Obama’s “impassioned defense” of the ACA: Republicans and Fox News are “poisoning” the law

posted at 7:21 pm on September 26, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The New York Times called the president’s speech in Maryland this afternoon a “passionate, campaign-style defense” of his crowning legislative achievement — which I suppose is pretty apt, because “offense” it most certainly was not, and the fully partisan guns were blazing:

President Obama mounted a passionate, campaign-style defense of his health care program on Thursday, just days before its main elements take effect, mocking opponents for “crazy” arguments and accusing them of trying to “blackmail a president” to stop the law.

Addressing a friendly audience outside Washington, the president abandoned the professorial tone he sometimes takes while describing the program and departed from his text to fire up supporters. He portrayed critics as billionaires who would deny help for the sick, and politicians who have become hostage to Tea Party ideologues.

Mr. Obama, his voice laced with scorn, ridiculed Republicans for threatening to shut down the government or refusing to increase the debt ceiling to undercut the health care program, saying they had “put up every conceivable roadblock” and were “poisoning Obamacare” so they could then “claim it’s sick.” He cited some of their more flamboyant quotes in an attempt to portray them as extremists, including one racially charged quotation.

It’s the a whole lot of same old “spiteful obstructionist” tact that’s worked so well for him in the past, and of course, no populist critique of the sordid saboteurs messing up President Obama’s noble ambitions is complete without a denunciations of the dreaded Fox News, via NRO:

Funnily enough, right about the time the president was speaking, his administration announced yet another glitchy little delay in the law’s rollout, via WaPo — but heck, I’m sure that’s probably Republicans and Fox News’ fault, too, right?

Small-business health exchanges run by the federal government will not open for online enrollment until November, the administration said Thursday. But applicants may still enroll by phone, mail or fax beginning Oct. 1.

The White House had initially planned to launch these marketplaces, which serve businesses with fewer than 50 people, on Tuesday, the same day that individual marketplaces go live. While the Web sites of the federally run exchanges will go live on that date, an administration official said that the “feature of shopping for and comparing plans online will be available starting November 1.”

Instead of a live application, the federal government will post a PDF version on Tuesday. Applications will still be taken by phone, mail and fax. Sometime in October, a live application will go up on the Web, the administration said.


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What? No mention of Rush Limbaugh?

The Rogue Tomato on September 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

0bama is poisonous…

OmahaConservative on September 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

No shout out to me? I’ve been trashing this law for 4 farking years.

Chuck Schick on September 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Nobody is poisoning you poison, Obama.

VorDaj on September 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I’m pretty sure the ACA has a skull and crossbones on it…

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

El Presidente sure loves to “bully” Fox News a lot.

Alinsky on September 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

FUBO and the unicorn you rode in on.

Naturally Curly on September 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Who’s your boogie man?

portlandon on September 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I am laughing because this is just like Syria, spin and msm cover cannot make the clusterfark and lies go away. Have on the campaign trail as the country comes to despise you for the damage you did to them..

rob verdi on September 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Have fun on the campaign trail……

rob verdi on September 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

That wasn’t an impassioned defense. That was just good old fashioned lying.
I must say that he did pick the right place to do a campaign stop. He picked the place where low information voters go to get their brains washed: Prince George’s Community College. So sad.

BetseyRoss on September 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

“Mr. Obama, his voice laced with scorn …”

And this is different from any other time he speaks, exactly how?

ShainS on September 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Jeebus, he is such a small man, such a small pathetic man. FOX News? Really? Pathetic.

And this, THIS really takes the cake:

or refusing to increase the debt ceiling to undercut the health care program

Why in the flying flock would we need to increase the debt ceiling when everyone from Dog Eater to Pelosi to Reid to the White House gardener’s third cousin twice removed was telling us the plan would not only be deficit neutral but actually SAVE money?

Goddam the press in this nation for enabling this FOOL, and damn you twidgits for voting a guy in based on his skin color.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

leftists love them some demagoguery don’t they. I’m sure he would love to go full Hugo and shut fox down

somehow barry and his followers are loath to say out and proud…I’m giving you subsidies…real money from uncle sugar to help pay the bill. That’s FREE MONEY guys…so listen up and get on board…the money is just about ready to go!

r keller on September 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Wow! That’s a new strategy for the illegitimate Liar – blame someone else for his failures.

