Pryor: Hey, ObamaCare is amazing, isn’t it?

posted at 1:31 pm on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

There is little doubt that Mark Pryor finds himself stuck between Little Rock and a hard place in Washington these days.  In order to win re-election in Arkansas next year, the incumbent Democrat has to distance himself from Barack Obama and his agenda while explaining his votes to enact ObamaCare and the stimulus bill.  One might expect some nuance from Pryor in achieving the delicate balance necessary to convince red-state voters to send Pryor back as a vote in favor of the Obama-Harry Reid agenda in the upper chamber.  Instead, Pryor doubles down on his support for ObamaCare, calling the results “amazing” for Arkansans (via the Weekly Standard):

Mark Pryor, the two-term Democratic senator up for reelection next year, says Obamacare has “been an amazing success story” in his state of Arkansas.

“I would say if you want a good opinion about Obamacare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it,” Pryor told news affiliate KHOG. “It’s been an amazing success story so far.”

Not all Arkansas providers feel that way. Perhaps Pryor should ask the 170 workers laid off last month from Baptist Health, which explicitly blamed the Affordable Care Act for the need to downsize:

Little Rock-based Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers across its statewide health care network and one industry leader says more hospitals could follow suit. …

Bo Ryall, President and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association, said the Baptist Health layoffs are part of a national trend in recent months due to cuts made by the Affordable Care Act and this year’s federal sequestration.

The Affordable Care Act reduced national Medicare funding by $155 billion over a 10-year period that starts this year, Ryall said. He added that the fiscal impact on Arkansas was roughly $2 billion.

Amazing! And did we mention that Baptist Health is a non-profit?

Yesterday, I wrote that Pryor was practically launching Tom Cotton’s GOP candidacy for him. Now he’s cutting ads for Cotton, too. Cotton didn’t hesitate to use Pryor’s assistance in his opening campaign address (via Power Line):

Just four days ago, Mark Pryor even said it would be a “waste” of a Senate seat to elect a senator to oppose Barack Obama. Well, I’ll put it very simply: Do you agree with Barack Obama 90% of the time? If so, Mark Pryor is your man. If not, stand with me in this election and I’ll stand with Arkansas in the United States Senate.

And Arkansans who don’t believe ObamaCare is “amazing” should consider the same choice.  This could end up being a landslide under those circumstances, and one that won’t be “amazing” for the very generous Pryor.


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Good people, get rid of this traitor!!!

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Sure, it is.

From the headlines

Iowahawk has the best plan…..

Waivers for everyone!

Nothing else would matter then

ProfShadow on August 7, 2013 at 1:00 PM

There you go, leftist…you always wanted a national health’care’ plan.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

What part of you the NSA will let live, the HHS will finish off.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Yes! It’s amazing! So’s herpes!

Akzed on August 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Baptist Health System says it will lay off 170 workers

Systematic. Destruction.

faraway on August 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

….7,8,9,10! He’s out!

tomshup on August 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I will never again attempt to understand the electorate.

Just over a year ago, I remember watching Romney give give one of the first speeches of his campaign. He spent almost the entire speech defending Romneycare.

I remember tweeting at the time, “We are witnessing the self-destruction of Mitt Romney, live.”

I was so wrong. He still got the nomination.

These moves by Pryor seem equally dumb. What do I know?

Chris of Rights on August 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Hopefully obozocare will help rid Arkansas of it’s Pryor condition.

Flange on August 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

These political bums will blatantly lie about this green eyed monster in an attempt to save their own worthless butts.

rplat on August 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Doctors continue to tell me Epic is amazing. Well they don’t use the word amazing exactly.

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

All In!

blammm on August 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hopefully obozocare will help rid Arkansas of it’s Pryor condition. Flange on August 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Ha! Pryor condition. As in prior. That’s good. Mind if I use it?

Akzed on August 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

How could he possibly know?

TimBuk3 on August 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Well, I do admit to being constantly amazed by Obamacare.

Chris of Rights on August 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Mark Pryor, the two-term Democratic senator up for reelection next year

…this dumbphuck has been dressing himself…for eight years?

