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McConnell: We’ll Repeal Obamacare, One Way or Another
National Review Online ^ | July 3, 2012 | Robert Costa

Posted on 07/04/2012 6:50:29 AM PDT by Jedidah

" . . . Repeal of Obamacare will be the first item up in the Senate if I am majority leader. If we have a president who will sign the bill, we will do everything we can to get it off the books, and we’ll be looking for every angle that could be pursued. There has been a lot of talk about reconciliation. The Chief Justice said this is a tax, and we take him at his word, so that certainly makes this eligible for reconciliation. But that may not be the only avenue that we pursue. Our goal will be to get it off the books. In my view, it is the single worst piece of legislation that has been passed in modern times, and I’ve said that on numerous occasions. It’s still my view. And just because the Supreme Court has decided it is constitutional doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do."

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From the interview:

Earlier this week, according to WHAS-TV in Louisville, you predicted that it will be “a lot harder” to repeal President Obama’s health-care law. Why is that the case?

Well, I don’t know how they got that comment out of what I had to say. Let me give you my view, clearly and unambiguously. Repeal of Obamacare will be the first item up in the Senate if I am majority leader.

1 posted on 07/04/2012 6:50:32 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

But it's too hard to repeal Obamacare.

2 posted on 07/04/2012 7:00:13 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Jedidah

Looks like Caspar caught hell for his previous defeatist remark about repeal. He is a weasel though, he will do everything he can to not repeal unless we pressure him more than the leftists. The hammer has to repeatedly come down on the squishies.


3 posted on 07/04/2012 7:02:09 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: Jedidah

Must have got a lot of e-mails..GOP is gutless...Rush was so mad on Friday he was stuttering


4 posted on 07/04/2012 7:02:40 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: KeyLargo

From the interview:

Costa:

On a final note, what’s your message to conservatives and tea-party activists who are suspicious of Republican leaders and their commitment to repeal?

McConnell:

Boy, I don’t know how they could be suspicious on this issue. Every single Republican in the House and Senate voted against Obamacare. I must have made 125 speeches about it on the floor. If there is any area where I don’t think conservatives of any stripe should be concerned, it would be this one. We’ve been clear and unambiguous about Obamacare from the beginning to the end — all of it. And I led the fight in the Senate, so I know what I’m talking about.


5 posted on 07/04/2012 7:03:07 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

If it’s gonna be so hard for the Senator to do, so hard that all he can commit to is “it will be the first item up in the Senate if I am majority leader”, perhaps we the people should pursue another avenue.

Perhaps it would be easier to work locally and demand our Governors and State Legislators also work toward a Constitutional Amendment that would repeal the ObamneyCare.

Some of the Governors of our largest states have already committed to not implementing ObamneyCare.


6 posted on 07/04/2012 7:05:10 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Jedidah

My letter to Senator McConnell:

Senator,

As long as you maintain a leadership role in the U.S. Senate, I AM a constituent, regardless of where I live.

Therefore, I fervently hope that a staffer has not deleted this communication because I’m not a Kentucky resident.

That being said, I hope you will read the words of Winston Churchill:

. we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. ... we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air ... We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

Please take these words to heart, Senator McConnell. You are perceived, by Conservatives all across the United States, as feckless, and unwilling to FIGHT.

Please prove us wrong, Mr. Minority Leader.

Or we will work tirelessly to see to it that you are replaced as Majority Leader of the Senate.

Thank you

Peter Kessler


7 posted on 07/04/2012 7:05:22 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Jedidah
McConnell: I'll repeal Obamacare as majority leader
8 posted on 07/04/2012 7:05:50 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Jedidah

Repealed like Roe vs Wade was repealed? Tired of them grabbing their junk and spouting hot air about repealing obamacare. Ain’t gonna happen.


9 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:20 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Jedidah

Sorry but I don’t trust the man that prides deal making over principle


10 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:27 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Jedidah

Sorry but I don’t trust the man that prides deal making over principle


11 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:41 AM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Jedidah
A couple of points. First, McConnell (who is hardly William Wallace) WAS in front of a bunch of old people when he said it would be hard to repeal Obamacare---I think (hope) to somewhat placate those elderly who thought their medical care would end. Not my approach---I'm confrontational, but it is somewhat understandable he would say one thing when he means something slightly different.

Second, no one knows the size of Romney's cajones or his toughness when it comes to legislation that he PERSONALLY approves of, but which he knows the large majority of Americans do not approve of. So, with that caveat, let me ask this question:

If every part of the existing health care bill that involves action begins with "the Secretary of HHS shall determine/shall decide" . . . then it would seem to me that simply eliminating that agency and insisting Congress create a new one with ENUMERATED POWERS that would exclude health care decisions would be one way to approach this. For example, it could be re-merged as HEW, thereby diminishing Education and HHS at the same time. (I know, damn near impossible for someone like a Ron Paul or Allen West who has genuine principles, but I'm just throwing out different ways to undo this thing.)

12 posted on 07/04/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Hojczyk

I would hope that all GOP legislators and candidates are getting a lot of e-mails. And phone calls. And visits.

