Wait! Is that the GOP plan to replace ObamaCare?!?!

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I confess that I’m growing a tad bit worried.

By my count, today is Day 1,933 since House Speaker John Boehner and then Minority Leader Mitch McConnell first pledged to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare.

Five years, three months, two weeks and two days — plus an extra day for leap year back in 2012 — have come and gone since then, but still no replacement plan. Oh sure, there are “plans.” Washington is thick with “plans.” But even though the Republicans now control both the House and the Senate, none of those “plans” have even been given so much as a subcommittee vote that would put people on the record in support of them.

More than a year ago — on Jan. 30, 2014, or 525 days ago — then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor promised that “House Republicans will rally around and pass an alternative to Obamacare this year.”   In February of that year, Cantor claimed that the GOP was ready “to finalize our Obamacare replacement plan,” which it would release and act upon any day now.

Still no plan. Instead of replacing ObamaCare, the GOP replaced Cantor, who was beaten in a Republican primary later that year. (His opponent accused Cantor of being too accommodating to ObamaCare.)

As recently as Jan. 28, 2015, Boehner was still promising the American people that “There will be an alternative, and you will get to see it.” But 162 days later, still no plan and no apparent progress toward a plan.

So you see why I’m a little worried.

If one did not know better, one might believe that the Republican Party is incapable of producing such a plan. One might believe that the GOP has spent the last one thousand, nine hundred and 33 days trying to hide its incompetence behind a shield of bluster and whining.

If one did not know better, that is.

Of course, they’re still talking about repeal. Repeal repeal repeal. Back in 2013, after the umpteenth vote to repeal, Boehner explained that “we have 70 new members who have not had an opportunity” to vote against ObamaCare. In 2015, after yet another vote, it was because “We have 47 new members of Congress on the Republican side who have never had the chance to cast their vote to repeal Obamacare.”

But at this point, you can’t simply repeal ObamaCare without having something to replace it. That would create total chaos. Boehner himself acknowledged that point back in April 24, 2014 — one year, two months, two weeks and a day ago.

Yet still no plan.

Even more worrisome? None of the Republican presidential candidates has presented a plan to replace ObamaCare. As Jeb Bush helpfully points out, “Having a pre-existing condition should not mean patients have to worry about keeping their coverage or getting the care they need. We need a conservative solution that works for those patients.”

LochNessFaultAnd there’s the rub. The problem with needing “a conservative solution” to such problems is that by definition, conservatives will have to produce that solution. Call me crazy, but I’m beginning to get a little concerned that no such thing exists or can exist. I’m beginning to think that like unicorns, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, it will always be rumored but never seen.

But hey, this is only Day 1,933. Maybe Donald Trump has a plan?

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anothercomment

It won't be appealed and replaced because the truth is too many of their supporters are using or benefiting from Obamacare. Case in point, the other evening I decided to finally tackle the piles of unopened mail that has been piling up in various places in my house over the past three years. After the initial sort to medical. Non medical, piles. I was opening all the Blue Cross and Blue shield envelopes. I opened one it looked different than my normal benefit plan Statement of benefits. It was a bill for an Obamacare plan dated 1/1/2014. It was for the Family next door a typical Republican Private school attending ITP family with two kids. Dad is a III, son is a IV. Mom has a typical Buckhead name. Every thing about them makes them the Demographic of the Republican Party in Georgia. Two kids attended one of the top tier Private schools K-12, one is now in U GA. Drive the Mandatory SUV's etc.. Surprise surprise they were one of the first ones to sign up effective Jan 2014., of course with no subsidy. They realize that at just over $1,300 per month the BCBS Gold plan for a family of 4 was a far better deal than a plan of equal value prior to the Marketplace in the individual market.

Their are too many folks like my neighbors! I know several of my friends who are small business owners have been helped with the exchanges. They all love it and have better coverage,

The Republicans just need to shut up before they risk alienating their base.

My neighborhood in a so called Republican area I now hear the other neighbors outwardly call the couple who stick Tea Party signs in their yard and have their dogs named after Regan, "nuts, crazy, etc! And this is not by the family that had the courage to put the Carter sign up!

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

This is the conservative healthcare plan so what else can they come up with?

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

1,933 days is nothing, we've been waiting 40 years for trickle-down to work!

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

It's the same plan to fix anything - budget, ISIS, immigration, infrastructure, education - stall, do nothing, propose costly legislation to privatize and increase tax policy via vouchers and tax breaks...


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

  "And yet for some reason Democrats continue to lose seats in the House, Senate and Governors. Why do you think that is"? 


@td1234That was before they got their teeth fixed or were able to get their BP meds, it's a different story now.


'In total, about 10.2 million people paid for insurance policies they picked in ACA marketplaces for this year, up from 6.3 million at the end of 2014, the U.S. said today.'

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-02/in-republican-led-states-obamacare-subsidies-are-more-common

John Galt 47
John Galt 47

Just because the Republicans have been incompetent in putting forward a replacement plan doesn't change the fact that Obamacare is a total disaster.

LeninTime
LeninTime

'To avoid a government shutdown in the fall, Congress needs to act now'

**

Awww, what happened to all that good will between Barack Obama and the Democrats and their Republican partners that has been recently on display - for all with eyes to see - in pushing through the Fast Track for the TransPacific Partnership? 

Don't you love how the political structure is now - as if on cue - pushing to revive fears of another government shutdown to pump life back into the old narrative of "gridlock". 

Must be election time. lol 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

"You do not seem to understand the Republican base. There idea of an alternative bill is to repeal and everyone pay for their own dang insurance."


The republican ideology sure does work for Congressman and Senators and their families who have GREAT insurance -- for life. And many republicans who are not congressman, etc. believe in their hearts that that ideology is the best thing for them................well, that is until they get sick.........then all of a sudden, REALITY starts kicking ideology's behind:


Handyman who would rather go blind than sign up for Obamacare begs for money in crowdfunding appeal after his eyes started bleeding
  • Republican Luis Lang refused to get Obamacare and health insurance
  • Now blames Obama because he's going blind and cannot pay medical bills 
  • Can no longer work and is upset the Affordable Care Act won’t bail him out
  • Lang has launched online fundraising appeal to raise money for surgery 

Wonder how he's liking that ideology now?  (snicker)

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@DebbieDoRight Of course, the fact is if Obamacare were gotten rid of, we'd still be paying, because WE have to pay for those trips the uninsured make to the ER.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

americans need to work more hours -jeb "po boy" bush

Arms_Akimbo
Arms_Akimbo

e Democrats own Obamacare and they are going to be reminded of that unfortunate fact in 2016. As Americans receive 30% to 50% premium increases, the Dems only excuse seems to be to blame state insurance commissioners. The Oregon state insurance commissioner was quoted in the NYT's last week justifying his 38% increase on the claims far exceeding the premiums collected and that the entire market would collapse without the increase. Gosh, you mean that the Dem plan of putting sick people with pre-existing conditions into an insurance pool and not signing up enough healthy young people leads to claims exceeding premium income? What a shocker!


The VA, as the model for Obamacare, continues to be an embarrassment. Vets are dying because of long waits and lack of access to quality healthcare. The "acting" inspector general for the VA was replaced last week with another IG who has been with the agency since 1992. In other words, an agency insider rather than an independent investigator- an Obama lapdog rather than a watchdog. The President is the only one with the authority to appoint IG's. As usual, Obama doesn't want any more damning evidence about incompetence to be revealed in an election year. The Hillary/Obama/Dem strategy of "deny, delay, hope it goes away" continues as Americans die, taxes (Obamacare is a tax after all) keep going up, and the administration does everything possible to avoid accountability relying on the Bookman's of the world to assign blame to others on a daily basis to distract the public from the cold truth.


In the meantime, more and more Docs are refusing to accept Obamacare and Medicare because of low reimbursement rates and long delays for payment. Americans are paying higher premiums for less access to medical professionals. Healthcare insurance without access to doctors is a scam. So where is your plan to fix the problems you have created? Let me guess-raise taxes.

TBS
TBS

All of you said the same exact thing

Hilarious

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Republicans have as much interest in repealing and replacing ACA as I do in keeping the confederate flag, none.

