GOP to Country: Defund Obamacare or we’ll shut down government

GOP to Country: Defund Obamacare or we’ll shut down government
John Boehner looks like he knows he can't win

Talk about sore losers.  Didn’t the GOP lose this fight already?  Twice?!?  The Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare” by the GOP, was signed into law over three years ago in March 2010.  Today, House Republicans have voted to defund Obamacare.  The measure to defund passed in a partisan vote, 230-189.

I’ll keep his simple as it appears some Republicans have difficulty with simple concepts:  Less than a year ago, there was an election.  Barack Obama was reelected President.  That election was after he signed the Affordable Care Act into law.  In that election, you (Republicans) made him wear Obamacare around his neck.  He owned it.  He won reelection.

You like to talk about mandates.  That election was a mandate on Obamacare.

You lost.  And I’m not trying to gloat.  It is a fact.  Obamacare is law.  The people– by reelecting the President– have spoken.  The people want to give Obamacare an opportunity.

So rather than listening to voters– the GOP continues to bang its head against a brick wall and in so doing, continue to arrogantly tell the nation THEY know what is best.  Today they have given Democrats a choice: defund Obamacare, or we will not vote to raise the debt ceiling– which will lead to, among other things, a government shut down.

“If Congress doesn't pass this debt ceiling in the next few weeks, the United States will default on its obligations. That's never happened in American history. Basically, America becomes a deadbeat,”Obama said.

All this does is continue to make Republicans look out of touch.  It is more evidence some Republicans live in a dimension where Rush Limbaugh is president.  As more proof of how out of touch the GOP is, after today’s vote Speaker of the House, John Boehner, called the measure's approval “a victory today for the American people.”  He said: “Our message to the United State Senate is real simple: The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare.  The House has listened to the American people. Now it's time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.”

I don’t get the purpose of today’s vote.  The House GOP– a group of people who claim to detest government waste– sure have wasted a lot of money in calling for over 40 votes to either defund or disable Obamacare in the past three years.  For that to happen, a Democrat-controlled Senate would have to vote for it (not going to happen) and then the same President who used all his political capital to get the Act signed into law, would also have to vote to defund it.

It’s like Moe, Larry and Curly are running Washington.


Less than a year after having their asses handed to them in an election because they did not get the support of women and Latinos, the GOP has done nothing to make itself more palatable.  The GOP has done nothing on immigration.  And it states where they control legislatures, not only have they further restricted a woman’s freedom to choose but they have also made it more difficult for poor women to access reproductive healthcare.

When the calendar turned to 2013, I expected the GOP to actually practice what they were preaching: the need to be more inclusive.  Unfortunately, less than a year later, the Grand OLD Party has done back to default.

The GOP should learn from recent history: the last time there was a government shutdown, it lost miserably.  If they force one in 10 days, they’ll lose worse this time.  They will be blamed for a shutdown by fighting a fight that they’ve lost twice already.

What’s the definition of insanity again?

“There's no reason the American people should have to face this train wreck,” said Georgia Republican Congressman Tom Price.

And I get it.  But if it is a train wreck, then the best option is to allow it to be implemented.  Then the GOP can sit back and say “I told you so.”

Obamacare will be implemented.  The only way to stop its implementation would be to have enough votes in both the House and Senate to defund it and override a veto.   That is NOT HAPPENING.  That is not rocket science.

For the GOP’s sake, Obamacare better not work.  Because if it does, the GOP will be forced to wear Obamacare around its neck like Kryptonite in Lex Luthor’s pool.


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  • The point is to give Publius something to post. He hasn't been in the right pane for a while, but is back. Also, while the country as a whole did not vote to abolish Obamacare, apparently enough people in their gerrymandered districts did, and they have to protect their base by saying they voted for something. But that's no different than my Democrat state representative sending out a card saying she voted for SB7, without saying that pension reform is similarly bottled up between the state Senate and House.

    The House GOP might have had a point if they had an alternative (such as some moderates saying "we aren't in favor of denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions"), but I assume they are still in a snit that despite their great comprehension of constitutional law, the Supreme Court, through Justice Roberts, found the law constitutional.

    Otherwise, you can look at my comment on The Quark in the Road for my opinion. But, as in other cases (except sequester), they probably will back off from a shutdown.

  • Just so you know, the federal government shuts down each weekend and every holiday, and between 5p and 8a each day, and the SS checks go out, the shores are protected, the FBI and NSA are working overtime snooping into your email, and all necessary government drones, both human and airborne, are functioning.

    As far as a "mandate" goes, Obama's election is far from a population endorsement of the ACA. In fact, as ObamaCare is rolled out, more and people are reacting against its draconian measures. So many in fact, the Obama has to carve out exemptions to his own namesake bill, which, he has no authority to do (but that is a different issue). If Obama is cancelling or pushing back parts of his own bill, then why should it just be to his like and calling? Just letting it be implemented and the conservatives and Republicans saying "I told you so," won't work, and you know it. ObamaCare is a new entitlement, and entitlements are never cancelled. That is why they are called "entitlements".

    The sad thing is that you and other true believers cannot even recognize the upheaval that ObamaCare is causing in the workplace and amongst those who are being forced into the state exchanges, and the broken promise of being able to "keep your doctor" and "keep your health care plan".

    Obama is to govern, not rule. At this point he is ruling, deciding who gets to be under the "mandate" of the ACA and who does not. The last time I checked this was a Republic, and not an oligarchy ruled by one man and nine others in black pajamas.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    Richard, the last time I checked, Congress passed the ACA. I mentioned your blind hatred of Obama in this regard before, but I guess you forgot.

    If you think that there is no support of the ACA, why doesn't the Senate pass any of the 44 or whatever House Bills?

  • In reply to jack:

    He said nothing in his post regarding President Obama personally, nor did he even intimate it.

    Why is the fallback response to any criticism of Obama's policies a cry of racism or personal hatred of him? Could it be projection of your personal hatred of those with whom you disagree?

    This is not about "blind hatred" of President Obama. It is about strong disagreement with his views and policies. I wonder if you can tell the difference.

  • In reply to Jim Hickman:

    You seen unaware of Richard's history of posts, which he eventually acknowledged and got off of.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    I can't quote as much as you have about some things but what I do know is that I just got my new insurance coverage from my company and last year I had a $100 out of pocket and the a $30 deductible but now I have two choices #1 $6000 out of pocket or #2 $3000 out of pocket with a much higher premium.

    As I go to work everyday I see people I know are able to work staying home because they can get more benefits by not working.
    I know this for a fact because I have rental property and I see people that get all the benefits,rent paid,food stamps medical care and they are not married but have a live in that is making $80000 a year -.
    Now what is right about that.

    I have mentions that to the people policing these peoples rent and all they say is that they don't have enough people to prove that someone else is living there.Well why not hire some and put these people back to work or at least be sure they deserve the benefits they are getting.

    I see people who are afraid of loosing minimum wage jobs or getting put to part time.

    I don't believe the people in Washington have any idea what the average working person goes through on a daily basic. The people who have put Obamacare on us should have to be there also. How do they have the right to push this on us and not want it themselves.

    Obama needs to wake up and stop all the illegal people coming into our country and things might start to turn around.Or is this exactly what he wants?

    Our country needs some BIG changes.

    Gail J

  • In reply to Gail J:

    Gail do you rally think it's President Obama's fault that your insurance rate went up? And why do you think this President should be the one to control how illegal immigrants come in the US; illegal immigrants has been coming in and out of the US before Obama became president. Everyone before President Obama should be held accountable if that's case. As we age, our health insurance increases,

    I worked in a assistance living program, I was amazed how much the elders has to pay in order to be in an assistant living and pay for their healthcare. They pay double the amount as a younger person pays, if their not working any more, how are they to pay for their healthcare?

  • Is the sole purpose of the Republican Party to bamboozle Obama? In the process, they’re making every last American dance for their dinner (and healthcare.)

  • Can't Congress defund Boehner's tanning bed budget?

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