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  • Obama: Dems should 'defend and be proud' of ACA [Republicans to end their quest to repeal Obamacare}

    04/17/2014 3:33:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Obama: Dems should 'defend and be proud' of ACA By: Kyle Cheney and Jennifer Haberkorn April 17, 2014 03:57 PM EDT President Barack Obama called Thursday on Republicans to end their quest to repeal Obamacare — and Democrats to “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law. In remarks from the White House briefing room, Obama delivered a vigorous defense of the program, which has far exceeded enrollment expectations but remains a liability for Democrats in the midterm elections. “I don’t think we should apologize for it,” Obama said. “I don’t think we should be defensive about it. I think...
  • GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate (GOP embracing Deathcare)

    04/06/2014 10:48:59 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 33 replies
    APMyway ^ | 4-6-14 | DAVID ESPO
    Lead story on Drudge The uniparty at work!
  • Mitch McConnell and NRSC to Host D.C. Fundraiser for ObamaCare Sympathizer Thom Tillis

    03/26/2014 6:01:58 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    4-traders.com ^ | 3/26/14
    WASHINGTON, March 24 -- FreedomWorks issued the following news release: Tonight, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) headquarters is hosting a fundraiser for North Carolina moderate and Senatorial candidate Thom Tillis. Headlining the fundraiser invite was a "who's who" of beltway establishmentarians, including Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Lamar Alexander, and Senator Richard Burr. Attendees must pay a minimum of $1,000 per PAC or $500 per person to rub elbows with the D.C. elite. According to the Washington Post, (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/21/nrsc-chairman-obamacare-has-helped-dramatically-expand-senate-map/) NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) explained today that playing in races like this one are a priority because the "map and...
  • Obamacare: Abuse of Power Endangers the Nation's Health

    03/20/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Larry Elder
    When liberal pro-Obama scholars question the legality of President Barack Obama's actions to implement Obamacare, the issue of illegal presidential use of power moves from partisan to frightening. George Washington Law School's Jonathan Turley is the second most quoted law professor in the nation and a two-time Obama voter. He recently testified before Congress on Obama's extensive use of executive orders and administrative actions to make unilateral changes in Obamacare, immigration policy, minimum wage and the IRS qualifying standards for non-profit status. As to Obamacare, Obama, so far, changed it in at least a dozen major ways, including, but not...
  • Republicans to Officially Present Alternative to Obamacare

    03/17/2014 4:56:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Republicans have voted more than 50 times to repeal or alter Obamacare as the popularity of the legislation continues to be nearly non-existent. In the process, Republicans have been criticized for failing to present an alternative piece of legislation to replace Obamacare. More than a dozen alternative plans have been crafted on the Hill, but Republicans haven't been able to rally around a single plan. Now, that's changing as Republican prepare to present Americans with an official alternative to the Affordable Care Act: The plan includes an expansion of high-risk insurance pools, promotion of health savings accounts and inducements for...
  • Another Illegal Obamacare Edict?

    03/06/2014 4:56:22 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/6/2014 | David Catron
    President Obama is planning to break the law, once again, in an effort to protect vulnerable Democrats in the Senate. According to news reports, “the White House will announce a new directive allowing insurers to continue offering health plans that do not meet Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.” In the absence of this “directive,” health insurance companies would have to cancel millions of health policies just a few weeks before November’s congressional elections. Obama’s edict would theoretically forestall, until after those crucial midterms, a tsunami of voter outrage that would inevitably drown the reelection prospects of many Democrats. It’s not clear,...
  • Perspective: Beyond Repeal — A Republican Proposal for Health Care Reform

    03/05/2014 4:57:39 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 15 replies
    New Engl J Medicine ^ | March 6, 2014 | Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D
    By voting repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the past 4 years, Republicans have risked being identified as a party without a positive health policy agenda. On January 27, 2014, however, three Republican senators — Orrin Hatch (UT), Tom Coburn (OK), and Richard Burr (NC) — unveiled a proposal that would not only repeal the ACA, but also replace it with comprehensive legislation based on Republican health policy principles.1 Although the proposal recycles long-standing Republican prescriptions, it also offers new ideas. The proposal would not entirely repeal the ACA. Republicans seem to be coming to terms with...
  • WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

    02/28/2014 9:51:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    There’s no way around it. America’s political establishment wants Bush vs. Clinton II. Is resistance futile? Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice… Also, with solid name recognition and the Bush political machine behind him, Romney donors believe Jeb is the most electable of the potential Republican candidates. For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait. “If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field,” said one major Romney donor. “You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural...
  • Democrats’ Obamacare ploy

    02/23/2014 12:39:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    **SNIP** There are a whole bunch of problems with this most recent scramble to save the Senate majority: 1. Democrats have opposed in lock-step every change or delay that Republicans have offered (e.g. repeal or suspension of the individual mandate, prohibition on insurance company bailouts, relief from the medical-device tax). It’s hard to declare Obamacare “the law of the land,” block serious consideration of changes and then concede it needs changing. 2. Why did they vote for the law in its current state? Maybe they were hoodwinked by the president’s promises that it would be a pro-growth, pro-jobs reform, or...
  • How The GOP Plans To Crush The Tea Party Revolt

    02/12/2014 5:17:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 57 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 2/11/14 | Daniel Strauss
    After House Republicans conceded on Tuesday that they would bring a debt ceiling bill to the floor for a vote without attaching policy concessions, the tea party seemed in open revolt, calling for the replacement of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Meanwhile, incumbent Republican senators have quietly been working behind the scenes to cut off their funding sources. "I've been told by a number of donors to our 'super PAC' that they've received calls from senior Republican senators," FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe told The New York Times. Those donors would then say to FreedomWorks, per Kibbe, that "'I can't...
  • Wonkbook: This quote shows why Obamacare is here to stay (Wisconsin's Ron Johnson surrenders)

    12/27/2013 2:20:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | December 27, 2013 | Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
    Sen. Ron Johnson, a tea party Republican from Wisconsin, knows that the politics of Obamacare are changing. “It’s no longer just a piece of paper that you can repeal and it goes away,” he told the New York Times. “There’s something there. We have to recognize that reality. We have to deal with the people that are currently covered under Obamacare.” Jan. 1 isn't likely to be a glitch-free day for Obamacare. There will be people who try to use their insurance and find they can't, or it's not the plan they meant to buy, or it's not a plan...
  • Post Obamacare Health Care Reform Working Its Way Through the House

    11/23/2013 9:34:02 AM PST · by Marcus · 6 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | November 23, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    As the burning wreckage of Obamacare continues to fill the air with its toxicity, an alternative is already working its way through the House, courtesy of the conservative House Study Committee.
  • Nearly 250,000 Colorado healthcare plans cancelled under Obamacare

    11/06/2013 5:21:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | November 6, 2013
    DENVER – There are nearly 250,000 Coloradans whose health care policies have been or will be cancelled as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s Dept. of Insurance announced on Wednesday. So far, just 3,408 Coloradans have purchased new insurance plans on the exchange; many more, 34,168 Coloradans, have enrolled in Medicaid since the program expanded under the law. “To have almost a hundred health plan cancellations for every exchange sign up in Colorado under Obamacare is exponentially worse than even the most extreme skeptic could have predicted,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of the group Compass Colorado.
  • Vanity: "Why aren't the Republicans at least trying to help fix Obamacare?"

    11/04/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by Junk Silver · 69 replies
    I keep hearing this Democrat talking point being trotted out, accusing the Republicans of harming their constituents by not doing everything in their power to "fix" the Affordable Health Care Act. This one must test well in focus-groups because it keeps getting repeated. I've yet to hear one Republican answer this coherently. Here's my suggestion for a response: "If I saw a friend's house being looted would I do everything in my power to stop the looting, or would I walk over and try to negotiate with the looters? Would I call the police and try to get some neighbors...
  • SOCIALIZE THE PATIENTS FIRST, THE DOCTORS LATER

