Rep. Hoyer: These ObamaCare delay bills are the work of “purely partisan politics”

posted at 3:21 pm on July 18, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last night, the House voted to delay for one year the mandates in ObamaCare requiring employers to offer and individuals to have health insurance plans, or else pay the penalties. The White House and Democratic leadership were most displeased about the initiatives, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer objected that the whole thing was an entirely unnecessary and “purely partisan” political performance, on par with the House’s parade of repeal votes. Via RCP:

This bill and the other bill are not real. They are purely partisan politics. They have nothing to do with reality. That, my friends and Mr. Speaker, the American people ought to know that is the truth. These bills take time [on the House Floor] with no effect, and everybody in this House, the Majority Leader and 434 of the rest of us know these bills are going nowhere. … Isn’t it a shame when millions of Americans have no health care, when millions of Americans have no jobs, when people are being furloughed in the defense sector, undermining the security of our country in Virginia and in Maryland, undermining our national security, that we spend our time here on this Floor with ‘gotcha’ politics, with no expectation whatsoever that either of these bills will ever become law? This is simply messaging.

But… they weren’t purely partisan, were they? First of all, voting for or against bills that have no chance of making it through the neighboring chamber, even if it is just for the sake of political gamesmanship and messaging, isn’t necessarily a worthless exercise — especially when, by at least one tally, Americans favor a delay in the individual mandate by a whopping 56 versus 26 percent.

What’s more, even after the White House’s veto threat, 35 Democrats voted to bestow the White House with the proper authority to delay the employer mandate, and then a full 22 Democrats voted for the delay in the individual mandate as well. Hey, even if Republicans were just highlighting the poor politics of this law for a number of Democrats, that’s bipartisanship! Unlike, you know, when the entire health care law was passed without the vote of a single Republican. Awkward?


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Hoyer can kiss my behind. Let this jerk deal with the realities of Obamacare and not have his golden Congress plan.

tyketto on July 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

You’ll be defending this hated turd forever, liberals!

Chuck Schick on July 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

“purely partisan politics”

Lol! F U !!!

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

That noose is getting tight, isn’t it Steny? Own it, beatch.

RadClown on July 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Wait, politicians doing something political in a political branch of government? What a shocker!

rbj on July 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Isn’t it a shame when millions of Americans have no health care, when millions of Americans have no jobs, when people are being furloughed in the defense sector, undermining the security of our country in Virginia and in Maryland, undermining our national security, that we spend our time here on this Floor with ‘gotcha’ politics, with no expectation whatsoever that either of these bills will ever become law?

Yep, but the good people of MD and VA voted for Obama. Sooooo…

Gatsu on July 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Huh? Obama delaying the employer mandate is only about politics….

I saw ObamaCare is the law and must be implemented per it’s schedule…..

I am sorry if the union bosses don’t like it. They wanted it and well now you got it.

Suck on it you sorry azz crackas!!!!

redguy on July 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Then pass them, Hoyer, and remind Obysmal that he doesn’t write the law; Congress does. Then Congress can Move On to the other burning issues that your boss, Reid, spends his time politicking in a highly partisan way. Afterwards, Hoyer, you can go fly a kite.

onlineanalyst on July 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

when people are being furloughed in the defense sector, undermining the security of our country in Virginia and in Maryland

QFT

kunegetikos on July 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Then why did 22 Dems vote for it Stempy?

neyney on July 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Hey, even if Republicans were just highlighting the poor politics of this law for a number of Democrats, that’s bipartisanship!

Not in the world of DC. By DC-ese definition, bipartisanship is only possible when the slightly-less-liberal half of the bipartisan Party-In-Government signs onto whatever the more-liberal half of the PIG wants.

Steve Eggleston on July 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Idiot

cmsinaz on July 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Steny Hoyer was my Representative…back when he was first elected.

I knew Steny Hoyer.

I have spoken with Steny Hoyer.

Steny Hoyer is an ignorant pompous progressive pathological prevaricating party hack.

coldwarrior on July 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Ok, so let me get this straight….

When the President says he is going to delay the employer mandate for a year, that’s good policy.

When the US House of Representatives actually grants the President his wish, that’s partisan politics.

That about sum it up?

BacaDog on July 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I’m really tired of faux outrage from the Left.

mankai on July 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

OK,
Let’s get to it then, Hoyer! I expect you to call Obama and Sebelius to the carpet over their failure to implement the various aspects (Employer, Individual, Exchange) in a timely manner and rage against their delays.

Otherwise, STFU, Hoyer.

ProfShadow on July 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Reaffirming by Congressional act Obama’s unconstitutional EO to delay the employer mandate by a year is ‘politics’? Wouldn’t that be what Dems want — Republicans going along with Obama?

Democrats are such sore winners.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Lock the democrats out of the chamber and vote on the bill in the middle of the night. Tell them to suck on it. Hard.

CurtZHP on July 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Heh. He’s trying to pick up a turd by the clean end. Steny, put on a glove.

a capella on July 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

ObamaCare is the RESULT of purely partisan politics. Top to bottom, ObamaCare IS purely partisan politics, invading and controlling every aspect of your pathetic, little peasant lives.

Meople on July 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Isn’t it a shame when millions of Americans have no health care, when millions of Americans have no jobs, when people are being furloughed in the defense sector, undermining the security of our country in Virginia and in Maryland, undermining our national security, that we spend our time here on this Floor with ‘gotcha’ politics, with no expectation whatsoever that either of these bills will ever become law? This is simply messaging.

So, wait, it’s NOT a shame to make millions of Americans buy health insurance or pay a ta-ta-penalty while giving Big Business a pass?

Message read.

Loud and clear.

Resist We Much on July 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Screw that left wing stooge, Hoyer.

rplat on July 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

OK,
Let’s get to it then, Hoyer! I expect you to call Obama and Sebelius to the carpet over their failure to implement the various aspects (Employer, Individual, Exchange) in a timely manner and rage against their delays.

Otherwise, STFU, Hoyer.

ProfShadow on July 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Classic…

JusDreamin on July 18, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Resist We Much on July 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM ‘ta-ta-penalty‘

Be kind RWM. That one should have come with a content warning!! :-)

Deano1952 on July 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

These bills take time [on the House Floor] with no effect, and everybody in this House, the Majority Leader and 434 of the rest of us know these bills are going nowhere.

For a non-congresscritter, this is a good thing. No legislation = no new rules. And the irony is unmistakable here. Hoyer takes House floor time to talk about a bill he feels wastes House floor time.

Isn’t it a shame when millions of Americans have no health care, when millions of Americans have no jobs, when people are being furloughed in the defense sector, undermining the security of our country in Virginia and in Maryland,

Two points here:

1) Obama delayed healthcare for millions. The House merely made it legal.

2) I missed the part when VA and MD seceded and formed their own country whose security is being undermined. Looks like the union is down to 55 states now.

BobMbx on July 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Hello?

Maybe the NSA didn’t like my comment, that or Ed.

BobMbx on July 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Nothing was more partisan–corrupt, underhanded and possibly illegal–than the passing of this monstrosity known as the ObamuhScare/RobertsTax!

a/k/a the Patient Prevention and unAffordable Obamuh couldn’t Care less Act of War on American Freedom

stukinIL4now on July 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

FLASH: PROGRESSIVE NIRVANA, DETROIT, GOES BROKE…

Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of people.

‘No moolah for you!’

- The Moolah Nazi (me)

Resist We Much on July 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Sorry, Deano.

Resist We Much on July 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I guess they’re “partisan” because nobody except a Republican would want the government to refrain from screwing over the middle-class.

Or something like that.

Socratease on July 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

nice gay-flag tie, Steny…

dpduq on July 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hello?

Maybe the NSA didn’t like my comment, that or Ed.

BobMbx on July 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

That s-word may still be on the blacklist.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Sure

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2013 at 5:02 PM

coldwarrior on July 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Don’t forget arrogant POS.

I have also known Steny since before he became a Rep. There aren’t enough expletives that cover than man(?). Not many can pass the filter.

BetseyRoss on July 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Well, Steny … you Gimmedat’s had to “Pass the Bill to see what’s in it.” So you TOTALLY OWN IT, now King Putt and Sebelius are ‘tweaking’ the LAW so that the financial hit on the middle class will be delayed until AFTER the 2014 election season. Now, if that is not a prime example of partizan politics then there is no such thing.
The Gimmedats are going to twist themselves into knots to avoid TOTAL blame for this Affordable Health Care Act. Their political futures depend upon it.

Missilengr on July 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Steny Hoyer is an ignorant pompous progressive pathological prevaricating party hack.

Oh, you mean like the rest of the Democrat leadership?

Angineer on July 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Don’t forget arrogant POS.

I have also known Steny since before he became a Rep. There aren’t enough expletives that cover than man(?). Not many can pass the filter.

BetseyRoss on July 18, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Princess Nana was his understudy.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2013 at 5:26 PM

“Politics”, Hoyer?

Would that be like giving 3 year waivers to certain backers of ObamaCare so that they don’t have to immediately comply?

Would that be like putting off scheduled changes in Medicare because those changes would have been right before the 2012 elections?

Would that be like putting off the ‘employer mandate’ because it would begin before the 2014 elections?

Politics, Mr Hoyer?

YOU FREAKING, LYING HYPOCRITE!

GarandFan on July 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Democrats are just shameless and sleazy. What else can you say at this point?

Obamacare itself is a PARTISAN package, shoved down America’s throat by the Democrat party, who twisted procedural rule on its ear in order to do so. It was a DEMOCRAT, Barack Obama, who decided just recently not to enforce the employer mandate… a Democrat, Kathleen Sebelius, who’s been issuing waivers. Where do they get the absolute, unmitigated NERVE to refer to anyone else as a “partisan”???

You and your party OWN THIS MESS, Steny Hoyer. Pointing the finger of blame at others makes you look, not only dishonest, but INSANE.

Murf76 on July 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Ah Hoyer, one of 535 proofs that we need term limits.

sadatoni on July 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Would that be like giving 3 year waivers to certain backers of ObamaCare so that they don’t have to immediately comply?

Would that be like putting off scheduled changes in Medicare because those changes would have been right before the 2012 elections?

Would that be like putting off the ‘employer mandate’ because it would begin before the 2014 elections?

Or like the Obama Dept. of Labor promising defense contractors that they wouldn’t be prosecuted for violating the WARN act if they didn’t send out the required sequestration pink slips to employees four days before the November elections?

Socratease on July 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

So the President violates the Constitution by delaying the business mandate of the law when such a cause is not in the bill and the House tries to give him what he wants plus leveling the playing field with a delay also for individuals, then the Democrats and President bulk. Maybe an impeachment charge for violating the Constitution would make them feel better.

amr on July 18, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Ok, so let me get this straight….

When the President says he is going to delay the employer mandate for a year, that’s good policy.

When the US House of Representatives actually grants the President his wish, that’s partisan politics.

That about sum it up?

BacaDog on July 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Damn, we must have slept through the same day.

Hoyer is saying where a Monarchy where the whim of Obama is law; and anything Congress does is useless window dressing and needless if Obama has decided what the law is.

We missed the day the US became a Monarchy… not sure when that was.

gekkobear on July 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

*we’re a Monarchy where*

Typo there… sorry.

gekkobear on July 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

I don’t know what Hoyer is fuming about. Boehner is doing Obama a favor and besides Boehner does what Reid tells him to after Obama tells Reid what he wants.

Fake outrage is all this is.

bluefox on July 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM