House GOP stabbing ObamaCare voodoo doll one more time

It’s no surprise that House Republicans have gotten very good at this “repeal” thing, given the practice they’ve had at it. When they vote yet again today to kill ObamaCare, by some counts it will be the 31st time they have voted to repeal all or part of that much-reviled piece of legislation.

However, they’re not so good about keeping the second half of their 2010 campaign pledge, the part about “replacing” ObamaCare with a conservative alternative that accomplishes many of the same goals.

“Why is it so hard?” Matt Miller asks in a fine piece in today’s Washington Post. “Because Obamacare WAS the Republican alternative. It was the conservative-designed mandate and subsidy approach…. Only in America could a Democratic president pass Mitt Romney’s health plan and fund it partly through John McCain’s best idea from the last campaign (taxing some employer-provided plans) and be branded a ’socialist’.”

As I noted in the blog post earlier this morning, I’m always leery of pundits offering free advice on how a candidate should campaign, but I’ll make an exception in Miller’s case. He writes:

“Here’s what you should do, Mr. President. In the debates this fall, pull out a small laminated card you’ve had made as a prop for this purpose. Then remind Mitt Romney that the ranks of the uninsured today are equal to the combined populations of Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.

Read that list slowly, Mr. President. Then ask your opponent: “Would America turn its back on the citizens of these 25 states if everyone there lacked basic health coverage? That’s what we’ve been doing for decades. You knew it was right to act when you were governor of Massachusetts, Mitt. How can you pretend we don’t need to solve this for the nation? And how can you object with a straight face when your own pioneering plan was my model?”

The president should also say he’d be happy to talk reform once Republicans offer a rival plan that the CBO certifies will cover 30 million people, as the Affordable Care Act does.

Today’s Republican party won’t do it. They want the money for tax cuts for the top. They don’t care.”

Well put, Mr. Miller. Very well put.

– Jay Bookman

416 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 11th, 2012
11:10 am

On top of it all, Mitt wants to put the banks back in the middle on student loans….. something Obamacare sensibly stopped.

carlosgvv

July 11th, 2012
11:12 am

The number one priority of Republicans, when it comes to Obamacare, is to protect their Corporate Sponsors. So, they will do everything possible to overturn Obamacare and protect their Big Business people in the Healthcare Industry.

The Republican electorate will support their politicl idols in this venture 100%.

For some unknown reason, it seems only the liberals understand that Republican politicians owe allegiance only to their Big Business masters and could not possibly care less about their electorate.

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:12 am

“Only in America could a Democratic president pass Mitt Romney’s health plan…”

I don’t want to be rude to our host, so I’ll just call this statement a “purposeful falsehood”.

getalife

July 11th, 2012
11:12 am

willard got booed at the NAACP for repealing ACA.

corporate media freaks out.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

July 11th, 2012
11:12 am

Hmmm…. Obama implemented a Republican idea…. here’s a thought. Republicans should implement single payor just to get revenge. Pass that as part of “repeal Obamacare” and you may have a chance. :lol:

Tundra Dude

July 11th, 2012
11:13 am

“Because Obamacare WAS the Republican alternative. It was the conservative-designed mandate and subsidy approach….

courtesy of those brilliant, conservative minds at the Heritage Foundation

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:13 am

“They want the money for tax cuts for the top. ”

BINGO! They don’t care who the screw as long as the rich get richer.

“Because Obamacare WAS the Republican alternative. It was the conservative-designed mandate and subsidy approach…. Only in America could a Democratic president pass Mitt Romney’s health plan and fund it partly through John McCain’s best idea from the last campaign (taxing some employer-provided plans) and be branded a ’socialist’.”

Oh damn, Jm and the other Republicans’ heads are about to explode.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 11th, 2012
11:13 am

The Republican plan for health care is just like the republican plan for jobs…nonexistent

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:14 am

Yet another sign of how far and how fast the right has shifted. The plan was from the 90’s, and McCain’s idea was 2008. I guess whatever plan the GOP decides on as a replacement will get passed in 10-20 years by Democrats and face the same backlash. :)

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:14 am

josef –

from downstairs –

I loved me some Ann Richardson and Molly Ivins … there are redeeming things about Texas (Austin and Paul being my Top 2) … but, ohmy, the nutty-nut-nuts seem to overwhelm them

Erwin's cat

July 11th, 2012
11:14 am

…The number one priority of Republicans, when it comes to Obamacare, is to protect their Corporate Sponsors.

The insurance companies may disagree

Georgia on my mind...

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

If the Republicans wants to repeal ACA, what will they replace it with? Do they have a better plan at this time that they can present to the American people? If so, does anyone have the link to it?

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

“willard got booed at the NAACP for repealing ACA.”

yeah…he also got some applause too…one of the biggest applause being when he said he’ll stand up for “traditional marriage”…”bigots”!

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

Peadawg

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Maybe Jay should start the NDL, National Deflection League, after this one.

Erwin's cat

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

Keep @11:12 – would love to see it too

getalife

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

ty,

Prove it ty.

ElephantWhip

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

…and once again, the House wastes tax-payer dollars floating something they know will not even be addressed in the Senate. And then they accuse the president and the left of legislative theatrics.

Thomas Heyward Jr.

July 11th, 2012
11:15 am

How long has Republicans been promising to repeal their own creation.the Department of Education?
.
Thank the Lord that obama/romney voters are limited to about 1 quarter of the population.
.
It gives one hope.
Not the Obama drug “hopiem” …or the Romney Big Pharma-ABO “anti-buse” .
.

10 cc’s of Ron Paul.
.
It’s all any people need.
.

TM

July 11th, 2012
11:17 am

Bookman “by some counts it will be the 31st time they have voted to repeal all or part of that much-reviled piece of legislation”

Dupree: “Yes, there have been a number of efforts by Republicans to repeal different parts of the health reform law; but when it comes to an actual vote to repeal the whole law, I can only find one other example, back in January of 2011, when the new GOP-led House made it one of the first big votes of the 112th Congress.”

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:17 am

ty @ 11:15

I try to tell people that the Black community is as diverse as America itself. That should show how bad of a job the GOP does at connecting with actual conservatives. The fact that they can’t get the conservative segment of the Black community to join with them should be telling.

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:18 am

“I don’t want to be rude to our host, so I’ll just call this statement a “purposeful falsehood”.”

Alright, I’ll bite. Care to explain?

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:19 am

LOVED Miller’s column today – SAAAAAAAA-LUTE!

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:20 am

“Alright, I’ll bite. Care to explain?”

yeah sure, that statement is not true.

CJ

July 11th, 2012
11:20 am

Today’s Republican party won’t do it. They want the money for tax cuts for the top. They don’t care.

Precisely.

Enrich the rich. Vote Republican.

getalife

July 11th, 2012
11:20 am

willard said he would repeal ObamaCare and got booed for ten seconds, fact ty.

Now prove Jay’s “purposeful falsehood”.

Back up your bs ty.

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:20 am

TM
July 11th, 2012
11:17 am

Did you read the “or part” in what Jay said? Obviously not.

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:21 am

“yeah sure, that statement is not true.”

How so? I want some details.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

July 11th, 2012
11:22 am

Ron Paul…

why that no good social security check getting and cashing
follower of Ayn Rand…..

(ya gotta say it like yosemite sam)

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:23 am

Brosephus,
I agree they’ve done a horrible job “persuading” black conservatives…though I’ll raise you one, and say that they’ve governed in a way that makes it hard to “persuade” true conservatives of any color.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:23 am

Boy, I sure am glad that Congress moved so quickly to act on and solve the employment problem in our country, and didn’t let anything else distract them from that goal.

/snark

Mandingo

July 11th, 2012
11:23 am

J-Bo and the House GOP Termites at it again.

stranger in a strange land

July 11th, 2012
11:23 am

as the old saying goes…31st time is a charm

getalife

July 11th, 2012
11:24 am

If you can’t back up your lies, don’t type them ty.

Ennis

July 11th, 2012
11:24 am

I know there has beena lot said both for and against the ACA. I see no difference in the idea that everyone buys health care insurance. Everyone that draws social security pays for health care without exception. It’s taken from your account before you get your check. Please explain the difference to me as if I were a 5 year old child.

G Mare

July 11th, 2012
11:24 am

Re Texas women: don’t forget Barbara Jordan!

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:24 am

Obama didn’t pass Massachusette’s(or Mitt Romney’s) healthcare law.

getalife

July 11th, 2012
11:25 am

Ennis,

Good point.

cons want to mooch off the system.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:25 am

T. Webb — “I don’t want to be rude to our host, so I’ll just call this statement a “purposeful falsehood”.

I invite you to show us all some *substantive* differences between the ACA and Romneycare. Bear in mind that the state-federal issues is irrelevant and that the $50 Romneycare abortions have already been extensively discussed here at Jay’s. So please bring something new to the table.

Recon 0311 2533

July 11th, 2012
11:26 am

Obamacare will never be fully implemented because its too flawed and too expensive. While Roberts didn’t do the country any favors by allowing it to move forward based on a tax rather than a penalty sanctioned by the Commerce Clause he did make it easier to dismantle particularly by removing the state mandate. OIbama and the left won a shallow victory that only succeeded in mobilizing the conservative voters which helps Romney. The ACA remains an unpopular bill among the majority and the House Republicans are wise to keep reminding voters by once again voting for its repeal.

They BOTH suck

July 11th, 2012
11:27 am

What are the chances that this same vote will come up again in the fall?

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:27 am

“Obama didn’t pass Massachusette’s(or Mitt Romney’s) healthcare law.”

You do know that the majority of things/ideas in the ACA came from Romneycare and Heritage, right…the mandate being the big one.

Aquagirl

July 11th, 2012
11:28 am

Not even noon and Jay is posting a new blog topic?

What’s he trying to cover up downstairs?

josef

July 11th, 2012
11:30 am

You know, I like that plan of attack…it puts the figures into perspective and gives even the most numbers challenged something they can relate to.

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:30 am

“You do know that the majority of things/ideas in the ACA came from Romneycare and Heritage, right…the mandate being the big one.”

yeah, of course I’m aware of that, and I’ve never written anything to the contrary…Obamacare and Romneycare are two different laws.

larry

July 11th, 2012
11:31 am

And here in Washington , we have a shutout brewing……… midway through the fourth quarter
Its…..

Repeal ACA 32
Jobs bills 0

But i thought the Jobs bills offense was stouter than that. I believe i would change the offensive coordinator if i were them.

TaxPayer

July 11th, 2012
11:31 am

Republicans are not doing so good with that jobs part of their 2010 campaign either but who’s counting. :lol:

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:31 am

ty

No argument from me on either point.

Mighty Righty

July 11th, 2012
11:31 am

The only reason the liberal Washington Post columnist and Jay wants to give Republicans credit for the health care insurance fiasco known as Obamacare is because it is unpopular and a complete economic disaster. It does nothing it was intended to do. It will cost upwards of three times as much as promised by our useless president. The plan which Obama promised would reduce health care cost has already caused an increase in health care cost to say nothing of its impact on insurance rates. The “death squads” are already making detrimental decisions on medicare. There is nothing good about Obamacare and every single Republican voted against it. This P.M.many Democrats will join their Republican bretheren in voting against it which is the real reason Jay and his co conspiratorts don’t want any more votes on this issue.

Lord Help Us

July 11th, 2012
11:32 am

‘yeah, of course I’m aware of that, and I’ve never written anything to the contrary…Obamacare and Romneycare are two different laws.’

Everybody clear out! The goalposts just hit 100mph…

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:32 am

“You do know that the majority of things/ideas in the ACA came from Romneycare and Heritage, right…the mandate being the big one.”

biggest difference???

Obama’s plan doesn’t include abortion … ROMNEY’S DOES

josef

July 11th, 2012
11:32 am

USinUK

Well, everything is bigger in Texas, so of course their nuts are more spectacular! I left you my off the top of my head list of some of my favorite Texas women, the pioneers of the Texas woman spirit…a little sidelight…there was a time when the Texas Supreme Court was all female! :-)

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:33 am

“The plan which Obama promised would reduce health care cost has already caused an increase in health care cost”

which is AMAZING, considering it hasn’t even been implemented yet …

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:33 am

Recon — “The ACA remains an unpopular bill among the majority ”

ReeeeeeeeJECTED. Polling is even up based on the most recent poll:

http://www.ology.com/post/137138/new-poll-shows-leap-in-public-support-for-affordable-care-act

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:34 am

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:34 am

“Everybody clear out! The goalposts just hit 100mph…”

:lol:

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:35 am

“which is AMAZING, considering it hasn’t even been implemented yet …”

Parts of it has though.

