Posts Tagged Obamacare
By Rebecca Leber on May 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) this week said that prayers to God will ensure Obamacare’s repeal, after 37 House of Representatives attempts to do so.
“I think the President will ultimately be forced to repudiate his own signature piece of legislation because the American people will demand it,” she told an evangelical radio host Tuesday. “And I think before his second term is over, we’re going to see a miracle before our eyes, I believe God is going to answer our prayers and we’ll be freed from the yoke of Obamacare.”
She added, “I believe that’s going to happen and we saw step one last week with the repeal of Obamacare in the House. We have two more steps. We serve a mighty God and I believe it can happen.”
But this was not really “step one” for the House. At this point, House Republicans have devoted 43 out of 281 days in session to symbolic votes against Obamacare. In the last Congress, they devoted 15 percent of their time, or $50 million dollars, to a signed law that is already largely being carried out. Even top Republican leaders and Republican governors have admitted they lost their battle against Obamacare, though they vow to continue to hold symbolic votes on the matter.
- Michele Bachmann: God Will Repeal Obamacare (bilerico.com)
- Michele Bachmann says God will ‘answer our prayers’ and kill Obamacare (dailykos.com)
- Michele Bachmann: God Will Repeal Obamacare (lezgetreal.com)
- Michele Bachmann: God Will Repeal Obamacare (thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com)
- Crazy Eyes: God Will Repeal Obamacare (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Bachmann: God will ‘answer our prayers’ and repeal Obamacare with a ‘miracle’ (rawstory.com)
- Ho Sit Down: Michelle Bachmann Says God Will “Answer Our Prayers” And Repeal Obamacare With A “Miracle” (bossip.com)
- Ho Sit Down: Michelle Bachmann Says God Will “Answer Our Prayers” And Repeal Obamacare With A “Miracle” (eyeoncelebs.com)
- Radical Nutjob Michele Bachmann Says God Will Repeal Obamacare (addictinginfo.org)
- Michele Bachmann Says God Will Perform a Miracle to Free Us All from “the Yoke of Obamacare” (slog.thestranger.com)
G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Waste Time Investigating Benghazi or Repealing Obamacare : The New Yorker
MAY 13, 2013
G.O.P. SPLIT OVER WHETHER TO WASTE TIME INVESTIGATING BENGHAZI OR REPEALING OBAMACARE
POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A deep divide has emerged within the Republican Party over whether to waste Congress’s time investigating Benghazi talking points or repealing Obamacare, G.O.P. lawmakers confirmed today.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), sounded the first discordant note at a press briefing this morning, telling reporters, “The time for wasting day after day investigating Benghazi is over. The American people are counting us to waste our time repealing Obamacare yet again.”
Warning that “the American people don’t have an endless appetite for meaningless political theater,” Cantor added, “If we’re going to do something that’s purely symbolic, pointless, and detached from reality, I say it should be repealing Obamacare for the thirtieth or fortieth time.”
Rep. Cantor’s comments drew a strong rebuke from Darrell Issa (R-California), who has spearheaded the investigation into Benghazi: “Quite frankly, we have all the time in the world to blow repealing Obamacare. The moment to waste our time investigating Benghazi is now.” Noting that previous attempts to repeal Obamacare had cost the taxpayers approximately fifty million dollars, Issa said, “I think we’re entitled to spend at least that much, if not more, investigating Benghazi again and again and again.”
But even as the debate raged over whether Obamacare or Benghazi was more worthy of Congress’ wasted time, House Speaker John Boehner offered a third point of view: “Personally, I think the time we’re wasting on Benghazi and Obamacare could be better spent blocking progress on guns and immigration.”
- G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Waste Time Investigating Benghazi or Repealing Obamacare (newyorker.com)
- G.O.P. Split Over Whether To Waste Time Investigating Benghazi Or Repealing Obamacare (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Monday Morning Politics: Benghazi Emails; IRS Targeting; Obamacare (wnyc.org)
- The Morning Plum: A reality check on Beltway scandal-mania (washingtonpost.com)
- House Will Vote Again To Repeal Obamacare, Mostly Pointlessly (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Boehner explains why House will waste more time and money on Obamacare repeal (dailykos.com)
- Cantor Brings Obamacare Up For Repeal Vote, Again (hngn.com)
- Republicans’ plan for economic growth and jobs. Video (americanfreedombybarbara.com)
- Wendell Potter: A GOP Idea That’s Part of Obamacare Showing Signs of Working as Planned (accidentvictimsalliance.com)
- House GOP Planning Another Obamacare Repeal Vote (accidentvictimsalliance.com)
With Millions Still Waiting For Sandy Relief, Republicans Reintroduce Obamacare Repeal | ThinkProgress
The 112th Congress gaveled to a close on Thursday afternoon without passing a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy or reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, but Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) isn’t too concerned about finishing what Republicans had left undone. Instead, at 12:00 PM she introduced the very first piece of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which states are now busily implementing.
