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Obamacare’s Newest Delay and GOP’s Slumber

JedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

Yes, it appears that President Obama is gearing up to twist Obamacare like Gumby yet again.

Fox News reports:

The latest delay, expected to be announced as early as next week, would allow insurers to continue selling insurance plans that would otherwise be banned under the law. Fox News has confirmed the extension, first reported by The Hill.

It is unclear how long the extension will be, though one unidentified source told the Hill it could last to the end of Obama’s second term, and possibly beyond.

The extension would ease pressure on Democratic candidates in the midterm elections by avoiding another wave of health policy cancellations expected this fall.

Perfect timing, no?

Recall that Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), for example, introduced the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act in November to try to salvage her reelection potential. She declared that, “When we passed the Affordable Care Act, we did so with the intention that if you liked your health plan, you could keep it. A promise was made and this legislation will ensure that this promise is kept. For many consumers, plans in the Marketplaces may offer superior coverage at a good value that saves them money. But people should be able to keep their plans if they want to.”

I like to call it the Please Re-elect Me in Spite of Obamacare’s Massive Deceit Act.

Reminder to Republicans–You don’t win on this issue until you deprive the Left of the “Republicans have no clear alternative” talking point. I have no idea what you’re waiting for, but I promise you that the lack of a concise, specific, user-friendly, agreed-upon Obamacare alternative will hurt you big time come 2016.

Wake up, GOP. Yet again.

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Maxine Jones

We do seem to ‘forget’ that this nation was founded with the help and guidance of God.

If we would act accordingly, those who intend to destroy our God given rights, Contitution, and strong USA won’t even know what hit them!

One way to enhance the prayers and to right some wrongs left standing for too long, and one far too long ignored by Republicans in power, is to investigate fairly and quickly, the multitude of reports of voter fraud in previous elections. Another is to insist the law be upheld regarding the overstepping of Constitutional and legal rules this President has engaged in, especially during his second term.

LB

Some of the Republicans have presented plans but they are not getting any attention. Representative Tom Price form GA. was on Fox Special Report talking about a plan he and others were working on and that was the last I heard about it. This is a man who should not about the medical field since he was a surgeon. We do need more members to stand up everytime Obama makes a change and mention that it is unconstitutional and has to be voted on, unless he forgot to teach that in his class. Of course there is also Harry Reid getting all the attention about people lying about there medical stories, not getting much there from anyone shouting just a minute and refuting what he says. The only people making any noise about these issues are Cruz, Paul, Lee and sometimes Coburn. We need more noisemakers in Congress who actually… Read more »

Paul Rousseau

I always liked Jedediah Bila, she is an Independent thinker who I have respect for speaking the truth. I’m glad she’s out there, making the case for Conservatives everywhere.

Joe McHugh

Jedediah, I respect your thoughtful and accurate report. However, you are tilting at windmills. The majority of voters in the last election will continue to vote for the liberal Democrat candidates. The mentally defective liberals and the tax-suckers don’t really care about the deficit spending and can’t see beyond the next government paycheck. Obama Care? What do the tax-suckers care about Obama Care? They will continue to go to the emergency rooms no matter what. This country is on the proverbial slippery slope to a socialist Utopia and anyone who looks at the national debt clock on the TV can see just how fast the slide is. obama is dedicated to the destruction of the American economy so that he can bring about his “new world order”. Something wicked this way comes and when “it” arrives, no one will be happy. The liberal elite will reap the whirlwind of a… Read more »

Tom

Except, perhaps, for small tweaks to pre Obamacare insurance regulations, we do not want any full scale alternative. The Feds (both GOP and Dems) will create an alternative Frankenstein which will be used to buy votes. I sggest Medicare D as an example of buying votes with borrowed money.

Bill

If we’re holding out hope that the republicans will stand up & do the right thing in any situation, then we’ve lost our country. Haven’t we seen that on immigration? If Americans don’t learn to think outside the box & vote for independents or others not representing the mainstream parties, then we’ve had it. We keep electing & reelecting the people who are part of the problem, not the solution. The republicans offer nothing; no alternative, no leadership, no courage or principle. If they went after Obama & the democrats the way they go after the tea party, they would probably sweep in November. Instead, they self-destruct by attacking their own. One has to wonder if they even have the intelligence to win or to lead if they do. If BHO gets a majority in senate & the house in November, God help the USA.

Don Hazlett

The United States gave birth when men and women of widely different points of view came together and battled through their differences to reach an agreed upon common set of Rights, Goals and Guidelines to achieve that birth. They are The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights and The United States Constitution. A Republican “tent” must do the same or it will never be able to go to Washington DC and working working with others from a position of strength restore that resolve to succeed for our country. There is common ground! This may be the last chance in this generation to have the opportunity to use our moral courage, strength and stamina to restore that approach to our country. We need leaders who can put aside personal ambitions and use those Rights, Goals and Guidelines and persist, with good will and respect for our all our people, until… Read more »

Disruptive Element

Welcome to Marxism. Stand up now or you will never halt this. The Democrats must be put back in the minority.

CAPT Mike

The silence of the Republican Party has been deafening on this. Except for the brave voices of a few, like Ted Cruz, Republicans have remained paralyzed over their fear that they will be portrayed as haters and racists in the media and by liberals. Get a clue! When has that NOT happened? Instead, do what is right and legislate by true conservative principles, and you will regain the support of all conservatives, most moderates, and even some conservative Democrats! We need to stop the cycle of Democrats running for office as centrists/moderates but governing as liberals while the Republicans run for office espousing conservative principles, yet governing as centrists/moderates. We will continue incrementally drifting or running full tilt to the left if we continue this way.

Facethetruth

The one thing nobody is talking about is the change in demographics in this country. I watched a certain channel in which people were speaking a foreign language before the reelection of Obama. They were gloating about how they control the election, and they did.
You cannot import large numbers of people from socialist/Communist countries and expect them to vote any differently than they did in their home country. Many come here for the giveaway programs and are apprised of those in their own home countries before they ever cross the border. Add that to the brainwashed youth of this country and you have a recipe for what we see now.
In my opinion, the country is lost and conservatives do not stand a chance of winning future elections because of this issue. It pains me to say that, but I believe it is the truth.

Steve Krueger

Sounds like the Republicans have to save the world . Anything they do will be ripped to shreds by the nut job media . So no one will hear the message .President is again breaking the law and again no one is doing anything about it .No one is fighting back .From the numbers is sounds like the young are fighting back and not going into the ACA good news!! I don’t know how many readers there are out there that remember the Jimmy Carter days, the long gas lines , the hostage standoff that dragged on and threats about terrible America .The times now remind of those days one mess after another. The only thing you say to yourself is when will it end .The older have to tell the young what a mess this great country can get into so quickly .As for the other Republicans who want… Read more »

Randy Watts

Where is the Tea Party. In 2010 it offered real hope to conservatives who recognized the GOP as serving the Washington establishment and big business instead of “we the people”. But, it appears the Tea Party was bought by the GOP and no longer speaks for conservatives.

So tell me, why should conservatives contribute or work for Republicans any longer?

Unless something changes fast, they will just stay home like they did in 2012!

Doug

The Dems are very good at what they do by with one hand doing one thing to distract, and with the other doing just what they intended to do not caring of the consequences they are about to do. Maybe this Country is going to fall deeper into despair like you said this 2014 and 2016 Election cycle will tell.

I took a quiz over the internet a while back and interesting enough the questions asked, showed even though I consider myself a conservative Republican it showed I was more Libertarian.

DrJCA1

In 2014 and 2016, the Democrats won’t win anything because the Republicans will just give it away to them. I’ve said this many times before and was chastised for it: we have let the holier-than-thou, hypocritical extremists take over the party. When you put abortion issues ahead of jobs, when you put birth control issues ahead of real affordable health care, when you put gay “rights” issues ahead of the debt of 17 trillion, and when you put “religious freedom” crap ahead of the deficits each year ahead of the economy at large, you give away the elections every time. While the personal issues are important to many of us, the economy and the eventual bankruptcy of America is far more important at this time. Unless you all get behind the intelligent, moderate, cooperative, and common sense candidates, we will keep losing to the give-away-the-farm-for-votes liberals. You scream about smaller,… Read more »

Edmund Ruffin

Jed, You words are concise, to the point, and understandable. But, how can you think that the Repuglicants are the solution? They are the otherside of the corrupt coin! Both parties are doing the bidding of the rich. Screw both of them! Neither one represents my interests.

Edmund Ruffin
http://www.leagueofthesouth.com

PaulE

Another excellent article from Jedediah. Time is growing very short for the Republicans to get their act together for the 2014 elections. Way too short. I too am deeply concerned that the leadership still can’t agree on a clear, concise, and unified market-oriented plan to put forth to the American public by ALL members of the party. They already have a number of viable solutions. It’s just a matter of putting it all together in a single proposal and then presenting it over and over again to the public, every single day, between now and election day. This is NOT rocket science. If they party can’t accomplish this simple task, which would only take a few Congressional aids to put together in a day or two, we all know what the results will be election day.

Coffeedoc

We know where the Democrats sit. The Republicans have no clue. It’s time to quit the Republican Party and let all those old influence peddlers sink.

Karoline

Keeping a healthcare plan that does not meet the standards of the ACA is not necessarily a great thing anyway. The small employer I work for received our renewal rates on our current ACA-noncompliant healthcare plan (after the uproar over “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”) and the rate increase was 103% !!!! We are no longer offering medical coverage – can’t afford it.

Rik

The republican party needs to stop playing defense and go on the offense … I would like to see an ad that shows “grandma” lying in bed with Obama standing next to the “doctor” who is preparing to inject a needle into “grandma’s” drip bag of intravenous medicines … Obama could be holding paperwork that has Affordable Care Act – End of Life Counseling in very large bold type … and a caption that reads “Euphanasia … The Only Plan Democrats Endorse For Reducing America’s Entitlement Costs!”.

Patricia

If the Republicans come out with a specific health care plan they will be criticized by the mainstream media as cruel, heatless bastards. The mainstream media will destroy them, the Democrats will maintain control of senate and win the White House in 2016.

On economic matters most of the members of the mainstream media are socialist. The only healthcare policy they’ll support is a single payer socialized plan.

There isn’t anything the Republicans, Tea Party, or Libertarian Party can do to stop the tide of socialism. Nations rise and decline. We are in decline and will not exist in fifty to a hundred years.

Jedediah is wrong in believing the only thing the Republicans need to do is to present an alternative plan and market it to the public. Remember the commercial showing Paul Ryan pushing grandma and her wheelchair over the cliff?