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:35 am

“Obama’s plan doesn’t include abortion … ROMNEY’S DOES”

so I take it Romney gets your vote, UsinUk?

Ennis

July 11th, 2012
11:35 am

This country is going to have universal health care within the next 20 years or less. I don’t have any proof, any stats, or any insider info to prove the statement. I have been the president of a 26 man organization and now president of a 640 man Navy military organization. Sometimes a person just gets the gut feeling of what’s going on around him and draws conclusions that turn out to be true. That is what makes great CEO’s Why can’t the dems and repubs sit down together, take the best part of both plans, and submit to the public??? Wood this be a great country or what???

the cat

July 11th, 2012
11:36 am

Am I the only one amazed there are bloggers that are smacked down every day with facts and just keep spewing nonsense hoping something will stick? I’m looking at you Mighty Righty.

They BOTH suck

July 11th, 2012
11:36 am

“The only reason the liberal Washington Post columnist ”

Were you not praising the WP earlier?

:-)

Recon 0311 2533

July 11th, 2012
11:37 am

Joe,

You sure do likes you some of those far left fringe polls, dontcha. You need to take some time off the blog and get yourself up to date with reality.

Joseph

July 11th, 2012
11:37 am

Its all about the folks Jay. The folks simply reject this monstrosity and Republicans will run on repeal. If you and your ilk don’t like it to bad….. Republicans are willing to repeal and then with input from voters and some democrats a replacement will be born… Not something rushed through in the middle of the night with backroom deals and payoffs the way Obamcare was birthed…

Butch Cassidy

July 11th, 2012
11:38 am

Mighty Righty – “There is nothing good about Obamacare”

In that case you better hurry and tell the Republicans to stop saying they will keep the parts that are good. Afterall, if there is “nothing good about Obamacare” Then the Republicans are either lying or you don’t know enough about your own party to comment.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 11th, 2012
11:39 am

I’m feelin’ good. Just did the AJC on line crossword puzzle in 7:40. That puts me at an average of 12:00 minutes for 30 puzzles now…. Brag!

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:39 am

“…so of course their nuts are more spectacular!”

speak for yourself Josef.

Mighty Righty

July 11th, 2012
11:39 am

The Republicans should continue to bring Obamacare up and make the Democrats vote on it over and over until they ackonwledge they were and are infavor of it. So far, more than a few Democrats pretend they never heard of Obamacare. They knew when they sneaked it through in the middle of the night it was a bad idea and since then have tried to hide their support for it. Can’t blame them for wanting to ignore their support. It was and is the dumbest piece of legislation that if not reversed soon will bankrupt this nation.

Joseph

July 11th, 2012
11:39 am

carlosgvv

July 11th, 2012
11:40 am

Erwin’s Cat – 11:14

The Insurance Companies are a part of the Big Business network which funds Republican election and re-election expenses.

They will not bother to publicly acknowledge this since they, like the Republicans, could not possibly care less about you and your personal interests.

PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT!!!!!!

The one and only thing they truly understand.

Lord Help Us

July 11th, 2012
11:40 am

If we sell Texas to Mexico, can we keep Salt Lick BBQ and Ironworks BBQ?

tiredofIT

July 11th, 2012
11:41 am

I believe the top priority of the republican party is do bleed as many dollars from their supporters as they can. If they where serious about wining the election, they would not have Mr. Waffles as their candidate. It appears they don’t like him either, except maybe the 1% gang.

Recon 0311 2533

July 11th, 2012
11:41 am

Joseph,

Now you know the libs prefer delusion to reality.

larry

July 11th, 2012
11:42 am

In that case you better hurry and tell the Republicans to stop saying they will keep the parts that are good.

They just have no idea how to pay for those parts that they like.

TaxPayer

July 11th, 2012
11:42 am

At least the Republicans took care of them women’s rights and that dastardly Planned Parenthood and those socialists over at NPR and they reaffirmed our national motto. If only they could get us a patriotic flag with some character… :roll:

Mighty Righty

July 11th, 2012
11:42 am

Butch Cassidy

The only thing correct about your post is that I said,” there is nothing good about Obamacare”.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 11th, 2012
11:42 am

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:33 am

…and then there’s Joseph’s world view…

Joseph

July 11th, 2012
11:37 am
——————————-

I’m beginning to believe that Joseph is one of those “Other Republicans” too…

Butch Cassidy

July 11th, 2012
11:43 am

Mighty Righty – “The Republicans should continue to bring Obamacare up”

Of course they should, they have nothing else to hold on to with Romney as their candidate.

Jm-pass TSPLOST silly people

July 11th, 2012
11:43 am

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 11th, 2012
11:43 am

Real Clear Politics…there’s your sign… :lol:

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:43 am

“so I take it Romney gets your vote, UsinUk?”

:lol:

yeah. right. cuz the GOP just luuuuuuuuuuuuz wimmen

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Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:44 am

Were you not praising the WP earlier?

Praise only when it suits the agenda… :lol:

[...] law repeal vote, but offering no alternatives. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and House …House GOP stabbing ObamaCare voodoo doll one more timeAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)GOP says health care repeal also stops a taxBoston HeraldObama, [...]

mm

July 11th, 2012
11:44 am

“They want the money for tax cuts for the top.”

And all of the low information voters for the GOP thinks that includes them.

ty webb

July 11th, 2012
11:44 am

and I have no problem with the 31st vote on repeal…Politically, it gets everyone on record after the recent SCOTUS decision. Should be interesting to see some democrats who face reelection juke and jive around the whole tax/penalty issue…Plus it temporarily keeps Congress from passing any legislation that might “help” us.

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

July 11th, 2012
11:44 am

Well, back to work, gotta earn my “just over minimum wage”…

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

July 11th, 2012
11:44 am

While they are at it the Republicans should add repeal social security, medicare, & medicaid to their bill. Oh and also abolish food stamps & unemployment insurance. Because after all what do they care? Rich white people have no need for any of these. And if you are not a rich white person, you do not count.

concerned American

July 11th, 2012
11:45 am

To anyone running for any government office,
I am so SICK of all the propaganda and seeing only attack ads on TV, I have a suggestion.. Instead of telling the American people and Texan’s what YOU think the government is doing wrong, how about you tell us what you are going to DO!!!! I’m not saying you’re going to do it right, but what you’re going to DO. I and so many other citizens are sick of the attacks ya’ll do. Not only on people in the other party but also to people in your own party that you’re running against, and like a lot of people caught in the middle we are starting to think it’s just not worth voting anymore. You all look like a bunch of crap and you’re all just pointing out that the other guy is a worse piece of crap than you so vote for you!!! STOP BEATING THE DEAD HORSE ITS DEAD ALREADY!!! So tell Texans and the American people what you’re going to do for them, what you’re going to do for America and its people, how it’s going to be the right way to fix the mess you all created. Realize if the economy collapses your cash won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on, Try addressing the issues and not how bad the other guy is, after all the evil one knows is better than the evil one doesn’t. Try speaking to the American people as adults; also start acting like adults yourself!!!
Please copy, paste into your stats, on websites, blogs and anyplace you can think of, maybe if enough do they’ll get the message. After all if they don’t start working together we’re the ones who are Fk’ed regardless of your party!!!
Concerned Texan & more concerned American Citizen

ragnar danneskjold

July 11th, 2012
11:45 am

Silly essay, the lunacy of ObamaCare was dropped by those few who adopted it more than 20 years ago.

Now if you want to talk about the conservative alternative to the massive new ObamaCare tax, a few good ideas would be:

(1) Abolish FDA power to prohibit sale of a drug or device; give FDA power to exempt a drug or device manufacturer from litigation for “approved” uses.

(2) Preempt state laws requiring insurors to cover specific maladies; require sellers to provide “opt in” coverages, priced appropriately. Require coverage of “pre-existing” conditions along the same terms as used in the life insurance industry: pay no claim arising sooner than two years after the policy is written.

(3) Require a minimal deductible of $1,000 per year for health insurance. Or even better, $5,000.

(4) Pass a specific Federal law allowing health care providers, including hospitals, to decline to serve any prospective patient, for any reason.

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:45 am

Recon — “Joe, You sure do likes you some of those far left fringe polls, dontcha.”

If you can poke holes in the poll or its methodology, please do. And as far as fringe polls go, if you don’t like them, you should abandon Rassmussen. They had a FORTY PERCENT ERROR in one poll in 2010. :D

“You need to take some time off the blog and get yourself up to date with reality.”

I’m way ahead of you. Maybe *you* need to do *your* homework so your assertions don’t get blown out of the water so readily, Marine. Otherwise, your Semper Fidelis becomes Simply Forgotus. :D

Brosephus™

July 11th, 2012
11:45 am

They knew when they sneaked it through in the middle of the night it was a bad idea

Kamchak Corollary alert!!!!!!

Jm-pass TSPLOST silly people

July 11th, 2012
11:46 am

Debbie wasserman Schultz pretty much called Romney anti American

Good to see the vilification is two sided

josef

July 11th, 2012
11:46 am

USinUK

On the other hand, Houston was the first major American city to elect an openly gay mayor…

And while you know how I feel about education, Texas is by no means alone in that, it’s a line of thought alive and kicking from sea to shining sea.

The problem with that, and not singling out Texas or any other locale when I say this, but those who would have a different opinion/approach, didn’t give a tinker’s dame about education/schools and left the vacuum for these loonies to fill.

Let’s just look at this election. How many of the voters have the vaguest notion of what the parties’ platforms are on the matter? Bottom line, we pay no attention until something like that pack of wackos comes in. Then we go looking to place the blame somewhere, anywhere, but on self.

Mighty Righty

July 11th, 2012
11:46 am

larry

July 11th, 2012
11:42 am
“In that case you better hurry and tell the Republicans to stop saying they will keep the parts that are good.

They just have no idea how to pay for those parts that they like.”

Republicans, unlike Democrats know who always pays for things the government dreams up. We taxpayers always pay. The government never pays.

Stevie Ray

July 11th, 2012
11:46 am

The Unaffordable Care Act will drive premium cost thru the roof, rewarding primarily those insurers and hospital operators whom Obama is betroten….Both REP and DEM’s are only interested in protecting campaign cash sources..

I suspect Romney will, whether good or bad, respond that on a state level, his program or similar can be effective but on national level these same principles are for naught….some truth to that.

USinUK - pro-gay-marriage thug and former Girl Scout

July 11th, 2012
11:46 am

Peadawg – the mandate – the biggest sticking point – hasn’t.

weetamoe

July 11th, 2012
11:47 am

Scott Brown, running on a promise to vote against Obamacare, was elected by the majority of MA residents. Evidently they understand the difference between the two.. Any further attempt to present an alternative will most likely be delayed until it is possible that it will no longer be dismissed by a *post partisan* president crowing *I won, Eric,* or *the election is over, John.*

Peadawg

July 11th, 2012
11:48 am

“and I have no problem with the 31st vote on repeal” – Yup. Waste more money while we have 8.2% unemployment. Go House GOP!!!!!

Joe Hussein Mama

July 11th, 2012
11:48 am

joseph — “Republicans are simply doing what the people want….”

Nope. See my 11:33.

Bernie

July 11th, 2012
11:48 am

Lets Face it, Mitt just wants the title of President of the United States, not the job that comes with it.

Mitt is willing to say and almost DO anything to achieve that goal alone.
His campaign is akin to a ship LOST at sea lost without a RUDDER and a compass.

He is hoping and wishing on the winds of American fickleness to save him from this foreseeable shipwreck in November.

Too Bad no one at the NAACP conference shouted…” YOU LIE” because we all know that is what true BUSINESS MEN ….. actually ….DO! on a consistent basis.

ragnar danneskjold

July 11th, 2012
11:49 am

Note that my list of suggestions at 11:45 all constrain the power of government (except the “pre-existing provision clause”) and otherwise shift power to the individual, to control his own treatments.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

July 11th, 2012
11:49 am

Yes, but Michelle’s butt is big and ugly and Obama’s a Socialist and a Muslim and not even born in this country and we can’t afford healthcare for everybody and we’re going to be broke and Socialist just like Europe if Obama stays in office.

Besides, we never said we’d replace Obamacare in this century.

So there.