In states run by Republican governors, a greater percentage of people get support from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to buy insurance, via subsidies created by the law, than in Democrat-run states.

JamVet
JamVet

My slogan for 2016:

Repeal and Replace the GOP!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JamVet

oh, for a DNC with the courage to run a national House and Senate campaign with that slogan.

But we all know it'll be something like "hang around, we'll have some kind of unified message, somewhere, eventually. You'll come for our political incompetence; you'll stay for failure to fight back!"

Renteroo
Renteroo

@td1234 

Majorities come and go. Governors come and go. Presidents come and go.

The PPACA is here to stay. THAT'S what matters!

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

 "Maybe Donald Trump has a plan"


The Donald's plan is to deport all Mexicans.  Oh and beat out Bangladesh as the next 3rd world country that uses slave labor.

RLSmith
RLSmith

@DebbieDoRight Donald's plan is to deport ILLEGAL Mexicans.  I have no problem with that.

Renteroo
Renteroo

@DebbieDoRight

Don't forget that he's going to be the greatest jobs President in history. What a guy!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I'll give the Republicans this much:  ACA is not perfect.  It needs tweaking, updates, and a few other fixes. 


FWIW, I'll give any Republican candidate with the guts to say something as reasonable as that^^ in a televised debate massive props. But alas, we're virtually guaranteed to hear the whole slate repeating the nonsense about the PPACA being a throat-crammed socialist monstrosity.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Lenin, are you going to provide us with a list of bloggers that are educated enough on this topic so that we will know who is allowed to comment on it?

td1234
td1234

Obamacare is such and great plan that it has resulted in the Republicans gaining 65 new members of the House, 13 new Senators, 31 governors and over 900 new state legislators since being passed in 2009. 


The progressives are begging for a plan from the Republicans so that they can take the attention off of Obamacare, especially when rates are about to be raised astronomically and the employer mandate is about to hit.  

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Dems need a target to get off the defensive. They're not gonna get it. So they whine.

That albatross hangs around your necks, libs, so learn to deal with it.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Too late now. Election year. Keep defending. It's all you have.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 Your worries are all but over then.  Sit back and enjoy the ride to control of Congress and the White House and then on to the Supremes.  Your work is done.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Across the country, about 85 percent of people in Obamacare’s exchanges get financial help.  Democrat-run states tend to have fewer subsidy beneficiaries than those run by Republicans, though.  Red states Mississippi, Florida, and North Carolina saw the highest percentages of enrollees getting subsidies. The figure was lowest in blue states like Minnesota, Colorado and Hawaii'.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-02/in-republican-led-states-obamacare-subsidies-are-more-common

JamVet
JamVet

@td1234 

Tell me again what happened to the congressional GOP in 2006, 2008 and 2012? 

Short memories - they sure do come in handy!

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger All the Republican governors are new since the vote for Obamacare was taken since everyone of them has run for either election or re-election. There are NO sitting governors still in place that has not run for office since Obamacare was passed. 

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

See? This is what you libs have. Pretty persuasive, huh?

Bwaahahahahahaha

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Philo_Farnsworth Ok.  I think President Obama will even be willing to continue to claim responsibility  for ObamaCare and even if he will not, it will still bear his name.  Oh the horrors.

td1234
td1234

@HeadleyLamar Kind of like your prediction that Deal was going to get stomped in GA for not expanding Medicaid? LOL

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

[PPACA] has resulted in the Republicans gaining 

I am fine and dandy with people so dim they actually believe that^^ to be true, running all the GOP campaigns in 2016.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 

Is correlation the same as causation, inside the bubble?  ;>)

BTW, I noticed you glossed over the "governors" part - how many NEW Republican governors?

td1234
td1234

@Brosephus You do not seem to understand the Republican base. There idea of an alternative bill is to repeal and everyone pay for their own dang insurance. Politicians run off at the mouth in an attempt to reach the unreachable but replacement is not even a consideration to most Republicans that came and voted all the Republicans into office. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@HeadleyLamar @td1234 

"Especially when you look at where the Senate seats are going to be contested. Its gonna be a bloodbath"

Not according to td it won't be.  He thinks Ayotte is going to win in NH - I believe because he read it on WND.

