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GOP Leadership Balks At Defunding Obamacare

“Republicans” in Washington, D.C. are for lower taxes and less government … or at least they claim to be. In reality, they are for higher taxes and more government – especially when it comes to government spying. Anyway, despite its hypocrisy on these core philosophies – at least the GOP…

“Republicans” in Washington, D.C. are for lower taxes and less government … or at least they claim to be. In reality, they are for higher taxes and more government – especially when it comes to government spying.

Anyway, despite its hypocrisy on these core philosophies – at least the GOP is uniformly against the implementation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law, right? Right?

Well, every Republican voted against “Obamacare” in 2010, and every Republican in the U.S. House voted to repeal it 2011. In fact House Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare on dozens of occasions over the last three years. And the party’s official budget proposal de-funded the measure.

Accordingly, if an opportunity to defund Obamacare arose, the GOP would take it right? Right?

Not so much …

GOP leaders are balking at a proposal to defund Obamacare in the upcoming “continuing resolution” to fund the federal government. For those of you unhip to the whole “continuing resolution” thing, here’s the skinny: Politicians in Washington, D.C. have stopped passing annual budgets. Instead they fund government in fits and starts – via the passage of short-term spending deals known as “continuing resolutions” (or CRs).

Is this any way to run a country? Of course not … but that’s not our point.

Our point is that nearly 140 Republican House members – recognizing Obamacare to be the looming disaster that it is – have vowed to reject any continuing resolution (i.e. short-term spending plan) which funds the measure. This means Obama and his liberal allies in the U.S. Senate – including a few “Republicans” – would have to shut down government if they wanted to keep Obamacare funding in the budget (err, CR).

The only problem? “Republican” leaders like Speaker John Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor are not on board with this plan. Nor, reportedly, are several aging “Republican” lawmakers – including Reps. Peter King (RINO-NY), Hal Rogers (RINO-Kentucky), Fred Upton (RINO-Michigan) and Mike Simpson (RINO-Idaho).

What the hell?

Obamacare is clearly not ready to launch. And even if it was ready to launch, don’t these “Republicans” want to stop it from wreaking havoc on our economy? Seriously … the GOP has been beating its chest saying “Obamacare Bad” for the last three years. In fact vowing to repeal and de-fund Obamcare is pretty much the only thing this ideologically bankrupt party has gotten right over the last three years.

Now that it has a chance to accomplish this objective – to stop Obamacare dead in its tracks – the GOP is waffling, though.

Astounding.

In forty-one days, Obamacare will launch its state health care exchanges (which more than half of states rejected, it’s worth pointing out). It is absolutely imperative that House Republicans do everything in their power prior to that time to defund this law.

It is simply unconscionable that any elected official with an “R” behind his or her name is not on board with this plan …

In fact, failure to kill Obamacare when it has the chance would be constitute the GOP’s most significant ideological betrayal to date.

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13 comments

TontoBubbaGoldstein August 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

GOP Leadership Balks at Defunding Obamacare

Imagine that!

Who could have seen that coming?

Ray Charles and TBG, that’s who.

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Smirks August 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

This whole “sabotage everything until I get what I want” mentality is absolutely retarded, especially since it isn’t being suggested as a way to defund abusive NSA programs and the like.

Obamacare will not die. Republicans lost in 2012. Get over it.

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Pete Palaeontologist August 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Amen. Last time I checked, Barak Obama won the 2012 election, with Obamacare clearly an election issue. Republicans are slowly going the way of the Whig Party, the buggy whip, the Wang computer, the Blackberry, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex (“tyrant lizard”).

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Manray9 August 21, 2013 at 10:27 am

The Republicans are against only the taxes and government programs they don’t like — they love farm subsidies, defense contractors, unfunded Medicare drug plans and corporate welfare schemes. Who are they in reality? The GOP is the party that proclaims freedom, but serves moneyed interests. Is their opposition to Obamacare about freedom or fiscal responsibility? Or is it about the perpetuation of the status quo which allows billions of dollars to be harvested out of the healthcare business — insurance companies, hospital corporations, pharmaceutical firms, physicians, et al. These elements all see the “gravy train” threatened and flock to the GOP, while 46 million Americans lack health insurance. Many Repubs of a Libertarian bent will say: healthcare isn’t a core function of government. Maybe that’s true. Healthcare isn’t a right guaranteed in the Constitution, but the U.S. is the richest society in the history of mankind, so we shouldn’t have citizens without health insurance.
It’s just not right.

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? August 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

The “R” ‘s will never defund Obamacare.

If they open that Pandora’s box they know the Dems will defund their crony favors to the military industrial complex and a host of other corporate gov’t welfare recepients.

The whole system is thoroughly rotten.

“Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction in stolen goods.”- Mencken

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Stephan August 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

If your a Republican – is there really any reason to even vote anymore? They are truly the Brutus party – smile to your face, stab you in the back.

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idiotwind August 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

told you already FITS: you lack the brain capacity to deal with national issues (how exactly will the law be a disaster? how does one ‘de-fund’ an item as complex as the ACA?) stick to cribbing notes from your drinking buddies. this stuff embarrasses. you.

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Crooner August 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

My business’s health care costs are up 17% over last year- just like it’s been for the last 8 years. What’s the Republican solution? And yes, I realize Romneycare WAS the Republican solution before Obama made it evil without changing it.

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Centrist View August 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

And some will make money from healthcare reform.

‘The Amazon of health insurance’
eHealth CEO on what it will take to insure millions under Obamacare
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-amazon-of-health-insurance-2013-08-21

(Excerpt)
As CEO of eHealth, an online insurance broker that recently received government
authorization to enroll people in subsidized health plans in the 36
states with federally operated exchanges next year, Gary Lauer will in
effect be in charge of helping many Americans buy health insurance for
the first time starting Oct.1.

With 25 million to 30 million more people expected to purchase coverage
under the new ACA rules, Lauer is preparing for the individual health
insurance market—eHealth’s market—to double or triple in size. Since
eHealth sold the first health plan online in 1998, it has enrolled more
than 3 million people, 40% of whom were previously uninsured. At least
four other online insurance brokers also signed agreements with the
government to sell subsidized health plans, but eHealth is by far the
largest — in terms of sales volume, product selection and market cap.

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dude August 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

The IRS workers don’t want Obamacare. The big unions don’t want Obamacare. Big article last week in Obama’s hometown newspaper, The Chicago Tribune about how this whole Obamacare should be scratched and started over. The Obama himself would not implement, what’s now, a 1/2 of its requirements and mandates? By the way, since when does a President just cancel parts of a law he does not like or want, without the Congress having a say in it?

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9" August 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

More NSA 21C Cold War propaganda.Duck and Cover,Ya’ll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A13vj5vdlCU

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9" August 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Don”t Get Sick!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein August 22, 2013 at 9:21 am

Pro Tip/History lesson:

When Democrats (or “W”) have control they tend to massively increase the size and scope of the Federal government.(New Deal, Great Society, Obamacare etc.). The Republicans always promise that, when they get power, they will “undo”, “defund” or “repeal” the offending programs. BUT THEY NEVER DO. NEVER. NOT ONCE! EVER! IN GENERATIONS!
If you thought that if Mitt Romney was elected along with GOP super-majorities in the House and Senate, that Obamacare would have been substantively changed…YOU ARE A MORON.
Go ask some of the elderly GOPers (like the Lindsey Graham supporters), how the repeal of the New Deal is coming…..

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