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Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition
redstate.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 01/16/2014 9:53:40 AM PST by cotton1706

Conservative and Republican affiliated groups have started the 2014 assault against Democrats who support Obamacare. At the very same time, it is increasingly clear Republicans are laying the groundwork to abandon their opposition to Obamacare.

The Business Roundtable, which has a great relationship with Republican Leaders, is now listing Obamacare as an entitlement worth preserving.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former economic advisor to John McCain and who opposed passage of Obamacare, has started a think tank premised on keeping, but fixing, Obamacare. Holtz-Eakin has the ear of Republican leaders. In 2009, Mitch McConnell appointed him to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

The Chamber of Commerce is declaring it will work to fix, not repeal, Obamacare. In fact, just last week the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, “The administration is obviously committed to keeping the law in place, so the chamber has been working pragmatically to fix those parts of Obamacare that can be fixed.”

Concurrent to this, the Chamber of Commerce has begun funding candidates to beat conservatives in Republican primaries.

The Republican Main Street Partnership, headed by former Congressman LaTourette — who is a friend of Speaker John Boehner — is working with the Chamber and party leaders to target conservatives the party leadership finds troublesome. LaTourette has been parroting talking points from the National Republican Senatorial Committee about the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth, and others.

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: defendingmainst; duplicate; elections; fixobamacare; holtzeakin; mainstpartnership; mccain; rinos; rinosobamacare; stevelatourette; uniparty
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1 posted on 01/16/2014 9:53:40 AM PST by cotton1706
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2 posted on 01/16/2014 9:56:18 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: cotton1706

The begining of the end of the GOP.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 9:56:51 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: cotton1706
Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition

They were doing that when they nominated Romney to run against Dumbo, the gay muslim commie.

4 posted on 01/16/2014 9:57:46 AM PST by dragonblustar (Psalm 37:7)
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To: cotton1706

Not surprising though.

It be interesting what the Chamber would be saying if Obama didn’t delay the employer mandates.

Right now they can dump their employees on the exchanges with no fines.

Great deal.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 9:59:41 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: cotton1706

There are big profits to be made through collusion with the government. To hell with the free market.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 10:00:21 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: cotton1706

That first paragraph reads like they will lie to conservative voters, then abandon their stated principles after the election. So business as usual then. FUGOPe!


7 posted on 01/16/2014 10:02:31 AM PST by catbertz
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To: cotton1706

You can’t fix socialism and you can’t fix stupid.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 10:02:47 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: cotton1706

Time to give Douglas Holtz-Eakin the treatment we give the other side, which he is officially joining if this story is true.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!!

Screw the Chamber. Everything this f*****g Congress and Administration does helps Big Business at the cost of Small Business Owners.

Boehner’s buddy? Time for the Koch Brother’s money to take him on too.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 10:04:51 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Jim Robinson; Obadiah

From Obadiah’s keyboard:


What - exactly - is the difference between a Democrat and the GOP-e? In what areas of substance does the GOP-e differ from Democrats?

Obamacare? - no
Amnesty? - no
Abortion? - no
Expanding government? - no
Hating Conservatives? no
Federal fiscal integrity? - no

Just where is there any difference?


10 posted on 01/16/2014 10:05:16 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: cotton1706

Money, money, money.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 10:05:42 AM PST by DPMD
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To: dragonblustar

>> Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition

> They were doing that when they nominated Romney to run against Dumbo, the gay muslim commie.

ding! ding! ding! ding! ding!


12 posted on 01/16/2014 10:06:04 AM PST by mbarker12474
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To: cotton1706

If they do this, many of them will be part of the unemployment numbers for January 2015.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 10:06:28 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: cotton1706

Not surprising. Several have been warning about “just wait until they start talking about ‘fixing’ Obamacare”.

I say just wait until they start calling Obamacare the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ or the ‘Affordable Care Act’ for short pursuant to the new directive of democrat ringleaders so as to get the heat off the name ‘Obama’.

Obama was once proud that people called it Obamacare, now he and his ring are backing away from that name.

The words may seem trivial but they indicate a sure shift in allegiance away from conservatives towards the Left.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 10:07:20 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: cotton1706; All

Big Business, Multi National Corporations, Free Trade Communists, and all groups affiliated....have just told you they SUPPORT OBAMACARE!!

Taking money from these groups is supporting ObamaCare


15 posted on 01/16/2014 10:07:49 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Lazamataz
Just where is there any difference?

That cannot be stated enough. A 'rat is a RINO is a Clinton is a Christie...

16 posted on 01/16/2014 10:08:26 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: LibLieSlayer

No, the sad truth is they are bought and paid for. They will be taken care of as part of their sellout agreement.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 10:08:35 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Biggirl
The begining of the end of the GOP.

I walked away from the GOP in 2006 when GWB was on his way to give us Obama - he wouldn't stand up to the wacko left on anything. He and Rove claimed it was "below the dignity of the Oval Office". Ha Ha - look what spews from the Oval these days!!!
18 posted on 01/16/2014 10:15:59 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: cotton1706
IDIOTS.

Forgetting about the morally reprehensible socialism for just a second, and presuming that Obama COULD be fixed, the idea of fixing it is politically stupid.

If you go in and throw enough money at it, so that it doesn't collapse, the Dems will claim total victory and point out that the GOP opposed this “wonderful program that just needed a little tweaking”. The GOP won't get any traction at all from being the party that made Obamacare ultimately limp along.

I repeat, IDIOTS.

