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House GOP quietly passes bill to expand coverage choices under ObamaCare
Hotair ^ | 04/07/2014 | AllahPundit

Posted on 04/07/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Well, they tried to do it quietly. It didn’t work out.

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Originally, O-Care placed caps on deductibles in plans offered by small businesses, which meant less flexibility for employers in what they could offer their workers. That’s bad news for young and healthy employees who don’t visit the doctor much and would have preferred a plan with low premiums and a higher deductible. It’s also bad news for people who use health savings accounts to make high deductibles more affordable. So, last week, the House leadership agreed to insert a provision in the “doc fix” bill (the one that “passed” via a rigged, bogus voice vote) to eliminate the cap. Business wanted it, Democrats wanted it, the Republican leadership wanted it — but did the House GOP rank and file want it?

Because the vote was so opaque and tainted, we’ll never know.

“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal…

It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate…

Asked if the legislation strengthened the law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “I would hope so. I believe that” it does. He added, “So there are changes being made. But the Republicans have to get over if they hate ‘Obamacare’ and are going to repeal it,” he added.

Rory Cooper, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, “This is another in a series of changes to Obamacare that the House has supported to help save Americans from being harmed by the law, and we’re glad to see the President signed it into law.” Cantor was involved in negotiations on the legislation, which were overseen by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Reid.

Lifting the cap is the first time the GOP’s cooperated with Democrats to make it easier for people to get coverage under O-Care. Which raises anew a question the party will be wrestling with until January 2017 (at least): If repeal is momentarily impossible, should Republicans work to improve the law to lighten the burden on Americans (“bide your time”) or should they demand that O-Care be implemented exactly as it was passed so that Americans can render a fully informed verdict on Democratic-led health care (“let it burn”)? Here’s Joel Pollak on the bide-your-time approach in October of last year, after the shutdown:

The problem is that a member of Congress has to face his or her constituents and explain what he or she is doing to help them–not in 2017, when the only realistic possibility for repealing Obamacare will arise, but today. It would be unacceptable for Rubio or Cruz to tell their constituents that the voters have to be taught a lesson. So they have to take some kind of action to “fix” Obamacare, while still pressing for its repeal.

And here’s DrewM in the “let it burn” camp, writing today about the GOP’s new O-Care fix:

The whole idea behind not “fixing” ObamaCare is that in order to do the heavy lifting of repealing it you need as many people angry about it as possible. If you start pealing off repeal supporters, you’re helping eliminate pressure to actually repeal the damn thing. But let’s be honest, “repeal” is just some BS Republicans tell people to win their votes. When push comes to shove, they will tinker with it and call it a day.

The risk in the “bide your time” approach is that the more comfortable you make O-Care for Americans, the harder it is to get people excited about repeal later. The risk in “let it burn” is that the more obstructionist you are, the easier you make it for Democrats to convince people that O-Care would be working just fine if not for Republicans blocking the necessary repairs. Which strategy is better? Back in October, defending the “defund” effort that led to the shutdown, Ted Cruz rejected the “let it burn” crowd’s proposal to get out of the way and let ObamaCare take effect in full, knowing that Republicans would only benefit from the backlash. “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it, what a terrible cynical approach,” said Cruz. “I’m not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed.” Here we are six months later and the law’s a political reality. Does that principle — ease the people’s suffering as much as you can — still hold or has the urgency to stop the law now that it’s taken root changed such that the GOP should oppose stabilizing “improvements” at all cost?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: agitprop; alreadyposted; congress; gop; obamacare

1 posted on 04/07/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

As one poster on the site said:

Let’s be honest, “repeal” is just some BS Republicans tell people to win their votes. When push comes to shove, they will tinker with it and call it a day.


2 posted on 04/07/2014 9:08:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, by all means.

Help bail Obama out.

/s


3 posted on 04/07/2014 9:10:58 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: SeekAndFind

4 posted on 04/07/2014 9:10:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: SeekAndFind

People willing to vote GOP “No Matter What” get exactly the ‘lesser evil” they vote for.

But it isn’t really lesser anything. Eventually they will be forced to admit it.


5 posted on 04/07/2014 9:12:26 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sadly I have no confidence that the GOP will repeal O’Care or in any way reduce the size of govt. When they regain the senate I will be suprised if anything changes.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 9:19:23 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

GOP = THE STUPID PARTY

Yes RINOs, by all means pass “pain medicine” legislation to lessen the pain so that the underlying cancer (Obamacare) that is eating away at the core of American can grow, metastasize and destroy more and more of America.


7 posted on 04/07/2014 9:20:54 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SeekAndFind

I refuse to participate. I refuse to pay the fine. I refuse to have health insurance.

If I am to be marched off to a Gulag, so be it, because this is most definitely a USSR thing, and not a USA constitution thing.

You can’t just let the fascists and socialists keep pushing and you keep backing up. You gotta draw the line somewhere. This is mine.


8 posted on 04/07/2014 9:21:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Norm Lenhart

People willing to vote GOP “No Matter What” get exactly the ‘lesser evil” they vote for.

But it isn’t really lesser anything. Eventually they will be forced to admit it.


They exposed who they are when they countolled the congress and the executive branch. That is when I abandoned them, due to their actions.


9 posted on 04/07/2014 9:22:25 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Sadly I have no confidence that the GOP will repeal O’Care or in any way reduce the size of govt.

Look at their responce to corruption and abuse of power in the following cases:

  1. Fast & Furious; state-sponsored terrorism, and the easiest case of Treason to convict on in the last 70 years.
  2. NSA Domestic Spying; egregious violation of the 4th Amendment (and possibly 6th).
  3. IRS Political Targeting.
Given the above, and the perfectly reasonable questioning [of] continuing funding for involved agencies, and the absolute lack of motivation on actual consequences…
There is absolutely no evidence that the GOP would reduce the size of government in any case, no matter the level of abuse an agency is involved in.

When they regain the senate I will be surprised if anything changes.

I fear that it will only confirm to them that their all talk, no action strategy is effective in gaining votes/power.
In that sense it could very will be a bad thing, ultimately, if they were to win in these midterm elections.

10 posted on 04/07/2014 9:29:26 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But come election time the refrain from the conservative faithful will be ‘lesser of two evils’...


11 posted on 04/07/2014 9:31:02 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: SeekAndFind

Take over the GOP? A foolish waste of effort.

Why do people still beg to operate within the GOP when they will thwart you in every way.

Forget the GOP!

We need a second party.


12 posted on 04/07/2014 9:36:11 AM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Fight for what's right. Forget them.)
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To: Ray76

This sneaky GOP enablement of Obamacare is just one more bullet to the head for Uncle Sam.


13 posted on 04/07/2014 9:38:50 AM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Fight for what's right. Forget them.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
When they regain the senate I will be suprised if anything changes.

Sadly other than changing the sign on McConnell's door from Minority Leader to Majority Leader I fear you're right.

14 posted on 04/07/2014 9:39:49 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: OneWingedShark

All you have to do is look at how many republicans voted for the NDAA, The Food Safety Act and the Service Act. All big govt power grabs that allow the govt to control every aspect of our lives. The GOP is just as intersted in power s the Dems are.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 9:40:08 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Anyone who thinks the Republican Party has ever had any interest in shrinking government obviously wasn’t paying attention from 2001 through 2006.


16 posted on 04/07/2014 9:42:18 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The GOP believes in ‘market-friendly” Obamacare.

Romney forced everyone into health insurance so the insurance companies would have more customers and money, then pass the money onto the hospitals that were being burdened by uninsured patients.

Obamacare does the same thing Romney did with more progressive bells and whistles about abortion and birth control and so on......


17 posted on 04/07/2014 10:14:11 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: SeekAndFind

...is there any reason to vote this fall?

All the choices are the same...


18 posted on 04/07/2014 3:06:11 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: SeekAndFind

Why did the idiots do this. Clearly as been seen, Obama has ignored the law, subverted the law, waived the law, & delayed the law -all this for political expedience. In essence, the written law is simply premise for Obama rule, a law only contained in Obama’s mind. How can such a law be amended?


19 posted on 04/07/2014 4:00:07 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

If the gop regains the senate I predict they’ll lose both the house and the senate in 2016 and will not win the white house. It only takes the republicans two years to make people hate them.


20 posted on 04/07/2014 4:54:40 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: cuban leaf

I am afraid it is going to take someone like you who is willing to tell them to GFY and take it all the way to the USSC when they come after you and hopefully we’ll have 5 judges at that point that agree this has got to stop.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 12:51:18 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: cableguymn

I am afraid it is going to take someone like you who is willing to tell them to GFY and take it all the way to the USSC when they come after you and hopefully we’ll have 5 judges at that point that agree this has got to stop.


But how do they come after me? What would be the claim against me? That is the problem they have, and I wish more of us realized it. They really have no power over most of us. We only think they do. I have no business that can deny them service. I don’t talk about it at work.

So what crime would I be guilty of that they could even attempt to sue over? And that is their frustration point. They know that I have a right to say what I do if they have, in fact, engaged in discussion with me. One was a barrista at Starbucks in downtown Seattle and, after he made the drink I said, never mind, and walked out.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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