House Republicans have unsuccessfully voted 33 times in the last two years to eliminate health care reform and wasted at least 88 hours and $50 million, while failing to pass a single piece of job creation legislation in the last session of Congress.
Dozens of Republicans, including 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, ran against Obamacare, yet the party suffered losses every step along the way. The Supreme Court upheldthe law, House repeal efforts went nowhere in the Democratically-controlled Senate, and President Obama has pledged to veto any effort to rescind the measure. Even newly reelected Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was compelled to admit in November that Obamacare is now the law of the land (though he later backed away from his own comments and pledged to do everything in his power to undermine it).
But House Republicans are apparently not quite ready to give up the fight. At this rate, they could be on track to becoming even less productive than the least productive Congress in U.S. history.
- With Millions Still Waiting For Sandy Relief, Republicans Reintroduce Obamacare Repeal (thinkprogress.org)
- Why America Is Failing – ‘With Millions Still Waiting For Sandy Relief, Republicans Reintroduce Obamacare Repeal’ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)
- House Republicans Snub Sandy Victims to Try and Repeal Obamacare for the 34th Time (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- House Rep Michele Bachmann Is a Total Idiot and Intros the 1st House Bill – Repeal Obamacare That Is Already a Law (bonjublog.com)
- House Republicans Snub Sandy Victims to Try and Repeal Obamacare for the 34th Time (politicususa.com)
- Repeal Obamacare bill: Rep. Michele Bachmann submits bill to Repeal Obamacare (wtvr.com)
- Tea Party Senator Says Obamacare Repeal Bill Will Fail, Plans To Introduce One Anyway (thinkprogress.org)
- Doubling Down On Stupid (themoderatevoice.com)
- GOP spendthrifts: $50 million later, 33 failed attempts at repealing Obamacare & Michele Bachmann tries again (freakoutnation.com)
- Bachmann Attacks Obamacare: New Congress, Old Tricks (atlantablackstar.com)
Mitt Romney’s campaign insults voters
By Editorial Board, Updated: Friday, November 2, 11:34 AM
How else to explain his refusal to disclose essential information? Defying recent bipartisan tradition, he failed to release the names of his bundlers — the high rollers who collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. He never provided sufficient tax returns to show voters how he became rich.
How, other than an assumption that voters are too dim to remember what Mr. Romney has said across the years and months, to account for his breathtaking ideological shifts? He was a friend of immigrants, then a scourge of immigrants, then again a friend. He was a Kissingerian foreign policy realist, then a McCain-like hawk, then a purveyor of peace. He pioneered Obamacare, he detested Obamacare, then he found elements in it to cherish. Assault weapons were bad, then good. Abortion was okay, then bad. Climate change was an urgent problem; then, not so much. Hurricane cleanup was a job for the states, until it was once again a job for the feds.
The same presumption of gullibility has infused his misleading commercials (see:Jeep jobs to China) and his refusal to lay out an agenda. Mr. Romney promised to replace the Affordable Care Act but never said with what. He promised an alternative to President Obama’s lifeline to young undocumented immigrants but never deigned to describe it.
And then there has been his chronic, baldly dishonest defense of mathematically impossible budget proposals. He promised to cut income tax rates without exploding the deficit or tilting the tax code toward the rich — but he refused to say how he could bring that off. When challenged, he cited “studies” that he maintained proved him right. But the studies were a mix of rhetoric, unrealistic growth projections and more serious economics that actually proved him wrong.
This last is important — maybe the crux of the next four years. History has shown that it’s a lot easier to cut taxes than to reduce spending. Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush promised to do both, managed to do only the first and (with plenty of help from Congress) greatly increased the national debt.
Now Mr. Romney promises to reduce income tax rates by one-fifth — for the rich, that means from 35 percent to 28 percent — and to raise defense spending while balancing the budget. To do so, he would reduce other spending — unspecified — and take away deductions — unspecified. One of the studies he cited, by Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, said Mr. Romney could make the tax math work by depriving every household earning $100,000 or more of all of its charitable deductions, mortgage-interest deductions and deductions for state and local income taxes.
Does Mr. Romney favor ending those popular tax breaks? He won’t say. But he did take issue with Mr. Feldstein’s definition of the middle class: Mr. Romney said he would protect households earning $250,000 or less. In which case the Feldstein study did not vindicate the Romney arithmetic — it refuted it. Yet the candidate has continued to cite the study.
