ObamaCare delay bills’ Democratic defectors staying oddly silent

posted at 9:21 am on July 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Wednesday night’s House votes on bills to codify into law the president’s decision to delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate for one year, and also to suspend the individual mandate for one year, took a turn for the awkward when 35 House Democrats voted for the former and a full 22 voted yea for the latter.

The White House had spent the day raging about how both pieces of legislation were nothing more than yet another of Republicans’ irascible attempts to undermine the health care law, and that voting for either bill would be playing right into Republicans’ political hands. They even issued a veto threat just to emphasize how intolerably, tiresomely partisan they found the entire exercise — which probably helps to explain why, throughout the day on Thursday, only a small handful of the vulnerable defecting Democrats have so far had the inclination to speak up about why they went there, while others have declined to speak to reporters or through spokesman. Via The Hill:

Several Democrats who voted for both delays, including Reps. Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Ron Barber (Ariz.), are top GOP targets for the midterm elections.

Another two defectors, Reps. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), are favored to win Senate seats this fall. Both voted for the Affordable Care Act at its inception. …

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), who was elected in 2012, said deferring the individual mandate would “make sense” because many lower-income people will still struggle to afford coverage next year. …

In all, 14 Democratic freshman voted for both delays, including Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Elizabeth Esty (Conn.) and Pete Gallego (Texas). …

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), who won back his seat in 2012, repeated a refrain common to the group — that the Affordable Care Act needs some adjustment.

“I have been clear about my support for making changes to the law,” Maffei said in a statement, citing his bill to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax.

The White House and the Democrats alike have been hoping/trying to present a united front on this, and Democrats have been hashing out ways to sell the health care law’s positives as they head home for various recesses and in the run-up to the midterm elections in 2014… but I don’t know if that “we need to fully embrace this thing”-campaign strategy is going to stick.


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Hey, Obama! Nobody likes a sore winner!

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

yo Barry, if you flushed a Turd it would look like Obamacare

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Obama is pi$$ed because Congress is doing their job and taking back the “power” to decide on whether to enforce or not enforce laws. The supposed Constitutional Scholar has deemed that he and he alone can decide what will be the law of the land. He has got to be the most thin skinned President ever. Can you imagine Reagan or Bush throwing a temper tantrum when they didn’t get their way?

Johnnyreb on July 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Twenty-two Democrats know which way the wind’s blowing going into 2014, and want to have at least something to say to voters once anger over the cost of the individual mandate starts hitting voters (though since this is going to be killed by Harry Reid in the Senate, I’m not sure how much protection it’s going to provide in the swing districts, if they were around to vote for the original ObamaCare bill in 2009-10).

jon1979 on July 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The law remains an offense to liberty and must be destroyed along with its authors and supporters. Scorched earth.

Charlemagne on July 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Evidently King Barry believes he is a law unto himself.

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), who won back his seat in 2012, repeated a refrain common to the group — that the Affordable Care Act needs some adjustment.

A 2,800 page bill that had an 800 page amendment added one day before being voted on and that barely any demorat bothered to read before passing into law needs some adjustment?

Boy howdy you ‘rats sure have a way of understating things.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Obamacare is a s**t sandwich, and even the Democrats know it.

RebeccaH on July 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If you took the worst parts of Buchanan, Wilson, Harding and Nixon, I doubt you’d come up with a worse president than Dear Liar.

rbj on July 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

BaseballCrank’s tweet on this was the tweet of the week as far as I’m concerned.

Chris of Rights on July 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Scorched earth.

Charlemagne on July 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

That’s scrotched earth. Get it right or shut up.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

That’s scrotched earth. Get it right or shut up.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Give the man a break! The memo was written in cursive.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Give the man a break! The memo was written in cursive.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

You be retarded, sir! I is new skool.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Give the man a break! The memo was written in cursive.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Nice, Liam!

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Obamascares, Obamashares, Obamafair.

Joe Mama on July 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

yo Barry, if you flushed a Turd And it clogged the toilet it would look like Obamacare

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

added thought for clarity.

kirkill on July 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Give the man a break! The memo was written in cursive.

Liam on July 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

The best yet for this week.Finally a good laugh.Now I won’t be a crying drunk tonight.

docflash on July 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Way OT: For anyone who knew about Shoep the Dog from Minnesota, he died today at 20 years old. Big old hound had a long life.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The Obamacare that ate…the Democrats.

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I’m envisioning Nazi Pelousy screaming NOOOOOOOO! while wearing a straight jacket after this vote. Hey Nazi, we have see what’s in it after you passed it and we hate it even more.

neyney on July 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

ObamaCare delay bills’ Democratic defectors staying oddly silent
posted at 9:21 am on July 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

That headline takes a little head-scratching to figure out…

yo Barry, if you flushed a Turd And it clogged the toilet it would look like Obamacare

roflmmfao

donabernathy on July 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Ad coming to a Porta-Potty near you.

Update to Patrick Henry, Democrats ca. 2013:

Give me Obamacare, and give me political death!

Steve Z on July 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Way OT: For anyone who knew about Shoep the Dog from Minnesota, he died today at 20 years old. Big old hound had a long life.

Bishop on July 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Maybe not so OT. Good thing for Shep that Obamacare doesn’t apply to veterinarians.

Steve Z on July 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

OT: The State Run Media is oddly quiet about the IRS revelations yesterday. One of two Obama political appointees at the IRS was implicated in the testimony of Carter Hull, a 48 year veteran of the IRS. Move along!

d1carter on July 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Silly Democrats. Don’t you know that you voted away your ability to make any changes in that law? “The HHS Secretary shall determine …” and all that.

PackerBronco on July 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Maybe not so OT. Good thing for Shep that Obamacare doesn’t apply to veterinarians.

Steve Z on July 19, 2013 at 10:17 AM


Old Shep

22044 on July 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), who was elected in 2012, said deferring the individual mandate would “make sense” because many lower-income people will still struggle to afford coverage next year. …

Folks, this shows the intelligence of those who make the rules for the rest of us.

This twit believes that because lower-income people can’t afford coverage now, that waiting a year to hit them with the exact same unaffordable coverage will resolve the issue for them.

This is “kick the can” in its rawest form.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Have fun

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

So Republicans in the House should be trumpeting the passing of this bill on a ‘bipartisan’ vote. Why am I not hearing the word ‘bipartisan’?

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The President make a unilateral decision about not enforcing the law. The House knows he can’t do this, so they “throw him a bone”. However, in doing so, they demand something in return, the individual mandate delay. The Democrats complain about these bills, even though this process was initiated by Obama. What more can you ask of the GOP?

djaymick on July 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

They’re quiet because they know their ruthless, leftist Democrat leadership will be out to get them.

rplat on July 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), who won back his seat in 2012, repeated a refrain common to the group — that the Affordable Care Act needs some adjustment.

“I have been clear about my support for making changes to the law,” Maffei said in a statement, citing his bill to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax.

If you had read the bill before you voted for it in the first place, you may have felt compelled to offer an amendment.

I’m guessing you were compelled, just by a different force.

BobMbx on July 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

M. Stanton Evans has taken the time to delve into the belly of this beast Obamacare. It is 4 pages. If you don’t have time to read it now, at least bookmark it to read later. We haven’t heard of most all of what he’s discovered. It’s worse than we thought.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/071713-664096-immigration-bill-filled-with-millions-special-interests-webhedand160-immigration-bill-millions-in-slush-funds-to-special-interests.htm?fromcampaign=1

One comment from the article:

Thank you, Mr. Evans for reading this bill and for your article! Any Republican who voted in the Senate for anything in this despicable bill, designed solely to benefit the traitors of America, should become politically dead to all GOP voters — no excuse is acceptable — NONE. The same goes for any Republican who votes for any part of this bill in the House. In fact, this bill, written in total by traitors, should be dead on arrival in the House.

bluefox on July 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

So Republicans in the House should be trumpeting the passing of this bill on a ‘bipartisan’ vote. Why am I not hearing the word ‘bipartisan’?

slickwillie2001 on July 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Yeah, why is it a bill passed in the Senate (amnesty) was reported to put pressure on Repubs in the House to pass it but a bipartisan bill like this won’t put pressure on the Senate to pass it?

hopeful on July 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM