Report: GOP might keep parts of ObamaCare if law is struck down

posted at 9:49 pm on May 16, 2012 by Allahpundit

The sourcing on this one is awfully thin, which raises two possibilities. One: The details are exaggerated or outright made up to try to start a firestorm among ObamaCare-hating conservatives. Two: The details are spot-on and are being deliberately leaked to see how ObamaCare-hating conservatives react. Can some parts of this thing be preserved or must the stench of The One’s greatest victory be completely expunged before Congress takes another run at health care?

If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear out its most controversial pieces, such as the individual mandate and requirements that employers provide insurance or face fines.

If the law is partially or fully overturned they’ll draw up bills to keep the popular, consumer-friendly portions in place — like allowing adult children to remain on parents’ health care plans until age 26, and forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Ripping these provisions from law is too politically risky, Republicans say…

Then on Wednesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave the entire House Republican Conference a preview of where the party is heading. His message: “When the court rules, we’ll be ready.”

But Boehner warned that they’ll relegislate the issue in smaller, bite sizes, rather than putting together an unwieldy new health care bill.

“If all or part of the law is struck down, we are not going to repeat the Democrats’ mistakes,” Boehner said, according to several sources present. “We have better ideas on health care — lots of them. We have solutions, of course, for patients with pre-existing conditions and other challenges.”

Reminds me of the furor back in November 2010 when The Hill claimed Eric Cantor wanted to keep parts of ObamaCare after getting rid of the mandate. They corrected their story later that same day to say that in fact Cantor wanted to get rid of the whole law but that the GOP would come up with its own way to pay for the more popular policies introduced in the bill, like the coverage guarantee for people with preexisting conditions. I think that’s the upshot of Politico’s story. You can’t really keep parts of ObamaCare’s framework intact without the mandate; the whole point of the conservative severability argument is that the mandate is the payment mechanism for all the goodies in the bill such that if the former goes the latter have to go with it. What you could do instead is come up with a smaller bill or bills that would reintroduce some of those provisions but in an entirely new payment framework. Which, it seems, is what the GOP’s thinking of doing:

DeMint — a power broker on the right — said the public opposes Obama’s healthcare law in part because of the messy process through which it passed. He wants conservatives to take an incremental approach that keeps the focus on individual policies.

“We have a number of simple, common-sense solutions, including allowing folks to buy health plans in other states, giving tax equity to those who don’t get healthcare from their employer, expanding health savings accounts, and state pools for those with pre-existing conditions,” DeMint said.

“These can be passed in a step-by-step process that would allow Americans to digest each new reform and build trust that each of these ideas stand on their own and will improve quality and lower costs.”

But then there’s this:

Representative Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon who heads the House Republican Policy Committee, said stopgap legislation could be crafted for 2012 if the court ended health insurance safeguards for young adults and children with pre-existing medical conditions.

“That would present a significant void and vacuum in health policy,” Price said. “There will be a need to have some things to fill that vacuum.”

I’m not too worried about that stopgap legislation somehow drifting into permanence through congressional neglect just because, as I say, they’d need to find a payment mechanism for it sooner rather than later. But if you’re looking for a way in which pieces of O-Care might actually be preserved, that’s it.

There’s bound to be more on this from the GOP leadership tomorrow so stay tuned. While we wait, enjoy this memo obtained by BuzzFeed from a leftist group about the various health-care theatrics they’re planning around next month’s Supreme Court ruling. Can’t wait to see what they have in mind for “hospital emergency rooms.”


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There are some things that are good about ObamaCare..

That it is unconstitutional..is one of them.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Keep nothing. Scrap it in its entirety. Don’t start over. Don’t propose anything new.

Just. Get. Rid. Of. It.

Stoic Patriot on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

That it is 2700 pages and most haven’t felt the blunt of it yet…
Is another good thing.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

You say you want a revolution? Keep picking at the very last nerve of a whole lot of voters.

Scribbler on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

this is why romney is such a lousy choice for the gop….superfail!

nobama! nomittens!