Within limits, all candidates say and do what they have to say and do to win. Mr. Obama also has dodged serious interviews and news conferences. He has offered few specifics for a second-term agenda. He, too, aired commercials that distorted his opponent’s statements.
But Mr. Obama has a record; voters know his priorities. His budget plan is inadequate, but it wouldn’t make things worse.
Mr. Romney, by contrast, seems to be betting that voters have no memories, poor arithmetic skills and a general inability to look behind the curtain. We hope the results Tuesday prove him wrong.
- Wow. The Washington Post flat-out savages Romney today – says his only consistency is “contempt for the electorate” (thedemocraticstrategist.org)
- Mitt Romney faces the wrath of the Washington Post (jaypinho.com)
- WaPo eds: Romney insults voters (politico.com)
- Many Americans Believe There Is No Discernible Real Difference Between Romney and Obama (21stcenturyscreenshots.wordpress.com)
- Mitt Romney’s Latest Lie: Tells Audience Seniors Won’t Get To See Doctors (alan.com)
- Presidential election: Mitt Romney may win the race because he ignored conservatives’ advice. – Slate Magazine (mbcalyn.com)
- Boston Globe endorses Barack Obama over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (boston.com)
- Well, Mitt Romney’s got at least one new endorsement…. (updates.jezebel.com)
- Harry Reid Dismisses Mitt Romney’s ‘Fantasy’ of Bipartisanship (rollcall.com)
- Gay Radio Host Suggests Gay Mitt Romney Supporter Would Be Better Off Killing Himself (mediaite.com)
The presumed V.P. nominee abandons his budget’s plan to save $700 billion from Medicare
Setting aside the petty charges the presidential campaigns exchanged yesterday, which have prompted pundits to pronounce the death of the “” (it was probably already dead anyway), the key question right now in the race for the White House is a policy one: Which side will cut Medicare? The budget authored by presumed vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan would fundamentally change the program in a way that would provide fewer benefits to seniors down the road, while Republicans have countercharged that President Obama has already cut over $700 billion from the health insurance program for seniors with his Affordable Care Act.
As we noted yesterday, , considering that Ryan himself in his budget proposal. His plan repealed most of Obamacare, but left the Medicare savings plan because he recognized it as a way to reduce costs and deficits over time. Now the Romney campaign has cut that accuses the president of weakening Medicare.
This put Ryan in a very awkward spot when he sat down with Fox News’ Brit Hume last night for his first solo interview since his selection. Hume, to his credit, repeatedly pressed Ryan on how he could attack Obama for a cut that Ryan has himself endorsed, but the congressman proved adept at the kind of rhetorical sleight of hand that let him dodge tough questions while appearing to answer them.
For instance, when asked if it was true that he supported the Medicare savings, Ryan responded, “I have voted repeatedly in Congress to repeal all of Obamacare, including this cut of $760 billion.” That’s true — he voted for the Republican bill to repeal all of Obamacare. But that doesn’t change the fact that his budget preserved that very same cut. When Hume pressed again, Ryan acknowledged that the Medicare savings is “the current law. And we keep what the current law is in our budget.” But he still refused to say outright that he had supported the same cut for which he is now attacking Obama.
Finally, Ryan shifted his position. “Let’s be clear here, Brit,” he said. “I am on the Romney ticket, and what Mitt Romney is proposing is to repeal all of Obamacare … I am pleased to support the position of getting rid of every piece of Obamacare, including the cuts to Medicare, which are used to pay for Obamacare.”
It was a flip that Ryan was going to have to make at some point, as it was simply too uncomfortable for the Romney campaign to continue attacking Obama for a policy that Ryan has supported. Even Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who is now a Romney surrogate, acknowledged that Ryan had supported the Medicare cuts this morning on MSNBC when he said Romney is “the only candidate for president or vice president” who has not sought to cut Medicare.
But while Romney has likely sustained all the damage he ever will from flip-flops, these kind of policy shifts could do real damage to Ryan. His value is based entirely on his image as the bold intellectual “ideas guy” who is willing to make tough calls regardless of the short-term political impact. But the kind of slipperiness he delivered to Hume, and the ultimate flip-flop, could undermine the edifice he has worked so hard to create.
- Full Video: Paul Ryan on His Thoughts on Ayn Rand, the Truth About Attack Ads, and His ‘Chemistry’ With Romney (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Fox News’ Brit Hume Praised On MSNBC For Exposing Paul Ryan’s Medicare Lie (mediaite.com)
- Sneak Peek – Paul Ryan: We’re Not the Ones Raiding Medicare to Pay for ObamaCare (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Is Ryan the ‘Coke Zero’ of the Romney campaign? (csmonitor.com)
- Did Paul Ryan Just Throw The Ryan Plan Under The Bus? (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Paul Ryan, Mom, To Defend Medicare Plan in Fla. (abcnews.go.com)
- Romney’s phony Medicare attack (salon.com)
- Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it (thegazette.com)
- Medicare comes front and center in campaign (mcclatchydc.com)
McConnell Can’t Answer How GOP Will Insure Americans After Repealing ObamaCare: ‘That Is Not The Issue’ | ThinkProgress
By Ben Armbruster on Jul 1, 2012 at 10:15 am
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Since the Supreme Court last week upheld the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have been scrambling for a response. Without much to say now that the law has been ruled constitutional, the GOP has fallen back on its pledge to repeal ObamaCare. However, the new health care law provides 30 million Americans with access to health insurance. So how do Republicans plan to replace this key feature if they repeal?
Fox News’s Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this important question on Fox News Sunday today and the senior senator from Kentucky had no answer. After McConnell meandered through the typical GOP talking points that they plan to allow the sale of health insurance across state lines and that they will institute medical malpractice reform, he finally settled on an answer: Insuring Americans “is not the issue”:
WALLACE: One of the keys to ObamaCare is that it will extend insurance access to 30 million people who are now uninsured. In your replacement, how would you provide universal coverage?
MCCONNELL: Well first let me say the first single thing we can do for the American system is get rid of ObamaCare. … The single biggest direction we can take in terms of improving health care is to get rid of this monstrosity. [...]
WALLACE: But you’re talking about repealing and replace, how would you provide universal coverage?
MCCONNELL: I’ll get to it in a minute. [...]
WALLACE: I just want to ask, what specifically are you going to do to provide universal coverage to the 30 million people who are uninsured?
MCCONNELL: That is not the issue. The question is, how can you go step by step to improve the American health care system. … We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a Western European system.
Watch the clip:
If Republicans are successful in repealing ObamaCare, they’ll also have to answer how they’ll provide coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, lower-income Americans, and even the millions of young Americans who can now stay on their parents’ health care plans until age 26.
- “‘That Is Not The Issue”: Mitch McConnell On How GOP Will Insure Americans After Repealing ObamaCare (mykeystrokes.com)
- McConnell Can’t Answer How GOP Will Insure Americans After Repealing ObamaCare: ‘That Is Not The Issue’ (thinkprogress.org)
- A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘McConnell Can’t Answer How GOP Will Insure Americans After Repealing ObamaCare: ‘That Is Not The Issue’ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)
- Mitch McConnell Demonstrates the “Repeal and Replace” Tap Dance (motherjones.com)
- Chris Wallace Repeatedly Grills Sen. Mitch McConnell To Explain How GOP Will Cover Uninsured (mediaite.com)
- McConnell: Uninsured People Are ‘Not the Issue’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Fox Brings Up Good Points With Mitch Mcconnell (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- McConnell: Covering 30 Million Uninsured Is ‘Not The Issue’ (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- McConnell: Uninsured people are ‘not the issue’ (rawstory.com)
- Democrats, Republicans give cautious reactions to health care ruling (mcclatchydc.com)
Romney responds to the SCOTUS ruling by making stuff up
To say that Mitt Romney’s response to today’s Supreme Court decision was brazenly dishonest is an understatement:
“Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday. It’s bad law today. Let me tell you why I say that. Obamacare raises taxes on the American people by approximately $500 billion. Obamacare cuts Medicare, cuts Medicare, by approximately $500 billion. And even with those cuts, and tax increases, Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt and pushes those obligations on to coming generations.
“Obamacare also means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and they want to keep. Obamacare is a job killer. Businesses across the country have been asked what the impact is of Obamacare. Three quarters of those surveyed by the Chamber of Commerce said Obamacare makes it less likely for them to hire people. And perhaps most troubling of all, Obamacare puts the federal government between you and your doctor.”
From beginning to end, this is incredibly misleading. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t cut $500 billion from Medicare services; it ends the Medicare Advantage program, which cost the government a huge amount of money with few benefits. Likewise, the law doesn’t add “trillions to our deficits.” By most accounts, the law reduces the deficit over the next decade and works to reduce the overall rate of health care spending by the federal government. And on the claims that the law will cause “up to 20 million Americans” to lose their insurance, and make it harder for businesses to hire, Romney is simply lying. Under the law, you can maintain your current health insurance if you like it. As for small businesses, since the Affordable Care Act hasn’t actually been implemented, there’s no way that it can be responsible for sluggish hiring.
The fact that Romney has decided to fabricate knocks against the Affordable Care Act is a sure sign that this ruling was bad for his campaign. The focus is no longer on whether the law is constitutional, but on whether the policy is good, and on a provision-by-provision basis, the Affordable Care Act is fairly popular with the public. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s ruling gives the Obama campaign a chance to reframe the law, and highlight its benefits for ordinary Americans. If this works, then the focus will be on what people might lose if Republicans are elected in November. This is terrible ground for a challenger to fight on.
Of course, if Romney can muddy the waters, then he might keep Obama from capitalizing on any post-SCOTUS boost. So his best bet is to lie constantly about what’s actually in the bill.
- My take on tomorrow’s SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act (traderjb.com)
- SCOTUS win-lose scenarios (politico.com)
- The Romney campaign’s surreal arguments about the economy – The Plum Line – The Washington Post (mbcalyn.com)
- Obamacarians’ Pregame Rationalizations: Doesn’t Matter; Good for O; All Scalia’s Fault, and More! (txwclp.org)
- How Sun-Times plans to report the Supreme Court ‘Obamacare’ ruling (jimromenesko.com)
- Obamacare Decision Looms (huffingtonpost.com)
- SCOTUS & ObamaCare (queenofspainblog.com)
- Colbert Plans Ahead, Pre-tapes Reactions to SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling (distriction.com)
- Obamacarians’ Pregame Rationalizations: Doesn’t Matter; Good for O; All Scalia’s Fault, and More! (reason.com)
Republican Stupidity of biblical proportions
Obamacare is dead. Or it will be when the Supremes finally administer the coup de grace. So what comes after Obamacare?
Would you believe Boehnercare?
What is it?
It is the plan that is now circulating for when the Supremes strike down Obamacare. The Republicans want to take the “popular” aspects of Obamacare and make them Boehnercare.
Is brain death a prerequisite for becoming a leader in the Republican Party?
Mr. Boehner, if Obamacare is unconstitutional, what the hell makes you think your version of it will be?
The Republicans want to bribe the voters with the so-called popular provisions, such as allowing your kids to live in your basement and stay on your insurance until they are 26 or the coverage of preexisting conditions.
Allegedly they want to keep healthcare affordable.
If you want to make healthcare affordable, there is one foolproof system that will work every time. It is called the free market.
Not only does it work, we have proof. If you need to see the free market at work, look at vision correction, AKA Lasik.
When Lasik first appeared on the scene, treatments cost $10,000. Today it is $199 an eye and the doctor will finance it for you.
It is simple. Health insurance does not cover Lasik. Health insurance distorts and destroys the free market. Healthcare consumers neither know nor care what the costs of healthcare are. All they know is what their copay and deductable are. That is it.
The Republicans in Washington are talking about using government to try and keep healthcare costs down. If you are not terrified of that, you should be.
Washington’s competence ends at the level of managing a two-moon outhouse.
If Boehner and company pander this way, all we will be getting is Obamacare lite. Government is never the solution. It is the problem.
All this proves is that Boehner and company are big government Republicans. There is no commitment on their part to reduce the size of government. We can’t even afford the level of government we currently have.
Our debt exceeds that of all of Europe combined. Debt is a far greater enemy than the lack of a government healthcare program.
When will the Republicans ever learn?
They have bought into the myth that we must make certain that everyone has health insurance.
Health Insurance is what is making healthcare more expensive. Healthcare is not the issue. Making healthcare inexpensive so that the average American can pay out of their pocket. The Republicans have fallen for it. The debate should be how could we use the free market to make medical care affordable, more efficient and more cutting edge.
By buying into the left’s line that the issue is the number of uninsured, we have lost.
If the Republicans put parts of Obamacare back in, this time as Boehnercare, we will destroy the budget and we will set the platform for socialist healthcare in ten years.
It will just be easier for them next time.
- Low-budget super PAC goes after ‘Obamacare’ with horror movie videos (rawstory.com)
- Amazing Poll Results. And, Obamacare. (isellerfinance.wordpress.com)
- Obamacare Gets A Haircut (notamystery.com)
- The Folly of “Free Market” Healthcare Reform (usnews.com)
- Republican Games as usual in Washington. – Tea Party Nation (gds44.wordpress.com)
- Newt Gingrich supported Obamacare before he didn’t support Obamacare (warmsouthernbreeze.wordpress.com)
- Occupy Obamacare Super PAC Releases Horror Video Attacking Health Care Plan and Electrocuting Herman Cain at Tea Party Rally (thesalvationtimes.wordpress.com)
- Hump Day Report: Obamacare Judgment Day (humpdayreport.wordpress.com)