SoConPubbie

The POS-in-Chief can not MAKE Texas expand Medicaid. I bet that just chaps his a$$.


22 posted on 11/07/2013 1:34:26 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: a fool in paradise

See the boot heel close up Obama


23 posted on 11/07/2013 2:05:48 PM PST by GeronL
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To: SoConPubbie

I truly wish someone had the balls to just come out and call this POS a liar. Not only a liar, but a damned liar.


24 posted on 11/07/2013 2:08:05 PM PST by woweeitsme
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To: KittenClaws

Texas already has 3.7 million on Medicaid.
How freakin’ big does Baraq want it to be?


25 posted on 11/07/2013 2:11:33 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: BubbaBobTX; y'all
Wait until the federal money runs out for the states that expanded Medicaid. They will all be left paying for a program that will take many of the states the way of Detroit.

Exactly right! Perry knows this. He needs to mention this every time he puts his boot up 0's azz.

Barry takes swipe at Ted Cruz, huh? Betcha Barry didn't get an 8 minute standing ovation from his 150 peeps.

26 posted on 11/07/2013 2:18:58 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: nascarnation
Obama wants it big enough to impoverish the taxpaying citizens of Texas. The POS-in-chief would love to see Texas in financial ruin.

Everything is bigger in Texas, except Fools - those are all in DC.

27 posted on 11/07/2013 2:18:59 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: KittenClaws

And how depressing that he appeared at a synagogue (or as the Caliph terms it “Jewish place of worship”.


28 posted on 11/07/2013 2:23:58 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: SoConPubbie

When I was 26, I was a college graduate, married with 2 kids and another on the way, owned my own home and had considered myself to be an adult for quite awhile.


29 posted on 11/07/2013 2:34:52 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: nascarnation

And how depressing that he appeared at a synagogue (or as the Caliph terms it “Jewish place of worship”.


That didn’t bother me at all. Most Jewish People in the USA are Democrats. Although I can’t imagine why.


30 posted on 11/07/2013 2:42:26 PM PST by KittenClaws ( Normalcy Bias. Do you have it?)
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To: SoConPubbie
Because of the law, children up to the age of 26 already can stay on their parents insurance plans, he said, and “families aren't going to go bankrupt just because someone in their family got sick.”

That all depends on the size of their bank account and the size of their deductible.

31 posted on 11/07/2013 2:49:15 PM PST by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: All

The difference is most of the people trying to find a parking space are being ordered to buy the product and being told that’s the only place they can park.


32 posted on 11/07/2013 3:51:40 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SoConPubbie

Rot in Hell Obama!


33 posted on 11/07/2013 4:48:45 PM PST by ohioman
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34 posted on 11/07/2013 5:06:32 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Venturer
Almost the same here. At 26 we had a house, good jobs and bank accounts. Well on the way and had been for 5 years.
The kids started coming at 28. All grown now and not dependent on us financially at all. :)
35 posted on 11/07/2013 5:09:59 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: SoConPubbie

Shouldn’t Obama be busy getting his signature bill to work as promised, before making more promises?


36 posted on 11/07/2013 5:30:05 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: tips up

Single payer medicaid for all, except the elite.


37 posted on 11/07/2013 6:18:01 PM PST by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: darkangel82

When I was 26 I had been paying bills and helping to pay a mortgage for 3 years. I was no child.

I owned HALF a house before I could legally drink...

A year later I owned the rest of the house...

If they consider a Child to be 26 years old, then maybe “Children” shouldn’t be allowed to vote...


38 posted on 11/07/2013 7:02:13 PM PST by GraceG
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To: SoConPubbie

39 posted on 11/08/2013 7:41:07 AM PST by PLD
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To: SoConPubbie
[First Catamite quoted] “It’s a good deal for the state of Texas … The only reason we’re not doing it is ideology," he said.

Good.

Eff off, **********.

40 posted on 11/08/2013 4:16:21 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: GraceG

Nor anyone who gets all his $$ from AFDC and the public trough.


41 posted on 11/08/2013 4:17:39 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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