Pragmatic on May 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM

That it is costing more then ever thought of..
Is another good thing.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Repeal and replace the whole thing.
If there is any good in Obama Care it can be added to a replacement bill, without his evil finger prints on it.

The Rock on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Live by elections, die by elections.

Ukiah on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

That most Americans say no…to ObamaCare..

Is the best thing.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hey Boehner: Not just no, but HELL NO!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me if they did because lately the Republican establishment likes Big Government just as much as Democracts.

Gay Conservative Out!

Stryker83 on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Now lets say No to John Boehner.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

DeMint forgot tort reform.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

The best thing about tort reform is it will make all those horrible ambulance-chasing lawyer ads vanish from cable channels.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Might want to not do that fellas. Do so at your own peril of course. -_-

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

The GOP will Frappe you.
The GOP will Flambe you.
The GOP will Saute you.
The GOP will Sharpei you.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

While we wait, enjoy this memo obtained by BuzzFeed from a leftist group about the various health-care theatrics they’re planning around next month’s Supreme Court ruling.

Occupy Emergency Rooms! Don’t you just love the way that the left graciously accepts defeat? Win or lose, they’re just gracious, gracious, gracious.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Leadership!!

SouthernGent on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

No.Just No! Repeal the whole d*mn thing. Replace w/whatever is better. If you put some of the provisions in that came out of Obamaturdcare, then you say, see, we were willing to include some of their ideas. They never even wanted to hear ours.

JAM on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

If these idiots don’t tear ObamaCare out, root and all, they will have spelt the absolute end of the GOP.

There is nothing else but totally repealing and removing ObamaCare. Period. End of story. No matter what the SCOTUS does, it has to go.

If anyone in the GOP has seriously proposed keping ANY of ObamaCare, that person needs to be run out of town, immediately, and shunned for the rest of his pathetic life – hounded out of the country would be nice.

These idiots in the GOP had better get it.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

“That would present a significant void and vacuum in health policy,” Price said. “There will be a need to have some things to fill that vacuum.”

Here’s the idea: more vacuum, less government.

Stop the spending.

Add the M&M’s together, divide by 2, divvy up to the States via block grants, offer States that don’t want the funds a refund to the taxpayers of that State so they can choose what they want.

Get the government out of health care for the civilian population, not just in direct payments but in subsidies via the tax code.

Let the States and the people figure it out as the politicians in DC don’t know failure when it slaps them in the face on a daily basis.

ajacksonian on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Require insurers to let “kids” stay on their parents’ plans until age 26? Eh… OK, fine.

Require insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions? No, no, and again: NO. That would lead to the same kind of exploitation of the whole idea of “insurance” that Obamacare is based on. Don’t buy insurance, wait to get sick, buy insurance with the “pre-existing conditions” guarantee, and reap the rewards at the expense of those who paid for coverage all along.

I could see it getting bad enough that private insurers won’t be able to stay in business… which, of course, plays right into the hands of the left with their single-payer system.

Mr. Prodigy on May 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM

So ObamaCare might evolve.

How gay.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Only the hand of God will remove the 100 year infestation of both parties of evil spawn of progressives. No simple election.

In 15 years when no one is looking and one rule at a time all of Obamacare is back in and constitutional. The wording is different and mandate though back door rules that no one knows about and a different name so it can’t be the same thing as the mandate.

tjexcite on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

ObamaCare-hating conservatives

Really? Is there any other type conservative?

WTF?

mathscience41 on May 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I tell ya, we need to send the GOP a message by nominating the guiy who signed RomneyCare into law.

Dupes. You’ll fall for it again and again.

ddrintn on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

The entire POS has to go. Too many bureaucrats and czars making uniformed decisions and writing policies. 4000 IRS agents alone need to be hired to enforce this boondoggle.

antipc on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

“If the law is partially or fully overturned they’ll draw up bills to keep the popular, consumer-friendly portions in place — …”

We’re +$16 Trillion dollars in debt ladies and gentlemen, and it’s growing every day…

… I think it is well past time for some new leadership.

