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Obama: No Fixes to Obamacare Until GOP has ‘Change in Attitude’
PJ Media ^ | April 17, 2014 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 04/17/2014 5:08:11 PM PDT by jazusamo

President Obama stepped out at the White House daily briefing today to again berate Republicans for challenging Obamacare — in what appeared to be an attempt to get politicians to stop talking about the law’s negative effects before midterm elections.

Obama announced “as more data comes in, we now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people.”

“Before this law added new transparency and competition to the individual market, folks who’ve bought insurance on their own regularly saw double-digit increases in their premiums. That was the norm. And while we suspect that premiums will keep rising, as they have for decades, we also know that, since the law took effect, health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years,” he said.

“…And this thing is working. I’ve said before, this law won’t solve all the problems in our healthcare system. We know we’ve got more work to do. But we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more, which is why, as I’ve said before, I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been.”

Republicans, he charged, “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working. They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that. They were wrong to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who’d be denied coverage again or every woman who’d be charged more for just being a woman again.”

“I know every American isn’t going to agree with this law, but I think we can agree that it’s well past time to move on as a country and refocus our energy on the issues that the American people are most concerned about, and that continues to be the economy, because these endless, fruitless repeal efforts come at a cost.”

Instead of taking dozens of votes to repeal, replace or otherwise fix Obamacare, Obama said, lawmakers could have taken votes “to create jobs by investing in things like infrastructure or innovation, or 50 votes to make it easier for middle-class families to send their kids to college, or 50 votes to raise the minimum wage or restore unemployment insurance that they let expire for folks working hard to find a new job.”

“The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over,” he added. “The Affordable Care Act is working. And I know the American people don’t want us spending the next two-and-a-half years re-fighting the settled political battles of the last five years. They sent us here to repair our economy, to rebuild our middle class, and to restore our founding promise of opportunity, not just for a few, but for all. And as president, that’s exactly what I intend to keep doing as long as I’m in this office.”

On House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) charge that Obama is without cause attacking the GOP on immigration reform, the president slightly smirked and said he “actually had a very pleasant conversation with Mr. Cantor yesterday.”

“I wished him happy Passover. And what I said to him privately is something that I would share with him — that I’ve said publicly, which is, there is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama added. “…I know there are Republicans in the House, as there are Republicans in the Senate, who know this is the right thing to do. I also know it’s hard politics for Republicans, because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this.”

Obama said any changes in Obamacare, such as those sought by the business community, would “require a change in attitude on the part of the Republicans.”

“The challenge we have is, is that if you have certain members in the Republican Party whose view is making it work better is a concession to me, then it’s hard in that environment to actually get it done,” he said. “And I recognize that their party is going through, you know, the stages of grief, right? Anger and denial and all that stuff. And we’re not at acceptance yet.”

Obama said he doesn’t predict his hoped-for GOP attitude adjustment until after November elections, “because it seems as if this is the primary agenda item in the Republican political platform.”

“And if the Republicans want to spend the entire next six months or a year talking about repealing a bill that provides millions of people health insurance without providing any meaningful alternative, instead of wanting to talk about jobs and the economic situation of families all across the country, that’s their prerogative. At some point, I think they’ll make the transition. That’s my hope, anyway.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), one of the GOP doctors in Congress, said that while Obama “repeatedly pats himself on the back over the number of people that were forced to sign up for his insurance scheme, millions of Americans are experiencing real and significant repercussions.”

“The President has now taken to mocking those that point out the negative consequences. The impacts are very real,” Barrasso said in a statement. “It’s clear that the President remains totally focused on coverage instead of care. He is either ignoring reports from across the country—or he isn’t hearing them. Either way, he is out of touch with Americans who have lost their doctor, had their insurance cancelled and watched their premiums spike all because of this failing law.”

“This isn’t a political fight, as the president is fond of repeating. His latest victory lap is a hollow one for the millions of Americans that have suffered as a result of his policy.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: liar; obama; obamacare; obamalies
The adolescent in the WH should get rid of his bong.
1 posted on 04/17/2014 5:08:11 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Maybe he will OD on Edibles.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 5:09:07 PM PDT by funfan
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To: jazusamo

I’m hoping the Republicans have an even more anti-RAT attitude after the elections.

Some Tea Party victories against RINOs and then in the general election should embolden the pubbies some.


3 posted on 04/17/2014 5:11:14 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: jazusamo

The problem is if and when we do take the senate with the house they will be kind to this POS and treat him like they treated clinton the sodomite


4 posted on 04/17/2014 5:11:25 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: jazusamo

we need all 3 houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 04/17/2014 5:11:25 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: jazusamo

Sounds like the boy thinks Republicans need an attitude adjustment. Pretty bold talk for a Kenyan.


6 posted on 04/17/2014 5:11:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: jazusamo

Three more years. *sigh*


7 posted on 04/17/2014 5:11:53 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: jazusamo

FUBO^googol


8 posted on 04/17/2014 5:13:41 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo

Will they be receiving threats from the IRS or some other Fedgov agency until they get their heads right?


9 posted on 04/17/2014 5:16:01 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: jazusamo

Oh how I hate despise this liar. So punish the American people to score points against his political opponents, and too stupid to realise he’s admitting exactly that. And lie like a rug-”increase competition”?! He’s destroyed health care in this country! God why doesn’t lightning strike this evil liar!


10 posted on 04/17/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: skeeter

We have 33 more months of this guy, not 3 more years. I am counting the days until January 2017.


11 posted on 04/17/2014 5:19:47 PM PDT by forgotten man
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

12 posted on 04/17/2014 5:20:31 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: skeeter

I really just have to shut it all out for long periods, all the unbelievable crud happening in this country, or I’ll go insane from rage and anxiety, and disgust.


13 posted on 04/17/2014 5:20:32 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo

Barak Obama: What we have here is a failure to communicate.
Republicans need to get their minds right.
A few months of using a sling blade along side some
rural highway would do them a lot of good.


14 posted on 04/17/2014 5:20:59 PM 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: forgotten man

Next is Hillary....


15 posted on 04/17/2014 5:21:17 PM PDT by kabar
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To: jazusamo
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), one of the GOP doctors in Congress, said that while Obama “repeatedly pats himself on the back over the number of people that were forced to sign up for his insurance scheme, millions of Americans are experiencing real and significant repercussions.”

“The President has now taken to mocking those that point out the negative consequences. The impacts are very real,” Barrasso said in a statement.

Barrasso is one of the good guys. Low key, but good.

16 posted on 04/17/2014 5:22:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: mrsmel
God why doesn’t lightning strike this evil liar!

Oh my gee shame on me I read that as

Why doesn’t God lightning strike this evil liar!

17 posted on 04/17/2014 5:24:21 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Amen to that.


18 posted on 04/17/2014 5:25:33 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: Westbrook
“The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over,” he added.

Sounds to me like the Lying Man Child is scared.

19 posted on 04/17/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
But what are they doing? I know it's wrong of me to be so cynical, but I just can't believe that people who aren't affected by the worst of CommieCare, like exempt Congressmen, are going to put their own butts on the line to get it off our backs.
20 posted on 04/17/2014 5:27:26 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Pretty bold talk for a Democrat that is about to see his party wiped out in the next election and his hubris is the cause.


21 posted on 04/17/2014 5:30:20 PM PDT by A message
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To: jazusamo

He’s right .... It’s time to move on,,,,,

To impeachment.....


22 posted on 04/17/2014 5:33:26 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I recognize that their party is going through, you know, the stages of grief, right? Anger and denial and all that stuff. And we’re not at acceptance yet.”

Heh. Lots of projection going on there, Bambi. You know the public hates your death panel law, the Republicans hate it, and you had it get by SCOTUS by one vote....and as a tax. In other words, it is RIPE for repeal.

Suck on that a while....and get used to the idea that your "signature law"'s days are numbered.

Mene Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.

23 posted on 04/17/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: jazusamo

health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years,”

THAT IS A LIE!!!!

Mine has increased astronomicly...over 30% in premiums in addition to higher copays and deductibles.

And I am NOT alone.


24 posted on 04/17/2014 5:38:50 PM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

> “The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over,” he added.

Hey, 0bumble commie-boy, Kim Jong Un wannabe, the debate ain’t over until WE THE PEOPLE say it’s over!

Get it?

Didn’t think so.


25 posted on 04/17/2014 5:39:46 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I bet he’s feeling his usual, petty vengeful self after the cold reception he got at that community college in Pennsylvania. He’s a petty small vengeful little person that way-he’ll take his anger out on the whole country because he’s personally offended. I know I’m no genius, not by a long shot, and I could see all this in him when he ran the first time for national office, why are so many people still blind after everything he’s done and said? How can they not see that this man is all about his own petty spite and vengeance, and would destroy the country just on that basis, even if his puppet masters weren’t devoted to doing so because they’re evil Alinskyites?

Is this the beginning of that strong delusion which is going to descend on the whole world?


26 posted on 04/17/2014 5:41:35 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: forgotten man
Unfortunately....I'm thinking we are going to be disappointed.

Dole, McCain and Mitt come to mind.............

27 posted on 04/17/2014 5:42:39 PM PDT 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: jazusamo

This is NOT going to be repealed, and Obama and the Dems all know it.


28 posted on 04/17/2014 5:43:30 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: mrsmel
It may have already...







would it fry his borg circuitry??
29 posted on 04/17/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Adder

You bet it’s a lie and millions know it.


30 posted on 04/17/2014 5:52:17 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: Popman

“He’s right .... It’s time to move on,,,,,

To impeachment.....”
********************************************************************

Well, the road to impeachment leads through the 2014 primary and general elections. We need MORE Tea Party conservatives in the House to reinforce those already there and we need fewer RINOs with a change in House leadership.

We also need more conservative Tea Party Senators to reinforce Ted Cruz. In the Senate we want to have Republicans in the majority and we want the majority of Republican Senators to be conservative or allied with conservatives so we can have more conservative leadership.

In both the House and the Senate the Republicans as a whole need to get a backbone and lose their timidity.


31 posted on 04/17/2014 5:52:20 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: jazusamo

“Ear!!!”


32 posted on 04/17/2014 5:55:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: jazusamo

Everything he says is a lie.


33 posted on 04/17/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: House Atreides
Move on...like they do when the people have actually directly voted, in referundums, opposing sodomite unions, and instead of "moving on", they judge-shop until they get the direct will of the people overturned. Then it's "over", just like CommieCare, which they shoved down our throats, even the regular people who are Democrat voters opposed it.
34 posted on 04/17/2014 6:13:37 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo

Bump


35 posted on 04/17/2014 6:15:49 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: jazusamo

Bump


36 posted on 04/17/2014 6:16:50 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: mrsmel

The Senate cannot do much. The House has shown eagerness to do away with the Death Panel Law several times.... Which is why Obama is so angry....He knows America hates it.

The beautiful scenario would be a veto proof House and Senate gutting the law... but unless that happens, we try to mitigate the bad effects while still resisting the actual statute.


37 posted on 04/17/2014 6:26:46 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Artcore

It can easily be dismantled w one vote IF the GOP wins the senate.

How? Easy. Attach a sunset to the risk corridors to a debt ceiling increase and send it to the White House. Obama cannot veto a debt ceiling increase. The public hates the bailout, and without the slush fund the insurers will flee the exchanges.

But we MUST have the senate to do this


38 posted on 04/17/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: jazusamo


39 posted on 04/17/2014 6:32:01 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: mwl8787
Currently, there is no debt ceiling. At all. Thank the Senate Republican Leadership. John Cornyn comes to mind.

/johnny

40 posted on 04/17/2014 6:37:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mrsmel
God why doesn’t lightning strike this evil liar!

Even if He did, we are still stuck with the tens of millions of imbeciles, freeloaders, socialists, and leftists who would immediately elect another one just like him: Elizabeth Warren (unbelievably) is on deck.

41 posted on 04/17/2014 7:43:33 PM PDT by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: jazusamo

Oh yeah? We ain’t da ones with the bad attitude, dude!!!


42 posted on 04/17/2014 7:51:01 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Due to rapidly increasing cost of ammo, there will be no warning shots!!!)
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To: jazusamo

FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States
http://www.theonion.com/articles/fbi-uncovers-alqaeda-plot-to-just-sit-back-and-enj,35788/


43 posted on 04/17/2014 8:09:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: jazusamo

BHO - the professional blame shifter.


44 posted on 04/17/2014 8:48:35 PM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: jazusamo

45 posted on 04/17/2014 8:52:10 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: jazusamo
"Before this law added new transparency and competition to the individual market, folks who’ve bought insurance on their own regularly saw double-digit increases in their premiums. That was the norm.

They're over 100% now.
46 posted on 04/17/2014 11:02:26 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: jazusamo
"we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit."

He must be expecting a pretty big windfall on the estate taxes he collects from all the American citizens he kills with obamacare.
47 posted on 04/17/2014 11:06:42 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: jazusamo
Obama: No Fixes to Obamacare Until GOP has ‘Change in Attitude’

What's there to fix?
Didn't Omoron just repeat for the umpteenth time that Obamacare is fixed, working wonderfully and the debate is over?

WTF?
How can he win the future if he can't even string two coherent sentences together?

The dam thing is perfect; people love it, BLAH Blah Blah...

48 posted on 04/18/2014 3:03:21 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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