Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 7:47 pm

Digby explains it all for you …


… in less than a paragraph:

Boehner’s caucus won’t do what he wants them to do! He can’t make a deal they don’t want him to make unless he’s willing to commit hara-kiri and pass a clean CR with Democratic votes. Does he think Obama will agree to defund Obamacare?

Now, by “commit hara-kiri,” Digby means that if Boehner agreed to pass a clean continuing resolution with Democratic votes, he’d be voted out as Speaker. And, frankly, with the full faith and credit of the United States on the line in just a little over two weeks, a guy who cared about serving the country would take that deal. But the weeping Cheeto wants to hold onto the speakership, even though he’s a bad Speaker of historic proportions, so he’s going to let the Crazy Caucus dictate the GOP’s position. And Obama won’t back off on the Affordable Care Act (nor should he, what with it having been approved by Congress, signed into law, pronounced constitutional by the Supreme Court and effectively ratified by voters nationwide in 2012 and all).

The Crazy Caucus is threatening to blow up the government. And it’s not just a tantrum, it’s something they’ve been planning since January. They need to be reminded of something:

The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

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12 Comments »

  1. Why Isn
    ‘t this douchebag in jail>/a>

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:28 pm @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  2. Ida know. And this is relevant to the post how, exactly?

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:03 am @ 9:03 am | Reply

  3. You mock the Speaker and those that oppose the ACA as crazy. I mock Dirty Harry Reid, the intransighent Majority Senate leader as a slimy, crook. In 2010 The law passed the House by a mere 7 votes ( 219-212 with 34 Democrats voting with 178 Rs against a bill no one had read ) . A vast majority of the American people then and now are opposed to this trainwreck.. They are not terrorists ! Not bomb throwers. ( You are borrowing the wing nut talking points ) They were then and now a large group of citizens non-vilolently exercising their intense disapproval to radical llegislative insanity. That was a cheap shot…. sheesh !

    No law is wtritten in stone. No drug laws, not tax laws , not traffic laws . Saeveral years ago congress tried tinkering with SS. The outcry caused a reversal of those rules.. Their are plenty of other examples in our history. Stay tuned.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:59 pm @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  4. Fred, a vast majority of Americans are not at all opposed to this bill. Really, man, PollingReport.com is your friend.

    And if Republicans want to overturn the Affordable Care Act, fine: Let them get the votes. Mitt Romney ran on that very platform in 2012 and got his ass handed to him, but it’s early days yet. If Congress votes to repeal it, I’ll live with the results. (My brothers might not.)

    But anyone holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to a piece of legislation that was debated, discussed, compromised over, voted on, signed into law and upheld by both the Supreme Court and the national electorate does not deserve serious treatment, except for impeachment. And it was a piece of legislation that, in all its important particulars, originated at the Heritage Foundation and was road-tested by Romney in Massachusetts (where they pretty much love it, by the way), so I’m gonna mock every single Republican who opposes it because the only reason they oppose it is that it was a GOP plan co-opted by Obama.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 2, 2013 9:25 pm @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  5. Blame Harry Reid, Dude

    Once this piece of shit legislation gets implemented it will collapse under its own weight,

    Your cherry picked poll is stoopid and sux

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:05 am @ 2:05 am | Reply

  6. Real Public Opinion

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:09 am @ 2:09 am | Reply

  7. BREAKING: Brendan Mahoney Saves ObamaCare

    “Meet Brendan Mahoney, the young man who is saving ObamaCare. He’s 30 years old, a third-year law student at the University of Connecticut. He’s actually been insured for the past three years–in 2011 and 2012 through a $2,400-a-year school-sponsored health plan, and this year through “a high-deductible, low-premium plan that cost about $39 a month through a UnitedHealthcare subsidiary.” But he wanted to see what ObamaCare had to offer.

    He tried logging in to the exchange’s website at 8:45 a.m. yesterday, which is impressive in itself. Most young people don’t get up that early. “He said the system could not verify his identity.” So he called the toll-free help line, whose operator also encountered computer trouble. “But then he logged on a second time, he said, and the system worked.”

    “Once it got running, it was fast,” Mahoney tells the Courant. “It really made my day. It’s a lot like TurboTax.” He obtained insurance through ObamaCare. Now, he says, “if I get sick, I’ll definitely go to the doctor.” Even better, if he stays healthy, he won’t need to go to a doctor, and his premiums will support chronically ill policyholders on the wrong side of 40.

    So, how much of a premium is strapping young Brendan Mahoney paying to help make ObamaCare work? Oops. The Courant reports that Mahoney “said that by filling out the application online, he discovered he was eligible for Medicaid. So, beginning next year, he won’t pay any premium at all.”

