Elizabeth Warren wants a part of Obamacare repealed?

posted at 5:31 pm on April 19, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is one of the last people you’d expect to write an op-ed that advocates for a partial repeal of Obamacare — but she’s done just that.

As The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Brownfield reports, Warren opposes the medical device tax embedded in Obamacare on the basis that it will cripple medical device manufacturers in Massachusetts. The medical device industry employs 24,000 people and is responsible for 13 percent of exports in the state Warren hopes to win. What choice, really, does she have but to oppose the tax?

Unfortunately for the American people, the medical device tax isn’t the only tax Obamacare contains. In addition to the much-mentioned penalties on employers and individuals who fail to provide or obtain insurance, Obamacare imposes a hospital insurance tax on high-income earners (which will eventually hit middle-income earners, too, because it’s not indexed to inflation), an annual fee on health providers (apparently just for providing health coverage!), an annual fee on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs and more.

Obamacare is the first entitlement program in U.S. history to prove unpopular with the American people — and it hasn’t gained in popularity in the two years since its passage. In fact, Democrats — as Warren’s bit criticism illustrates — have even begun to disapprove. At Townhall.com, Kevin Glass provides a rundown of other high-profile Dems who have criticized the law. Even Barney Frank is among that number.

Throughout the primaries, it was conventional wisdom to suggest that Mitt Romney would be unable to run on Obamacare because he is the only person in the country other than Obama to have signed an individual mandate to purchase health insurance into law. As the general election proceeds, though, it strikes me that Romney doesn’t have to cede the issue. Much to the chagrin of conservatives, Romney has never completely disavowed Romneycare — but he has repeatedly called for the repeal of Obamacare. That’s something you’ll never hear Barack Obama advocate. As more Democrats recognize the harmful provisions of PPACA, repeal becomes more probable because it might not depend entirely on a Republican sweep of the Senate, House and White House in 2012 to occur. If the appetite for repeal remains high and even increases among Democrats, Romney has an edge on Obama even on the Obamacare issue because he’ll be the only man in the race who would sign a repeal bill should it cross his desk as president.


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Schadenfreude on April 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I have a better idea:

do away with “Obamacare” entirely and then approach single-issues one by one, individually, such as is this “medical device manufacturers” issue.

If Warren was anything more than a troubled, intellectually corrupted Leftwinger, she’d have thought about her complaints ahead of pushing OCare on this nation, but, nooo. Like all of her kind, they pushed the extreme first, and now they’re coming around to try to custom-fit their likability to their donors.

Lourdes on April 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

“I was for it, before I was against…”
signed,
Take your pick of Massachusetts Liberals

Strike Hornet on April 19, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And, I guess no one among the Democrats read Obamacare before they burned down the nation to get it into law.

Lourdes on April 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Simply LoL!

Honestly, these guys look worse after 4 years of Obama than we did after 8 years of Bush.

Valkyriepundit on April 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Let me take this opportunity to pimp one of my candidates. Watch Warren and then watch Deb Fischer. Polar Opposites.

I cant believe a guy who supports Eric Holder and Obama’s Stimulus is leading the NE Senate primary which is less than a month away.

Deb Fischer aint to Elizabeth Warren, nor is she Jon Bruning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjPkgU0ZZDw

swamp_yankee on April 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Scott Brown made this point when he was running for the Senate seat in ’10. Where has she been?

budfox on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

First Barney Frank, and now Warren. What have they heard through the grapevine?

ardenenoch on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

We have to pass it first so that you can find out what parts to repeal.

aunursa on April 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

No. They tried to shove it down our throats, make ‘em choke on it.

vityas on April 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Typical 1%-er.

FlaMurph on April 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

She must be losing.

Bmore on April 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You voted for it sugar, you didn’t read it sugar, and now you and all that voted for it OWN it! Deal with what you did like a good gal!
L

letget on April 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Dear, sweet, Elizabeth…once the ObamaCare stench is on you, it just can’t be scrubbed off. Like a bad tattoo, it’s there for all to see and smell…forever.

joe btfsplk on April 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Scott Brown made this point when he was running for the Senate seat in ’10. Where has she been?

budfox on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

…she must be the oldest person I know smoking crack!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Dont worry Beth, baby – the goddamn thing will be on the scrap heap by mid-June.

The Count on April 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on April 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

The medical device industry employs 24,000 people and is responsible for 13 percent of exports in the state Warren hopes to win. What choice, really, does she have but to oppose the tax?

24,000 people should be chump change for a Democrat running in MA against an incumbent Republican.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

romney should go to taxachussets and go to one of the medical device factories and deliver a repeal obamacare speech. take brown with him!

and stay on message!

Dr. Demento on April 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Rats, ships and etc.

Schadenfreude on April 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Yep. Nice placement by the way. ; )

Bmore on April 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“Maybe we should have read it to find out what’s in it before we passed it.”

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Dont worry Beth, baby – the goddamn thing will be on the scrap heap by mid-June.

The Count on April 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

We really cannot afford to make that assumption.

Even if the SCOTUS rules against the individual mandate which utterly guts the financing of Obamacare, the law is still on the books. States are still required to do certain things. We need a new Congress to repeal Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Must be the part that prevented her from being elected, last time around…

/eyeroll

Shepherd Lover on April 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sure, when it’s taxes on her state. The rest of us, suck it. Pandering beeyatch.

msupertas on April 19, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I am seeing indications of Democrats starting to distance themselves from Obama on a wide range of issues. It’s subtle, but I can sense it. One way it is manifesting itself is in very lukewarm support on various issues. They are still going through the motions but not with any enthusiasm.

It is almost as if many don’t want to come right out and say they don’t support Obama, but they aren’t exactly all that keen to wrap themselves in his mantle, either.

crosspatch on April 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM

romney should go to taxachussets and go to one of the medical device factories and deliver a repeal obamacare speech. take brown with him!

and stay on message!

Dr. Demento on April 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

You should run his campaign. Great idea.

msupertas on April 19, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Awww, poor Lizzy is concerned about the medical device makers in Mass, but the rest of us can be crapped on by this monster. F*** Off, Warren!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

In fact, Democrats — as Warren’s bit criticism illustrates — have even begun to disapprove.

I guess they finally got around to reading it.

cicerone on April 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Dont worry Beth, baby – the goddamn thing will be on the scrap heap by mid-June.

The Count on April 19, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Good God, I hope so!!!!!!

Bitter Clinger on April 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I guess they finally got around to reading it.

cicerone on April 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Indeed

Bitter Clinger on April 19, 2012 at 5:57 PM

“Maybe we should have read it to find out what’s in it before we passed it.”

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

IMO, that one stunningly stupid statement is why we have Leader Pelosi instead of Speaker Pelosi. If 2012 doesn’t change things, we are apt to get Representative Pelosi at which point this vile woman will opt to “spend more time with my grandkids” and retire. The gravy train of insider information and writing laws that benefit her financially are gone when you are not in the leadership. She has made millions off the nation, that should be enough.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 5:58 PM

First Barney Frank, and now Warren. What have they heard through the grapevine?

ardenenoch on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

That’s what I’m thinking. Especialy when you add Obamas previous rant.

plutorocks on April 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

First Barney Frank, and now Warren. What have they heard through the grapevine?

ardenenoch on April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

By ” grapewine ” we mean the Wide Latina and KD Lang, right ?

burrata on April 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I think the next Congress should repeal it except for all registered Dems across the country. They should be forced to keep it and pay for it, by law. Then, let them sweat it out for three years while they appeal it to SCOTUS.

msupertas on April 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

She’s opposed to (some) rich people paying more taxes as well. How dare republican chumps suggest she and her friends should put their money where their mouth is?

joana on April 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM

By ” grapewine ” we mean the Wide Latina and KD Lang, right ?

burrata on April 19, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I was thinking more Kathy Bates.

msupertas on April 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

what’s the matter liz? obamacare a little TOUGH to swallow? is it getting TOUGHER to support the joke-in-cheif? are you feeling a little CRUNCHY knowing that the tide of public support has turned against you???

