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Democrats' ObamaCare Albatross
Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby

Posted on 03/28/2014 12:29:43 PM PDT by Kaslin

In September 2010, six months after signing the Affordable Care Act and just weeks before his party's massive losses in the midterm elections, President Obama wondered whether the law's unpopularity might be due to a communication failure on his part. "Sometimes I fault myself,"he told an audience in Virginia, "for not having been able to make the case more clearly to the country."

There was nothing wrong with the president's communication skills. The case he made for his sweeping health care overhaul was straightforward and appealing: It would make health insurance available to every American, especially the more than 40 million people who were uninsured. It would significantly reduce insurance premiums for individuals and families. It would guarantee that Americans who already had a health plan they liked, or a doctor they liked, would be free to keep them.

The case for ObamaCare was perfectly clear. But those claims rang false even before the law was passed. Nothing is left of them now — and another midterm election season is underway.

The Affordable Care Act turned 4 years old this week, as unpopular as ever. It has been underwater in hundreds of national polls, frequently by double-digit margins. Despite the elaborate and relentless marketing campaign the White House and its allies mounted in support of the law, Americans don't like it any better now than they did back when Democrats muscled it through Congress over unified Republican opposition.

By its proponents' own empirical benchmarks, ObamaCare has been a debacle. The rosy promises about no one being forced to change doctors or health plans have been ditched. So has the enticing prospect of $2,500 premium reductions for every family. Instead, the "Affordable" Care Act in most states is driving up underlying premiums, even doubling them in some parts of the country.

Voters rewarded the GOP for standing fast against the law four years ago, and there is a growing sense that they're going to do so again this fall. Obama has been warning Democrats for months that they are likely to"get clobbered" at the polls this November. It's not just widespread disapproval of the president's signature legislation that makes his party so vulnerable — it's the intensity of that disapproval. "The people who favor ObamaCare, which is a minority, aren't really that enthusiastic about it even if they favor it," says political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. "But the majority who oppose ObamaCare are much more charged up, and they're the people who tend to turn out" for midterm elections.

It had been widely assumed on both sides of the debate that as the Affordable Care Act was implemented, the law's frontloaded benefits and subsidies would quickly become such sacred cows that repealing the law would soon be a political impossibility.

So far it hasn't worked out that way. Most Americans haven't come around to accepting the massive law and its unprecedented mandates as a permanent feature on the landscape. Ardent liberals, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have been telling Democrats to run as unabashed defenders of ObamaCare,insisting "it's a winner" of an issue for them. But it proved a losing issue for Democrat Alex Sink, who was beaten in Forida's special congressional election this month by Republican David Jolly. ObamaCare was a key issue in the race, which pitted Jolly's "repeal and replace" message against Sink's "don't nix it, fix it" theme. The pro-repeal candidate won.

A single special election doesn't prove a GOP sweep is coming, but the outcome in Florida wasn't lost on Scott Brown, who knows better than most what it's like to win a special election on the strength of an anti-ObamaCare refrain. "A big political wave is about to break in America, and the ObamaCare Democrats are on the wrong side of that wave," Brown told a Republican crowd in Nashua three days after Sink's defeat. "If we don't like ObamaCare, we can get rid of it. Period."

That was probably overstating it. Politics is the art of the possible, and even with a slew of midterm pickups, it would be impossible for opponents of ObamaCare to "get rid of it — period." But there is nothing impossible about replacing the Democrats' unpopular monstrosity of a law with alternatives that expand freedom and competition in health insurance, rather than suppressing them. Four years of ObamaCare have shown what arrogance, deception, and top-down control can accomplish. No wonder voters want to see if Republicans can do better.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; democratcare; donkeycare; jackasscare; obamacare; scotus; zerocare

1 posted on 03/28/2014 12:29:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Sometimes I fault myself,"he told an audience in Virginia, "for not having been able to make the case more clearly to the country."

I guess this means "for not having a second ass to lie off."

2 posted on 03/28/2014 12:34:07 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Kaslin
I read today that an Associated Press poll taken about Obamacare found that only 26% of American's approved of Obamacare as it's being implemented. 74% are opposed to it.

Associated Press is typically known to run Democrat friendly polls with carefully worded questions designed to elicit democrat friendly responses.

I can only imagine the crap in Barry's pants today when this poll was brought to his attention.

It's no wonder Democrats here in Illinois are panicking.

I was "redistricted" two years ago out of my comfortable Republican district into a Chicago Democrat's district that literally snakes its way out to Will County. My "Congressman'" name is Dan Lipinski.

He is running against a Republican Woman / Conservative Candidate who's primary messages are that she'll be a guaranteed vote AGAINST Obamacare, and she'll be a guaranteed vote FOR tax-cuts.

her name is Sharon Brannigan from Palos Heights, IL

You can bet the farm I'm helping her campaign. Kick that stupid Democrat Mule outta Will County!

3 posted on 03/28/2014 12:41:33 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
Sharon Brannigan's website
4 posted on 03/28/2014 12:43:02 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Steely Tom

That’s liberalism in a nutshell.

Since liberal views and liberal laws are such wonderful policy, the liberals feel that no reasonable person could oppose their policies. In this case, no reasonable person could oppose Obamacare’s promise of health insurance for all.

So, according to liberal thinking, they just haven’t explained well enough how wonderful Obamacare is, to those who oppose it.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 12:44:20 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (as)
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To: Kaslin

Happy New Year America ...

Here is what happened on January 1st 2014:

Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate tax went from 0% to 55%

Remember this fact: if you have money, the democrats want it. These taxes were
all passed only with democrat votes, no republicans voted for these taxes.

And, these taxes were all passed under the affordable care act, aka “Obamacare.”


6 posted on 03/28/2014 12:49:07 PM PDT by Lexington Green (America has become one big re-education camp.)
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To: Kaslin
There was nothing wrong with the president's communication skills.

I don't call getting a lot of ignorant, mush brained liberal voters to eagerly embrace a pack of lies "communication skills".
He's not a good public speaker (poor actually) and he does not communicate well because he has no principled ideas to sell. Truthfully, he's not really very intelligent when it comes down to it. If he is, he has never demonstrated it.
I wish someone could explain how every drooling, stuttering Democrat is automatically a great orator?

The majority of people knew he was lying, they knew what this was, and they were against it. The congress knowingly, illegally and openly against the will of the people, passed an unconstitutional law with the intention of extending more despotic control over the people.

7 posted on 03/28/2014 1:01:29 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: usconservative
Rat ideology prevents them from repealing Obamacare.

As for the GOPE, they'll never willingly return the hefty political club that was given to them.

It isn't in the personal interests of members of either party to repeal Obamacare.

So, despite the tremendous dislocations and suffering by millions of Americans, Obamacare is here to stay.

But hey, all we need to do is vote every other year!!!!

8 posted on 03/28/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT by Jacquerie ( Article V.)
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To: Lexington Green

I’d be more inclined to not look at that sideways if you could provide a link or something.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 4:00:18 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Pardon me for making a slight correction to your final sentence:

The congress Democrats knowingly, illegally and openly against the will of the people, passed an unconstitutional law with the intention of extending more despotic control over the people.

10 posted on 03/28/2014 4:03:21 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: upchuck

I won’t disagree with your correction, but I continue to believe that Mitch and the RINOs had the capability to stop the bill, albeit with repercussions, in committee.

I believe there was passive complicity of the GOPe because they wanted the bill to pass, but to be able to cast votes against it for denial-ability.

Notice that the GOPe is refusing to run against OC even now.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 4:10:47 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Kaslin

the piece is a restatement of numerous restatements of restatements.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Kaslin

the piece is a restatement of numerous restatements of restatements.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 4:15:32 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Kaslin
Republicans had one of their own:



14 posted on 03/28/2014 7:13:14 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: bert

Yup; nothing new under the sun.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 7:14:16 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: All
Q. Why all those O/Care delays and the recent enrolloment extension?

A. Because Sibelius is aiding and abetting Obama to wire-transfer all those tax dollars billions.

And remember, taxpayers....once in the hands of the Dummycrat criminal hordes, the tax billions are untraceable.

================================================

ACA SEC. 4002. PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND.

(a) PURPOSE. It is the purpose of this section to establish a Prevention and Public Health Fund (referred to in this section as the ‘‘Fund’’), to be administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, to provide for expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health programs to improve health and help restrain the rate of growth in private and public sector health care costs.

(b) FUNDING.—There are hereby authorized to be appropriated, and appropriated, to the Fund, out of any monies in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated—

(1) for fiscal year 2010, $500,000,000;
(2) for fiscal year 2011, $750,000,000;
(3) for fiscal year 2012, $1,000,000,000;
(4) for fiscal year 2013, $1,250,000,000;
(5) for fiscal year 2014, $1,500,000,000; and
(6) for fiscal year 2015, and each fiscal year thereafter, $2,000,000,000.

(c) USE OF FUND.—The Secretary shall transfer amounts in the Fund to accounts within the Department of Health and Human Services to increase funding, over the fiscal year 2008 level, for programs authorized by the Public Health Service Act, for prevention, wellness, and public health activities including prevention research and health screenings, such as the Community Transformation grant program, the Education and Outreach Campaign for Preventive Benefits, and immunization programs.

(d) TRANSFER AUTHORITY.—The Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives may provide for the transfer of funds in the Fund to eligible activities under this section, subject to subsection (c).

=========================================

SURPRISE TAXPAYERS: The Untraceable $8 Billion ObamaCare PR Budget---truly govt fraud at its finest.

Egged on by Pelosi, no one in Congress told Americans about Section 4002---which mandates an $8B untraceable fund to "promote" Obamacare (apparently b/c Boobamba had so little confidence in his signature legislation).

In 2010 Taxpayers are extorted $500 million, in 2011, $750 million, 2012, $1 billion, 2013, $1.25 billion, 2014, $1.5 billion and in 2015 and on, $2 billion........

Lock-stepping Democrats voted to nationalize 1/6 of the US economy ---- which turns out to be a renewable slush fund for consolidating Dummycrat power.

16 posted on 03/29/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by Liz
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LET'S STROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE As far back as 2008, at the presidential debate in Nashville, Democrat candidate Obama advanced his signature plan that was ultimately enacted (by an historic straight Democrat party-line vote) into the "Affordable Care Act :

QUOTING OBAMA: "No. 1, let me just repeat, if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it. All I’m going to do is help you to lower the premiums on it. You’ll still have choice of doctor.”

Repeated over and over ---- with the promise that every American would be saving $2500.00 on healthcare costs.

LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY NOT SEEN SINCE 1930-40's ERA EUROPE:

SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe — and we stand by this — if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/29/09)

SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like — existing policies — you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

THEN-REP. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-Wis.): “Under the bill, if you like the insurance you have now, you may keep it and it will improve.” (Rep. Baldwin, Press Release, 3/18/10)

SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-Alaska): “If you got a doctor now, you got a medical professional you want, you get to keep that. If you have an insurance program or a health care policy you want of ideas, make sure you keep it. That you can keep who you want.” (Sen. Begich, Townhall Event, 7/27/09)

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-Colo.): “We should begin with a basic principle: if you have coverage and you like it, you can keep it. If you have your doctor, and you like him or her, you should be able to keep them as well. We will not take that choice away from you.” (Sen. Bennet, Press Release, 6/11/09)

SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.): “So we Democrats want people to be able to keep the health care they have. And the answer to that is choice of plans. And in the exchange, we’re going to have lots of different plans, and people will be able to keep the health care coverage they need and they want.” (Sen. Boxer, Press Release, 2/8/11)

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D-Ohio): “Our Democrat bill says if you have health insurance and you like it, you can keep it…”(Sen. Brown, Congressional Record, S.12612, 12/7/09)

SEN. BEN CARDIN (D-Md.): “For the people of Maryland, this bill will provide a rational way in which they can maintain their existing coverage…” (Sen. Cardin, Congressional Record, S.13798, 12/23/09)

SEN. BOB CASEY (D-Pa.): “I also believe this Democrat legislation and the bill we are going to send to President Obama this fall will also have secure choices. If you like what you have, you like the plan you have, you can keep it. It is not going to change.” (Sen. Casey, Congressional Record, S.8070, 7/24/09)

SEN. KAY HAGAN (D-N.C.): ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-La.): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-Vt.): “[I]f you like the insurance you now have, keep the insurance you have.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 10/22/09)

SEN. BOB MENENDEZ (D-N.J.): “If you like what you have, you get to keep it” “Menendez is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to release a bill later this week. He stressed that consumers who are satisfied with their plans won’t have to change. ‘If you like what you have, you get to keep it,’ he said.” (“Health Care Plan Would Help N.J., Menendez Says,” The Record, 6/19/09)

SEN. JEFF MERKLEY (D-Oreg.): “[E]nsuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it” “The HELP Committee bill sets forward a historic Democrat plan that will, for the first time in American history, give every American access to affordable health coverage, reduce costs, and increase choice, while ensuring that those who like their insurance get to keep it.” (Sen. Merkley, Press Release, 7/15/09)

SEN. BARBARA MIKULSKI (D-Md.): “It means that if you like the insurance you have now, you can keep it.” (Sen. Mikulski, Press Release, 12/24/09)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-W.Va.): “I want people to know, the President’s promise that if you like the coverage you have today you can keep it is a pledge we intend to keep.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 9/23/09)

SEN. JACK REED (D-R.I.): “If you like the insurance you have, you can choose to keep it.” (Sen. Reed, Town Hall Event, 6/25/09)

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.): “‘If you have coverage you like, you can keep it,’ says Sen. Sanders.” (“Sick And Wrong,” Rolling Stone, 4/5/10)

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-N.H.): ‘if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it’ “My understanding … is that … if you have health coverage that you like you can keep it. As I said, you may have missed my remarks at the beginning of the call, but one of the things I that I said as a requirement that I have for supporting a Democrat bill is that if you have health coverage that you like you should be able to keep that. …under every scenario that I’ve seen, if you have health coverage that you like, you get to keep it.” (Sen. Shaheen, “Health Care Questions From Across New Hampshire,” Accessed 11/13/13)

SEN. DEBBIE STABENOW (D-Mich.): “As someone who has a large number of large employers in my state, one of the things I appreciate about the Democrat chairman’s remark is — is the grandfathering provisions, the fact that the people in my state, 60 percent of whom have insurance, are going to be able to keep it. And Mr. Chairman, I appreciate that. That’s a strong commitment. It’s clear in the bill … I appreciate the strong commitment on your part and the president to make sure that if you have your insurance you can keep it. That’s the bottom line for me.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

SEN. JON TESTER (D-Mont.): “‘If you like your coverage, you’ll be able to keep it,’ Tester said, adding that if Medicare changes, it will only become stronger”. (“Tester In Baker To Discuss Health Care,” The Fallon County Times, 11/20/09)

SEN. TOM UDALL (D-N.Mex.): “Some worried reform would alter their current coverage. It won’t. If you like your current plan, you can keep it.” (“What I Learned: About Health Care Reform This Summer, By Your Lawmakers In Congress,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/8/09)

SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-R.I.): “..it honors President Obama’s programs and the promise of all of the Presidential candidates that if you like the plan you have, you get to keep it. You are not forced out of anything.” (Sen. Whitehouse, Congressional Record, S.8668, 8/3/09)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) the 60th vote on Obamacare: "people who are happy with their current plan, wouldn't need to change it."

FRANKEN YOUTUBE SOUND BITE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCZmAYYNz8I

17 posted on 03/29/2014 11:17:28 AM PDT by Liz
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To: All
SIGNING "THE BIG EFFIN' DEAL" (now known as "The Big Effin' Debacle")

"Those Democrats leering over my shoulder owe me bigtime.
The healthcare bill insures we get a permanent Democratic majority."

" All except those Tea Party types, swallowed hook, line and sinker my promises that they could:

(1) keep their existing health plans,
(2) keep their own doctors that they like,
(3) keep their 25-year-olds on the family health plan,
(4) never be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition,
(5) sign up instantly on my tech-savvy government Web site,
(6) buy insurance only after becoming seriously ill."
(7) save $2,500 in annual premiums in the bargain....
(8) All without any new taxes."

"Them sonovagun Tea Partiers will rue the day they criticized my wonderful bill."

18 posted on 03/29/2014 11:21:45 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Lexington Green; All

Just imagine where we’d be if all those numbers
were reversed.

Top Income tax bracket went from 39.68% to 35%
Top Income payroll tax went from 52.2% to 37.4%
Capital Gains tax went from 28% to 15%
Dividends tax went from 39.6% to 15%
Estate tax went from 55% to 0%.

Wowie!


19 posted on 03/29/2014 11:27:37 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“So, according to liberal thinking, they just haven’t explained well enough how wonderful Obamacare is, to those who oppose it.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Yeah, that’s the ticket, it’s like, you know, the way that people are happy to eat cow patties once you explain to them that it is really French Silk pie.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 1:59:23 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: ChildOfThe60s

“I wish someone could explain how every drooling, stuttering Democrat is automatically a great orator?”
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It’s very simple, you know how Hillary Clinton is the world’s smartest woman but Sarah Palin is an idiot? What, you say you never noticed that? Amazing, simply amazing. Let me try again, you know how Joe Biden can act like this,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2mzbuRgnI4 and it is forgotten but when Dan Quayle reads something as it is printed on the card handed to him he is the world’s biggest idiot? You say you never realized Quayle was an idiot either? Amazing, simply amazing.

Warning, this post may contain elements of something commonly referred to as sarcasm.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 2:08:41 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: usconservative
I can only imagine the.....

Eeeeee-yew...!

22 posted on 03/29/2014 2:15:00 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: usconservative
I read today that an Associated Press poll taken about Obamacare found that only 26% of American's approved of Obamacare as it's being implemented. 74% are opposed to it.

Thus Valerie Jarret's trip to Hollywood to get Obamacare glowingly praised in movies and TV show.

Remake of Die Hard..."Sorry Han, you should have enrolled in Obamacare."...

Patton...All right goddamit! Before we invade Sicily I want all you sonsabitches enrolled inObamacare.

Star Wars....These aren't the policies you are looking for, these policies are illegal. You need to enroll in Obamacare or it's the Alderaan plan for you.

23 posted on 03/29/2014 2:44:17 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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