19 posted on 01/16/2014 10:18:48 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: cotton1706

I never trust a man with two last names. Holtz Whatshisface must be a confused individual who has daddy issues.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 10:20:01 AM PST by forgotten man
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To: Biggirl

Wrong. It is the final nail in the coffin for the GOP.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 10:20:44 AM PST by LaRueLaDue
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To: cotton1706

I need to see a LOT of confirmation before I swallow any of this.

I’m not gullible enough to read one blog entry and then believe the sky is falling.

Erickson has a viewpoint but it is only that, just his thoughts. Like the saying goes “Opinions are like a—holes, everybody has one.”


22 posted on 01/16/2014 10:25:57 AM PST by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: cotton1706

there are clearly some people with R after their names who are a big part of the problem in the United States...


23 posted on 01/16/2014 10:32:49 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Jim Robinson; Lazamataz; LibLieSlayer

After quickly reading the attached links, I think both Mitch and Boehner are the problems that must GO!
24 posted on 01/16/2014 10:34:46 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Biggirl
The beginning of the end of the GOP.

More like the middle of the end. The beginning of the end was Bush 41. Hopefully the end of the end will happen in our lifetime. Preferably next week.

25 posted on 01/16/2014 10:36:41 AM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: cotton1706; KC_Lion

abandon opposition to ObamaCare and passing amnesty.

Looks like I have a free day to fill on election day, take a walk, play with the dogs, upgrade my linux, sleep late...

Being freed from having to worry about the election clears my mind.


26 posted on 01/16/2014 10:37:32 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Biggirl

This and amnesty means I won’t have to worry about voting


27 posted on 01/16/2014 10:39:08 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

28 posted on 01/16/2014 10:40:55 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: cotton1706

Billions spent, years in the making, no benefits yet, and we knew well in advance that it wouldn’t work. It took a blizzard of lies to keep it alive.

So the GOPe and their Chamber of Commerce want continue throwing good money after bad by calling ObamaCare an entitlement worth “preserving.”

Greeeaaat...


29 posted on 01/16/2014 10:41:46 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: GeronL; RKBA Democrat; Finny; who knows what evil?; Norm Lenhart

Uniparty Ping!

You aren’t surprised by this betrayal.

Because you are awake and see the party of government for what it is.

A scam!


30 posted on 01/16/2014 10:42:02 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: Lazamataz

The GOPe could easily be wiped out in the 2014 elections, and it will be their own fault.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 10:42:28 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cotton1706

Dead party walking.


32 posted on 01/16/2014 10:43:22 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: cotton1706

A national party no more....


33 posted on 01/16/2014 10:44:08 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: cotton1706

It’s pretty clear that large employers intend to get out of the healthcare business and have passed the word to the pubbie leadership not to kill Obamacare. That’s where their strange reluctance to defund or repeal comes from.


34 posted on 01/16/2014 10:52:15 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: GeronL

They don’t care.


35 posted on 01/16/2014 10:52:33 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

I don’t expect they do.


36 posted on 01/16/2014 10:55:43 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cotton1706

What fools they be....


37 posted on 01/16/2014 10:56:10 AM PST by expat2
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To: cotton1706
GOPeunuchs
38 posted on 01/16/2014 11:00:58 AM PST by tomkat (seriesly)
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To: cotton1706

DC fops


39 posted on 01/16/2014 11:02:42 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GeronL
C'mon, GL! Voting is the way we change and correct things without killing people in this country!!!

It's the only time we take the law into our own hands. Don't ever sit on your hands!!!

40 posted on 01/16/2014 11:20:55 AM PST by SierraWasp (Democrats these days are the "Glitches" in America's way of life and culture!!!)
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To: cotton1706

chamber of commerce is just as evil as the democrat party.

The way to defund them is to make membership TOXIC.

if anyone posts a “chamber of commerce” plaquard or sticker, that business will have no business.

These inisders want to foist healcare on the taxpayer in order to “guarantee profits”


41 posted on 01/16/2014 11:26:51 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: onyx

They are now and have been the problem to our side having any response what-so-ever... period!


42 posted on 01/16/2014 11:26:57 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Doubt it........


43 posted on 01/16/2014 11:30:14 AM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: cotton1706

only an armed revolt will end this.

The ballot box no longer has any power.

Congressmen should vote via the internet from their districts. No need to go to DC.

War is going to break out one day and it won’t end until one side wins absolutely. It will mean liberty for all or a thousand years of darkness for the world.


44 posted on 01/16/2014 11:32:13 AM PST by panzerkamphwageneinz
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To: panzerkamphwageneinz

Yep. I agree.

Both parties are the same thing now.

elections are meaningless.


45 posted on 01/16/2014 11:36:31 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SierraWasp

Liberal Party A or Liberal Party B

Sorry, I won’t bother choosing


46 posted on 01/16/2014 11:39:18 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL
Liberal Party A or Liberal Party B? Sorry, I won’t bother choosing.

I know how you feel - I hate choosing between the lesser of two evils. However, I have come to the conclusion that at least voting for the lesser of two evils (aka McCain or Romney) is a lot better than allowing the greater of two evils (aka 0bama) to win - at least the voting route has a chance of success. If more had chosen that route instead of staying home in 2008 and 2012, at least we would have the lesser of two evils.

47 posted on 01/16/2014 11:51:12 AM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: dragonblustar

Yup.
And those still pushing Romney now desire that this be so.


48 posted on 01/16/2014 12:47:19 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Biggirl

Q: Who built Obamacare?

A: Obama built that. Period.


49 posted on 01/16/2014 1:37:58 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SierraWasp
Voting is the way we change and correct things without killing people in this country!!! It's the only time we take the law into our own hands. Don't ever sit on your hands!!!

So good and true it needed to be posted again. Bump to the top.

50 posted on 01/16/2014 1:45:23 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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