GhoulAid on April 19, 2012 at 6:02 PM

In general they all say “salvage the good.”
That she specifically points out the stupid anti-medical-innovation med device tax is another matter. But try to stay away from the “it’s laudable to advocate repealing part of Obamacare” angle, as that’s just the line that they all take. Don’t repeal part of the monstrosity. Repeal it all. Go ahead and replace it with something, but “replacing” is optional, “repealing” isn’t.

anotherJoe on April 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Polling for 0bama HellCare must really be awful if looked at through a real lens. Also SCOTUS to strike down 7-2.

Maybe the NSD party members should have read it before passing it.

jukin3 on April 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Why is she kowtowing to Big Med Device?

They are successful. Good for them. They ship their medical devices over roads we paid for. They made products with employees we educated.

Or is that not true anymore, Liz?

ChrisL on April 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Romney needs to start talking about these taxes whenever Romneycare is brought up.

ladyingray on April 19, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Oh no,Warren has sold her Progressive Soul!!

canopfor on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The Left proclaimed that Obamacare would aid businesses by removing the burden of providing health insurance to their employees!

Now? Not so much.

Never has so much deceit been used to pass something so destructive.

chimney sweep on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hypocrite & opportunitist.

Almost makes me like Scott Brown. Almost.

Also, kind of nice to see a forum w/o angryed.

22044 on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

24,000 people should be chump change for a Democrat running in MA against an incumbent Republican.

Happy Nomad on April 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Duuude – you got to realize you’re talking about people directly connected to the Havahd and MIT working for these companies. It’s a pipeline.

It’s a small amount when it comes to an actual vote, but they’re literally the money of the city.

…And this is without taking into consideration all the doctors who pwn Brookline, like Conan O’Brien’s parents, IIRC.

IMO, she got word they were going to pull for Brown since they felt she wouldn’t fight to strip the tax out if Obamacare was enacted, and he would.

budfox on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Warren is busy unconnecting the life-boat release gizmo
do dads,to get the h*ll away from Hopey the Titanic!!

And,I wonder if this is the Bill Clinton Effect,where for
a period of time,the Left treated Bubba as a Political
Leper!!

canopfor on April 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Why is she kowtowing to Big Med Device?

They are successful. Good for them. They ship their medical devices over roads we paid for. They made products with employees we educated.

Or is that not true anymore, Liz?

ChrisL on April 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

great! hold ‘em to their rules, saul alinsky!

she said that stuff to get the democratic nomination… now she is trying to triangulate… brown, don’t let her do it…

Dr. Demento on April 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

“Maybe we should have read it to find out what’s in it before we passed it.”

gravityman on April 19, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I guess they finally got around to reading it.

cicerone on April 19, 2012 at 5:55 PM

…I swear…I think none of them have read it yet! Listen to Nancy Pelosi yet…she still thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

When will the fluff in these stories stop and some one start reporting the reality of this medicare lies. I had a very nice medical plan, didn’t cost much, covered a lot and paid well. Then I turned 65 and the Government said I can no longer use my policy but instead must use medicare. Which costs 4 times what I was paying, covers less and pays less. If I chose to not use the Governments Medicare they will take away all my current and future social security benefits, that’s nearly $2,000.00 a month every single month for the rest of my life. The law is retroactive so they can go back 6 years for all the monies that they had already payed me. This law was passed in 1993. It promises to get worse next year. I found this site that says it better.

http://mrken45sworld.blogspot.com/2009/11/why-you-cant-get-social-security-if-you.html

jpcpt03 on April 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Also, kind of nice to see a forum w/o angryed.

22044 on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

…Shhhhhhhhh! Help me to get those with dementia to quit responding to it! It will get tired of talking to itself.
I remember a couple of years ago one of the trolls posted 30-35 comments and everybody ignored it. It tried 3 or 4 more times over the next couple of days before I realized what was going on…I could hardly breathe from laughing so hard at the attempts!

KOOLAID2 on April 19, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Elizabeth Warren would never advocate repeal of any part of Obamacare unless the word was out: the individual mandate will be struck down by the Supreme Court, with the rest of the bill left standing. She, and Barney Frank, and Jim Webb, are picking the bones of the carcass.

The individual mandate will be struck down, leaving the rest of the bill intact and adrift. Sotomayor will vote with the majority – ruling against the mandate only was part of the deal to get her to cross over, and save the court from a potentially troublesome 5-4 majority. Her vote will validate the ruling.

Unfortunately, without the mandate, the bill is an even bigger pile of sh*t, and various anxious interest groups are going to be putting pressure on their representatives to get rid of the parts they don’t like. Expect to see more of this. The Democrats are desparate to keep their Congressional numbers, especially in the Senate, and they will do anything to attain that goal, even if it means running against Obamacare. After all, it doesn’t matter now, does it?

Mr. Arkadin on April 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Warren show that in addition to the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist motto: “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, they also have the saying “Me, Me, Me – above all else”.

TeaPartyNation on April 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The Left proclaimed that Obamacare would aid businesses by removing the burden of providing health insurance to their employees!

Now? Not so much.

Never has so much deceit been used to pass something so destructive.

chimney sweep on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The Left just made anything up and said it. Unfortunately, Obama’s still doing it.

Lourdes on April 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Why Elizabeth, those medical device manufacturers IN YOUR STATE didn’t MAKE IT ON THEIR OWN, so why should they be exempt?

wildcat72 on April 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

it’s only because the medical device makers in MA have been screaming bloody murder about it- and will vote and contribute according to whomever is offering them in relief.

seeing as she’s a certified champagne socialist red liz is not in any way ideologically opposed to obamacare except in election season.

mittens on April 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

She does not want plastic surgery or personality transplant repealed.

galtani on April 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Prohibition redeux.

“We thought everyone would love free healthcare, I guess we were wrong again.”

BobMbx on April 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I merely want Obama repealed.

Sherman1864 on April 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM

There’s another new tax in Obamacare that no one ever mentions.

Starting next January, the hurdle for medical deductions will go up. I think the current 7 1/2% of income will rise to 10% of income before one can begin deducting medical.

My income is about 27k. This move alone will cost me about $300 a year.

jeanneb on April 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM

You voted for it sugar, you didn’t read it sugar, and now you and all that voted for it OWN it! Deal with what you did like a good gal!
L

letget on April 19, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Actually, even though she publicly supported it (in her position as Special Adviser for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) she wasn’t actually in Congress and, thus, didn’t actually vote for it.

But yes, she knew it was a sh!t sandwich & supported it anyway. She’s as craven & corrupt as the pols she claims to be against & should not be allowed to try to disavow herself from the sh!t sandwich now.

Dark Star on April 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM

NO Tinkering with ObamaCare Ms Warren–

–TOTAL ELIMINATION OF ‘OBAMACARE’!!

BigSven on April 20, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Paying it foreward just ain’t what it used to be.
That op-ed was like hanging a “For Sale” sign on her door.

Jabberwock on April 20, 2012 at 7:09 AM

I fear that she’s going to clean Scott Brown’s clock come November. DD

Darvin Dowdy on April 20, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Why should we believe any Democrat who’s had an election-year epiphany and only now opposes O’Care? I guarantee they’ll go back to being happy with it once they’re safely reelected.

john1v6 on April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

One more thing. I mentioned a few posts back on this subject that the fine for “NOT” using medicare is the giving up of all current , past and future benefits was pasted in 1993. just to make the point clearer the president at that time was the last Democrat President, Bill Clinton.

jpcpt03 on April 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

What a lyin’ sack of crap!?! Talk about PANDERING!?! As previously stated, (D) = LIAR!?! Kinda makes you wonder how many really, really STUPID people there are in Massachusetts!!! After all, it is Frank territory, and we ALL know how well that worked out, don’t we???

Colatteral Damage on April 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM