Skip to comments.House ObamaCare vote sets stage for new campaign attacks (delay tax penalty for five years)
Posted on 03/14/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT by Libloather
The Republican-run House of Representatives on Friday approved a bipartisan deal to spare doctors from a looming Medicare pay cut but included a provision to undermine Obamacare, which critics said was a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The vote was 238-181, with most House Democrats refusing to swallow what they called an Obamacare poison pill, a provision to delay for five years the tax penalty that most Americans must pay under President Barack Obamas healthcare law if they decline to sign up for insurance.
Hundreds of thousands of doctors who participate in traditional Medicare face a 24 percent pay cut on April 1, a situation dating to a 1990s initiative to restrain federal spending on the government healthcare program, which today serves nearly 50 million elderly and disabled people.
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Just a dozen Democrats, some of whom face tough re-election races in November, voted with Republicans to pass the bill, which the White House has threatened to veto.
Going into Florida, Democrats were in lockstep---they had decided not to utter a discouraging word about Obama/Care in deference to der leader---but. alas, the pre-approved "fixit" plan flopped bigtime.
Democrats are feeling the sting of the electorate----voters steaming from broken promises, the disastrous online rollout, hundreds of thousands of policy cancellations, sticker shock over coverage, ruinous deductibles, fleeing doctors, chaotic hospital networks, and Obama's self-serving changes and delays in the law to make himself look good.
As a candidate, Republican David Jolly was nearly abandoned by the Party some Washington Republicans described Jollys campaign as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district, outspent by his opponent as Democrats poured money into her campaign.
Jolly lit into Sink's position to "fix" the train wreck Obamacare.
A blockbuster Jolly campaign ad referenced lock-stepping Dems (who marched smartly to der leader's dictates and passed the law by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote).
Jolly's ad cautioned voters that the district needed a rep who will defend THEIR interests---not those of Obama.
On a wide variety of issues, the Executive branch has made clear that it’ll do as it pleases so.... I guess this is all for show on the part of our representatives.
“Look at us! We’re relevant!” (Except that they aren’t.)