The guy couldn't tell me what was Scott Brown's biggest negative in 2014 and he thinks he knows which way NH will go.

td1234
td1234

@JamVet If you would have been paying attention to that hated talk radio during those years then you would understand what happened. When the Republican elected officials started acting like Democrats then the base said fine put Democrats in their offices.  

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Philo_Farnsworth 

"That albatross hangs around your necks, libs, so learn to deal with it."

Philo, that's why I wonder why the republicans don't vote to repeal, then bash the Democrats when the bill is vetoed?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @Brosephus You do not seem to understand the Republican base. There idea of an alternative bill is to repeal and everyone pay for their own dang insurance.


That didnt work


because some moochers refuse to pay for insurance and we have to treat them anyway.


Which is incredibly inefficient


This way is better. 

JamVet
JamVet

@Philo_Farnsworth 

The baby killing, gun grabbing, tax raising, cut and running liberal won!

Must have p!ssed you off greatly, that one...

(BTW, you failed to answer the question!)

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Philo_Farnsworth These are Republican voters and trust me it's far more than the 1000 that are being polled to make Republican talking points look good.  

td1234
td1234

@HeadleyLamar And those cost have not come down like Obama and Pelosi promises and yet we are on our way to spending an additional trillion dollars on Obamacare.  

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger They have voted to repeal more than 50 times. Senate Dems are holding it up from coming to vote in the Senate. 

JamVet
JamVet

@td1234 @Brosephus 

A failed idea whose regressive time has passed. 

And why the people in every other civilized country on the planet disagree with you.

Funny how that happens so often, huh?

Brosephus
Brosephus

@td1234 

No, Americans are asking for a plan that they were promised back in 2010 when Republicans were given control of the House.  Americans even gave Republicans control of the Senate.  Even with control of both houses, Republicans have not put a single, solitary plan before a committee.

Now, we hear they need control of the WH to do anything because the president "might" be mean to them and veto their legislation.  There are people who seriously want an alternative to the ACA for whatever reason they have.  The GOP has tapped into that and gained more power as even you acknowledge.  What have they done with that power though is what people are discussing.

Maybe you conservatives enjoy being lied to in order to maintain power, but many Americans don't.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser And yet for some reason Democrats continue to lose seats in the House, Senate and Governors. Why do you think that is? 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @Brosephus 

So why don't they repeal, td?  Why, why, why?

Even if the President vetoes, they can you that veto to beat up Democrats during the election!  Get those Obamacare-loving dems on the record, and they're sure to lose, right?

td1234
td1234

@Visual_Cortex Then please explain all those loses? If it had not been for Obama winning in 2012 then the news would be the end of the Democratic party. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @Nick_Danger Republicans have the majority so quit blaming the Dems for Republican incompetence or incontinence as the case may be.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 Obamacare is such and great plan that it has resulted in the Republicans gaining 65 new members of the House, 13 new Senators, 31 governors and over 900 new state legislators since being passed in 2009. 


No it didnt.


And Obamacare isn't nearly the toxic political issue for Dems it used to be. In fact most are for NOT repealing it these days


Those rates hikes are always just around the corner aren't they. 


The Republicans got stomped at the polls in 2008 and 2016 is shaping up as a similar deal. 


Especially when you look at where the Senate seats are going to be contested. Its gonna be a bloodbath. 



Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@td1234 @HeadleyLamar Kind of like your prediction that Deal was going to get stomped in GA for not expanding Medicaid?


Never said he would get stomped. Carter made a good showing.


Georgia voted for Newt in 2012 so we arent talking about a savvy electorate here. 

anothercomment
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Let's not forget many of the pick ups in Congress have been due to state legislature gerrymandering. Florida Supreme Court has just ordered the redistricting of 8 congressional seats, which will also impact all of the adjoining seats as well prior to the 2016 election cycle.

This combined with the 5:4 Supreme Court decision allowing Arizona to use non partisan panels ( that are not elected officials to set congressional boundreys will have major impacts on the R's being able to hold. This decision has caused several other states to not go to the Supremes on redistricting.