Opinion

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
7 years ago

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.

sonny
5 years ago
Reply to  Maxine Jones

Satan has a servant in our White House

LB
7 years ago

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 will do what they said they would during their campaigns.

Paul Rousseau
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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 society in chaos. It will be out of obama’s control because he will not be able to register/confiscate all of the dangerous firearms in the time left before the chaos begins. A “dangerous” firearm is any gun that might be appropriate as a means to resist a government that abuses the inherent rights of the people.

So Jedediah, I pray that I am not prescient and that you and the conservative leaders such as yourself will be able to educate the people who voted for the current mess that we are in. However, I fear that Alexis de Tocqueville was being prophetic when he observed “The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.” This is exactly what the politicians have been doing and it went into high gear when President Johnson initiated his “Great Society”.

Tom
7 years ago

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.

KarenFaye
7 years ago
Reply to  Tom

Why are there no Congressmen/women standing up and saying “hey, he can’t just change this or that any time he feels the urge” ??? Whatinhell are they in Washington for except some great perks? I plan to vote AGAINST any and all incumbents that are up this year – and I don’t care if they are “good guys” or not. TERM LIMITS might be help, but electing people who will really FOLLOW THROUGH on their job – which is to look out for the people — might just help, too. If people don’t get up in arms and start screaming now – well end up in 2016 with Hillary, or some other deadbeat that will send this country into oblivion!

Randy R
7 years ago
Reply to  KarenFaye

If you start voting agaist the good guys you will end up with Hillary and a bunch of Democrats. There were 80 million conservatives who did not vote for president in 2012 because they didn’t like everything that Romney stood for. So now were stuck with Obama again. The thing is to win first and then work on replacing the worst of our candidates. It’s not the news media’s fault and it’s not the democrats fault that Obama was re-elected, they got the guy they wanted. It’s the conservative fault for not voting. We are stuck with Obamacare because conservative didn’t vote for the most conservative choice.

Bill
7 years ago

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.

Suzie
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Well said.

Steve
7 years ago
Reply to  Suzie

I call the Republicans the TIRP. The Totally Inept Republican Party. Capable of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory. If you can’t defeat the most transparently corrupt government in 100 years, there is no hope for this country.

Don Hazlett
7 years ago

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 those rights are again what our country stands for and lives by every day.

Disruptive Element
7 years ago

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

CAPT Mike
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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 to be called something else 1 you can start your own party , and I think if that happens we will not even elect anyone .2you can act like and adult and say I don’t agree with you but I will vote with you for a change not for me not for you , but for America . What was Mr . Reagan’s 11 commandment follow it and VOTE .God bless America .

Randy Watts
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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, less intrusive government but want the feds in our faces about the personal issues. That is the very definition of hypocrite. Whether it’s abortion, gay rights, birth control, or so-called religious freedom “problems” (we all do have the right to worship in any way we want to, or be an atheist if that’s our bent), all conservatives must keep this at the personal level and not attempt to shove it in other’s faces just because you think it’s “right”. That makes you just as phony (how many of you anti-abortionists have actually signed up to adopt an unwanted baby?) as the left.

fdraiden
7 years ago
Reply to  DrJCA1

Are you serious? The reason this country is in trouble is because of all the rinos. If you’re going to vote Democrat-lite, then you might as well full vote for the real thing! You must be a Democrat plant!

Edmund Ruffin
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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.

Coffeedoc
7 years ago
Reply to  Coffeedoc

Additionally, how does Obama have the authority to change the law without Congressional approval?

dbkey
7 years ago
Reply to  Coffeedoc

Obama does not have the power to change the law, but no one is stopping him. Personally I think with all the illegal changes he has made the whole law is now illegal and void.

LogicLoaded
7 years ago
Reply to  Coffeedoc

I believe the Judicial Branch has the responsibility of assuring the other two branches comply with the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. So the question is why hasn’t the Supreme Court halted the changes, being illegally made by the Executive Branch, to the Affordable Care Act? Is there none in Congress with enough gonads to bring this “over stepping” to the Courts attention? The blatant political maneuvering by the President has to be reversed so “we the people” will survive the Socialist onslaught being perpetrated by the vote buying Democratic party.

Karoline
7 years ago

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.

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Karoline

The reason the cost of your old plan went up so much is Obamacare destroyed the insurance risk pools that allowed rates to be what they were before. If 10, 20 or 30 percent of the overall number of total individuals, not just at your company but of all the people your insurance company provided that same plan to throughout the state, moved to an alternative Obamacare plan, the costs of your existing insurance would shoot up to reflect the new make-up of the plan’s altered risk pool.

The fact that Obama subsequently told people they could continue to keep their old plans for another year, after people figured out how expensive the new Obamacare plans were, was meaningless. It was a PR stunt to deflect attention away from Obama having to own the lies he told the American people. The risk pools associated with the old plans were already destroyed by Obamacare the day Obamacare went live and there was no way the insurance companies could reconstruct them. So yes, you could keep your old non-compliant plan, but it would end up costing you 103 percent more.

The only way to have prevented all this was to have had a different outcome to the Presidential election of 2012. By re-electing Obama, America effectively ended it’s last chance to stop Obamacare.

Rik
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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?

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Patricia

Patricia,

Republicans will be ridiculed by the Democrats and the mainstream media no matter what they do. That’s a given. That shouldn’t be an excuse to do nothing.

The Republican Party has to be more inventive to get the message out. Yes, I know that is a real reach for an organization still relying on volunteers manning phone banks in the age of the Internet, but they have to step up their game and change tactics, if they want to be competitive. Instead of relying on the mainstream media to “give them” balanced news coverage, which they will never receive, an alternative approach is to buy several two minute commercial spots on all the major networks during prime time three or four days a week for a couple of months. While the mainstream media may be socialists, they still like making money. They’re hypocrites that way, but we can use that to our advantage. By presenting the plan directly to the American public, without any distortions or bias that would come from your typical mainstream “news” coverage, the Party would have a chance to make it’s case for an alternative solution.

Hire a professional film maker, not the usual folks the Party uses to make those bland, ineffective commercials, to make it a compelling and visually interesting piece. Young people today are visually oriented, so it has to be something to get and hold their attention. They have no use for Obamacare today, because it would cost them far too much for something they don’t feel they need. So they would be open to a better, more cost effective alternative, if it is presented properly. Finally get someone from the Party, who can actually to deliver the message in a compelling manner, to do a voice over, touching on the major points of the plan, as the commercial plays. If no one from the Party is up to the task, then hire a professional conservative actor to do it. They do exist you know.

All this costs money and lots of it. But if the Republican Party wants to overcome the disadvantage of a mainstream media that is loaded with socialists, this is the type of activity they have to pursue. If the Republican Party thinks they can just sit back, do nothing and expect major wins come November, they’re fooling themselves again. That was the strategy they employed in 2012, when they thought Obama’s disastrous policies during his first four years would automatically win them the Senate and the White House. Didn’t quite work out the way they thought it would.

If the Republicans want to “play it safe” and coast to the elections, then yes the slide towards socialism will continue unabated. It won’t take 50 or 100 years for us to get there though. It will effectively be complete by 2020 or 2024, at the latest and the country will be largely unrecognizable by then.

Steve
7 years ago
Reply to  Patricia

The news media has already elected Hillary for 2016. After “Immigration Reform” and another 8 years of Democrats, the nation will owe $30 trillion. At that point we will be welcomed to the Third World.

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