Galt2009 on September 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

FUBO and the unicorn horn you rode in on.

Naturally Curly on September 26, 2013 at 7:29 PM

More accurate.

platypus on September 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

And go on the websites right now and sign up? How, they don’t work which is why everyone is crapping their pants, the sites are a joke.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Such a petty little man-child.

rbj on September 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Every day Obama realizes more and more the fraud he is.
And it scares him.

albill on September 26, 2013 at 7:39 PM

More accurate.

platypus on September 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Ya got me there!

Naturally Curly on September 26, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I really think this man has a cocaine problem.

Barred on September 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

What an ugly, small petulant man.
We can ignore him, turn off the TV or go to another web page when he has his snit fits.
Can you imagine what it’s like to have to live him, day in and day out?

Jomama on September 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I can’t recall in modern history going back to at least Nixon where a President has just out and out attacked the opposition when not on the campaign trail.

Maybe selective memory. I dunno. Just seems like this guy delights in calling out opponents. Guess it’s nice to know you have the media to back you up… no matter what.

WitchDoctor on September 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

“I wish I’d had a father who was around and involved.”
 
- President Barack H. Obama, February, 2013

 

rogerb on September 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Can you imagine what it’s like to have to live him, day in and day out?
Jomama on September 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Michelle really hitched her wagon to a star.

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

DMFD……dog eating POS !

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Aren’t you glad we have a leader that brings both sides together?

bsinc1962 on September 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Someone actually said that he compromised with republicans on this bill.. I am not kidding.

Then went on to say that Obama has compromised tons of times with republicans.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

It’s ridiculous. And this is the MO for practically half the country.

Have a bad statistic that demonstrates how Obamacare is making everything worse? Stop listening to Rush and Faux!

Have some economic statistics that shows free enterprise lifts the middle class? Stop listening to Rush and Faux!

Have a moral argument against Marxism? Stop listening to Rush and Faux!

There is no debate anymore. There is no reason. It’s all been consumed by party politics. The left’s moral crusade is going to steamroll over everything that is good in life.

hisfrogness on September 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Obama’s Prince George’s Community College line in the sand:

This is not a world we should accept. This is what’s at stake. And that is why, after careful deliberation, I determined that it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime’s evil Republicans’ and Fox News’ poisoning Obamacare through an impassioned campaign-style speech filled with ridicule and laced with scorn. The purpose of this diatribe would be to deter these spiteful obstructionists from poisoning Obamacare, to degrade their ability to do so, and to make clear to the world that we will not tolerate them.

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Funnily enough, right about the time the president was speaking, his administration announced yet another glitchy little delay in the law’s rollout, via WaPo — but heck, I’m sure that’s probably Republicans and Fox News’ fault, too, right?

Bush’s fault!

GarandFan on September 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Can you imagine what it’s like to have to live him, day in and day out?
Jomama on September 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Michelle really hitched her wagon to a star.

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Bah! They’re perfect for one another, a couple of self-obsessed freaks whispering in each others ear that whatever bad happens it will always be someone else’s fault, usually Whitey.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Was this the speech where he was going to get “down in the weeds”? Sounds like he was shoveling his usual manure instead.

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

“I’d have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids Republicans!”

Lanceman on September 26, 2013 at 7:52 PM

What? No mention of Rush Limbaugh?

The Rogue Tomato on September 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Right off the bat…my first thought. How could he??? /

CW on September 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I can’t recall in modern history going back to at least Nixon where a President has just out and out attacked the opposition when not on the campaign trail.

WitchDoctor on September 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Obama loves to sneer at anyone who disagrees with him. Ridicule them, minimize them, put them down, dismiss them … mischaracterize them and/or their motives. And Obama calls himself a Christian?

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Thin-skinned dullard.

pat on September 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Someone actually said that he compromised with republicans on this bill.. I am not kidding.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 7:49 PM

That would have been McCain in the hour after Ted Cruz concluded his day-long speech.

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The oaf in chief makes pandas cry.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

campaigner in chief

pathetic

cmsinaz on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

His lame duck meltdown is gonna be epic!

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Divider thug in chief!!!

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Instead of a live application, the federal government will post a PDF version

Pretty
Dang
F‘d ….up

hillsoftx on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Empty bag in chief

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Disrespected, at home and abroad, in chief

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

He has to be the most immature President of the last 100 years …if not longer. What a child.

CW on September 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

FUBO and the unicorn horn Yeti you rode in with.

gregbert on September 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Faux News thanks you for the shout-out, Dummy in Chief

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

So it’s not really a BFD, it’s a PDF now?

Schmuck.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Smallest president in all of history.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Easily the most divisive, hate filled president we have had in at least my lifetime (55 years).

Ta111 on September 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I don’t know what makes my skin crawl more, Dog Eater actually using FOX News as his foil or the crowd guffawing like a herd of hyenas. I get a little nervous thinking just how many people out there are so deranged that FOX News still sets them off.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

That dog don’t hunt no more, Rodeo Clown. The less and less his Alinsky tactics work, the more and more shrill the little lady becomes.

Rational Thought on September 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Obama loves to sneer at anyone who disagrees with him. Ridicule them, minimize them, put them down, dismiss them … mischaracterize them and/or their motives

Paul-Cincy on September 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

“Urban America”….never worked there, have you?

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

He`s about one bad poll away from saying “DAMN J*WS!”

(sorry for the censor, wasn`t sure it`d make it pas the filter)

ThePrez on September 26, 2013 at 8:03 PM

We have a President who thinks his scat don’t stink …..

What a small, petty man.

BD57 on September 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

He always speaks to hand picked “friendly” crowds. Wonder why?

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Chris Matthews rated this speech 5 out of 5 boners.

Chuck Schick on September 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Neil Cavuto Blast Obama for his “Fox News is to blame” for Failing ObamaCare

This Video Says it ALL

Rovin on September 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

How does he figure that the GOP is “poisoning” his craptastic healthcare bill??? It was HIS idiot Dems who legislated the damned thing into law.

Honestly, I think the guy is just insane at this point. Off his nut.

Murf76 on September 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Neil Cavuto Blast Obama for his “Fox News is to blame” for Failing ObamaCare

This Video Says it ALL

Rovin on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

He’s such a charismatic leader! Swoon!

p0s3r on September 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

And you Obama, are the Agent Orange of America.

F_This on September 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I don’t know what makes my skin crawl more, Dog Eater actually using FOX News as his foil or the crowd guffawing like a herd of hyenas. I get a little nervous thinking just how many people out there are so deranged that FOX News still sets them off.

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Look at any speech and his minions cheer, squeal and hoot at all the right times, every time. They are like rabid Pavlov’s dogs set off by cue words like Fox. It is scary.

Jomama on September 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

This Video Says it ALL

Rovin on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Clap…..clap…..clap……clap……!!!

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

That dog don’t hunt no more, Rodeo Clown. The less and less his Alinsky tactics work, the more and more shrill the little lady becomes.

Rational Thought on September 26, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Precisely

rob verdi on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Maybe McCain should be telling Obama that “elections have consequences” instead of Ted Cruz. Republicans control the House for a reason.

Socratease on September 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Is Obamacare poisoning covered under Obamacare? Would it be cinsidered a preexisting condition?

Oxymoron on September 26, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I’m sorry but the President is a liar. He’s out to destroy this country and the gop can’t find any steely spines to oppose him.

Mayyyyyyyyybe it’s because they are all lying birds of a feather?

ObamaCare is going to destroy this country.

What were watching is a re-enactment of the morning of 9/11 politically.

Once ObamaCare starts (the first plane hits the WTC)…..America will never be the same.

God help us survive him.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

How does he figure that the GOP is “poisoning” his craptastic healthcare bill??? It was HIS idiot Dems who legislated the damned thing into law.

Honestly, I think the guy is just insane at this point. Off his nut.

Murf76 on September 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

If blame-shifting in hyper gear defines insanity, maybe he is. But he’s always been that way.

Best thing about the House passing a CR with the proviso that all executive exemptions, waivers, and special treatments for favored groups– including Congress– under Obamacare are illegal, and the ACA must be fully-enforced as written and passed by (bare) Democrat majorities (and by Democrats only) and signed by the President, would be to watch Reid tie himself into knots to avoid passing it in the Senate, and to hear Obama scream even louder about “spiteful obstructionists” who insist on subjecting everyone to the law.

Can we do that instead of the stupid 1-year delay?

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Mark Levin is tearing him a new one!!

This person who calls himself pResident, is going insane right in front of our eyes.

Mark says he is UNSTABLE! he is going thru his speech…

If you are not tunes in, tune in!!

Scrumpy on September 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Best thing about the House passing a CR with the proviso that all executive exemptions, waivers, and special treatments for favored groups– including Congress– under Obamacare are illegal, and the ACA must be fully-enforced as written and passed by (bare) Democrat majorities (and by Democrats only) and signed by the President, would be (fun) to watch Reid tie himself into knots to avoid passing it in the Senate, and to hear Obama scream even louder about “spiteful obstructionists” who insist on subjecting everyone to the law.

Can we do that instead of the stupid 1-year delay?

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I wish we could convince the GOPe to do so…

Scrumpy on September 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

The New York Times called the president’s speech in Maryland this afternoon a “passionate, campaign-style defense” of his crowning legislative achievement —

Let me tell you a little about the venue of that speech. Prince Georges County Maryland is the one sucking hole in the DC metropolitan area. Sub-standard schools, the bottom of the list on virtually any regional ranking. And Obama went to the county’s community college to an all-black audience (once again). It would have been a far different audience had he decided to go to nearby University of Maryland (also in PG county).

Bottom line he was selling Obamacare to the parasites that would most benefit from the disproportionate pricing schemes and he went to a black audience in community college because they are going to be less critical than students at College Park or Georgetown or George Mason or any other of the many colleges in the DC area.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

When will the Spine of Steel meet with an audience that isn’t hand-picked, I’d love to see that. I know I know…

Bishop on September 26, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Criticizing anything Obama does is racist, but why take the chance with the wrong audience?

This is nothing but a rewrite of his 2012 campaign for 2014.

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Criticizing anything Obama does is racist, but why take the chance with the wrong audience?

This is nothing but a rewrite of his 2012 campaign for 2014.

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

All true. Going to an all black audience was for the optics and with full knowledge that there wouldn’t be any inconvenient demonstrations against Obamacare when he’s trying to sell young people on signing up for something they probably don’t need in order to keep the ponzi scheme alive.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Obama is afraid of the truth getting out.

sadatoni on September 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

This guy is the most egregious liar I’ve seen in public life I’ve ever… it’s a non-stop cycle of lying, hypocrisy and just plain lack of class. What an a-hole.

dpduq on September 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Honestly, I think the guy is just insane at this point. Off his nut.

Murf76 on September 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

I’m afraid you are correct, sir/madam. Think about that for a moment.

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Was this the speech where he was going to get “down in the weeds”? Sounds like he was shoveling his usual manure instead.

txhsmom on September 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Yeah, I thought Obama was going to start winning friends to ObamaCare by explaining the details!

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/09/26/obama-to-make-one-last-pitch-for-obamacare-or-something/

And, Obama plans to get into the weeds of explaining how new health exchanges will work and what minimum standards each insurance plan in an exchange will have to meet under the law.

He is probably incapable of doing so.

INC on September 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Rovin on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

“Mr. pResident, that smell IS your law.”

Excellent

Cleombrotus on September 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I’m getting so tired of the over-the-top rhetoric from The One. I vote that over-the-top rhetoric should be responded to in kind:

Obamacare is the launch point for socialized medicine.

Obamacare’s Death Panels will result in healthcare being withheld from senior citizens and the disabled.

Obamacare is killing full-time employment.

The socialized medicine resulting from Obamacare will result in the loss of freedom to “manage” one’s own body. (We the Government are going to withhold your tax returns until you stop drinking, smoking, eating “unhealthy” foods, owning firearms, thinking incorrectly, voting inappropriately, etc.)

olesparkie on September 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

BLAME-SHIFTING AGAIN FROM THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER-AND-CHIEF!

The ‘Great Uniter’ is calling the GOP, who just funded the entire U.S. government – minus Obamacare, ‘terrorists’, ‘blackmailers’, & ‘arsonists’.

The GOP are ‘terrorists’?

Ummmm….

WHO ordered our military to help Al Qaeda, perpetrators of 9/11/01, take over Libya?

WHO helped the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt?

WHO refused to protect, betrayed, and abandoned Americans to die in Benghazi thn still continues to cover it up?

WHO was caught running guns to Al Qaeda in Syria?

easyt65 on September 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM