Video: The House GOP leadership’s bogus “doc fix” vote

posted at 4:41 pm on March 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Dave Weigel, a minor but revealing betrayal of the party’s endless blather in 2010 about accountability and transparency. You know, or should know, what “doc fix” is by now. Every year, Medicare payments to doctors are supposed to follow a sustainable growth rate that was set in the 1990s. And every year, the two parties get together to cancel that rate because it’s too low to make doctors happy. Neither party’s going to risk alienating seniors by giving doctors a reason to drop Medicare patients, so the scheduled rate is always, always undone. It’s that time of year again — but today the House had a problem. They didn’t have enough votes to pass a new doc fix right away, with the necessary two-thirds majority vote, and they didn’t want to hang around and jump through the procedural hoops needed to pass it by a simple majority vote. Their solution was to hold a voice vote, which would mean no roll and no accountability. That was exactly what Ted Cruz objected to a few weeks ago in forcing a roll-call vote in the Senate on raising the debt ceiling. If, after promising Republican voters that they’d demand concessions in return for raising the ceiling, the party’s leadership had decided not to ask for anything after all, Cruz wanted them to at least put their names to their votes in favor of a clean debt-ceiling hike. Would Boehner et al. follow the same principle in the House for doc fix?

Nope:

“Outrageous,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill after complaining about the maneuver to a colleague. “I think it’s outrageous.”

House Republican leaders had planned to bring up the “doc fix” under a procedure requiring a two-thirds majority to pass, but after a series of closed-door meetings on Thursday morning, they determined they didn’t have the votes to meet that threshold and didn’t want to stay in session long enough to set up a simple majority vote.

So with just a few members on the House floor before a scheduled vote on an unrelated Ukraine measure, Republicans brought up the Medicare bill by voice vote. When no one in the chamber objected, the measure passed.

“Bullshit,” said a visibly annoyed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as he emerged from the floor following the Ukraine vote. When Mulvaney was asked to comment about the upcoming GOP budget, he replied: “I can’t talk about the budget because I’m so pissed about the [doc fix].”

The lack of transparency is bad enough, but the kicker, as Weigel notes, comes in the actual video of the vote. They needed two-thirds of the House to voice their support of the bill in order to deem it passed. They very clearly didn’t get it. There’s practically no one in the chamber, and of the members who were there, most were vocally opposed. It’s a total sham, obviously designed to make it easier on both parties to sidestep normal procedure and rubber-stamp the annual Medicare spending hike. Exit quotation: “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was not in Washington on Thursday, but spokesman Michael Steel said he was kept apprised of the discussions and did not object to the voice vote.”


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*sigh*

Keep going on that chicken, Republican voters. I’m sure the chicken enjoys it as much as you appear to.

gryphon202 on March 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

And both parties wonder why we can’t stand them…

PatriotRider on March 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

And its the TEA Party that gets all the scorn.

Anyone who feels represented in Congress is an idiot.

BobMbx on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

The lack of transparency is bad enough, but the kicker, as Weigel notes, comes in the actual video of the vote. They needed two-thirds of the House to voice their support of the bill in order to deem it passed. They very clearly didn’t get it.

Unfortunately, it’s not a surprise that the Vichy Republican House Leadership is nearly as fascist as the Pelosi Progressives.

It’s all about kicking the can down the road, going along to get along, and being part of the problem, not the solution.

And no, Boehner doesn’t get a pass on this by not being there. His tang-colored fingerprints are all over this farce.

Athos on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Can Salem invest in anti-pop up software here? Seriously what the hell is with all these fake viruses bullshit?

FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Unfortunately, it’s not a surprise that the Vichy Republican House Leadership is nearly as fascist as the Pelosi Progressives.

It’s all about kicking the can down the road, going along to get along, and being part of the problem, not the solution.

And no, Boehner doesn’t get a pass on this by not being there. His tang-colored fingerprints are all over this farce.

Athos on March 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

So which Republican are you voting for next, Athos?/

gryphon202 on March 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

House of Fools.

The Republic is no more.

Disgusting.

Common Sense Floridian on March 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Oh boy, if only the repubics can win back the senate and keep the house in the midterms everything is going to be unicorns and rainbows.

Jackson on March 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Oh boy, if only the repubics can win back the senate and keep the house in the midterms everything is going to be unicorns and rainbows.

Jackson on March 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

You forgot a sarc tag, Jax. :P

gryphon202 on March 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Let me expand on something I’ve been saying for the past year. I’ve often stated how if the GOP passed amnesty, I’d never vote for another Republican again. I still stand by that. But now I’d also like to go on record that if John Boehner is House Speaker a year from now, that also will be the last straw and I’ll never vote for another Republican again.

This is as bad if not worse than any crap Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid ever pulled. Sure, they’ve resorted to bribes and parliamentary tricks like reconciliation, but when push came to shove, they actually got enough of their caucus to vote for the damn legislation.

Doughboy on March 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Obviously, all of government is theater

It looks like the National Science Foundation has been handing out grants for some unorthodox research projects, according to House Republicans.

This includes $700,000 in funding for a climate change musical.

The Music Mann?
With a capitol T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Phool….or Phraud?

J_Crater on March 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

What does Michelle have to do with it? she washed her hands of this place years ago.

oscarwilde on March 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I’m genuinely interested in petunia’s and V7_Sport’s view on this.

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Since that sale went thru the quality of this website has plummeted.

My bad, I forgot that she was out trying to score some weed. And that she’s off limits.

Allah, Ed maybe you can keep your reader’s devices protected?

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Weasels, all.

vnvet on March 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Every year, Medicare payments to doctors are supposed to follow a sustainable growth rate that was set in the 1990s. And every year, the two parties get together to cancel that rate because it’s too low to make doctors happy.

The process is clearly broken, and needs fixed. However, there’s more context that is important IMO.

From the “sustainable growth” link:

The plan — which you can read in full here — would repeal the sustainable growth rate, the formula that Congress has used since the mid-1990s to set Medicare rates. The problem with the sustainable growth rate is it isn’t sustainable at all: The rates that it sets, which were meant to hold down Medicare costs, would result in a double-digit pay cut for doctors. So each year — or sometimes, every few months — Congress appropriates additional funding to keep doctor salaries constant.

They use the “we’ll CUT doc payments” as part of the accounting farce to “hold down costs” in their plans, then sneak through a “fix” that busts the budget they claim to make.

Disgraceful.

cs89 on March 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Another rigged vote not unlike the one the GOP establishment perpetrated in Tampa at the Republican National Conference to grant themselves more power, but this time the GOPe rigged the vote in the House of so-called Representatives, a much bigger deal. They didn’t have enough votes so they did it this way and just made up the result to suit their own corrupt interests.

FloatingRock on March 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

So which Republican are you voting for next, Athos?/

gryphon202 on March 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Trying to decide between the 2 conservatives running to replace my retiring Rep. Both have strong conservative cred from their time in Sacramento, but also both have some minor issues which lessen the shine. Neither seem to be as willing as the outgoing Rep to kick the can down the road or go along to get along.

Why? I can’t criticize the feckless House GOP leadership (Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy) without being questioned?

Athos on March 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

It’s times like this where I wish I did what Honda did and vote for Obama.

If we are going to get the same hackery on both sides, might as well vote democrat, because they are going off the cliff at 100MPH as opposed to 75MPH. That way we can crash and rebuild sooner.

Plus too many low-info Republicans think all is well when the GOP has a majority and/or the White House, and therefore do not care what goes on. When a democrat is in charge these low-info Republicans are more likely to challenge what is going on.

tcufrog on March 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

John Boehner – the gift from Ohio. Not.

chuckh on March 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Can Salem invest in anti-pop up software here? Seriously what the hell is with all these fake viruses bullshit?

FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Who is Salem? The problem lies within. Meaning you. Use an OS that is not susceptible to a virus, like Linux and then use the Firefox browser with Ad Block and other ‘killer’ extensions. I have never had crash or virus running Linux in 10 years.

BierManVA on March 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

When laws are passed without a vote, or any idea of who does or doesn’t support them; then are changed on a whim with no checks balance and oversight at the Executive Branch weekly…

WHAT GOOD ARE THEY?

Seriously, if the goal were specifically to destroy the “Rule of Law” and remove the faith of the entire nation of the “Rule of Law”… what would you do differently?

If the goal here is to let me know that even the Government in D.C. think laws are a pile of crap with no value; and therefore not worth the time to wrote, vote for, or think about,… they got the job done.

If they had any other goal, they might want to consider the “unintended consequences” here… as those consequences LOOK intentional.

gekkobear on March 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

The US federal government is corrupt through and through, both parties.

FloatingRock on March 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Doughboy on March 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

in reading the whole article looks like maybe the party of Stupid got rolled by the Left…the Dems are having a good time making fun of them

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the retiring dean of the House, mused to reporters, “I’ve seen a lot of dumb things, but I’ve never seen anything as comical as this.”

the RINO party is just not that good at politics..they are too interested in snuggling up to the media and the boys with the Money

WRT voting, I’ve voted R since Reagan. I see that as a big mistake…these guys never even liked Reagan…the party of Reagan is dead. Unless you are a leftist or a crony capitalist there is no one to vote for. I may vote for Paul, or someone like him…maybe. But that’s it

r keller on March 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Hey, it’s just a debate about tactics, not ideology. Reich-wing kooks like AP should just shut up and stop embarrassing the party. You ignorant bible thumping monkeys don’t understand politics and frankly, I don’t understand how you even manage to tie your shoes in the morning. /

Doomberg on March 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

gryphon202 on March 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

After all, you can’t be proud of that sham vote, are you? Or that this was a shining moment for the House GOP Leadership?

Republican leadership worked with their Democratic counterparts to orchestrate the ploy. As members returned to the floor when the House came into session, they discovered that the bill had already passed. Nearly all of them were surprised.

No one had the chance to vote no, no one had a chance to vote yes.

Athos on March 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Why don’t they find a permanent fix to this? It’s stupid going through this year after year.

In all honesty, I think they leave it like this so they can hold it over doctor’s heads and squeeze out campaign donations.

dforston on March 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Since that sale went thru the quality of this website has plummeted.

My bad, I forgot that she was out trying to score some weed. And that she’s off limits.

Allah, Ed maybe you can keep your reader’s devices protected?

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Pull your head out of your rear orifice, this isn’t Michelle Malkin’s blog, she has nothing to do with HotAir. It has nothing to do with her being “Off limit’s”. It has to do with you being an a$$hole.

As far as how HotAir is now… You don’t have to comment here you know. You are free to leave any time.

oscarwilde on March 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

To repeat: the corrupt, literally fascist GOP establishment did this exact. same. thing. at the convention in Tampa in ’12. They rigged at least two of the votes and engaged in other shenanigans that were well documented on the Internet but ignored by Fox News and other establishment mouthpieces. The GOP is too corrupt to save. When a majority of Americans figure that out, that both parties are corrupt and selling out the American people in favor of the globalist crony elite, only then will we be able to save America. If people don’t wake up soon or even fall back into the same old letter-D verses letter-R pattern of voting for one of the other of the two heads of the DC hydra, then America is going to continue to decline and be subjugated.

FloatingRock on March 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I suggest that the Democrats and Republicans get together and form their own third party. They can all it the “We Party” or the alternative title, a bit longer, the “All About Us Party.”

IndieDogg on March 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

And ushered in was a zillion years of Dim rule. Oh joy. Whigs.

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Who is Salem? The problem lies within. Meaning you. Use an OS that is not susceptible to a virus, like Linux and then use the Firefox browser with Ad Block and other ‘killer’ extensions. I have never had crash or virus running Linux in 10 years.

BierManVA on March 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Ah yes, the “rise of Linux and Firefox” that has been coming for years…

He never said he had a virus or crash, its the auto load Ad’s here that mimic virus protection.

I laugh when “smart webz” people recommend dumping someone else’s OS/browser – because a site has a horrid ad network with autoplay and sells their ad souls to garbage advertisers “for profit” I look forward to now getting bombarded due to keyword ad’s, because I mentioned “antivirus”…

Odie1941 on March 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Roll over and spread em, there ain’t gonna be no lube. All you party line voters are awesomely helping America. So long as the politicians do not face consequences they can just keep on keeping on.

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

A “fix” is needed every year because the budget gets scored by the CBO using baseline numbers and then, after that happens, the Congress votes this “change”. The CBO budget score gets a lot of publicity but is, of course, totally a sham and this is one (just one) reason why it is a sham.

Republicans are just as much at fault for this BS as Democrats. I’m just surprised the Speaker didn’t hold this vote on a Friday right before a holiday, the scum, and I fully agree with the sentiment of the gentleman from South Carolina.

MTF on March 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Tell me again, establishment lapdogs, why I’m supposed to vote for these people again?

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Pathetic.

sauldalinsky on March 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

So, is Jerusalem still the capital of Israel?

BKeyser on March 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

where’s Ed to tell us the next hill is the best hill?

DanMan on March 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Can Salem invest in anti-pop up software here? Seriously what the hell is with all these fake viruses bullshit?

FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

you know if you are seeing stuff nobody else does thats it is YOUR end?

dmacleo on March 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Did anyone here believe they would not do anything necessary to fix the Doc Fix? There is no way they are going to mess around with Seniors, no flipping way. Seniors vote at the highest rate of any demographic in this country, and they do it every election year after year.

Lose the Senior vote and you lose your Election.

I just wish they would do a permanent fix but no one in congress is brave enough to put that amount of money on the books.

Johnnyreb on March 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I’m genuinely interested in petunia’s and V7_Sport’s view on this.

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I’m not – and I know what it will be.

Not remotely interested in hearing it again.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

When a majority of Americans figure that out, that both parties are corrupt and selling out the American people in favor of the globalist crony elite, only then will we be able to save America. If people don’t wake up soon or even fall back into the same old letter-D verses letter-R pattern of voting for one of the other of the two heads of the DC hydra, then America is going to continue to decline and be subjugated.

FloatingRock on March 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

serious question FR…what are the chances of that happening?

Or, to say it another way, are we already beyond tipping point and After Socialism can you Ever rebuild an American Dream?

r keller on March 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Can Salem invest in anti-pop up software here? Seriously what the hell is with all these fake viruses bullshit?

FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Jesus…Don’t download a free ad blocker or anything.

I haven’t seen a pop up on this site in 5 years…

Lighten up Francis….

BigWyo on March 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Why don’t they find a permanent fix to this? It’s stupid going through this year after year.

In all honesty, I think they leave it like this so they can hold it over doctor’s heads and squeeze out campaign donations.

dforston on March 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

As I said above, they don’t dare do a permanent fix to this. The future Medicare numbers would shoot up like Roman Candles if they did. Some estimates have an additional $25 trillion tacked onto Medicare in the next 10 years if they do a permanent fix.

Johnnyreb on March 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

How did Pelosi vote? Didn’t she get ObamaCare passed by saying that the ‘doc fix’ would no longer happen?

GarandFan on March 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I’m genuinely interested in petunia’s and V7_Sport’s view on this.
 
rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

 
I’m not – and I know what it will be.
 
Not remotely interested in hearing it again.
 
Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

 
But aren’t we supposed to join together to elect people who will work from the inside and feel the guilt of what our badmouthing of Romney and anyone else who could have restored our greatness and not blame the GOP and take a look in the mirror something something?

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I’m genuinely interested in petunia’s and V7_Sport’s view on this.

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I’m not – and I know what it will be.

Not remotely interested in hearing it again.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

That’s the one that said we were each others socks. Come on now Midas, it could be fun. ; )

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

I use Windows 8, updated Firefox, extensions, and Kaspersky Internet Security. Never had a problem

Viator on March 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

bfinstock79, you still here?

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The GOP House needs to be led by people from red states who speak for the majority of Republicans. Weeping John, and his sidekick are from Ohio and Virginia respectively. Another is from California..

None of those states are exactly red…

William Eaton on March 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Who is Salem? The problem lies within. Meaning you. Use an OS that is not susceptible to a virus, like Linux and then use the Firefox browser with Ad Block and other ‘killer’ extensions. I have never had crash or virus running Linux in 10 years.

BierManVA on March 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Ah yes, the “rise of Linux and Firefox” that has been coming for years…

He never said he had a virus or crash, its the auto load Ad’s here that mimic virus protection.

I laugh when “smart webz” people recommend dumping someone else’s OS/browser – because a site has a horrid ad network with autoplay and sells their ad souls to garbage advertisers “for profit” I look forward to now getting bombarded due to keyword ad’s, because I mentioned “antivirus”…

Odie1941 on March 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Am I on the right thread?

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Every year, Medicare payments to doctors are supposed to follow a sustainable growth rate that was set in the 1990s.

“Heck that part of the law is just inconvenient. We won’t be bothered writing new law, and why trouble the emperor to make another executive order? We can do it just as easily.”

And these are the people we expect to hold Obama accountable to follow the rule of law?

Oxymoron on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Am I on the right thread?

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Yes and no.

Odie1941 on March 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

…POS!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

That’s the one that said we were each others socks. Come on now Midas, it could be fun. ; )

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

lol

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Am I on the right thread?

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I know, right? Keeping the socks in the right thread can be very confusing!

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I use Windows 8, updated Firefox, extensions, and Kaspersky Internet Security. Never had a problem

Viator on March 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Win7 w/Firefox and blocking extension(s), get no pop-ups here (have a flashblock thing going that prevents the auto-play videos, too).

Honestly don’t remember the last time I saw an ad or pop-up.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

serious question FR…what are the chances of that happening?

Or, to say it another way, are we already beyond tipping point and After Socialism can you Ever rebuild an American Dream?

r keller on March 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Great questions, I wish I knew the answers.

FloatingRock on March 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I wonder how much the “folks” will take until the insurrection starts? Oh I forgot…the midterms. Better get my money in to the RNC or a national Tea Party organization.

Jackson on March 27, 2014 at 5:53 PM

They are afraid of everything. The most terrified bunch of people i’ve ever seen, these establishment Republicans. And we’re supposed to get motivated to vote for them. Imagine the conversation they had to plan this. Planning out their hiding spots, etc.

Buddahpundit on March 27, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Can Salem invest in anti-pop up software here? Seriously what the hell is with all these fake viruses bullshit?
FIX IT MALKIN.

bfinstock79 on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

1. That’s a great idea, Salem should invest in software to block its own advertisers.

2. “Fake viruses bullshit”? Blaming Salem for that is kind of the online equivalent of blaming your kid’s STD on the school board because they didn’t force the student body to undergo mandatory vaccinations. Ease up on the pr0n.

3. Malkin sold this site over 4 years ago. Maybe you should call up Denny Hastert and demand that he introduce a bill to repeal Obamacare.

RINO in Name Only on March 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Might as well elect Democrats. Same contempt for We The People and the Constitution either way. Disgusting. But it does make for that much more amusing conversation when the Republican phone calls interrupt my dinner asking for money…

bofh on March 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I can only imagine what a dictator in a banana republic would say about this video…

jetch on March 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

RINO in Name Only on March 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Ok, to be fair, regarding number 2, I guess the “fake viruses” thing could be a legitimate complaint – if other people are really getting that kind of ad as well, then Salem does need to get its act together, and not deal with disreputable businesses. And now that I think of it, lately I’ve gotten the sense that certain “mainstream” sites becoming a bit more willing to include spyware along with various products (I’m looking at you, cnet). So maybe the porn thing was a bit unfair.

I stand by points 1 and 3, though. I don’t know how anyone would still think, so long after she sold it, that Malkin has anything to do with this site.

RINO in Name Only on March 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Jesus H. Key-riste

This video could be used in an add by Democrats.

Lolo on March 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

an ad

Lolo on March 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

OK, so the vote was crap. And they need to stop d*cking around with the annual doc fix.

But, the legislation also put off ICD-10 til 2015.

ICD-10 is a new government coding system that all health care providers must use to bill Medicare for their services. It has about 70,000 codes. They just reanalyzed how much it will cost to implement.

They now predict it will cost a small practice (3 docs) $226,000 to implement, a medium practice (10 docs) $824,000 to implement and a large practice (100 docs) $8,000,000.

To implement new billing software.

Up to $8,000,000 PER PRACTICE.

Multiply that by the number of practices in the US. Medical costs with no benefit to patients.
ICD-10 must be stopped.

This is a start.

talkingpoints on March 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Is this a joke?
o/t: Go Gators!

Kissmygrits on March 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

And these crooks will have the hubris to blame me when I stay home in November.

redware on March 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

This is ridiculous. The House gave, at most, 1:40 worth of consideration to this. That’s not even enough time to run from the office buildings to the chamber in order to object.

blammm on March 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Who is Salem? The problem lies within. Meaning you. Use an OS that is not susceptible to a virus, like Linux and then use the Firefox browser with Ad Block and other ‘killer’ extensions. I have never had crash or virus running Linux in 10 years.

And I’ve never gotten wifi to work on Linux, so there you are. Support for hardware in Linux is limited. I’d trust it on a desktop machine or one of the few laptops actually designed to run it. But no way would I advise even a computer expert to go ahead and wipe Windows for their brand new laptop to try out Linux. I’ve used the OS for most of my career, but for home users it’s often more an albatross than a silver bullet.

calbear on March 27, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Mick, shut your Teahadi gob. We care what you think only because we want to frustrate you. Either resign or strap on a suicide vest, because you’ll never get your way.

If you really think we’re going to allow a 20% cut to Medicare, you’re beyond nuts.

Doomberg, you’ve got these guys nailed.

BrianJ on March 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

You are free to leave any time.

oscarwilde on March 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Aw…look at you, ow…all Home Team and stuff! Dang! Gimme a hug, big boy.

Am I on the right thread?

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

This thread is cracking me up.

Jaibones on March 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Can you not challenge the results of a voice vote by point of order (or equivalent motion) in the House? Otherwise, the party that controls the rules committee could pass whatever they wanted, simply by pretending they’d gotten enough votes. Given how Rules plays already, I’m sure that’s what you’d see.

FlareCorran on March 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Can anyone really be suprised? Disgusted, yes. Surprised by the blatant disregard for rules, laws, our Republic — NO…

Gohawgs on March 27, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Hot Air doing what it can once more to stir up divisions among Republicans in order to get Democrats elected. I swear Hot Air is probably one of the best assets the Democratic Party has.

crosspatch on March 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Republicans always find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.

ptcamn on March 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

ICD-10 must be stopped.

This is a start.

talkingpoints on March 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Had to refresh my memory on that one.

The shift to ICD-10 was first proposed in 2005. Since then, it’s been delayed twice and was supposed to start this October. The doc fix, which awaits a Senate vote, would delay it at least for a year.

Many provider groups have opposed this latest doc fix, but they are supportive of the ICD-10 delay. Rob Tennant, senior policy adviser for the Medical Group Management Association, said there hasn’t been enough testing of the coding systems used by care providers, insurers and clearinghouses.

“There’s a thousand different cogs that have to work smoothly in the system in order for ICD-10 to be implemented,” Tennant said. “What we’re finding is a lot of these cogs are simply not ready.

A refreshing dose of sanity – not otherwise displayed by Obamacare advocates (which this program pre-dates).
BUT…

Put off only until 2015? What if it’s still not ready?
And where is the money supposed to come from?
And what is the point!?!?!

The American Health Information Management Association says ICD-10′s return on investment comes from better capturing health care data. ICD-10 accounts for new diagnoses and treatment not covered by the current coding system, and it more specifically describes treatment and diagnosis.

“The reason we care about all this is we’re trying to drive down costs, we’re trying to improve quality,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon. Having more accurate data, she said, will help with the health care system’s larger transition to rewarding doctors for quality of care instead of volume.

“If we don’t have information to keep our communities well and keep people out of the hospital, it’s going to hurt physicians with that reimbursement in the long run,” she said.

So you “drive down costs” for the government, by not paying enough for any practitioner to recoup the costs of implementation.

YCMTSU

AesopFan on March 28, 2014 at 1:40 AM

The Neocon Statists will do all they can to ‘fix’ Obamacare than to repeal it

Brock Robamney on March 28, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Gohmert said he no longer trusts his Republican leadership…

Welcome to the club, sir!

easyt65 on March 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

crosspatch on March 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

Don’t blame Hotair for the division being created within the Republican Party – that is all on the GOP Leadership, primarily Bohner and McConnell.

Remember the bill the GOP passed $crewing over veterans by cutting their pension. Boehner came out of a committee meeting and blasted Conservatives / the TEA party for opposing the bill, insisting they were ignorant for opposing a bill they had not even read yet. Boehner was unaware that one of his own aides had released a copy to the public for people to review. As it turns out, apparently Boehner was trying to pull a Pelosi (“You have to wait until it is passed to find out what is in it”) AND the Conservatives / TEA Party were RIGHT to hammer Boehner on the bill.

Then there is McConnell who declared at CPAC that he was ready to ‘crush the TEA Party in up-comingelections’ because ‘they have no place in the Republican Party’. When the GOP needs every vote they can get to win the Senate, to attack Conservatives – even the TEA Party – and declare these Conservaives have no place in the Republican Party is BEYOND MORONIC. Rand paul said it best when he said they should not only be solidifying their Conervative base but also GROWING the party by reaching out to blacks, Latinos, and others. ‘There are a LOT of Americans hurting as a result of Obamacare and other Democratic Party policies and action, and we should be reaching out to them’, he said. McConnell, however, is stupid enough to believe HE has the authority to determine who should be in the GOP or not and thinks the GOP can win in November while alienating and eliminating a segmant of their membership, shrinking the Party rather than growing it.

And when GOP Leadership begins acting like Democrats, pulling shifty, deceitful acts one might expect from a Democrat, the line seperating the two grows more and more blurry. If they want to BE Democrats then they need to switch parties. If they want to lead the GOP then they need to start BEING Republicans and espouse the principles and beliefs of Republicans. Finally, the only thing Bohner and McConnel have against the TEA Party is that the party continously attempts to hold them accountable for their actions and to their oaths of office, two areas in which both men have continually fallen more and more short lately. Just like cpiled children, when someone attempts to hold them to the rules, they rebel, get angry, and lash back…which is causing division within the GOP and is shrinking the party rather than growing it.

easyt65 on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

OK, so the vote was crap. And they need to stop d*cking around with the annual doc fix.

But, the legislation also put off ICD-10 til 2015.

This is a start.

talkingpoints on March 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

This IS a start.

It’s a start to having a House that doesn’t bother with votes, or counting who voted how, or what actually happened, or what support something has… and just calling the things you “want” passed as what won the vote without a count.

It’s a start to using wishcasting instead of voting as the main method to get legislation implemented.

Which is sort of the problem.

If this had a vote, and passed that vote… I wouldn’t be excessively upset by this. I might have a minute of “damn they always spend more money”, but that’s it.

But this crap? It’s a precedent and the first step down a road I don’t want the country going down.

gekkobear on March 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Just don’t vote in the next election. Let deems run this shit i the ground. The sooner we bottom out the sooner we can rebuild. Dems and establishment Repubs are exactly the same. Dems just have the forage to embrace big government socialism…

Doomsday on March 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

“Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was not in Washington on Thursday, but spokesman Michael Steel said he was kept apprised”

Is the guy who seemed great in concept but turned into a Joe Biden-esque gaffe factory as RNC chair now seriously a spokesman for Boehner?!

netster007x on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM