Two months to deadline, and the GOP health plan is still MIA

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R. Wisc.)

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R. Wisc.)

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who’s running for re-election next year, explained in a recent radio interview what he believes will happen if the Supreme Court rules against a central provision of ObamaCare in June (h/t TPM):

JOHNSON: Unfortunately, President Obama’s response to an adverse decision — in other words one that actually follows the law — would be really simple. Just a one-sentence bill allowing people’s subsidies to flow to federal exchanges and/or offer the governors, ‘Hey, we know you got those federal exchanges. Just sign the bottom line. We’ll make those established by the state.’ And of course, he’ll have the ads all racked up with the individuals that have benefited from Obamacare on the backs of the American taxpayer. He’ll have all those examples as well so…

WEBER: And the sad sack stories about who’s dying from what and why they can’t get their coverage.

JOHNSON: Right.

WEBER: Oh yeah.

healthinsI think that’s probably pretty accurate. In fact, it would be political malpractice if Democrats did NOT react in that fashion. “The sad sack stories about who’s dying from what and why they can’t get their coverage” will indeed be everywhere, and they will be everywhere because they will be true. An adverse court ruling would undo the progress illustrated in the chart to the right, sending that downward arc back up toward the sky and stripping millions of Americans of health insurance that they’ve come to rely upon. The entire health-insurance industry might be disrupted.

Johnson is nervous about that prospect, and he ought to be. As he notes, Democrats will offer a quick, easy fix that Republicans will of course reject. And Republicans will offer … what exactly?

The Supreme Court accepted King v. Burwell more than five months ago. It heard oral arguments on the case in early March. Its decision is expected in June, now just two months away. And from what I can tell, congressional Republicans have made no progress whatsoever toward cobbling together a realistic legislative alternative and building the consensus within their own party needed to pass it.

I find that remarkable. The train is coming, they see it coming, they’ve been praying for the coming of this train for six years now and they find themselves standing in the middle of the track, staring at the train as it looms larger and larger and … they cannot move. They cannot act.

Two months….

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Kamchak
Kamchak

The lefties must be worried...

 ...the lefts fear...

OH NOES ! NOT THE SKEEEEERED CARD ! ! !

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Kamchak

...in all seriousness, what should frighten any rational person is the appalling degree to which the DNC are Bad At Their Jobs.

Basically, their candidates hold positions on important issues that reflect those of the country at large far more often than do the GOP's, and yet the Democrats continually allow the right wing to frame these issues in a way to make it seem otherwise. They rarely if ever fight back in kind. 

Plus, they never attack conservatism head-on the way conservatives have flung mud, and worse, at liberalism.

It's enough to make a rational person think that a fix is in... because, frankly, such a belief could very well might be true.

fedup52
fedup52

@Visual_Cortex @Kamchak It's enough to make a rational person think that a fix is in... because, frankly, such a belief could very well might be true.

I have had the feeling even before Obama was elected.  DNC malaise was there for the last 25-30 years.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Who will the rich feel superior to if all the poor die off from fast food and no medical care?

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Jay's recent commentaries seem to point out the lefts fear of the demise of far-left liberalism in America.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Recon2/3


The ONLY thing I fear in this life is that I will not be ready to face the moment of death. Everything I do every single day of my life is influenced by that fear.


That's why I don't troll conservative opinion sites and stuff like that.

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

@YouLibs @Recon2/3 

No reason to fear death it will come to all of us ready or not. You should fear life for those you leave behind in a very dangerous world that the left can't comprehend, so maybe that is really why you fear death.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@TBS 

Now I am so so skeeeeered that we will elect another lefty.

Is it possible that I will ever be able to sleep again?

The fear -- it's just so overwhelming.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Recon2/3 @YouLibs We should all fear death. Human life is such an incredible gift and it can be used for so many wonderful things..


It can also be used for so many terrible things.


What we sow is what we reap.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@YouLibs 

Millions of our species faced death before me and billions will face death after me.

My Da did it.So can I.

TBS
TBS

@Recon2/3 @YouLibs


OMG.  The lefites....... If we just elect righties it will be ok and it will be the paradise we all want the world to be.

Oh those lefties......


Recon2/3
Recon2/3

The lefties must be worried that ObummerCare is about to get flushed. So, much for the far-left experiment in transforming American heathcare the best in the world. What leftist ignorance.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Recon2/3

far-left experiment in transforming American heathcare

not intended to be a factual statement.

JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

Once again, nothing of substance here.  Jay and his libtard whine.   Move along.   Come June,  no more taxpayer  subs.

fedup52
fedup52

brain-damaged dimwit on acid-laced methghazzzzi

honested
honested

@Doom Classical liberal 

So where is the wrong-wing alternative plan (or is it still to die quickly so you don't accidentally cost a 1%er a penny)??

fedup52
fedup52

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/18/business/international/at-global-economic-gathering-concerns-that-us-is-ceding-its-leadership-role.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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interesting read

commensurate with their growing economic strength, has languished in Congress. That, in part, propelled China to create its own multilateral lending institution in direct competition with the behemoths in Washington.

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GOP's fault



has set off perhaps the biggest fight of his presidency within his own party, with trade unions, environmentalists and liberal activists lining up in opposition to the White House. There is a strong possibility that Mr. Obama could lose the battle.

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Fault of the liberal.  But they have a good point.



Even the United States’ Export-Import Bank, a lending agency similar to export financing arms in countries around the world, could be killed in June by conservatives in Congress, leaving would-be foreign customers in the cold and many American exporters at a disadvantage to competitors abroad.

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 Fault of the GOP


Do I need go any further. 

The Conservatives are bent on destroying the black man in the high office yet they do realize they are destroying America.  Yet they do not care.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

If President Obama is the lawbreaker that folks like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and the rest of the GOP says he is, then why haven't they impeached him? They have the majority in congress, right? Oh yeah, because they are lying through their teeth. If a GOP politician has their mouth open, you can be darn sure lies are flowing out of it.

td1234
td1234

@GaGirl53171875 Wrong. It takes 67 votes in the US Senate to remove someone from office. Democrats play politics over the rule of law. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

They didn't impeach him because the supreme court smacked down his illegal recess appointments 9 to zilch, nada,, zip.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

I hope Obamacare is completely abolished. Some folks can't move up until they hit rock bottom. When insurance companies can dump people for pre-existing conditions, sell junk insurance that helps no one...maybe it will all come together for some people and they will realize how badly the GOP dupes them.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Look on the bright side. At least today you learned, from a con of course, that it takes 67 senators to remove a president. The road is long. But little by little we'll get you progs educated.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Fun fact: neither Obama nor obamacare were on any ballots last November.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Naw. But plenty of Dems were on ballots last November. So how did that work out for ya?

Mr_B
Mr_B

"This is the woman that all the HIllary worshipers should really be admiring and mimicking.  Innovation through private industry and not government. "


Symptomatic of what is wrong with the conservative world view: completely bi-polar. 


If Ms Holmes developed a useful new product, great. If she can manufacture and market the product  without garbaging up the world around her, fantastic. If she fairly compensates those who work for her and those who invested in her product , hooray!


None of which has a thing to do with whether or not we can use government to more successfully organize ourselves as a society.

fedup52
fedup52

@Mr_B "This is the woman that all the HIllary worshipers should really be admiring and mimicking.  Innovation through private industry and not government. "

can any anybody say that with a straight face while using the internet spewing his/her version of BS.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I think you probably meant "binary". But bipolar is funnier.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

And why does anyone need gubment to, ahem, "successfully organize" ourselves, whatever that vague term is supposed to mean.Most people can organize their own affairs and lives quite well without a nanny state. They are usually called cons. Apparently the progs just can't "organize themselves" without the gubment.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

When the GOP has to lie, cheat and steal the elections they don't really matter much anymore.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Win a general election again and maybe I'll take such bleating seriously.

KUTGF
KUTGF

we have learned that the predictions that Republicans would seek impeachment if they were successful in winning control of the Senate last November, were true. Florida representative Ted Yoho (R-Tea Party) has drafted legislation that purports to define the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as referenced in the constitutional clause granting the power of impeachment to the House of Representatives. His definition just happens to include every political argument against Obama that the right has been making in their impeachment crusade. What a coincidence.

Aside from being an obvious attempt to shape a new law aimed directly at the President, the bill reads like the work of brain-damaged dimwit on acid-laced meth. ....

If the legal standard already has an objective meaning, then what is the purpose of this bill? That question is answered in the next section of the bill that lists the “impeachable offenses.” To be sure, there are some unsavory crimes listed that ought to result in serious consequences for any executive. However, there is also a familiarity about them that seems to apply to just the complaints that wingnuts have about the current president. And then there are also a couple of political items that could never be adjudicated as impeachable.

However, the problem with this list is not whether the items on it are good or bad. It’s that they are there at all. By composing a list that purports to identify all of the actions that can result in impeachment, there is an infinite number of actions that could not be grounds for impeachment because they aren’t on the list. It’s a rookie legislative mistake.

Richard Nixon could not have been impeached if this list were in effect during his presidency. It also doesn’t provide a path to impeaching a president who embezzles a billion dollars and deposits it in a Swiss bank account. It doesn’t cover a president who breaks the legs of a governor who doesn’t support his agenda. A president could sell arms to Iran and use the proceeds to bankroll terrorists in Nicaragua without violating this law (Reagan would have signed

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So looks like impeachment efforts may be made by the TPers yet. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@KUTGF Could you impeach a President that sexual  abused a White House intern ?

fatleo
fatleo

@lvg  on the gop edit it just might be

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Bulls_3y3  You are not making any sense but perhaps the description of your work precedes you. 

lvg
lvg

@KUTGF Make my day- are stains on a dress of an intern grounds for impeachment or misuse of cigars in the oval office for sexual pleasure??????

lvg
lvg

@KUTGF Is being Black while occupying the office of the President on the list?????

Kamchak
Kamchak

@KUTGF 

  like the work of brain-damaged dimwit on acid-laced meth.

I wish I'd written that.