Seven Percent Solution on May 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Politico wrote this, nough said!

bluemarlin on May 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

If the law is partially or fully overturned they’ll draw up bills to keep the popular, consumer-friendly portions in place — like allowing adult children to remain on parents’ health care plans until age 26

“Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Count on it.

While we’re distracted with the possibility that Romney might actually unseat Obama, we’re apt to forget that.

Cleombrotus on May 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I tell ya, we need to send the GOP a message by nominating the guiy who signed RomneyCare into law.

Dupes. You’ll fall for it again and again.

ddrintn on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

THIS & THIS

b1jetmech on May 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

The P stands for Progressive these days. Just the other side of the club waiting for their turn at the trough.
Time to ‘Lugar’ Boehner.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

O/T Hope you have a safe and uneventful trip to Illinois tomorrow. Same for the trip back with your son.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

“Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Law-schmaw.
According to my ex-it matters not what the ‘law’ is. HE is kicking Spawn off his insurance @ 22. Dependency breeds dependency.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Don’t you just love the way that the left graciously accepts defeat? Win or lose, they’re just gracious, gracious, gracious.

4Grace on May 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM

They’re the “tolerant party” dontchaknow.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

They must deal with preexisting conditions. Period.

Throw the rest out but this must be done..If the Pubs can eliminate the mandate but work out a system for preexisting conditions, the Republicans will own this issue.

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

What they want to have kept is unaffordable. I don’t care how much we want to avoid reality.

Guarentee issue is a disaster. Forcing employers to pony up more money for adult children is theft.

Eliminate the tax advantage of employer provided health care – and if you want to be real crazy make it impossible for employers to actually expense health care expenses – no more self insured businesses.

Force the states to wake up and use more enlightened health care policy to make theier state more business attractive.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

O/T Hope you have a safe and uneventful trip to Illinois tomorrow. Same for the trip back with your son.

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Thanks. I’m only going as far a St.L-graduation’s in Il on Sunday-but it’s still 19 hours on a bus.
Spawn is looking forward to escaping the ILL.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Buwhahahahahahaha

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

This seemed inevitable to me for one reason, and one reason only. That being, that with over a thousand pages of meddling inevitably that was going to be SOMETHING in there somebody in the GOP figured was a good idea. Kinda like throwing darts blind-folded ten thousand times, eventually you’ll hit the bullseye a couple times.

My main concern is getting rid of the components of the bill that directly threaten liberty and distort markets. So long as we can manage that, anything else is just a bonus.

Here’s to keeping optimistic!

WolvenOne on May 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I have a ton of preexisting conditions-and have NEVER been turned down for insurance.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Dependency breeds dependency.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

+++

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

ricky – it does not exist. It is rainbows and unicorns.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The GOP is now the Dem party of the 1980′s and the current Dems have move further to the left than Castro.

bgibbs1000 on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

You don’t have the wrong pre-exists and you don’t live in the wrong state.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Alternative Headline: Obamacare hating Conservatives consider striking Bohner from GOP.

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I have a ton of preexisting conditions-and have NEVER been turned down for insurance.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Are you self employed?

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Yeah, you’ll be laughing when the Supreme Court rules the Democrats’ brazen power-grab law unconstitutional. Two years and Obama’s signature legislation in the garbage can. What fun!

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Buwhahahahahahaha

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

How does it feel to waste 2 years of full democratic rule to have it picked apart?
And nothing to show but the new Gay Obama.

Mount Rushmore is too straight for Obama…

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

The sourcing on this one is awfully thin

I’ve been saying all along that the SCOTUS is our only hope of killing ObamaCare – if they don’t strike it down – the GOP will keep it … ALL.

Now – I had not considered the possibility that the Ayatollahs of the GOP establishment might actually resurrect parts of this abomination – but I should have considered it. It totally fits with the modus operandi of the establishment.

This is one of the reasons I won’t vote for Willard. The GOP is NOT READY — NOT READY — NOT READY — NOT READY TO LEAD THIS NATION. Putting these fools on the field right now will destroy all our efforts and destroy the Reagan legacy.

These GoP Ayatollahs are CONVINCED that the nation wants bigger government – it’s why they gave us Medicare Part D UNFUNDED!! And – bigger government means more money going into DC – which means more power for them.

Of course they LOVE Obamacare! LOL

HondaV65 on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

. We have solutions, of course, for patients with pre-existing conditions and other challenges.”

Buwhahahahahahaha. OMG.. My ribs…. Oh my ribs

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-calls-out-boehner-over-plan-to-keep-popular-parts-of-obamacare/

Here’s The Great One ripping RINO Boehner a new one over this.

Allah, you need to link to Levin alot more, it’s good for people to see what real conservatism really is.

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

if you have a skin rash insurance companies wont cover the problem. It’s ridiculous. It reaches the point of “why have insurance”.

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yeah, you’ll be laughing when if the Supreme Court rules the Democrats’ brazen power-grab law unconstitutional. Two years and Obama’s signature legislation in the garbage can. What fun!

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Don’t forget Kelo

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Of course they LOVE Obamacare! LOL

HondaV65 on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What’s in it for them not to love? Their not subject to it.

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Good one. ; )

Bmore on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Hey Boehner: Not just no, but HELL NO!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

…he may start crying!

Now lets say No to John Boehner.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

…”it’s the best that we could do!”…so we should do as Electrongod says…

The P stands for Progressive these days. Just the other side of the club waiting for their turn at the trough.
Time to ‘Lugar’ Boehner.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM

…and we have to count on the good people of Ohio…or find enough people with enough marbles to take his gavel.

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Yeah, you’ll be laughing when the Supreme Court rules the Democrats’ brazen power-grab law unconstitutional. Two years and Obama’s signature legislation in the garbage can. What fun!

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

To use one the most favored Obama Twitter hashtags that was hijacked by conservatives:

#WeCantWait

;-)

Flora Duh on May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

. We have solutions, of course, for patients with pre-existing conditions and other challenges.”

Buwhahahahahahaha. OMG.. My ribs…. Oh my ribs

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Sounds like pre-existing..

You’re Flucked..

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Somehow kittens, orphans, “people with prexisting conditions,” and 26 year old children managed to exist in what was considered a First World country into 2010.

Also, “people with pre-existing condition” is Orwell-speak for “someone who waited until he or she got sick to get insurance and wants the insurance company to spend vast amounts of money on his or her treatment.” After all, anyone who gets health insurance after they got sick could get it before they got sick, right?

Speaking as someone without health insurance, this is my solution: everyone dies, and soon. It’s not the job of hundreds of millions of strangers to impoverish themselves and their children because they happen to live on the same demarcation of the continent as you do. If you need to leech, you can rely on your family – you know, that primitive genetic association to which people used to be chained before they discovered self-actualization and second-bedroom yoga studios. Or you can rely on the Christian charity of strangers commanded by their primitive sky god to help you. Make noises about secular morality if it helps you feel better.

This law is sold, as all Obama laws are, as fighting against greedy corporations. But the health insurance companies don’t swallow the cost. No company swallows any cost, ever. They pass it along to the fools who have a policy before they got sick. (That’s why the individual mandate was necessary.) And if that raises the cost of insurance beyond what people are willing to pay, the insurance companies will pay out their million dollar bonuses and fold without a second thought. You cannot force a person to operate at a loss, even a corporate person.

HitNRun on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

The GOP will betray you.

Bishop on May 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM

LOL – they already have – hundreds of times.

Conservative SLAVES keep voting for them!

“Mo Tea Suh?”

“Not now boy”

HondaV65 on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

…it took me a while to get used to him yelling at people…but now I like him 99.9% of the time!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Why won’t the others in the GOP, the real leaders like Steve King and Bachmann step up to get Boehner replaced as Speaker?

It’s time for conservatives to band together to primary Boehner in Ohio!!

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM

It’s Politico, soooo… Number One.

And HotAir still hasn’t commented on Politico’s oppo-research article on the private citizen in the Romney ad. Really disappointing.

