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April 20, 2014

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A Republican ‘plan’

House GOP ready to start new Congress with foolish repeal of health care

As they prepare to take control of the House of Representatives this week, Republican leaders are pledging a “clean” repeal of the health care law, setting the tone for the next two years.

With Democrats in control of the White House and the Senate, there is no realistic chance of a full repeal measure succeeding. Republicans, however, plan to move ahead. Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who will become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Fox News that there would be a vote on the law before the president’s state of the union speech late this month.

But Republicans just don’t get it. Americans largely support the health care law’s key provisions, and a repeal would once again give insurance companies the right to exclude people from coverage because of preexisting conditions and would reinstate the so-called “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription coverage.

This is foolish, but the Republican desire to press ahead with repealing the health care law only foreshadows what is to come. They’re playing for the 2012 election, no matter what the public wants, and that will lead to a greater partisan divide and less work done in Washington.

For example, Republicans are already intending to stall work in Congress. Eric Cantor, the incoming House majority leader, last month released the calendar for the House of Representatives that appears to leave little time for work.

Under the plan, members of the House will only need to be in Washington for a total of 123 workdays spread over 32 weeks. Only two of the weeks include five workdays, and the entire year’s workload is cushioned by long weekends and extended time away from Washington.

As well, Cantor has limited the time members have to be on the floor for votes so they won’t have to worry about rushing back to conduct the people’s business. Cantor said that his intention is to schedule votes no earlier than 1 p.m. nor later than 7 p.m. But on the first day of the week, voting won’t start until 6:30 p.m., giving members essentially an extra day off. And on the last day of the week, votes will end at 3 p.m. so members can take off early to get home.

So much for “working” for the people.

However, Republicans don’t intend to be totally idle. Cantor said the calendar would have time for “meaningful oversight.” That’s code for “witch hunt.”

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who will be the House’s chief investigator as chairman of the House oversight panel, made that clear. Last weekend he said President Barack Obama’s administration is “one of the most corrupt administrations” in history. Issa, who tried to back off a previous claim that Obama was corrupt, will have the power to subpoena administration officials and documents, and that means he’ll be able to tie up the daily workings of government, delaying progress on important issues like creating jobs and improving the economy.

Once again, the Republicans just don’t get it. The message the American people sent in November’s election is that they want government to work. Instead, Republicans plan to deny health care to people, tie up government and take time off.

What a plan.

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  1. I am sure the "FOS" News Network will set us straight on this before the morning is over. Some good name calling will get it done. LOL

  2. We will need all the savings to fund the coming war with Mexico.

  3. OK. Let's say we repeal Obamacare. We will still be spending 16% of GDP on health care. What will replace it?

    OK. Let's say the Republicans offer no replacement. Businesses are still left with their burden of funding health care. A burden which makes it difficult for many of them to compete against foreign companies whose governments pay for health care. That leaves burden on local taxpayers for uninsured care for the poor -- and the feds for Medicaid and Medicare.

    Would that be better -- or worse -- than having everyone covered by health insurance?

  4. I am saddened by the fact that the Republicans in the House all seem to play party politics and throw bombs continually. They are now in charge and clearly demonstrate they don't know how to lead and govern. They only know attack and point fingers. It seems like Mr. Rush Limbaugh and the entire Fox News propel them into action and speak for them. The ultra right wingers have taken over and pushed any moderation out the door. They have been in the attack mode for so long, they know nothing else.

    They are not even in session and the cards are on the table that they are blowing it.

    I guarantee that if they take steps to repeal national health care reform (or de-fund any portion of it), then they must face the consequences. Because when something is given to the American people, something that is of extreme benefit, something that has been strived for many, many years, something that will help people...and you take it away?

    Not good.

    The Republicans in the House pursue this course of action, the American people will take notice. Just like elections have consequences, this carries into future elections too.

    The Republicans will be committing hari kari. Just go ahead and fall on the sword now. Because if they take away national health care reform...especially the part where it is law that health care insurance firms have to spend 80 cents of every dollar paid on health care...the part where young adults up to the age of 26 can stay on their parents health coverage...and other new changes that were sorely needed to curtail an out of control health insurance industry....then there is no other alternative than they will disappear as a political party.

    They continue with this hollow rhetoric and this insane course of action, the next elections will ensure they get vaporized before our eyes. The backlash will be catastrophic. And they won't recover from it. The American people can only take so much. Never be able to field a candidate nor fund raise. Complete destruction.

    Mark my words.

  5. SUN -- again, you're the ones who just "don't get it."

    There's a buffet of what's wrong with Obamacare @ http://www.cato.org/search_results.php?q...

    "The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." -- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-82

  6. For the less informed, the actual name of the law is the "Affordable Care Act". The term "Obamacare" is in no way reflective of what transpired in Congress and is a term that is singularly meant to deride and belittle this administration.

    Stop listening to Palin and Beck and Limbaugh and take a listen to House.gov or Senate.gov or Congress.org or the Thomas Library if you have the stomach for true information.

  7. This new pee-party laced congress wants to start off fast... Vote on something that stands NO CHANCE of ever passing and/or getting to the Presidents desk.

    Trying to set a tone are you...humm..the tone is - "I can be talked into anything - just ask".. and all the pee-party automatons stand up and rose-bowl-wave to the cameras.. AND go back to accomplishing NOTHING.

  8. Uhave2laff...
    Marla, you "GET IT".
    Right on, girl.
    Most of the lemmings against these long overdue reforms get "the truth" from sources that MAKE UP the truth and feed it to them like so much pablum.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/fox-repea...

    The biggest liars of them all, the biggest purveyors of mistruths, Fox on the box and AM Hate-Radio, are laughing all the way to the bank!