    11/04/2013 3:00:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 11/4/2013 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    With Obamacare shaping up as a public policy disaster that is the equivalent of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Hindenburg, the Bay of Pigs, and Desert One combined, perhaps we should go back and take in Ronald Reagan’s warning about this back in 1961.  Reagan said that socializing health care would require socializing the patients, and voila, we have Obamacare canceling insurance plans previously agreed to between consenting adults.But Reagan also warned that doctors would come to be regulated, too: Today, the relationship between patient and doctor in this country is something to be envied any place. The privacy, the...
  • Romney: Christie 'Could Easily Become Our Nominee and Save Our Party’ [barf alert]

    11/03/2013 6:55:45 PM PST · by markomalley · 118 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/3/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he believed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could “easily” become the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 and “save our party.” Christie most recently made national news when he decided to drop a legal challenge to rulings in New Jersey state courts that declared same-sex marriage legal there. And not long before that, he changed his position on the question of whether illegal aliens should get in-state tuition rates at New Jersey state colleges. Now he backs legislation...
  • The Ghost of Mitt Romney Returns

    11/03/2013 2:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 3, 2013 | Connor Simpson
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your...
  • Romney leaves Cruz off his list of 2016 GOP stars

    11/03/2013 1:58:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 160 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2013 11:36 AM EST
    Mitt Romney isn’t including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans’ most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016. … … Romney says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “stands out as one of the very strongest lights.” …
  • Obama's health promises backfire (WH aides w/o answers quote Obama who cites "one study")

    11/03/2013 1:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 2, 2013 | Brad Bumsted
    Obama's aides would not speak to the Trib with their names used for this story. The White House emailed transcripts of press conferences to defend the president's position, attributing the remarks to Obama: “The majority of people in the individual market today qualify for discounted or free health coverage when signing up for coverage through the Marketplace. One study found that 48 percent of people who buy insurance through the individual market will get a tax credit that averages at over $5,500. And 1 million in the individual market today will qualify for Medicaid in states that choose to expand...
  • [PDS RINO] Nicole Wallace Warns Republicans to Stop Railing Against The Obama Administration

    10/31/2013 8:22:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | October 31, 2013 | Sarah Jones
    In an appearance on MCNBC’s Morning Joe, Nicole Wallace (former George W. Bush adviser and McCain/Palin campaign adviser) ruined all of the gang’s orgasmic revelry of false equivalency over Obama’s bad numbers in the latest NBC/WSJ poll by pointing out that Republicans have even worse numbers, and there seems to be no bottom for the party. Wallace then warned Republicans to stop being about nothing but criticism, “So I think the peril in looking at these numbers for President Obama is to continue down the path of railing against his administration’s policies.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Republican Party’s approval ratings are at an...
  • Obama: Health-care law modeled after Mitt Romney’s plan

    10/31/2013 4:30:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/31/13 | Geoff Earle
    With his signature health-care law under fire, President Obama flew to Boston Wednesday in an effort to remind the public that ObamaCare is modeled on the plan of his former GOP opponent and Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney. “Your law was the model for the nation’s law,” Obama told supporters in Faneuil Hall on Wednesday.
  • In Romneycare Birthplace, Obama to Ask for Patience

    10/29/2013 10:26:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 10-30-2013 | Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns
    October 30, 2013 In Romneycare Birthplace, Obama to Ask for Patience by Alexis Simendinger & Caitlin Huey-Burns In the shadow of Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care model, President Obama will argue Wednesday that Obamacare merits the patience and bipartisan backing the Bay State mustered seven years ago for what was then a radical new approach. The president will speak at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, hoping to draw parallels to the state-based, mandated health coverage signed by Romney, the former Republican governor defeated by Obama nearly a year ago. Romney was not invited to attend the event, a White House official said....
  • He should’ve seen this coming

    10/26/2013 2:59:39 PM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 80 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 10/26/13 | Michael Carroll
    Editor, Times-Dispatch: I am self-employed and I pay for my own health insurance. I assumed I would pay a surcharge for the Affordable Care Act every month. I assumed incorrectly that I would have the freedom to choose, that my future and security were in my hands. My insurance agent visited my office and asked me what provision of the ACA I wanted to sign up for. I thought he was kidding; he wasn’t. I do not have a choice. My policy will go from $325 a month to more than $900 a month, my coverage will be nowhere near...
  • Obamacare: We’re Committed to Making Better Mistakes Tomorrow

