Mary Landrieu: You’re damned right I ordered the code red on affordable health-care coverage, and I’d do it again

posted at 5:11 pm on December 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m having some fun with the headline, but honestly, I think her taking ownership of her role in passing O-Care (over and over again) is a smarter play than Mark Pryor’s “only Jesus has all the answers” approach. Realistically, if you voted for this Chernobyl, there’s nowhere to run from it. Pryor can claim that he was brainwashed by liberals or that the Lord opened his eyes or whatever, but conservatives aren’t going to punish him less if he convinces them he was a dupe of the left rather than a knowing participant. Landrieu’s making a rational wager here: If Obama can’t right the ship before next November, she’s finished no matter what she does to try to distance herself from ObamaCare. As is Pryor, of course. If he can right the ship and the law becomes less of a political liability, she’ll win the gratitude (and donations) of liberals for having stood by the program through trying times and even, I think, some grudging respect from centrist conservatives for not running from her record in a desperate moment. Either way, there is no spin for what’s coming. Her fate is largely out of her hands. Might as well embrace the suck and hope for the best.

That said, there’s a lot of suck still to be embraced. Read law prof Nicholas Bagley’s post today about how HHS might tweak the “risk corridor” (a.k.a. bailout) regulations of ObamaCare to increase payments to insurers now that Obama’s stuck them with the task of un-canceling people’s plans. The regs say that the feds need to compensate insurers if they incur excessive costs, but there are many ways to define “costs.” The more broadly HHS defines it, the more of your money insurers get. There’s no way to know how much that’ll be until we know how bad the adverse selection problem caused by the un-canceled plans and the endless website screw-ups is, but Megan McArdle tried a little back-of-the-envelope estimate the other day. Depending upon how many people enroll and what proportion of sick to healthy there is, it could be anywhere from $130 million to $7 billion. I wonder if Congress will appropriate that money or if, true to unconstitutional form, Obama will simply move it from one federal budget envelope to another. Stay tuned.


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..is she gonna rip off our heads and sh*t down our necks?

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

She…can’t handle the truth!

22044 on December 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

..oh, BTW, Mandela croaked and Barry’s on his way out of town on AF One. Doesn’t figure to be back until January since this’ll run into his obligatory three-week Christmas vacation.

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Running on ObamaCare is going to be such fun…DWS.

d1carter on December 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I thought he goes by Muslim holidays now.

Oil Can on December 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

If Obama can’t right the ship before next November, she’s finished no matter what she does to try to distance herself from ObamaCare.

Unbelievably naive to think, after all we’ve seen so far, that Obama and the Dems will allow Obamacare to be an issue in ’14. They simply won’t; they’ll waive tax dollars at it, force insurance companies to cover whatever and whoever, whether they’ve paid or not, etc. They’re not going to let this sink them.

And the GOP, along with their shills in the media (ahem) will continue to push for amnesty – if they can’t get it done in time, Obama will do something on his own to make sure they get a shitload more loyal Dem voters to offset any annoyed ones that might otherwise cause trouble. And if the GOP does help them, well that’s a bonus, because their base will stay home in ’14, leaving GOP scratching their heads wondering wtf happened.

Midas on December 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Wait. What about the Louisiana Purchase that she got to go along with this disaster? She was bribed and paid for. There are no ethics or convictions on her part. She is just a DC whore who went to bed with the wrong John.

inspectorudy on December 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

They’ll play Money-Shuffle, and it will be years (if ever) before there is an actual accounting of how much the industry had to be provided.

Another Drew on December 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

I wonder if Congress will appropriate that money or if, true to unconstitutional form, Obama will simply move it from one federal budget envelope to another. Stay tuned.

Nah, he’ll just fire up the printing presses some more.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I would think it’s a No-Brainer that Teh Won would attend the funeral (instead of sending the Veep).
Where else could this Narcissist bask in so much of someone else’s glory?

Another Drew on December 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Hey Senator – embace the suck!

cww on December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I would think it’s a No-Brainer that Teh Won would attend the funeral (instead of sending the Veep).
Where else could this Narcissist bask in so much of someone else’s glory?

Another Drew on December 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

I, I, I, I, I, I, I…..

Mr President, it’s a funeral?!?

I, I, I, I, I, I, I,

Oil Can on December 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon -Obamacare Edition

Christien on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“MP’s! Guard the Senator!”

turfmann on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I think the place where I work, Code Red means the place is on fire.

birdwatcher on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Will the anti-capitalist Left get their panties in a twist about the federal government giving insurers taxpayer dollars or is it OK because it’s Obama making the transfers?

Charlemagne on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Sending money to insurance companies is not going to alleviate higher cost and larger deductibles to the consumer or provide insurance to those who loose it.

The titanic has hit an ice burg. The band is playing some sweet music but the ship will still sink.

filetandrelease on December 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Bark could right the ship, unfortunately it’s the political equivalent of the Bismarck and the rudder is permanently jammed to port…or to left as a lubber would say.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

..is she gonna rip off our heads and sh*t down our necks?

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

No, she’s subcontracting those services out to Bashir & Co. Sadomasochists, Ltd.

turfmann on December 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Couldn’t help but think of this song playing every time I see Mary Landrieu defend ObamaCare and the doom coming her way.

portlandon on December 5, 2013 at 5:31 PM

That’s one thing you will never hear these people say:

“I was wrong and I screwed up”.

BigWyo on December 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Another Drew on December 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Oh, you know he’ll be there.
Couldn’t go to Thatcher’s funeral, but he will be at this one.

Barred on December 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

We use words like lies, single payer, socialisim. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent redistributing everything. You use them as a warning.

I have neither have the time nor the intelligence to explain myself to a everyone who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very confiscation that I provide.

WisRich on December 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

..oh, BTW, Mandela croaked and Barry’s on his way out of town on AF One. Doesn’t figure to be back until January since this’ll run into his obligatory three-week Christmas vacation.
 
The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

 
Mandela’s march in Selma led to Obama’s conception.

rogerb on December 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

… but conservatives aren’t going to punish him less if he convinces them he was a dupe of the left rather than a knowing participant.

It didn’t work for Rubio, either.

RoadRunner on December 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

“You’re damned right I’m scared shiiteless of being driven from office which is why I’m trying to sound so concerned about DeathCare now. By August of next year I’ll be wearing a Reagan t-shirt and advocating impeachment of Dog Eater, anything to keep myself on the public teat.”

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

..oh, BTW, Mandela croaked and Barry’s on his way out of town on AF One. Doesn’t figure to be back until January since this’ll run into his obligatory three-week Christmas vacation.

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Mandela’s march in Selma led to Obama’s conception.

rogerb on December 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

really the devil himself was there?

MrMoe on December 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

How can a state have a Bobby Jindal and this Cow???

At least we’re consistent here…

Al Franken/Mark Dayton…

Feel the burn!!!!

BigWyo on December 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don’t think these insurers are going to bail out Obama.

Let him stew in his own stank. If they accept any $$ from the Oministration that is a pure conflict of interest and will lead to destruction of these companies.

… oh, wait. That was the Oministration’s goal all along.

They’re going to abandon Obama. Let his skinny underoo clad azz twist in the wind .

Key West Reader on December 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Wait. What about the Louisiana Purchase that she got to go along with this disaster? She was bribed and paid for. There are no ethics or convictions on her part. She is just a DC whore who went to bed with the wrong John.

inspectorudy on December 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Which is why, unlike Pryor, whose purchased vote was less-publicized, Landrieu can’t run away.

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Landreauirexo (whatever): Galactically Stupid

BobMbx on December 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

King Barack the Magnificent isn’t worried about ‘costs’. He has a printing press, and subscribes to Zimbabwe economic theories.

GarandFan on December 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

We use words like lies, single payer, socialisim. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent redistributing everything. You use them as a warning.

I have neither have the time nor the intelligence to explain myself to a everyone who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very confiscation that I provide.

WisRich on December 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Bravo!

BobMbx on December 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Wait. What about the Louisiana Purchase that she got to go along with this disaster? She was bribed and paid for. There are no ethics or convictions on her part. She is just a DC whore who went to bed with the wrong John.

inspectorudy on December 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

rudy nails it. Ben Nelson got the Cornhusker kickback and quit when he couldn’t eat pizza in peace. Baucus quit. Levin’s out. Bart Stupak took his 30 pieces of silver and quit. This little tart thought she could get away with it and now sees she’s caught.

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

you are damn right i ordered that code red…

MrMoe on December 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

oh, BTW, Mandela croaked and Barry’s on his way out of town on AF One. Doesn’t figure to be back until January since this’ll run into his obligatory three-week Christmas vacation.

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Could be a coincidence, maybe, that Mandela died just as Obama was getting his ass handed to him. Maybe.

HiJack on December 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

WisRich on December 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Comment Monologue of the Day™

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Stolen from a script Oliver Stone is shopping around Hollywood..working title is “Administration”

Sgt. Soros: “Reid, Pelosi…help get Obama on his feet and ready to move. Sebilius…police up the area…don’t leave anything behind for the GOOPs…..Landrieu…you’re on point..”

BobMbx on December 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

DON’T WORRY MARY, THE THERMAL EXHAUST PORT IS ONLY TWO METERS WIDE!

Marcola on December 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Mary Landrieu: You’re damned right I ordered the code red on affordable health-care coverage, and I’d do it again
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LOL!

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

How can a state have a Bobby Jindal and this Cow???

The Landrieu’s go back to Huey Long, Bobby Jindal represents the transition Louisiana is making to come into the 21st century, they are no longer the cesspool of US politics. That is the only good thing about Hurricane Katrina.

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Moon’s girl…

fegerter on December 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder – M. Savage

Mr. Arrogant on December 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

..oh, BTW, Mandela croaked and Barry’s on his way out of town on AF One. Doesn’t figure to be back until January since this’ll run into his obligatory three-week Christmas vacation.

The War Planner on December 5, 2013 at 5:15 PM

South Africa needs Barry more than we do…..

They can have em….we will even throw in Air Force One and Michelle with the deal!!!

redguy on December 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Mary Landrieu: You’re damned right I ordered the code red on affordable health-care coverage, and I’d do it again

I thought it was code blue???

redguy on December 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Don’t worry a number of the low information voters have accepted that the republicans didn’t want it to work, so it’s their fault. Ya’know how like when they didn’t clap their hands and Tinkerbell died.

yenober on December 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

honestly, I think her taking ownership of her role in passing O-Care (over and over again) is a smarter play than Mark Pryor’s “only Jesus has all the answers” approach.

Landrieu also has to account for the Louisiana purchase (and I’m not talking about the one that involved Lewis and Clark). Now, Louisiana politicians have a long distinguished tradition of taking bribes. Even before freezers were readily available for storage. But the fact of the matter is that Landrieu sold out her constituents. She has no other option than to “own it.”

That being said, I also agree that pretending that God made you vote for Obamacare isn’t a winning strategy. Sooner or later Pryor is going have to address the issue.

Happy Nomad on December 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

DanMan on December 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Yep, in TX we made the transition from old school Dem machine not too long ago. South TX and some urban areas have some corrupt remnants. Government is cleaner and more boring now, which is good. Corrupt Democrat government is entertaining, but the people suffer for it in the long run, obviously. LA is still in the process of that transition.

juliesa on December 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

She must have received word from the DNC that the voter fraud fix is in. Felons, dead people and multiple voters at the ready and car trunks full of “missing” ballots (all Dems, of course)

neyney on December 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

She is toast!

Winebabe on December 5, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Ugh. She can’t help the way she looks, but she coulda stayed home, bless her heart.

Akzed on December 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I don’t think these insurers are going to bail out Obama.

Let him stew in his own stank. If they accept any $$ from the Oministration that is a pure conflict of interest and will lead to destruction of these companies.

… oh, wait. That was the Oministration’s goal all along.

They’re going to abandon Obama. Let his skinny underoo clad azz twist in the wind .

Key West Reader on December 5, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Between the insurance companies and Obamacare stands the state insurance regulators. They aren’t going to just roll over for the REB. One reason, they might be Republicans or even Democratics that are anti-Obamacare. Second reason, no matter what their party, no bureaucrat will tolerate someone trying to take away their power.

State regulators know that they will be left to work with the insurance companies to clean up the mess that the REB’s questionably-legal fatwas lead to.

slickwillie2001 on December 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I hope Dr. Cassidy her probable opponent is ready for her dirty tricks.

celtic warrior on December 6, 2013 at 12:39 AM

I’ll go with door #3 for moving money around from one fed budget to zerocare. The military doesn’t need all that dough, neither does MC and they can always cut some from unemployment benefits and building infrastructure. The feds have plenty of scratch spread out to mine.

Kissmygrits on December 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

It’s not just the Obamacare issue for Mary Landrieu. She’s been a guaranteed vote for the entire destructive Obama-Democrat agenda.

She’s consistently and regularly voted with Harry Reid against the interests of Louisianians.

Mary Landrieu is a symbol of everything that is wrong with Washington. It’s time for her to go.

Marcus Traianus on December 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM