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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?

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“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