    10/24/2013 8:48:20 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 10-24-2013 | MOTUS
    “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.” – P.J. O’Rourke Okay, that used to be funny. Before it was hijacked by the Teahadists and used to hold hostages and make ransom demands. Butt now I see that sticker shock is starting to stun people all across America, even journalists: Obamacare is not just creating havoc in state exchanges, it is roiling the larger private health insurance market. Costs are skyrocketing thanks to the expensive mandates, regulations and taxes buried in the Affordable Car Act. Call it the Unaffordable...
  • Eeewww: AmyCare for U.S. Senate?

    10/14/2013 4:01:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | John Ransom
    Here’s some free market advice to GOP legislators at all levels thinking about introducing bills supporting the state health exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): Be prepared to wear the “Care” moniker around your name. You know? As in HillaryCare, RomneyCare or ObamaCare. Colorado’s Amy Stephens, a Republican state representative from El Paso County, was once considered a future Lt. Governor, or member of Congress. Instead, she may have flamed out her career by sponsoring a bill that would opt Colorado out of ObamaCare by implementing a so-called “health exchange” under PPACA. Yet that didn’t stop...
  • Sources: Ryan Compromise Will Keep Obamacare 'Forever'

    10/11/2013 4:24:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/11/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Breitbart News reported that House Republicans have offered a new deal to the White House to end the fiscal stalemate. The GOP plan, authored primarily by House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan according to Hill sources, would meet Obama's demands in exchange for negotiations on a longer-term budget agreement. At least two high-ranking Capitol Hill sources have told Breitbart News that Ryan’s plan would also help protect Obamacare as it is currently implemented. Ryan's office deny the claims. “What your sources are attempting to attribute to Congressman Ryan is not accurate,” Kevin Seifert, Ryan’s spokesman, said in an email. But...
  • Obama turns down GOP proposal (Demands Boehner/Cantor/Ryan also surrender on tax increases...)

    10/11/2013 1:51:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/11/13 | BURGESS EVERETT, JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    President Barack Obama spoke with House Speaker John Boehner on Friday but did not wholly accept the House Republican plan to open government, raise the debt ceiling and open budget talks, sources said. -snip- Senior Republican sources say Obama is amenable to changes to mandatory and discretionary spending, but needs Republicans to commit to increasing governmental revenue.
  • Is GOP Caving With Victory At Hand?

    10/11/2013 5:40:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    investors.com ^ | 10/10/13
    Shutdown: Obama's approval rating has cratered, Democrats are fighting among themselves and ObamaCare — the reason for the shutdown in the first place — has been a disaster. So why are Republicans' knees shaking? The federal government's hometown newspaper, the Washington Post, reports "key GOP figures" are "abandoning their bid to immediately stop the federal health care law" and are "scrambling for a fallback strategy." Republicans, the paper claims, "have overreached," and their plan to stop ObamaCare has been "politically disastrous" and a "failure." House leaders seem to be dropping talk of Obama-Care and, over in the Senate, Republicans appear...
  • Senator John Cornyn on Obamacare and 'Republican on Republican violence'

    10/11/2013 5:17:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 10/10/13
    In a heated radio interview with Texas-based Matt Patrick of KTRH Wednesday, Senator John Cornyn awkwardly defended himself from charges that he did not support Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz in their efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as nicely laid out by Matthew Boyle of Breitbart. According to Boyle, a "a senior congressional staffer" told Breitbart that "Instead of helping Cruz with their power as Senate GOP leaders, [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and Cornyn are working against him." Indeed, the staffer did not mince words and said, ““To be clear, nobody is...
  • Romney opposes GOP strategy that led to government shutdown [Mitt criticizing Tea Party]

    10/03/2013 4:56:32 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 48 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 2, 2013 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said before giving a speech at the University of Utah Wednesday that shutting down the government is the wrong way to oppose the nation's new health care law. Romney repeated his concerns about the strategy against the Affordable Care Act employed by some Republicans in Congress, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee, that led to the shutdown of the federal government on Tuesday. "My view is that Republicans, elected Republicans, almost universally agree that Obamacare is problematic for the economy and for the American family," he said in response to a...
  • Senate Votes to Fund Obamacare

    09/27/2013 4:37:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Earlier today, the United States Senate voted to fund Obamacare. There were 25 Republicans who betrayed their principles and voted for cloture, giving Democrats the power to implement this terrible law. This is a disappointing loss, but the bill now goes back to the House where Republicans must hold their ground and refuse to fund Obamacare. Here are the 25 Senate Republicans who voted to allow Harry Reid (D-NV) and the Democrats to fund Obamacare today: Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) Barrasso, John (R-WY) Blunt, Roy (R-MO) Boozman, John (R-AR) Burr, Richard (R-NC) Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) Chiesa, Jeff (R-NJ)...
  • Conservative group: Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn ‘turncoats'

    09/24/2013 3:47:13 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/24/13 | KATIE GLUECK
    A conservative political action committee on Tuesday slammed two of the Senate’s top Republicans as “turncoats” who have “surrendered” on the health care fight. “Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn have surrendered to Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the Democrats,” charged an email blast from the Senate Conservatives Fund. “More importantly, they have surrendered to Obamacare — the biggest job killer in America.” -snip- “We knew Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn weren’t with us when they voted to fund Obamacare earlier this year,” the email continued. “But then, under pressure from grassroots, they said they supported the effort to defund it....
  • Exclusive–Source: McConnell, Cornyn Whipping Votes Against Ted Cruz

    09/24/2013 5:39:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 161 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 23, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    A source in Congress tells Breitbart News that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his campaign to defund Obamacare. "Right now in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are actively whipping Senators to shut down debate on the House continuing resolution so that Harry Reid can gut it with just 51 votes,” a senior congressional staffer with intimate knowledge of the situation said in an email to Breitbart News. “Unbelievably, they actually are leading the fight to fully...
  • McConnell Shoots Down Ted Cruz's Plan To Risk Shutdown Over Obamacare

    09/23/2013 2:54:24 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 87 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT | SAHIL KAPUR
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday, revealing that he won't filibuster legislation to fund the government in service of conservative goals to defund Obamacare. The Republican leader's decision is a major blow to the push by Cruz and powerful conservative activist groups, who wanted Republicans to unite and filibuster a continuing resolution until Democrats caved agreed to gut funding for the Affordable Care Act. "Senator McConnell supports the House Republicans' bill and will not vote to block it, since it defunds Obamacare and funds the government without increasing spending by a penny,"...
  • How John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are Funding Obamacare

    09/23/2013 5:25:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/22/13 | redstate diary
    Don’t be fooled by this political theater going on in Washington, DC. The fix is in and both sides are trying to fund ObamaCare while saving face. The whole of House Republican Leadership thinks you are stupid. They have passed a bill that they know will be changed by Harry Reid before it goes back to the House in a few days. The smoking gun will happen when Boehner allows a Senate passed government funding measure to come up in the House minus the provision defunding ObamaCare. You wait and see. Also, know that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is...
  • Rove: GOP's defunding ObamaCare strategy only helps Obama

    09/20/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | Greta/Rove
    Video at link.
  • Nicolle Wallace: Republicans Trying To Defund ObamaCare Like 2-year Olds Running Into Traffic

    09/19/2013 5:04:43 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    A Morning Joe kind of Republican? With Joe Scarborough absent today, was Nicolle Wallace assuming the role of the Republican who gets more satisfaction from ripping fellow members of her party than in criticizing Democrats? Wallace mocked congressional Republicans who are trying to defund ObamaCare, analogizing them to two-year olds on scooters racing into traffic against a red light. She suggested that the "adults" in the party need to restrain them. View the video here.
  • New GOP strategy looks at delaying ObamaCare (End it once and for all!)

    09/18/2013 6:00:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/18/2013 | By Jim Angle
    Faced with a politically risky push by some Republicans to defund ObamaCare, other party members are turning to an alternative strategy: delay it instead. Republicans are divided on how to confront the Affordable Care Act. Some, such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, are pushing to permanently defund it. But attaching such a measure to a resolution that funds the government after Oct. 1 runs the risk of a government shutdown if it doesn’t pass. If that happens, Republicans fear they would be blamed. Former White House chief of staff Karl Rove told Fox News...
  • The Movement Strikes Back

    09/17/2013 4:50:19 AM PDT · by iontheball · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 17, 2013 | Robert Costa
    As the deadline to fund the federal government nears, Republican leaders are struggling mightily to come up with legislation that can pass the House. Over the weekend, leadership staffers fired off anxious e-mails and uneasy veteran House members exchanged calls. Both camps fear that a shutdown is increasingly likely — and they blame the conservative movement’s cottage industry of pressure groups. But these organizations, ensconced in Northern Virginia office parks and elsewhere, aren’t worried about the establishment’s ire. In fact, they welcome it. Business has boomed since the push to defund Obamacare caught on. Conservative activists are lighting up social...
  • ObamaCare Costs Will Explode; Trader Joe's Shows Why

    09/13/2013 5:41:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 70 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/12/2013 | John Merline
    When Trader Joe's announced it was dropping health benefits for part-time workers, it reassured them that they'd be no worse off as a result. "We believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe's and the tax credits available under the (Affordable Care Act), many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," noted CEO Dan Bane in a memo to employees revealed this week. In other words, Trader Joe's — like some other companies — has decided to shift its health care costs onto federal taxpayers via the subsidized...
  • Head Pats, Seal Claps, and Scalp Collection (the republican establishment)

    09/12/2013 5:13:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 9/12/13 | Erick Erickson
    A new CNN poll is out. Strikingly, it shows that only 39% of Americans support all or most of Obamacare, which is drastically below the 51% mark the same polling found at the beginning of the year. More and more Americans see themselves, their family members, and friends losing jobs, losing benefits, and losing security. But Republicans refuse to fight to defund the legislation. We are reduced again to Senator Mitch McConnell engaged in head pats for conservatives designed to generate seal claps from activists. Senators McConnell, along with Senators Cornyn of Texas, Coburn of Oklahoma, Coats of Indiana, Alexander...
  • GOP Doc: Vote to Defund Obamacare, Let Senate Erase It

    09/11/2013 3:21:22 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/10/13 | Matthew Boyle
    A document House Majority Leader Eric Cantor distributed to all House Republicans on Tuesday, obtained by Breitbart News, confirms that he is planning to make it appear as though the House is voting to defund Obamacare while using a legislative procedural trick which would allow the Democrat-controlled Senate to strip defunding language from the Continuing Resolution. * * *
  • Indiana granted year-long Obamacare waiver

    09/11/2013 3:08:27 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/4/13 | Katie McHugh
    The federal government granted Indiana a year-long Obamacare waiver on Tuesday, allowing the state to continue to run its own Medicaid pilot program, The Washington Post reports. Indiana, along with Iowa and Arkansas, requested major exemptions from the law, and is the first state to receive one. “Securing a waiver to continue the Healthy Indiana Plan is a victory for Hoosiers enrolled in this innovative program and will ensure that Indiana remains at the forefront of consumer-driven healthcare in the United States,” Republican Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement. Pence will now consider expanding Medicaid under the state’s “Healthy...
  • House GOP Leaders Prepare “Hug It Out” Strategy to Fund Obamacare.

    09/10/2013 4:49:11 AM PDT · by blueyon · 19 replies
    Redstate ^ | 9/10/13 | Erick Erickson
    Eric Cantor is always looking for new and imaginative ways to screw conservatives. He has Pete Sessions (R-TX), as Rules Chairman, helping him with his latest creative way to screw conservatives. I’ve already well documented Pete Sessions’s increasingly bitter attitude toward Ted Cruz and staggering contempt of his own constituents who want to defund Obamacare. Cantor and Sessions’ latest idea tops even his most absurd shenanigans. The plan is to pass the real CR that fully funds Obamacare, then pass a fake bill that defunds Obamacare. The Senate will pass the CR, and throw the defunding bill in the garbage....
  • Report: House GOP Leadership Plan Procedural Trick to Avoid Obamacare Funding Fight

    09/09/2013 6:30:20 PM PDT · by null and void · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Sep 2013, 3:24 PM PDT | Matthew Boyle
    Text of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government for 60-75 days will be released on Tuesday, the conservative source said, before a House vote on Thursday. The move comes abruptly as conservatives are ramping up their final push on House leadership with a big Tea Party rally outside the Capitol on Tuesday calling for Obamacare’s defunding.House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told Breitbart News the “CR will include defunding ObamaCare,” but would not specify whether or not a certain procedural “trick” the GOP leadership used in a similar situation in 2011 will be employed yet again.Breitbart...
  • Obamacare causing problems for Republican in Louisiana (LA Senate, Go Maness!!)

    09/08/2013 6:55:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9/6/13 | Alexis Levinson
    Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy might be feeling some empathy for Mitt Romney after a challenger has compared his past health care bills to Obamacare. On Wednesday, Rob Maness, who is running against Cassidy in the 2014 Senate race, coined the term “Cassidycare,” attacking the congressman for bills he proposed as a state senator that bear similarities to some of the components of the Affordable Care Act. The two are challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat who has represented the Bayou State since 1997. “Mary Landrieu was the deciding vote on Obamacare through the Senate but Mr. Bill Cassidy, who...
  • IBM Terminates Company-Sponsored Retiree Health Plan Due To Soaring Costs

    09/07/2013 5:59:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/07/2013 | Tyler Durden
    <p>110,000 current and soon to be eligible retirees working for IBM woke up to an unpleasant surprise this morning, when the WSJ reported that as a result of soaring healthcare costs, the tech bellwether giant will be terminating its company-sponsored health plan and instead giving (soon to be former) beneficiaries a lump sum payment to buy coverage on a health-exchange: a move which the WSJ characterized as indicating that employers are unlikely to keep providing the once-common benefits as medical costs continue to rise. The reason why all IBM retirees will have to find alternative, third-party, retirement coverage upon hitting the Medicare eligible age of 65 is that "IBM said the growing cost of care makes its current plan unsustainable without big premium increases." And to avoid those premium increases, the costs will find a clearing price either in a private exchange (supposedly competitive, realistically monopolistic), or will end up commingled with other public healthcare funding. End result: IBM benefits, everyone else loses.</p>
  • Is This Train Wreck Unstoppable?

    09/05/2013 5:18:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 36 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/04/2013 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: More bad news for Obama-Care this week: Another state announced huge rate increases, and another labor union rebelled over the harm it will do to members. Yet, this train wreck just keeps on rolling. ObamaCare may very well be the worst law ever passed by the federal government in the history of the U.S. The public didn't want it in the first place — going so far as to elect a Republican senator in solidly Democratic Massachusetts to try to stop it — and they've hated it ever since. The latest IBD/TIPP poll finds that just 38% want...
  • Obama invokes Romney on Obamacare

    08/24/2013 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    politico ^ | Aug 23, 2013 | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    Turning back the clock to 2012, President Barack Obama took a shot at defeated rival Mitt Romney. Speaking about how funding education ought to be a bipartisan idea during remarks in Scranton, Pa., Obama suggested the same should be the case with his signature health care law. “These are ideas that should have bipartisan support,” Obama said of his education priorities. “Of course, so should Obamacare, it’s actually a really good idea. It’s going to work. It used to be a Republican idea. There’s a governor of Massachusetts who set it up. It’s working well.”
  • HOUSE GOP LEADER: DEFUNDING OBAMACARE 'NOT REALISTIC'

    08/24/2013 10:04:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 191 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 24, 2013 | By Mike Flynn
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, number 4 in House GOP Leadership, said the effort by conservatives to defund ObamaCare is "not realistic." She advocated a piece-meal approach to repeal, delay or defund individual provisions of the sweeping health care overhaul. The debate will likely dominate discussions within the Republican caucus when Congress returns next month. “To get the entire bill repealed, or defunded, is probably not realistic,” McMorris Rodgers said. “But I do think there are provisions in the law that we can get delayed, or provisions in the law we can get defunded.” The government's spending authority expires on September...