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Home folk tell Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Donít mess with Obamacare [WA]
The Seattle PI ^ | March 26, 2015 | Joel Connelly

Posted on 03/26/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT by steve86

She was asking for horror stories about health care, but Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers, R-Wash., instead found her Facebook page filled with testimonials to the Affordable Care Act.

A member of the House Republican leadership, McMorris Rodgers wanted a replenishment of anecdotes like stories of questionable accuracy she told when giving the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

“This week marks the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law,” wrote McMorris Rodgers.

“Whether it’s turning your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer had reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it. Please share your story with me so I can better understand the challenge you’re facing.”

A lot of folks shared stories. They were of a kind CMR didn’t want to hear — and is largely insulated from hearing on trips home to by-invitation “Coffees with Cathy” in her Eastern Washington district.

What did she hear? A sampling from McMorris Rodgers’ Facebook page:

–”I work for Cancer Care Northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I’m a diehard conservative and I’m asking you to just stop slamming Obamacare.”

–”My daughter is fighting for her life with Stage 3 breast cancer. We are about to enter a second go-round of diagnostic procedures and possibly more treatment after two full years of treatment. So yah, the Affordable Care Act is more than helping. I resent that our rep thinks the only problems involve her personal story.”

–”Obamacare saved us when my husband was unemployed and we couldn’t afford coverage. We might have been ruined without it. My husband could not have had eye surgery needed after an accident.”

–”"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, my cousin was able to get affordable insurance despite her preexisting condition. So grateful.”

–”And now my granddaughter, diagnosed with MS at age 22, can have insurance. What do you plan to do with her?”

–”My story is that I once knew seven people who couldn’t get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides — and they pay less for them. Now, that’s not the kind of story you want to hear.”

–”I work as a facilitator of a task force that is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington state. I have learned that the ACA is helping people who did not previously have health insurance to get it. It is helping bring down costs. It is improving the quality of care.”

The sun will rise in the West before McMorris Rodgers includes any of these personal stories in her boilerplate rhetoric denouncing the Affordable Care Act.

Press releases from McMorris Rodgers’ office speak — uniformly — about how each of her actions help the people of Eastern Washington.

Yet, the congresswoman represents a district with higher-than-national average unemployment, a greater percentage of people receiving food stamps, and income levels lower than the national average.

She votes and argues the party line, however, and has what pundits describe as a “safe” seat. She is considered a comer in Congress.

On Thursday, however, there was a rare show of defiance from those Eastern Washington constituents.

Categories: Affordable Care Act , congress , Obama , Obamacare , Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: abortion; astroturf; deathpanels; mcmorrisrodgers; obamacare; trolls; washington; zerocare
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Not saying I agree with this or not but Ted Cruz will encounter more of these kinds of stories than he seems to be anticipating.
1 posted on 03/26/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT by steve86
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To: zeestephen

PING!!!


2 posted on 03/26/2015 8:15:13 PM PDT by steve86 (Prophecies of Maelmhaedhoc O’Morgair (Latin form: Malachy))
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To: steve86

Folk = shills.


3 posted on 03/26/2015 8:16:23 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: steve86

Organized shills.


4 posted on 03/26/2015 8:17:32 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: steve86
And now my granddaughter, diagnosed with MS at age 22, can have insurance. What do you plan to do with her?”

Yeah, she will have insurance under Obamcare, but I bet it won't cover the cost of meds. I know they can run about $10,000 a month and even more.

5 posted on 03/26/2015 8:23:44 PM PDT by TheCipher (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Mark Twain)
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To: steve86

I hate to hear this. McMorris Rodgers is one of very few Republicans we have in Congress from Wash. State. I wouldn’t have expected 0bamacare fans from the eastern side of the state.


6 posted on 03/26/2015 8:24:43 PM PDT by beelzepug (You can't fix a broken washing machine by washing more expensive clothes in it.)
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To: steve86

How many of these stories are pure astroturf? Liberals are scum.


7 posted on 03/26/2015 8:27:10 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: steve86

WA and DC people too will always find a way to promote more liberalism.


8 posted on 03/26/2015 8:28:16 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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Willing to bet most of them weren't even from WA. There is no great love for Obamacare, they just need to do the right thing for a change.
9 posted on 03/26/2015 8:28:32 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: steve86

No federal entitlement program ever ends.

Obamacare Is so expensive it may be the exception. But I wouldn’t bet on that.


10 posted on 03/26/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: Major Matt Mason

If they are from WA, they most likely live in the commie corridor between Seattle and Olympia.


11 posted on 03/26/2015 8:31:04 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: steve86

It appears that when my Father told me nearly 50 Years ago that “nobody owes you a living”. he had not anticipated that America, the Country he fought to protect and defend in WWII would become a Marxist Miracle.

Oh well, all hail The Obama, protector of the Takers.


12 posted on 03/26/2015 8:34:34 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Advertising Space Available here.)
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–”I work for Cancer Care Northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I’m a diehard conservative and I’m asking you to just stop slamming Obamacare.”

–”My daughter is fighting for her life with Stage 3 breast cancer. We are about to enter a second go-round of diagnostic procedures and possibly more treatment after two full years of treatment. So yah, the Affordable Care Act is more than helping. I resent that our rep thinks the only problems involve her personal story.”

–”Obamacare saved us when my husband was unemployed and we couldn’t afford coverage. We might have been ruined without it. My husband could not have had eye surgery needed after an accident.”


First one, fake. Conservatives don’t say stop criticizing govt

Second one. Fake. Insurance covered the same treatment prior to obamacare. I’ve had relatives with cancer so know this.

Third one. Fake. Unemployed people get on medicare or medicaid. My unemployed brother couldn’t afford the premiums when he tried to get on obamacare...

Looks like the DNC has their trolls ready to confront Republicans at townhall meetings


13 posted on 03/26/2015 8:40:43 PM PDT by RginTN
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I would reach out to all of these people praising obamacare and meet with each one of them to verify their stories. I would be willing to bet some don't live on her district or stanch democrats
14 posted on 03/26/2015 8:46:26 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: steve86

Did anyone read the letters of all the people thrown off their insurance because of Obamacare?

I will say all Republican candidates need to address the people’s fears, those with pre-existing conditions, etc. What they need to do is a little research on how much Obamacare costs and how much it would be to help those small segments. Offer them a lifeline when Obamacare folds.

They also need to research before and after costs of a policy because if those insurance companies no longer have to include all the crap, they should be able to roll back their prices to pre-Obamacare.


15 posted on 03/26/2015 8:51:42 PM PDT by Kenny (,)
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To: steve86

It looks like every looney toon in the country is now posting on her timeline.

https://m.facebook.com/mcmorrisrodgers?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fmcmorrisrodgers


16 posted on 03/26/2015 8:57:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: steve86

17 posted on 03/26/2015 9:00:54 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: steve86

She’s a bloody RINO and people on welfare praising welfare don’t impress me one bit.


18 posted on 03/26/2015 9:09:12 PM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: steve86; All
Thank you for referencing that article steve86. Please bear in mind that the following critique is directed at the article and not at you.

As you read this post, please bear in mind that Obamacare is a glaring example of major problems with the ill-conceived 17th Amendment.

More specifically, given that the states have never amended the Constitution to regulate, tax and spend for intrastate healthcare purposes, Harry Reid wrongly ignored that he should have led Congress to successfully propose a healthcare amendment to the Constitution to the states before the Senate passed Obamacare.

Regarding Rep. McMorris Rodgers …

A Facebook page is probably a less reliable indicator of what the majority of citizens think about an issue than polls are.

What am I overlooking?

I don’t know where Ms Rodgers went to school (and I don’t want to know). But regardless that the House has read the Constitution out loud at the beginnings of the last few sessions of Congress, there is unsurprisingly lawmakers like Ms Rodgers who are evidently unaware that the states have never delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate tax and spend for intrastate healthcare purposes.

This is evidenced by the following excerpts from Supreme Court case opinions.

Also note that regardless that federal Democrats, RINOs, corrupt justices and indoctrinated attorneys will argue that if the Constitution doesn’t say that the feds can’t do something then they can do it, the Supreme Court has addressed that foolish idea too. Politically correct interpretations of the Constitution's Supremacy Clause aside, the Court has clarified in broad terms that powers not delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific power to regulate intrastate healthcare in this case, are prohibited to the feds.

”From the accepted doctrine that the United States is a government of delegated powers, it follows that those not expressly granted, or reasonably to be implied from such as are conferred, are reserved to the states, or to the people. To forestall any suggestion to the contrary, the Tenth Amendment was adopted. The same proposition, otherwise stated, is that powers not granted are prohibited [emphasis added].” —United States v. Butler, 1936.

So if Ms Rodgers really wants to support Obamacare then this is what she must do to uphold her oath to protect and defend the Constitution. She must rally Congress to propose a healthcare amendment to the Constitution to the states. And if the states choose to ratify her amendment then the feds will have the specific constitutional authority to regulate, tax and spend for intrastate healthcare purposes and Ms Rodgers will be hero.

Getting back to 17A, and with all due respect to Constitution-respecting justices, consider if that amendment hadn’t been ratified, effectively repealing the Constitution imo, then there would probably be all different faces on the Supreme Court at this time.

The 17th Amendment needs to disappear.

19 posted on 03/26/2015 9:10:41 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: RginTN

This is pure unadulterated B/ freaking S.


20 posted on 03/26/2015 9:34:59 PM PDT by acapesket
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