That is how the system is supposed to work. We, the people, must let our elected representatives know how we feel.

As for Rush, surely you understand that he has to be “so mad” at something continually in order to stay in business, no matter who is in office? Can you honestly remember a time when he was pleased with how things are going? He raved and ranted during the Bush years and helped get Pelosi and Reid into power, which provided much angst and good ratings.

Time to open our eyes and quit being used — by both sides.


13 posted on 07/04/2012 7:09:44 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah
Congress can control the SCOTUS, if it has the will. The bolded part at the end is perhaps the least appreciated sentence in the entire Constitution.

U.S. Constitution, Article 3 Section 2:

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;--to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;--to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;--to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;--to Controversies between two or more States;-- between a State and Citizens of another State,--between Citizens of different States,--between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

"...with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make."

Enough Tea Party Patriots could lead a new Congress, and put the SCOTUS back into its box. The USA was never intended to become a tyranny of five judges. It's in the Constitution: The Congress is superior to the SCOTUS. There are NOT "three co-equal branches" as most believe.

14 posted on 07/04/2012 7:09:59 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Excellent, Mr. Kessler. Keep up the pressure.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 7:11:26 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

16 posted on 07/04/2012 7:13:17 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Jedidah

If obamma keeps insisting that the mandate is not a tax but a penalty, Roberts just might reconvene the justices and change his vote. Wouldn’t that be a blast!


17 posted on 07/04/2012 7:14:59 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Jedidah

When we retake control of the Senate, we need a much more DYNAMIC leader than McConnell. Republicans need to stop rewarding longevity and start rewarding LEADERSHIP! Who should it be?


18 posted on 07/04/2012 7:15:49 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: chessplayer

Congress cannot ‘repeal’ Roe v. Wade. It would be like trying to repeal the second amendment. It sucks, but that is the way it is.


19 posted on 07/04/2012 7:20:02 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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20 posted on 07/04/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: LS

Seems to me all we have to do is get “our guy” in as Secretary of HHS, and that one person can undo almost the entire debacle. Am I wrong?


22 posted on 07/04/2012 7:27:13 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: ngat
NULLIFICATION... it has worked 7 times in our History. It has worked every time that it has been tried. Search for Jefferson and the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798. It is the only way that is 100% certain to work.

LLS

23 posted on 07/04/2012 7:27:13 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: originalbuckeye
DeMint... he is far from perfect but he is tough and he is well versed in the Senate procedures.

LLS

24 posted on 07/04/2012 7:30:46 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: ez

There have been hundreds of waivers to the provisions of Obamacare issued already by the HHS.

Romney has said that on day one he will issue a waiver to all 50 States from the whole thing.

There is nothing to stop him from doing this.


25 posted on 07/04/2012 7:31:40 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: LibLieSlayer

The words “perfect” and “Politician” don’t belong together in any sentence!

How about flawed men doing a so-so job at best????


26 posted on 07/04/2012 7:33:46 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Jedidah

I think the mainstream media is sowing discord among conservatives — their main passtime. Also, Rush blasted McConnell to kingdom come for his equivocation reported in the press. I’m sure others have piled on. This is why McConnell has to make it clear what he intends to do. Let’s hold his feet to the fire.


27 posted on 07/04/2012 7:35:22 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: chessplayer
Repealed like Roe vs Wade was repealed? Tired of them grabbing their junk and spouting hot air about repealing obamacare. Ain’t gonna happen.

There is defeatist, and then there is stupid, ignorant, and defeatist.

Your post is stupid, ignorant, and defeatist.

Thus it is perfect for the new Free Republic.

29 posted on 07/04/2012 7:36:28 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Good job! I have often repeated those words to my own Hose Rep....Dan Lungren.....Though overall pretty conservative they need to be reminded that their ass is on the line along with ours......


30 posted on 07/04/2012 7:37:16 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: LS

> Second, no one knows the size of Romney’s cajones or his toughness when it comes to legislation that he PERSONALLY approves of, but which he knows the large majority of Americans do not approve of.

The size of Romney’s cajones? On this issue? How about a couple of grains of sand.


31 posted on 07/04/2012 7:37:23 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Jedidah

Links to National Review Online do not work.


32 posted on 07/04/2012 7:38:06 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: rogue yam

Absolutely. Seems in their rush to get this through they foolishly gave too much power to the Sec of HHS who answers to the Chief Exec. This makes the bill subject to the whim of the party in power and therefore constructed out of the thinnest of tissue paper. I think it will soon dawn on the left that the act is no longer a BFD. Hopefully in 4 short months...


33 posted on 07/04/2012 7:38:59 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: KeyLargo

It will be hard. That’s why we better get to work! 3 things must be done if we have any chance at all: Romney must defeat Obama, we must win control of the Senate, and we must maintain control of the House. Absent all three of those things happening, there is zero chance whatsoever of repealing the Obamacaretax monster. None.


34 posted on 07/04/2012 7:39:30 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: WashingtonSource
I think the mainstream media is sowing discord among conservatives — their main passtime.

That has always been the case.

What is new is how enthusiastically leftist propaganda is repeated and praised here on "America's premier conservative web forum".

We used to criticize and counter such lies.

No more.

35 posted on 07/04/2012 7:39:47 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: ez

The law grants the secretary of the HHS incredible discretionary power, but it doesn’t grant them the ability to take away that power from a future HHS secretary. We have to repeal the law.


36 posted on 07/04/2012 7:40:30 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: rogue yam

The first thing that Congress needs to do is to void all exemptions and waivers from the Obamacare bill, including and especially the waivers for public employee unions. All teachers and SEIU members (and politicians, too)need to be thrown into the same system that they advocate for the rest of us.

It would make repeal must simpler if there were no waivers to consider.


37 posted on 07/04/2012 7:44:53 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva

Either void all exemptions or give everyone exemptions. I like the latter, but either one is a step forward.


38 posted on 07/04/2012 7:46:49 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: Jedidah
Nothing has touched them for 50 years. They haven't a clue, no skin in the game, therefore they FAIL. ALWAYS.

Smiley face

39 posted on 07/04/2012 7:50:44 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: HerrBlucher
I place the odds of repeal at less than 1 in 3. Your opinion may differ.
If a tea party Secretary of HHS ...”our guy”...were to walk in this Jan 20 and dismantle the entire apparatus, and grant waivers to all 50 states, combined with half of the states or more choosing not to implement in one form or another, the worse a future Lefty SecHHS could do is resurrect the “bfd” in a handful of states. Not a bad fallback position if repeal falls short...
40 posted on 07/04/2012 7:51:36 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: originalbuckeye

[ When we retake control of the Senate, we need a much more DYNAMIC leader than McConnell. Republicans need to stop rewarding longevity and start rewarding LEADERSHIP! Who should it be? ]

Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson.


41 posted on 07/04/2012 7:52:06 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: sportutegrl

“Congress cannot ‘repeal’ Roe v. Wade. It would be like trying to repeal the second amendment. It sucks, but that is the way it is.”

________________________________________________________________________

Roe vs. Wade is NOT legislation. It was a court case. It had nothing to do with Congress at any stage. “Repeal” isn’t applicable. Congress can make law banning abortion if it wants to. But You’re conflating subjects here that have no relationship.


42 posted on 07/04/2012 7:56:07 AM PDT by antonico
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To: WashingtonSource

See if this works:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304734/mcconnell-well-repeal-obamacare-one-way-or-another-robert-costa


43 posted on 07/04/2012 7:58:50 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

Here’s the link to the article

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/304734/mcconnell-well-repeal-obamacare-one-way-or-another-robert-costa


44 posted on 07/04/2012 7:59:20 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: HerrBlucher

I am hoping that voiding all exemptions or waivers would result in everyone receiving a waiver.

My second choice would be to return to the old public health system to serve the military, the medicaid and all public employees, including teachers. Unfortunately, the medicare patients who do not have supplemental policies would be treated there as well.

It would be a tremendous savings for the cities and towns that are going broke paying government union benefits.


45 posted on 07/04/2012 8:05:36 AM PDT by Eva
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To: LibLieSlayer

You mean by the states? How about expanding on that. What 7 times? The only incident where it was tried that I remember from my high school and college U.S. history and U.S. government classes was when South Carolina tried it with pretty-much mixed results, IIRC.


46 posted on 07/04/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT by ngat
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To: WashingtonSource

“I think the mainstream media is sowing discord among conservatives — their main passtime. “

Many in FR join in.

The timing is all wrong.
step 1: Elect Romney and GOP Congress
step 2: Get them to repeal Obamacare fully ASAP.

We need to get step 1 done before we even bash them for not doing step #2.


47 posted on 07/04/2012 8:24:34 AM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA.)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

If we get the Senate, we need a ruthless conservative to lead it. Repealing Obamacare, all 2700 pages of it, is a matter of life and death. We can have no reconciliation to keep any part of it alive. McConnell failed to keep comrade Snow in line to block Obamacare from a vote. Because of Snow, we have Obamacare. Because of McConnel’s weakness, we have Obamacare.

After it has been repealed, we will debate options and proposals on how to handle the problems of non-coverage within the current health care system. Socialist Mittens may not be the dictator of what comes next because he’s already proven himself unable to respect economic freedom and self determination with Romneycare. Romney is going to have to be blocked and curtailed by conservatives in Congress when he tries to introduce ‘progressive’ solutions at a national and global level.


48 posted on 07/04/2012 8:29:03 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Eva
I do not understand how the waivers work? A waiver from the entire bill or parts of it. Because if only exempt from the mandate, that's nothing. All the other taxes to business etc...3.8% tax when you sell home. The entire thing must be waived.
49 posted on 07/04/2012 8:31:51 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: ngat
I think that it was Friday's Mark Levin show where he expounded upon it. Mark stated that it has been tried 7 times and that it has worked in every case. Mark is where I learned all about it and the went on to read more about it on the Internet. Go listen to Mark's archives... it is easy to do and the link to his past shows are on his home page. He explains it better than I can. We already have a solid Southern block of States that have vowed not to implement obamacare... we need more States and a Resolution informing the House of their intent.

LLS

50 posted on 07/04/2012 8:32:44 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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