  9. I didn't realize the official name was Affordable Care Act. Thanks, Marla.

    You are so correct. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and a sheer deluge of right wing hate talkers out there all love to refer to it as "Obamacare," as if using that term disparages it as something bad.

    And I'm very sure that President Obama did not sign that law into effect in order to have his name on it. From every indication shown, he wants the American people to be the owners of it.

    But the hits will just keep on coming. The reference to "Obamacare" will be thrown out there frequently. It kind of reminds me of the cheap shot that was used after President Obama was elected. When Rush Limbaugh and others all made sure that when they called him by name they included his middle name (Hussein) and always made sure they emphasized that...as if to insinuate he is certified to be some kind of terrorist or something.

    The buzz words, catch phrases, slogans and untruths will be thrown out there more and more by the right wing hate press as the days go on. And the Republican Party follows what they say as if it were their code of conduct now.

    My point in my past comment is that this is really sad to see. Because the Republicans have fought to get control of the House. Now they have it. But the problem is they don't know what to do with it, except what they have done over past years. Yell, scream, point fingers and blame everything on the Democratic Party. They are in a position to do something, but I don't see them governing and leading. All I see is whining like before like a bunch of complaining, unchaperoned children.

    And if it continues, the Republican Party will self implode. Right now there is no wiggle room for the ultra righties. They are so far to the right now that they are completely and utterly unable to do anything. Because everything they put on the table don't account to a hill of beans to the American people. Yet still they scream they are doing the will of the people.

    They are living in a dream world. After the next election, I am very sure they are going to be on the outside looking in. For a very, very loooooong time.

  10. EXACTLY, hsr!!!
    You have to be PSYCHOPATHIC..
    What in God's name are they thinking?
    The Neo-Nuts will spend the next few months NOT ON JOBS,
    but on trying to do the impossible; overturn this essential bill.
    It's a childish, vengeful bit of spite, and will further America's long, painful wallow in the mire.

  11. gogowhitesox Gee, wasn't it the EX-Speaker, Harry Reid ...MAYBE if you could get your facts straight you could play like you are smarter than everyone else . but the jumbled bs that you throw at anyone with different opinion proves your facts are your delusions ..

  12. Gogowhitesox, I believe you to be passionately concerned about our country but I also believe you're terribly misinformed.

    On January 1, 2011, a number of important provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. These provisions will ensure that consumers receive the best quality care for their money by providing discounts on prescription drugs and free preventive care for seniors, reducing waste in insurance companies, and streamlining payment processes for everyone.

    Improving Quality & Lowering Costs

    Prescription Drug Discounts: The law will ease expenses for seniors by requiring pharmaceutical companies to provide a 50% discount on brand-name prescription drugs to seniors who reach the Medicare Part D "donut hole" coverage gap. Over the next ten years, seniors will continue to receive federal subsidies for brand-name and generic prescription drugs until the coverage gap is eliminated altogether.

    Free Preventive Care for Seniors: Seniors on Medicare will begin receiving free preventive care, including free annual wellness visits and personalized prevention plans.

    Improving Health Care Quality & Efficiency: A new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will test and study new ways of delivering care. The Center will be tasked with finding ways to improve care while bending the cost curve down for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

    Taking Care of Seniors After They Leave the Hospital: The new Community Care Transitions Program will help high-risk individuals on Medicare who receive hospital treatment avoid unnecessary readmission by connecting patients to community-based care where they live.

    Holding Health Insurance Companies Accountable

    Lowering the cost of health insurance premiums: Health insurance companies will be required to show that 85% of premium costs for large employer plans are spent on patient care--not on administrative costs or skyrocketing profits. For plans bought by individuals or small businesses, health insurance providers must show that 80% of premium costs are going toward care. Insurance providers that do not meet this requirement must offer rebates to consumers.

    Tackling Overpayments to Big Insurance Companies and Strengthening Medicare Advantage: The law will reduce the discrepancy between what the government pays for seniors on traditional Medicare and what it pays for those on Medicare Advantage--currently the difference amounts to about $1,000 per person. Individuals currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage will continue to receive the same benefits, while Medicare Advantage plans that provide high quality care will receive bonuses.

  13. Repealing health care could kill 32,000 Americans per year:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-ki...

    68% of Americans favor health care reform - and most of the provisions in the current legislation.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-rome...

    The 2010 immediate benefits of HCR:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/22...

    Repealing HCR will cost us billions:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-kl...

    What will happen (in the real world) if HCR is repealed:
    http://healthreform.kff.org/timeline.asp... and

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-rome...

    Doctors for America fights the repeal of HCR (1-4-11)
    http://health.change.org/blog/view/docto...

    Chuck SChumer blasts Republicans for hypocrisy on health care: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/04...

    Virginian judge who overturned a portion of HCR legislation admits 20-year loyalty to GOP: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/17...

    Last month, incoming Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) complained during an orientation session about the 28-day waiting period before receiving health care benefits. After asking if there was a public option-like solution to this gap, a group of Democrats shot back, telling Republicans that they should be willing to forgo their own subsidized insurance if they were going to work to repeal HCR legislation.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/05...

    GOP members of Congress continue to assert that government sponsored health care is unconstitutional and socialist. Yet earlier today, House Republicans voted down a resolution that would require each member of the House to reveal whether or not they accept government-provided health care.
    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2011/1...

    Remember the GOP "Pledge to America?" Turns out half of it was just for show: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/04...

    Poll shows most Americans favor raising taxes for the wealthiest among us to help resolve the budget problems: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/04...

    Go ahead and call it Obamacare one more time. Apparently, the liberals have co-opted the term and decided to run with it. Obama Cares? You bet he does! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-ros...