BKeyser on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Yeah, you’ll be laughing when the Supreme Court rules the Democrats’ brazen power-grab law unconstitutional. Two years and Obama’s signature legislation in the garbage can. What fun!
John the Libertarian on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Oh I thought your tea party tin foil bought and paid for pols were going to repeal Obamacare? What happened? Finding out talk is cheap?
Don’t worry, been there done that on Gitmo. Word of consolation , the pain goes away after a while. Buwhahahahahahaha

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Health “insurance” isn’t – it is prepaid healthcare services.

Until we fully reinstitute health insurance – which means you always pay for your doctor visit, most pharmaceuticals, and ancillary services that aren’t surgery or hospitalization based, you can keep dreaming for someone else to pay for your health care while they hope you will pay for theirs. But in the end it all blows up.

This GOP plan as noted by Boehner is stupid. But hey, just because prog dems are stupid has never blinded me to the point that GOP types are all that smart.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

“That would present a significant void and vacuum in health policy,” Price said.

The federal government has NO BUSINESS having any sort of “health policy”. That is for each state and the feral government ONLY has the responsibility to aid the inter-state commerce of the elements surrounding health care. If states put up barriers, then the feral government can work to take them down and allow the inter-state commerce to flow, but that is it. THe feral government is not in the business of formulating any NATIONAL policy on health care or health insurance or health anything.

The GOP had better not stab us in the back again with this (as they have been doing since we put them back in in 2010). They will find themselves in quite the untenable position.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

rickyricardo on May 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I get it through my husband’s employer. All they ask is that you mention them @ the time of enrollment.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

…it took me a while to get used to him yelling at people…but now I like him 99.9% of the time!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Everyone has there own style. Rush and Hannity often play nice with the dolt callers which leads to wasting everyone’s time. Levin values his air time and will not waste it on some dolt who has nothing to add other than liberal talking points… instead it’s much better say “Get Off The Phone You Big Dope!”

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

House Republicans: If all or part of Obamacare is struck down we’re not going to repeat the democrat’s mistakes, we’re going to make all brand new mistake entirely of our own.

SWalker on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sorry dont trust them at all, period, the end. They havent earned it and they are a big part of the reason we’re in the mess we’re in. As for Romney we’re stuck with him. At least there is some chance they’ll hear us. They care about getting reelected.

ldbgcoleman on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Don’t worry, been there done that on Gitmo. Word of consolation , the pain goes away after a while. Buwhahahahahahaha

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Gitmo still open???

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I feel like a battered wife must feel after years of beatings. You just never know what you can do to make him stop terrorizing you. After a while you just don’t believe them when they say they have learned their lesson when the voters tell them what they want.

Lily on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Buwhahahahahahaha. OMG.. My ribs…. Oh my ribs

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

….yawn… more wit and wisdom from Upyerassideways!
…wake me up after his hit ‘n run is over will you?

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

ddrintn on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Talk about being original ….you’re leading the way!!!

//

Talk about a broken record.

CW on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

If they would get the hell out of the way and let the market work…first and foremost through tort reform…the cost of healthcare would drop immediately! I say again, after my quad bypass when I didn’t think I had insurance, the TOTAL bill from the hospital was 10 grand, once they realized I actually did have insurance the bill went to over 300 grand. The entire insurance/healthcare industry is a self sustaining scam paid for by us. Obamacare just legitimizes the whole stinking mess and adds to our individual bill.

BadMojo on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

Allowing people to get coverage while they’re sick isn’t health insurance. It’s a membership. It’s not a viable plan to overhaul the insurance industry because no one will purchase insurance until they’re sick. Without healthy people’s premiums subsidizing the sick’s benefits, the whole insurance scheme collapses.

blammm on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

See you all at camp!! What a wonderful time we’ll have!!

Mitt Romney is our Champion?

Talon on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“We have a number of simple, common-sense solutions, including allowing folks to buy health plans in other states, giving tax equity to those who don’t get healthcare from their employer, expanding health savings accounts, and state pools for those with pre-existing conditions,” DeMint said.

You all are killing me tonight. Haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Don’t worry, been there done that on Gitmo. Word of consolation , the pain goes away after a while. Buwhahahahahahaha

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Gitmo still open???

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Dang..Upper…
You are too easy.
Been to Clooney’s house lately?

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Sever insurance from employment. Everyone should purchase their own. Buy the plan you can afford or whatever plan you want across state lines, etc. Tort reform, Medicare and Medicaid reform and GOP is golden.

I can wish…

JAM on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

time to use that spot in tampa as ground zero Sarah. my pitchfork is at your command.

renalin on May 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM

All GOP primary candidates need to be asked where they stand on this. I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t vow to repeal it in it’s entirety.

obladioblada on May 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM

…it took me a while to get used to him yelling at people…but now I like him 99.9% of the time!

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM

It’s what makes him authentic. Outrage is the only rational response top this madness. If you ain’t got it, I question your bonafides.

Cleombrotus on May 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

You all are killing me tonight. Haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Pelosi…
Larger then life Gavel…
Walking towards Congress…
Laughing it up like a fuzzball..

Buwhahahahahahaha

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

ddrintn on May 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Talk about being original ….you’re leading the way!!!

//

Talk about a broken record.

CW on May 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Take your pissin’ match back to the other sandbox, we’re trying to converse on a level higher than grade 5.

Rio Linda Refugee on May 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Hey Boehner: Not just no, but HELL NO!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM

..and get that %$@*^%! hoagie out of your mouth.

The War Planner on May 16, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Here’s the idea: more vacuum, less government.
Stop the spending.
Add the M&M’s together, divide by 2, divvy up to the States via block grants, offer States that don’t want the funds a refund to the taxpayers of that State so they can choose what they want.
Get the government out of health care for the civilian population, not just in direct payments but in subsidies via the tax code.
Let the States and the people figure it out as the politicians in DC don’t know failure when it slaps them in the face on a daily basis.
ajacksonian on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Wow! Talking points word for word. I am impressed.

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

HitNRun – you miss something – what is the average profit of insurance companies? Its less than a 5% business – but steady almost like an annuity. Insurance has its issues but they aren’t the problem driving accelerating costs.

There is only one group getting rich and even then it is not equally so – look to the hospitals who sold their souls to Obama in exchange for more customers paying at higher reimbursements. They don’t realize that his endgame nationalizes them in the end, but they can be stupid for the time being.

And of course – people wanting someone else to pay for their stuff continues to be a problem.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

You all are killing me tonight. Haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Yeah b/c the gov’t has such a great track record of running things!

Can you name one gov’t program that has reduced costs and improved quality?

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Let the GOP massage and caress it to their landslide win in Nov…then Mitt can step to the podium with docs in hand and a toilet behind him and state “I Won”…flush….

hillsoftx on May 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I wonder if Boehner even believes his B.S.?

Boehner has completely caved in to Obama and the Democrats on everything. He’s like friendly dog praying that Obama might rub his belly.

Call your House member and tell them that we need a strong Speaker for America, not a “Go along & Get along” with the Democrats guy like Boehner.

RJL on May 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Screw Obamacare. The GOP has their own form of Big Government. Terrific.

Dongemaharu on May 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

All GOP primary candidates need to be asked where they stand on this. I won’t vote for anyone who doesn’t vow to repeal it in it’s entirety.

obladioblada on May 16, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Steve King is one of the good ones… he’s said the whole thing needs to go.

People laughed at me and called Bachmann and Palin radicals who were too “polarizing”.

What’s so polarizing about repealing ALL of Obamacare?

LevinFan on May 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Buwhahahahahahaha

Woops…got ahead of myself.

Wow! Talking points word for word. I am impressed.

Uppereastside on May 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Lets see what you responded to.

Let the States and the people figure it out as the politicians in DC don’t know failure when it slaps them in the face on a daily basis.
ajacksonian on May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Talking points…
Written in the Constitution…
State’s Rights.

Electrongod on May 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Upper east – actually coburn has some decent suggestions – they could help. Bwaahahahahaha!

No really. Boenher? Not so much.

Zomcon JEM on May 16, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Why don’t they just go ahead and keep the maintain and raise taxes while they are at it?

pedestrian on May 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

maintain -> mandate

pedestrian on May 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

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