Green Room

Tom Harkin on Obamacare: Then vs. now

posted at 6:20 pm on November 1, 2013 by

Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) assessment of President Obama’s “you can keep your plan” promise has…evolved.

Harkin, during the Obamacare debate: “If you are a person out there who has your own health insurance policy right now and you like it , you can keep it.”

Harkin, today:  “I suppose he could have added a caveat that if you have a plan you like, you can keep it, as long as it fits into this new regime that we are building for America. To say you can keep that, that’s not really right…there’s a lot of gray area there.”

“As long as it fits into this new regime” rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?   Harkin will side-step voters and retire next year — as will Sen. Max “Trainwreck” Baucus, who is the latest Senate Democrat to embrace an Obamacare delay.  Remember, every Senate Democrat voted against a one-year delay just a few weeks ago, leading to the government shutdown.  They also unanimously blocked a Republican effort to enforce Obama’s “keep your plan” pledge in 2010.  The Pryors and Landrieus of the world are now scrambling to cast do-over votes.  Will their states’ voters do the same next fall?

Recently in the Green Room:



Trackback URL


“As long as it fits into this new regime” rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?

A bit chilling to me.

rbj on November 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

…from Tom Harkin…for gawds sake!…he’s to the left of Lenin!

KOOLAID2 on November 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Hey Tom, how were those dangerous combat flights during Vietnam, you lying piece of dung?

Thomas More on November 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Regime? That tells all in a nutshell doesn’t it? These lock-step Dem voters need to wake up and realize just what their party thinks of the American public. Yes even of them. Do they think for one minute that in a totalitarian “regime” they would fare any better than us lowly Repub/Conservatives? Sadly so many of the Dem base are so ignorant they probably think a regime is something you hand out during a job interview.

neyney on November 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

The biggest do-over vote we need now that we have MSM finally on board reporting O’care disaster, IRS, Benghazi, etc is Nov. 2012 election.

hillsoftx on November 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Let’s see, Harkin could have said new scheme, schematic, framework, a dozen different words. he chose to use “regime.” Maybe Ted cruz could highlight this choice in his next public appearance.

xkaydet65 on November 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

If he had given such a caveat and had called the mandate penalty a (huge) tax, congress would have never passed it. They know it and they know truth telling doesn’t work for them, lying does.

Democrat evidently don’t care about big time lying as long as it gets them what they want.

Chessplayer on November 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

My sister in law is a die hard lefty. I forwarded her an email from a friend describing how his plan had been cancelled and his new premiums were $130% higher.

her response was: “I have a friend in the same boat, but she understands change takes time, and initially, people resist change.”

My response was: “the Obama Administration perpetrated a wholesale betrayal and fraud upon the American people, both on the left and the right, who wouldn’t be inclined to ‘resist’ this type of ‘change’?”

To which she replied: “I’m just not that upset about this, well, I guess I put some blame on Gov. Pat McCrory.” !!!!!

What kind of Kool-Aid are these kinds of people drinking?

If we as Americans do not hold our government accountable for this type of betrayal, no matter which party perpetrates it, we are done for as a nation. I fear we are already lost, and it will not end well.

NCPatriot75 on November 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Umm … If we “liked our plan” and “want to keep it,” who are you – Barry, Tom, et al – to tell us it’s “not good enough”?

It was a lie from the start and they knew it was a lie from the start. They NEED people to pay for coverage and services they’re unlikely to ever use because THAT’S the money they’re going to use to pay for services rendered to subsidized policy holders.

WITH THAT SAID …. the insurance companies were right in the middle of all this. They’re calculation was that Obamacare would force people to buy policies & pay for services they were unlikely to use, which would put money in the pool to cover for the folks who use more service than they’ll pay for.

BD57 on November 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

We really don’t care what you say or do, has you are partially responsible for the mess Obamacare is causing our nation. Go to pasture, stay out of politics, and be held responsible of what is and will happen to our country. You have failed the American people.

Amazingoly on November 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

there are winners and losers under Obamacare. the question is are there more winners than losers.

gerrym51 on November 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Ah, yes, this is all so sweet. That train keeps rolling and twisting off the tracks, and the rats keep jumping ship. May they all burn and drown in their own demise. And this is just the beginning. BUT WAIT! The Obama food riots will soon be starting giving the lying marxist the excuse he needs to clamp down on the country. Good times, these are. Lock and load, people.

HiJack on November 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

regime |riˈ zh ēm; rā-| (also régime)
1 a government, esp. an authoritarian one.
2 a system or planned way of doing things, esp. one imposed from above.

Okay, the mask on these people has all but been removed. They are over confident and ripe to be taken out.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

SpiderMike on November 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

into this new regime that we are building for America.

Oh My Goodness. Regime is the same word Rush uses to mock the administration and point out how similar they are to a banana republic. Now they are embracing it. We are truly in big trouble.

dirtseller on November 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

HotAir — Politics, Culture, Media, 2017, Breaking News from a conservative viewpoint

McConnell may not get his wish on health care vote

Taylor Millard Jun 25, 2017 7:31 PM
Top Pick

Senate leadership wants a vote this week, others say, “Negative, Ghost Rider.”

Top Pick

Helping others without the government.

“…the reality is the reality.”

These kiosks don’t make $15 per hour or need benefits

Going for the record

“We will answer them on the field”

Taking it to the limit

Sunday morning talking heads

Jazz Shaw Jun 25, 2017 8:01 AM

Health care and tweeting and Russia, oh my!

Will they stay or will they go?

I can’t imagine what I was thinking when I said that

Rocking the boat majorly

Big government never contracts. It only grows more powerful

It’s only a “ban” until it becomes inconvenient

The decline and fall of Obamacare and the AHCA

Jazz Shaw Jun 24, 2017 8:31 AM

This was all over before it began

Fixing crime in America is a complicated issue

Taylor Millard Jun 23, 2017 8:31 PM

Cops alone won’t solve it.

Victim’s father was President Maduro’s supervisor back when he was a bus driver.

Democrats forgot all about the “era of good feelings”

“Bernie and Jane Sanders have lawyered up.”

“the Judiciary Committee is examining the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey.”

Winning isn’t everything. It is the only thing

Trump signs VA reform bill into law

John Sexton Jun 23, 2017 2:41 PM

“What happened was a national disgrace, and yet some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls.”

A new era of something.

“…died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S.”

The shortsightedness of “Denounce and Preserve”

Taylor Millard Jun 23, 2017 12:11 PM

Pragmatism for the sake of pragmatism doesn’t always work.

Perhaps if you threw in a new car?

Gay marriages still growing, but not as fast

Andrew Malcolm Jun 23, 2017 10:31 AM

More, but not as quickly.

Should’ve stuck with the pirate gig. It was working for him

The battle for the rubble of Raqqa is underway

Andrew Malcolm Jun 23, 2017 8:51 AM

Won’t be much left.

Your list of demands is a publicity stunt

“what happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives…”

“The jobs are still leaving. Nothing has stopped.”

Bad vendor. Bad! No cookie!

“The Corps is just starting to grapple with the issues the court has identified.”

“So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you’re saying?”

Why would we possibly want that?

“I mean he sold our country to The Russians.”

I could think of someone else you might want to ask about…