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

what an audience of winners.

Not sure who’s the bigger knob. The clown speaking or the trained chimps clapping at the wonder of the speech.

acyl72 on August 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

It’s true these systems have to lay off a bunch of people to afford what they need to implement Obamacare (lot of IT stuff and so forth for compliance). It’s not just this provider. Ours is doing it too.

earlgrey133 on August 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

“I would say if you want a good opinion about Obamacare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it,” Pryor told news affiliate KHOG. “It’s been an amazing success story so far.”

He went on to say “Yep. Morgue is totes full. Now, who wants a fist bump??”

Gatsu on August 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

GERMANY!!!

/bayam

Chuck Schick on August 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

It’s so amazing that one of its key provisions was delayed a year.

Doughboy on August 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Akzed on August 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

If you’ve taken a cotton to it, then of course.

Flange on August 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Good for Mark Pryor. Own it!

It’s intellectually honest, which is to his credit, even if its stupid as hell.

MTF on August 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

It’s so amaing that obama exempted the congress and their aid.

Got to Hell all who think it’s amazing.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Go Tom Cotton. Stick to emotional facts: Democrats support of Obamacare will deprive you of your doctor; Democrats have stopped energy development; democrats will raise your taxes; democrats are robbing you of your soul.

Republicans LOVE it when YOU have a job; when YOU succeed; when YOU learn.

MN J on August 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

aids

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

It’s so amazing that obama exempted the congress and their aids.

fifm

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

It’s intellectually honest, which is to his credit, even if its stupid as hell.

MTF on August 7, 2013 at 1:49 PM

He defied his constituents, after b/sing them…how “intellectually honest” was that.

They s/b very honest and send his azz packing, which they will.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

While I like the creative thought behind ‘waivers for everyone’, I’m afraid that service costs are/will be driven up as well as standard insurance premiums, regardless of 0bamacare’s future.

Some of the damage is irreversible. I hate these leftists and the crap they dump on us all.

freedomfirst on August 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Pryor and Landriue MUST go, which they will.

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Pryor: Hey, ObamaCare is amazing, isn’t it?

It sure is…IF you think increasing health insurance premiums by 61% to 100% for your constitutents in Arkansas is ‘AMAZING.’

Resist We Much on August 7, 2013 at 1:58 PM

This is actually a smart thing for him to do. It appeals to black and other minority voters whose high turnout is the only shot he has at winning, especially in a year without Obama on ballot.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

…this dumbphuck has been dressing himself…for eight years?

KOOLAID2 on August 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I thought the butler did it.

unclesmrgol on August 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

There is little doubt that Mark Pryor finds himself stuck between Little Rock and a hard place in Washington these days.
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Excellent Snarky,..ED:)

canopfor on August 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Old joke: Two guys are talking. First one says, “I’m gonna save up my money.” Second guy says, “Amazing.” First guy says, “I’m gonna put it all into an investment. Oil.” Second guy says, “Amazing.” “Yeah,” says the first guy, That investment should be worth about ten times its value in a few years.” “Amazing.” “I’ll be able to retire by the time I’m forty-five.” “Truly amazing.”

So the first guy then asks, “So what you been up to?” “I been readin’ a book about etiquite.” “What’s it say?” “Well, for one thing, it says to say ‘Amazing’ instead of ‘Bulls—’”

apostic on August 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

It’s exceptional.

rogerb on August 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Living proof that Kool-Aid kills braincells

PJ Emeritus on August 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Yeah but as a Conservative Warrior I’m voting for PRYOR because the other guy is too Karl Rove something something……../

Marcus on August 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

GO Cotton!

Pork-Chop on August 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

MeanWhile,……………………………………

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

WASHINGTON | Wed Aug 7, 2013 1:32pm EDT
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(Reuters) – Congress has partially wriggled free from the “Obamacare” health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.(More………..)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/07/us-usa-health-congress-idUSBRE9760YL20130807?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

canopfor on August 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM

“Yeah I did it” is the new Dem strategy.

Weiner, Filner, Pryor……. Essentially a declaration that the little people are too damned stupid to even waste time trying to hide with what they’ve done. No thumb-wagging lip-quivering declarations of not having sex with interns. No convoluted explanations about why you bring your favorite prostitute along on official trips. No suggesting your bastard child is your aide’s.

Pryor just gets up there and tells his constituents that he’s proud to have had the opportunity to screw them over even as he and his staff are exempt from the very laws he’s proud to have voted for.

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

This is actually a smart thing for him to do. It appeals to black and other minority voters whose high turnout is the only shot he has at winning, especially in a year without Obama on ballot.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

If there are enough voters unwilling to go to the polling place because they can’t hate Obama while doing so, then I’d say Pryor is the guy for Arkansas. Seriously, Obamacare isn’t popular and this guy is so proud of it that he’d vote for it again???? There should be high turnout!

Happy Nomad on August 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Doctors continue to tell me Epic is amazing. Well they don’t use the word amazing exactly.

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

It’s my opinion they are purposefully making EPIC difficult to integrate into existing systems so that HHR can argue that the only solution is to have everyone switch to EPIC as the de facto standard.

And I’d be very surprised if it does not have several government only access back doors built in.

The IT folks I know at med companies and who are responsible for all this digital product integration are working very long hours these days and pulling their hair out…and yeah, they use other words instead of “amazing” too.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Well, I’ll put it very simply: Do you agree with Barack Obama 90% of the time? If so, Mark Pryor is your man.

Then Pryor is gone. Obama lost Arkansas by 24 points in 2012.

RadClown on August 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

“I would say if you want a good opinion about Obamacare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it,” Pryor told news affiliate KHOG. “It’s been an amazing success story so far.”

Well, just wait until the premiums go through the roof.

We compared the average premiums in states that already have ObamaCare-like provisions in their laws and found that consumers in New Jersey, New York and Vermont already pay well over twice what citizens in many other states pay. Consumers in Maine and Massachusetts aren’t far behind. Those states will likely see a small increase.

By contrast, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and Virginia will likely see the largest increases—somewhere between 65% and 100%. Another 18 states, including Texas and Michigan, could see their rates rise between 35% and 65%.

Right now they are the lowest, but to ‘share the pain’, you will pay more. And like it!

Patriot Vet on August 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Broadcast this continuously up until the election

jake49 on August 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

This is actually a smart thing for him to do. It appeals to black and other minority voters whose high turnout is the only shot he has at winning, especially in a year without Obama on ballot.

Mark1971 on August 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Obama lost by 24 points in Arkansas.

NotCoach on August 7, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I agree. Single Payer has always been the goal. ; )

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Don’t forget folks….Arkansas also gave us the Clintons. So there’s no telling what could happen in that state.

Cherokee on August 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

The wifey is a coding VP at a 15000 employee non profit hospital.They are getting ready for EPIC and many layoffs are ahead.

docflash on August 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Yep. Its a total trashing of the finest healthcare and delivery of said ever created. Many will take early retirement, many will be fired (laid off). The patients are the ones to ultimately suffer. Well all of us really.

Bmore on August 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

It is so amazing that the full force of the federal government cannot implement it.

AMAZING = 150% HIGHER PREMIUMS.
AMAZING = STILL 30 MILLION UNINSURED.
AMAZING = WAIVERS FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
AMAZING = EVEN UNIONS DON’T WANT IT.
AMAZING = INSURANCE COMPANIES PULLING OUT OF THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET.
AMAZING = DOCTORS RETIRING EARLIER.
AMAZING = TRIPLING OF THE INITIAL COST BEFORE IT IS IMPLEMENTED.
AMAZING = 80% OF AMERICANS EXPECT WORSE MEDICAL SERVICE.

Amazing, I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

jukin3 on August 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Um, Mr. Pryor….no.

ghostwalker1 on August 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

AMAZING = DOCTORS RETIRING EARLIER…

Amazing, I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

jukin3 on August 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Fear not, we will throw open the doors of immigration to doctors from Africa and South America, and if you object it’s because you are such a racist.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM