House GOP quietly passes bill to expand coverage choices under ObamaCare

posted at 11:21 am on April 7, 2014 by Allahpundit

Well, they tried to do it quietly. It didn’t work out.

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Originally, O-Care placed caps on deductibles in plans offered by small businesses, which meant less flexibility for employers in what they could offer their workers. That’s bad news for young and healthy employees who don’t visit the doctor much and would have preferred a plan with low premiums and a higher deductible. It’s also bad news for people who use health savings accounts to make high deductibles more affordable. So, last week, the House leadership agreed to insert a provision in the “doc fix” bill (the one that “passed” via a rigged, bogus voice vote) to eliminate the cap. Business wanted it, Democrats wanted it, the Republican leadership wanted it — but did the House GOP rank and file want it?

Because the vote was so opaque and tainted, we’ll never know.

“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal…

It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate…

Asked if the legislation strengthened the law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “I would hope so. I believe that” it does. He added, “So there are changes being made. But the Republicans have to get over if they hate ‘Obamacare’ and are going to repeal it,” he added.

Rory Cooper, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, “This is another in a series of changes to Obamacare that the House has supported to help save Americans from being harmed by the law, and we’re glad to see the President signed it into law.” Cantor was involved in negotiations on the legislation, which were overseen by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Reid.

Lifting the cap is the first time the GOP’s cooperated with Democrats to make it easier for people to get coverage under O-Care. Which raises anew a question the party will be wrestling with until January 2017 (at least): If repeal is momentarily impossible, should Republicans work to improve the law to lighten the burden on Americans (“bide your time”) or should they demand that O-Care be implemented exactly as it was passed so that Americans can render a fully informed verdict on Democratic-led health care (“let it burn”)? Here’s Joel Pollak on the bide-your-time approach in October of last year, after the shutdown:

The problem is that a member of Congress has to face his or her constituents and explain what he or she is doing to help them–not in 2017, when the only realistic possibility for repealing Obamacare will arise, but today. It would be unacceptable for Rubio or Cruz to tell their constituents that the voters have to be taught a lesson. So they have to take some kind of action to “fix” Obamacare, while still pressing for its repeal.

And here’s DrewM in the “let it burn” camp, writing today about the GOP’s new O-Care fix:

The whole idea behind not “fixing” ObamaCare is that in order to do the heavy lifting of repealing it you need as many people angry about it as possible. If you start pealing off repeal supporters, you’re helping eliminate pressure to actually repeal the damn thing. But let’s be honest, “repeal” is just some BS Republicans tell people to win their votes. When push comes to shove, they will tinker with it and call it a day.

The risk in the “bide your time” approach is that the more comfortable you make O-Care for Americans, the harder it is to get people excited about repeal later. The risk in “let it burn” is that the more obstructionist you are, the easier you make it for Democrats to convince people that O-Care would be working just fine if not for Republicans blocking the necessary repairs. Which strategy is better? Back in October, defending the “defund” effort that led to the shutdown, Ted Cruz rejected the “let it burn” crowd’s proposal to get out of the way and let ObamaCare take effect in full, knowing that Republicans would only benefit from the backlash. “Basically inflict a bunch of harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it, what a terrible cynical approach,” said Cruz. “I’m not interested in seeing the American people suffer just because my party might benefit politically if they blame the Democrats for the foolish policies that have been imposed.” Here we are six months later and the law’s a political reality. Does that principle — ease the people’s suffering as much as you can — still hold or has the urgency to stop the law now that it’s taken root changed such that the GOP should oppose stabilizing “improvements” at all cost?


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Yay! Can’t wait to vote R this fall!

chris0christies0donut on April 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM

These folks don’t seem to understand.

Bigbullets on April 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Two Party Evil Money Cult doing bussiness as the Board of Directors of the Bankers Association of Re-Election Money, Inc.LLC.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

It almost sounds like they didn’t want the voters to know what they were doing. I wonder why?

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Fluke the GOP.

I hate them more than the D-rats.

They enable the former, and are, thus, more culpable in destroying the land.

Go to Hades, all of you.

Hillary/Jeb Bush, same ticket, 2016.

It’s all the same.

Plus, see the two cases the Supreme Court rejected. Goebbels and Adolf squirted all over their graves.

Welcome to the US of Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

China is already the most powerful land on Earth.

The Islamists will fix the rest.

Good night America.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Staying home again this election…

Kuffar on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Jeez, and they wonder why there is voter apathy in the conservative movement.

Oil Can on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

And… it’s a wrap. Never, ever voting GOP again. Voting Libertarian Party from this point forward.

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Does that principle — ease the people’s suffering as much as you can — still hold or has the urgency to stop the law now that it’s taken root changed such that the GOP should oppose stabilizing “improvements” at all cost?

Tell peope what you are doing if you are going to do something like this.

Sneaking around like they did pisses people off more than passing a bill out in the open.

This is what liberals do.

gophergirl on April 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

This is precisely what people are talking about when they say there’s no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.

It’s also one more reason why I’m convinced that, if this country will be saved from collapse, it will not happen at the ballot box. No amount of voting GOP will turn things around; the progressives will get the collapse they’ve been pushing so hard for.

Aitch748 on April 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Just glancing at the HA parallel pictures of Jeb Bush and Boner, makes me hurl. Ain’t got a bucket big enough, though.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m in the “let it burn” camp. Don’t try to cushion the inevitable blow that’s coming. Let Obama try continue to that with his pen and phone as a tacit confession it’s all “his bad”.

whatcat on April 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

So basically, the Republicans have all but admitted that repeal is impossible, and not only will they not fight for, they’re more than willing to oblige in making the so-called “law” more “beneficial”? Exactly what do they hope to gain from this? Everyone knows that despite whatever that Republicans do or don’t do, all of the blame is/will be placed on their shoulders while all of the credit is/will be given to the Democrats/Obama.

A story like this is precisely why Democrats having full control of the government isn’t comparatively such a bad thing. Not when the alternative is people who can’t even oppose something, let alone stand for something.

Aizen on April 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The risk in the “bide your time” approach is that the more comfortable you make O-Care for Americans, the harder it is to get people excited about repeal later.

The problem is, Americans will never be comfortable with Obamacare. They have to put down a lot of their disposable income to pay for it. You don’t get subsidies until you’ve gotten past your high deductible. Republicans never had any intention of repealing it. Republicans such as Corker of Tennessee, and others, said as much early on.

rickv404 on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Which strategy is better?

That’s an easy one.

1) Surrender and “fix” Obamacare, if you want to keep it around.

2) Let it burn if you agree it’s bad for America and can’t be fixed.

It’s clear where the Republicans leadership stands on this one.

Baggi on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

But let’s be honest, “repeal” is just some BS Republicans tell people to win their votes. When push comes to shove, they will tinker with it and call it a day.

= Squish

socalcon on April 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Just glancing at the HA parallel pictures of Jeb Bush and Boner, makes me hurl. Ain’t got a bucket big enough, though.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Add McCain and Christie and you got “The Four RINOs Of The Apocalypse”.

whatcat on April 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

That buffoonish Brit Hume “the conservatives are all mad about the Rs, and the Rs can’t win without the base, but Jeb Bush is the guy for the general…but he has to lie to them in the primaries”.

Burning Hell

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

You just lost the house fellahs.

crankyoldlady on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

And thus the Teahadis are smashed again for not knowing enough to do their jobs.

BrianJ on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

P O S !

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

One last strategy before actual revolution: defund the federal government and let the states govern themselves. To do this, you only need to control the House of Representatives. Use either the “Origination Clause” or the “Appropriations Clause” of Article I of the Constitution.

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

ALL of this is John Boehner’s fault!

John eliminated the 72 hr rule to pass this bill.

This was a deliberate act by Boehner to undermine the same members of the house that voted to make him speaker.

As speaker, Pelosi was more honest than the liar John Boehner.

I wonder if there was also a cash handout for ‘the friends of John’ in this hidden legislation?

Freddy on April 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

1) Take Senate.
2) Secure House.
3) Mount insurrection against Boehner’s speakership.
4) :-D

Good Lt on April 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Why does it have to be let it burn or bide your time? In reality, Obamacare is more or less going to fade away under its own weight.

cpaulus on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Add McCain and Christie and you got “The Four RINOs Of The Apocalypse”.

whatcat on April 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

What about Graham?

Freddy on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Are we still living in a representative republic? Or have we crossed over to something more evil? The Repub leadership is acting as slimey as the Democrats.

joecollins on April 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Whatever. Ya’ll better vote republican when the time comes…..cuz, Harry Reid, or something.

xblade on April 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Kuffar on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I sure the Hades ain’t-’cause I’m in TEXAS.
Go Abbott! Let’s Roll!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Business wanted it, Democrats wanted it, the Republican leadership wanted it — but did the House GOP rank and file want it?

Of course Business wanted it; it’s in their best interest to coopt as many into being ‘stakeholders’ (owners, shareholders, union leaders, lenders, bondholders, governmental agencies, taxpayers etc) as possible…it dilutes the Execs and Owners risk as they ‘partner’ with millions.

Dem, yep, they need O-Care to be successful– to continue to destroy the country.

Republican Leadership- oh, just got a little vomit in the back of my throat!

socalcon on April 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Why does it have to be let it burn or bide your time? In reality, Obamacare is more or less going to fade away under its own weight.

cpaulus

Yup. Just like social security, medicare and medicaid, Roe v. Wade…..

xblade on April 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Repeal is not impossible. They just don’t want to do it. Never voting for a Republican again. Conservatives either surrender or form a new party.

crankyoldlady on April 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

So, the next time someone gets on their soapbox and starts preaching about the Founding Fathers, please remember that they essentially concentrated the power to make, enforce, and interpret law into one institution, the federal government. This is called a tyranny in spite of what Montesquieu claimed as well as the myth of “checks and balances”. The Anti-Federalists were right. The only reason why we still have some individual rights is their insistence upon adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution, something opposed by the Federalists. Ever wonder why there are so few people from the government under the Articles of Confederation involved with the government under the Constitution?

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

…or should they demand that O-Care be implemented exactly as it was passed so that Americans can render a fully informed verdict on Democratic-led health care (“let it burn”)?

Yes, they should demand it be implemented as passed, but not to render a verdict on ObamaCare. Not enforcing the laws, especially on such a grand scale, is toxic to our Constitutional Republic. The President becomes a tyrant and the ordinary citizen becomes a scofflaw. Banana Republic, here we come.

Fenris on April 7, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I just got into the office and saw this and havent read all the comments yet but isnt it weird that they actually voted on a law for obamacare… at this point why doesnt obama just use his phone and pen and make it a law like he has been doing so far….

Politics has truly been making me sick lately

SoCalInfidel on April 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Looks like Obozo isn’t the only one who can throw supporters under the bus.

KMC1 on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

What about Graham?

Freddy on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

To be a horseman you have to be man. He’s the Sayter.

Oil Can on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The Rs DO NOT DESERVE to win in 2014.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I’m an original tea partier and I’m beginning to think that our side is becoming like the perpetually offended leftists.

How is this worth our attention? Worth our outrage? Worth our time?

It is a minor chess move in the overall scheme of things. It doesn’t change anything regarding our principles nor does it do The Weeper any favors. What it accomplishes is taking one little chip off the table, depriving the leftists of a talking point later in the year.

If y’all want burnout, which will cost us dearly in November, keep on doing knee-jerk.

platypus on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn.

You really want to help the small businessman? Don’t “improve” O’care – get rid of O’care.

Hill60 on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

With friends like this……

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The “let it burn” description should really be “rule of law“. The law was enacted with specific pieces and specific timelines. The fact is, they are breaking the rule of law by refusing to enact it as it was passed. And it’s not just about Obamacare… it’s about whether we are a nation of laws or men.

If they do not think law matters, then elections don’t matter either. They are engaging in anarchy. Period. But somehow some people think this should be acceptable as long as “peace” is kept.

It is not.

If laws do not matter, and elections don’t matter, what is our recourse?

dominigan on April 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Boehner, Ryan, Cantor pander and could couldn’t care less about values, principles, the Tea Party, conservatives, or their base. I’ll bet most of the R’s did not know it was in there.

Follow the money. How much did each leader benefit from donations from Chamber of Commerce, and specific businesses.

All a Quid Pro Quo.

It will change in November. The GOP has no idea how much this angers everyone.

Starlink on April 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

So basically what we have is one party rule with a community organizer at the helm.
OK now I get it.

ouldbollix on April 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Yup. Just like social security, medicare and medicaid, Roe v. Wade…..

xblade on April 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The welfare state is collapsing under its own weight. It may not seem like it and it takes a long while, since there’s “a lot of ruin” in a country, especially one as previously successful as the USA.

Fenris on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Is the GOP Congressional Leadership actively working to change the direction we are taking, or are they interested in only slowing down the speed we are moving while maintaining the current path we are taking?

Athos on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Okay, I’m confused, who do we believe mates?

Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn’t ‘expand’ Obamacare, we repealed a piece
Hours after the Drudge Report suggested on Sunday that “Republicans expand[ed] Obamacare” in the headline for the site’s lead story, an “alert” from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countered that they had actually “chip[ped] away another piece” of the law.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/team-boehner-to-drudge-we-didnt-expand-obamacare-we-repealed-a-piece/article/2546853

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Our recourse: Defund the federal government and let the states run themselves.

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

And thus the Teahadis are smashed again for not knowing enough to do their jobs.

BrianJ on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

What in the hell are you talking about? I don’t want to ever again hear any leftist complaining about incompetence in government.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Repeal is not impossible. They just don’t want to do it.
crankyoldlady on April 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

This.

The Republicans are pathetically afraid of the media, which is empowered influenced controlled by the Democrats’ obvious response that “7 million people” will have their lives ruined if ObamaCare is repealed. Never mind the 100+ million who are/will be screwed over by the monstrosity, though.

Aizen on April 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I’m done and so is this country

God what I wouldn’t do to be in Turn the miniseries in real life right now and really fight for freedom

Conservative4ev on April 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Both. Making ObamaCare (ever so slightly) less onerous expands it. Boehner doesn’t want you to put the pieces together. The Republicans are essentially no different than the Democrats, they just think they would do big government more competently.

Fenris on April 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Wow, more insurrection by the SoCons and TruConservatives. You just can’t keep them from ruining the republican party./////

Cindy Munford on April 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The fact that this is so hazy reveals the fact that the GOP establishment is actively working to keep it’s base – and conservative members of Congress – in the dark.

Why anyone would support a GOP establishment candidate in light of this – is completely beyond me. But you know? There are a lot of conservative slaves out there working in the fields and do whatever their masters in the elite tell them to do. And – usually all it takes is for the master to say … “Well, I’m the lesser of two evils so you should vote for me!”

And conservative slaves have been swallowing this line for a half decade – and we now have $17 trillion in debt because the establishment doesn’t cut shit out of the budget. They only keep adding.

HondaV65 on April 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The only people less reliable than the media are politicians.

Cindy Munford on April 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Ok, I’m confused.

Why was this necessary at all? I thought the employer mandate has been postponed for 2 more years (illegally, of course). Why would small businesses need this “fix” to Obamacare?

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I’m not sure it’s completely fair to blow up those who voted for it. While passing anything related to Ocare is a loser, in general terms, this did help the people who were going to be the most hurt.

We need to stand firm against Ocare, but not against the American public.

Tater Salad on April 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The Anti-Federalists were right.

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Where is KingGold? Why isn’t he here lecturing us about how the GOP Iatolas are better than Democrats because they are more right than wrong?

KingGold???

portlandon on April 7, 2014 at 11:58 AM

*Jeb* Just an act of love.

butch on April 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

You do know that if we can completely eliminate the employer and individual mandate, along with court victories on health care choices and elimination of taxes imposed for those who don’t participate, Obamacare is dead.

Tater Salad on April 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Ok, I’m confused.

Why was this necessary at all? I thought the employer mandate has been postponed for 2 more years (illegally, of course). Why would small businesses need this “fix” to Obamacare?

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I don’t think the employer mandate really affects you unless you have 50 or more full-time employees.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Tater Salad, tell me more! How can this be done. I am intrigued!

AlFromBayShore on April 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Both. Making ObamaCare (ever so slightly) less onerous expands it. Boehner doesn’t want you to put the pieces together. The Republicans are essentially no different than the Democrats, they just think they would do big government more competently.

Fenris on April 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yes, I really think that is the case – and this only confirms that belief.

I’m guessing the those on the national socialist left we’re hoping that this would be the outcome.

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The problem is, Americans will never be comfortable with Obamacare. They have to put down a lot of their disposable income to pay for it. You don’t get subsidies until you’ve gotten past your high deductible. Republicans never had any intention of repealing it. Republicans such as Corker of Tennessee, and others, said as much early on.
rickv404 on April 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Even Mitt Romney said he wouldn’t repeal it through his spokesman Norm Coleman

Brock Robamney on April 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I don’t think the employer mandate really affects you unless you have 50 or more full-time employees.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Which brings me back to my original question: Why was this necessary at all?

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

One of the big problems with this is the GOP will surrender on Obamacare ‘fixes’ without getting anything in return. If the GOP got some type of free market reform like expanding HSAs or purchasing healthcare across state lines then the base would be placated somewhat.

Wigglesworth on April 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The Vichy Republicans are just doing what Vichy do. No surprise … except that they are even dumber than I thought, which is no mean feat.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The Republican Party isn’t pursuing either a “bide your time” (and then act) strategy or a “let it burn” strategy; it’s pursuing a “cooling the mark out” strategy, where conservative voters are the mark.

David Blue on April 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Ironically Harry Reid won’t allow changes so it’s D.O.A.

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

1) Take Senate.
2) Secure House.
3) Mount insurrection against Boehner’s speakership.
4) :-D
Good Lt on April 7, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Except the next option would be Cantor

Brock Robamney on April 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Just more evidence on the growing mountain of betrayals the Republican Party commits against its former base.

These people can’t be reformed; this is who they are. There is no holding their feet to the fire because they do not fear you, and they are actively working to replace you as their base voters.

The only solution is a wave election that sweeps them all out. Absent that, enjoy your two Democrat Party system.

Another Libertarian on April 7, 2014 at 12:09 PM

So they have to take some kind of action to “fix” Obamacare, while still pressing for its repeal.

Your name is “Not Sure”.

Idiocracy.

fogw on April 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Even though this won’t go anywhere due to Reid it does say something about their priorities.

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I’m an original tea partier and I’m beginning to think that our side is becoming like the perpetually offended leftists.
How is this worth our attention? Worth our outrage? Worth our time?
It is a minor chess move in the overall scheme of things. It doesn’t change anything regarding our principles nor does it do The Weeper any favors. What it accomplishes is taking one little chip off the table, depriving the leftists of a talking point later in the year.
If y’all want burnout, which will cost us dearly in November, keep on doing knee-jerk.
platypus on April 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Hmmm… Just keep quiet on the CR fight and we will fight on the debt ceiling. Keep quiet on the Debt Ceiling now, and we will fight on the Debt Ceiling later. Keep quiet on Obamacare now and we will fight on Obamacare later. Sell out your principles now for the sake of the party. Sorry, not buying. The Kristolites are as crooked as the Alinksyites and they can go pound sand

Brock Robamney on April 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Remember all the establishment liars and their media apologists on the RINO blogs saying “Don’t do anything! Let the law implode on its own!”? I called them out as frauds at that time because I knew they were lying and even if there were a few RINO useful idiots that parroted that talking point and believed the law would just collapse on itself, they would easily be pressured into providing additional funding and ‘fixes’ to the law.

Wigglesworth on April 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Except the next option would be Cantor

Brock Robamney on April 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

1. Cantor is married to a D-rat, a commie.

2. He knew about Benghazi, ahead of the 2012 election, and said nothing.

To Hades with him. He is a traitor on amnesty too.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I think we are all pissed off enough already. If those who lose care and regain it under obummercare fail to see that doing so only reduces their quality of care and choices then we can make the argument for repeal even more solid. As of now those who have premium group plans will dread the day when those plans suffer more increases as a result of the law. Lose lose situation. Fix it another way that allows interstate ins competition and relieves the industry of risks incurred from obummer’s imperial decrees of deferment and exemptions. GAWD f__ked in a cocked hat this will become.

jake49 on April 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I don’t think the employer mandate really affects you unless you have 50 or more full-time employees.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Which brings me back to my original question: Why was this necessary at all?

Bitter Clinger on April 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

The way I read it, this “fix” deals with the caps on deductibles for plans offered by small businesses, which would be businesses with less than 50 employees and therefore not affected by the employer mandate.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It can’t be fixed not that Washington beaurocrates can fix anything this will just make it more chaotic.

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

We all know Obama is the only one allowed to change laws maybe his huberis will save republicans from their “fixes”…

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Lifting the cap is the first time the GOP’s cooperated with Democrats to make it easier for people to get coverage under O-Care.

I’m taking this a validation of my theory a while back as to why the GOPe hasn’t been shouting from the highest mountain over ObamaCare: They’ve been too busy figuring out how to get on the gravy train.

Tsar of Earth on April 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

DinaRehn on April 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

There’s no fundamental difference if we are moving down the wrong path at 150mph as the craven progressive’s prefer, or if we move down that same path at 65mph as the feckless Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, Ryan, McConnell, McCain, et al ‘Vichy GOP’ prefer to do.

We’re still moving down the wrong path – and will end up at the same dead-end. The only difference is when we arrive there. The GOPe seems to prefer kicking the can down the road…letting it be someone else’s responsibility to do the heavy lifting, to make the hard argument, to challenge / articulate / sell a counter vision and path.

It’s craven and cowardly – unless they fundamentally believe that the only difference between them and the progressives is that they will administer a ‘compassionate fascism’. Either way, they are part of the problem, not the solution.

Athos on April 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Brock Robamney on April 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s not like there is an order of ascension. It could be someone else. But no doubt it will be establishment.

Cindy Munford on April 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The fastest way to repeal a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.

- Abraham Lincoln

Why don’t the Republicans understand that?

Occams Stubble on April 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Obama won’t sign this…I think his ego will actually help us here he is too proud to have republicans change his “law”.

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Voting GOP buys you nothing. I’m sick of getting angry and seeing nothing change for the better. I’m sick of listening to promises that we can improve things, or at least keep the termite infestation in our government from undermining our country, and seeing none of those promises kept, and hearing that it’s OUR fault somehow, and not the fault of those in a position to fight the erosion.

Let it burn. If fed up patriots don’t start a fire, the progressives definitely will, and we know already that the GOP won’t do a damned thing about it.

Aitch748 on April 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

They are slowly and surely putting (R) fingerprints on the ACA, making them co-owners in the public mind. That’s why I object to the way they went about this. It was sneaky and underhanded and avoided open debate on something that probably needed to be fixed even if we can’t get rid of the whole mess today. But do it out in the open, guys. Don’t sneak around like… democrats.

jffree1 on April 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Add McCain and Christie and you got “The Four RINOs Of The Apocalypse”.

whatcat on April 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM

What about Graham?

Freddy on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Ok.

“The Four RINOs Of The Apocalypse and a Girl”

Tsar of Earth on April 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The fastest way to repeal a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.

- Abraham Lincoln

Why don’t the Republicans understand that?

Occams Stubble on April 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

They do…..its just that they themselves don’t want Obamacare repealed. Just fixed up the way THEY’D like it run. Under a new improved name too…..Rinocare.

hawkeye54 on April 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

1) Buy lots of food for long term storage.
2) Make sure you have a sidearm of your choice and the ‘black rifle’ of your choice, as well as a .22 rifle for food gathering
3) Make a pact with your like-minded neighbors.
4) Make preparations to grow your own food for the long term.
5) Know well the defensibility of your property; improve as you can.
6) Keep a low profile as best you can (I just blew it – oh, well).
7) Have a stash of ‘stuff’ with which to barter (beads and unicorns if yer bartering with Dems).
8) Stash of silver coins.
9) Prep as best you can to provide your own energy.
10) Disregard all of the above…

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

And thus the Teahadis are smashed again for not knowing enough to do their jobs.

BrianJ on April 7, 2014 at 11:38 AM

What in the hell are you talking about? I don’t want to ever again hear any leftist complaining about incompetence in government.

TarheelBen on April 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM
The Teahadis weren’t current enough about legislation on the floor- the whole reason they’re there- to know what they were voting for. And they have only themselves to blame when their sacred purity is destroyed by their even more sacred ignorance.

BrianJ on April 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

This is the Establishment helping to define the Tea Party.

PersonFromPorlock on April 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

These folks don’t seem to understand.

Bigbullets on April 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

They understand very well. The serve the elites, are rewarded for it, and are comfortable doing so. The rest is performance art.

wraithby on April 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

You can’t fix what’s chaotic it’s like trying to fix a tornado…can’t be done. This is just utter choas and the insurance companies have no idea what’s going on.

sorrowen on April 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Time to throw in the towel folks and Let-It-Burn!

Let them Dems have the next election and Hillary in 2016. Hopefully a full blown financial collapse will happen sometime around 2018. It will suck and hurt lots of people (me included) but from the ashes we may be able to pull out and regain our country again. The only problem I see is that a collapsing USA will lead to all sorts of international chaos and I’m pretty sure a surging China or rebuilt USSR (thi is Putin’s ultimate goal) will likely try to attack us.

Gonna suck bigtime for me and my kids but maybe my grand-kids can build a better USA……maybe…..

powerpickle on April 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

…the GOP get the Academy Award…for acting!

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I don’t feel good about it, but as Tony Soprano says, What are you
gonna do?

The war is over. Any battles now are just pissin in the wind. We can make all the points we want, we can make a little difference, but in the end the war is lost and the outcome is determined. All we can do is delay it a little.

Let it burn.

theo22 on April 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

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