GOP votes to strip 22 million Americans of health insurance

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In what has become the second-longest running joke in American politics, House Republicans voted once again Wednesday to repeal ObamaCare. We’re told that this time — roughly the 60th time, depending on how you count — is different because with the Senate’s concurrence, this repeal bill will actually be sent to President Obama, who will of course veto it.

In other words, this week’s show vote is equally futile as all the previous show votes. It’s just futile in a slightly different way, which I suppose is what passes for a major victory among the victory-starved.

And let’s be precise about what they’ve voted to do. Congressional Republicans have voted overwhelmingly to strip at least 22 million Americans of the health-care coverage that they rely upon for medical care, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.  And they have taken that dramatic step while having no plan of their own to even attempt to replace that coverage.

When asked about that obvious shortcoming, House Speaker Paul Ryan had an interesting response:

“Just wait.”

Just wait? It is now January of 2016. Obamacare was signed into law in March of 2010. And after all this time, when they’re asked for their replacement proposal, the answer from Republican leaders is “just wait”?

And that of course answers the question that I left dangling up above: The longest running joke in American politics is the endlessly repeated promise of Republican leaders to someday produce their own alternative to health-care reform. It just goes on and on and …

Consider:

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Note the date of the screengrab: Oct. 27, 2009, five months before ObamaCare was even signed into law. And that’s not even the real beginning of this charade.  As the story in The Hill noted at the time, then-House Minority Leader Eric Cantor was promising as far back as June of 2009 that a GOP leadership alternative to ObamaCare was just “weeks away.”

Some 287 weeks have come and gone, and it’s still “just wait.” We were also promised the Republican reform plan in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and still it has never come. It raises an obvious question: If ObamaCare is truly as bad as the Republicans claim, and if easier, better options are as simple as they have long pretended, then why on Earth haven’t we seen this supposed alternative? Why, almost six years later, are we still hearing “just wait”?

It’s certainly possible that this time it will be different. It’s plausible if not likely that sometime this year, Republicans will indeed manage to cobble together a health-care plan that they will try to claim as their alternative. But if so, let me make a prediction. No, let me make an ironclad guarantee:

If the Republicans do rally around a supposed ObamaCare alternative, I absolutely 100 percent guarantee that they will not have the guts to bring that proposal up for a vote.

Why?

Because any Republican plan that is ambitious enough to cover a significant number of Americans will be rejected by the Republican base on the grounds that it is socialism. Conversely, any Republican plan that the base can embrace will by definition do almost nothing to cover the tens of millions of Americans who would be left stranded by ObamaCare’s repeal. The intersection between a plan that accomplishes something and a plan that the GOP will accept is a null set.

Ryan knows that, Mitch McConnell knows that, Cantor knew that and John Boehner knew that.

 

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NWGAL
NWGAL

The tooth fairy will deliver the alternative to ACA, just as soon as all the Republican wisdom teeth are removed.

Juanx
Juanx

I really feel bad that some GOP supporters are so filled with hate that their judgement is seriously flawed. They can receive mental help to overcome this hatred if they seek it. The GOP leaders should be brought to task for using congress for personal gratification by hood winking them into voting for this. Shame on Ryan and McC.

Menace
Menace

@td1234  Ask Joe if he paid his child support lately........ 

gadem
gadem

@td1234 yes that is a very inaccurate Meme. Thanks for posting it and showing us that Joe Walsh is a fool too.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Now's a good time to offer some of that 'proof' you said you offer all the time, td -

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

I pay for channels on my tv I don't want. I paid for programs on my computer I don't want.

I guess when the money goes to a corporation instead of a fellow human being it is more palatable for some.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

We went with Alliant health insurance for two years but this year we had to change.  Alliant was just too expensive.  We picked Humana this time around.  I'm just thankful that we did not have to pick BCBS.  How they get away with calling their product "insurance" is beyond me.  We have actually talked about moving to a different area if we are ever stuck with them as the sole provider.

scottw_
scottw_

Jay, I guess you don't mind having your premium double so someone else can have insurance for free.

Paul42
Paul42

@scottw_

You fundamentally misunderstand the program's operations, scottw - 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@scottw_ Then again, perhaps he did mind having his premiums increase in order to cover all the people using the emergency rooms for free.

td1234
td1234

But, but, but we cannot stop refugees from coming here until we can figure out how to tell they are not terrorist. 


"Two men from the Middle East who came to the United States as refugees were arrested on federal terrorism charges in California and Texas for supporting Islamic militant groups, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

They are the latest in a series of similar cases in a U.S. campaign against extremism. Neither man was charged with plotting an attack on the United States. One man was charged with supporting the Islamic State militant group overseas and both were charged with providing false information about their ties to what were described as international terrorist groups.

There have been more than 75 publicized arrests of U.S. residents who have allegedly become radicalized by Muslim militants since 2014.

The men, arrested in Sacramento and Houston, were not involved in a single plot, but they may have been in contact with each other, a source familiar with the two cases said.

Both men are Palestinians who were born in Iraq. The man arrested in Houston, Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, entered the United States as an Iraqi refugee in November 2009, according to a court document.

In Sacramento, the U.S. Department of Justice said Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria."


http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sacramento-security-idUSKBN0UM02W20160108?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 @td1234 And then when I bring the facts progressives either poo poo on the source or ignore them. The progressives do the exact same thing. 


What is your actual point besides an attack. 

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@td1234 @Paul42 You brought facts!  Where.  No.  You didn't.  Tell me you did not store them THERE again.  The least you could do is wash them before posting them.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

" And then when I bring the facts"

Oh, I am SO going to save that.

Just because something is copied from the Internet does not make it a valid source or factual, td.

td1234
td1234

@Paul42 Oh please. Where does anyone get their "facts" from on this blog? Oh that is right, the internet. Anyone's facts come from either a left source or a right source and is judged as facts in the eyes of the reader. 


You are just being stupid this morning. When you begin to call out progressives for using the same tactics I do then come back to me about what I do or do not do. Until that happens, you only look like a hypocrite. 

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Had enough of not being able to substantiate your earlier claims so it's time for a major diversion attempt?


Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

You actually do not recognize what you do?  Toss all kinds of accusations, state all kinds of opinions as facts, contradict yourself, then when repeatedly asked for substantiation, you bring up a new topic.

Is this so normal for you that you don't even realize it?

Menace
Menace

@td1234  Time to activate the Home Guard.  Break out the cap pistols.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

The latest batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server released Friday contains 66 messages deemed classified at some level, according to a State Department count, bring the total to over 1,300.

Of the 66, all but one are labeled “confidential,” the lowest classification level. The remaining email is labeled “secret,” the second-highest level of classification.

“Most importantly I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified,” Clinton said at one point in her press conference.   Her comments REALLY line up with the truth, huh?

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@DownInAlbany Meanwhile, Trey Gowdy was seen mumbling, "I am relevant, I AM relevant," to himself on his way to another of his wasted days.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Someone?  Anyone?  I'm going to pull a "Paul" and INSIST that someone answer my question!!!!!  :)

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Who is getting money taken from them under Obamacare? And if you are, how is it different than when you were at the mercy of ever rising insurance rates that are by nature socialistic in that they went up because hospitals had to treat poor folks?

juvenal
juvenal

@JeffreyEav working poor who can't afford 0care owe $695 to pay for other folks care.........

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@JeffreyEav one example is that every person on ACA has to pay for services they may never use.

The premiums are for example based on receiving pregnancy coverage.  There are other examples.

Plus, if you are on ACA your subsidy could be less than your neighbor is receiving because you make more money than he does.

In other words, you are penalized for being successful.

Paul42
Paul42

@JohnnyReb

"one example is that every person on ACA has to pay for services they may never use."

Just like car insurance, eh?

I see now one reason you love your moniker, JohnnyReb.  

You love refighting old battles that were lost years ago.  You do know the definition of insanity, don't you?


Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@juvenal @JeffreyEav You do not have to pay a penalty if you cannot afford insurance.  Unless you are a Republican.  Then you have to pay a stupid tax.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Paul42 @JohnnyReb If you borrow money to buy a car, your lender requires collision insurance, in order to protect their collateral.  If you keep collision after it's "paid off" that's a personal choice.  States, generally, require that you have insurance to cover the person that you hit, if you are in an accident.  See the difference?

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Wasn't an issue. The issue was liability insurance that may never be used.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@JohnnyReb @JeffreyEav Funny how insurance works.  You pay a premium for all available services even if you do not use them.  Republicans should work on that so we can all get back our car and house insurance premiums whenever we do not file a claim.  LOL.

BERETTAM9
BERETTAM9

The first-longest running joke in American politics is King crybaby Obama!!!!  Worst president in hisotry!!!!!!!

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Tallulah 

If you don't understand why somebody would shed a tear at the deaths of small children...

...you might be a psychopath!  (h/t Jeff Foxworthy)

juvenal
juvenal

@LordHelpUs @Tallulah deficit up6X, libya also now a failed state, Shia-Sunni rift heading for regional war, russia a big threat, more taliban control of afghanistan, student debt higher, isis, chance to take out assad muffed..for starters...you are welcome...

Menace
Menace

@Tallulah  Worst president in history - Well, there's Buchanan, any president from 1868-1892 (they were all pretty much hacks), Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover were all in over their heads.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Tallulah  Please explain how the country is worse off now than at the end of the GWB admin.  Thanks in advance.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

@Tallulah I see a lot of Republicans crying about all the things President Obama has accomplished.  Some even call him "King Obama" because he has owned them for seven years running.