    So the great success story of ObamaCare’s first day is the transformation of a future lawyer who was already paying for insurance into a welfare case.. “

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, October 3, 2013 6:32 pm @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  8. And the problem with this would be …? FUTURE lawyer means bupkus. It’s based on his CURRENT income. When he actually starts making lawyer money, he’ll be ineligible for Medicaid. This is a feature, not a bug, and a well-designed one, too, despite the WSJ’s attempt to make it look like a scandal.

    Comment by Lex — Friday, October 4, 2013 8:51 am @ 8:51 am | Reply

  9. Why Obamacare Isn’t Settled Law

    “The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, signed by President Obama, upheld by the Supreme Court and reconfirmed by the president’s reelection. Many of its provisions have gone into effect. As Democrats have taken to saying, it is the law of the land.

    But contrary to what the president suggested in the Rose Garden this past week, that does not mean Obamacare is “settled, and it is here to stay.” And it is not illegitimate for Republicans to use every lawful means at their disposal to stand in its way.

    The Affordable Care Act is not settled law because the public remains deeply divided over it: More than half of Americans are opposed. But even more critically, congressional Republicans have withheld their stamp of approval. Many Republican lawmakers refuse even to call it a law; they keep referring to it as a “bill.”

    Republicans offer several explanations for their rejection of the act’s validity. Most often, they note that the law was passed entirely with Democratic votes. This is in contrast to other major legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support and thus became settled much more quickly.

    Republicans also cite the unusual procedures used to pass the health-care act — most notably, the budget reconciliation process that avoided a filibuster while moving the final legislation through the Senate. This tactic left many Senate Republicans feeling cheated.

    Republican suspicions about the legitimacy of the act were exacerbated by a report that Chief Justice John Roberts switched his position on the constitutionality of the individual mandate — the provision at the heart of Obamacare — late in the Supreme Court’s deliberations. According to unnamed sources who spoke to CBS News, Roberts initially sided with the conservative justices and started to draft an opinion striking down the mandate, but at some point he became “wobbly” and decided to join the liberal justices and uphold the bulk of the law.
    ………..

    Some Republicans go further and dismiss the claim that the 2012 election was a referendum on health-care reform. After all, Mitt Romney had passed a similar law in his own state. Others think the Affordable Care Act is just dreadful policy, which is a good enough reason in their view to deny its authority.”

    ……..

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, October 7, 2013 4:30 am @ 4:30 am | Reply

  10. BZZZT. Wrong answer. If they think it’s dreadful policy, that’s a good enough reason to try to get enough people elected to overturn it. It is NOT a good reason for holding budget bills, not to mention the full faith and credit of the U.S. and, consequently, the global economy, hostage. Also, I now see Boehner is moving the goalposts AGAIN: He now says he won’t discuss a budget agreement unless Obama agrees to EVEN MORE cuts. The GOP already has gotten the Dems to agree to even more expense cuts and fewer revenue additions than were even in the Paul Ryan budget, which Republicans all supported last year. This is not the behavior of a man who is serious. And the GOP cannot take yes for an answer.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, October 7, 2013 10:32 am @ 10:32 am | Reply

  11. Why The Reviled Tea Party Was Right About Obamacare

    ” Few deny that our government should help the truly needy. Many agree, moreover, that every American should have access to healthcare. However, the majority of Americans who were content with their doctors and insurance programs fear that Obamacare will damage our superb healthcare infrastructure.

    Many also imagine that the cost of Obamacare will be considerably greater than advertised. In part, excess expenditures may derive from lax supervision. To again quote Dr. Coburn, “We have a new program coming out, the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, and there’s no income verification at all. So we know that’s going to get defrauded to the tune of billions and billions of dollars, so why would we continue to do the same thing that put us in trouble that we’re in?”

    The program could also cost more than expected because it is fatally flawed. Some hint that Obamacare’s potential economic problems come from the frantic effort to sign up healthy young people. While we have heard breathless tales of the millions who have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to log onto the government websites, we have heard little about what kinds of people have actually signed up.

    Anecdotal evidence points to those receiving subsidies being top of the list; it is possible that the undoing of Obamacare is even now taking place. If the Tea Party had a little more patience, the country might end up standing with them. At the least, they might spare them the guillotine.”

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, October 9, 2013 7:18 pm @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  12. I’m supposed to take Tom freakin’ Coburn”s word for this? That liar? I don’t think so. Moreover, Medicare and Medicaid have been defrauded by doctors and Big Pharma and device companies of billions and billions of dollars a year for DECADES, and has DOCTOR Tom Coburn lifted a finger to stop it? Why, no, he has not.

    Dude, if you want to overturn Obamacare, knock yourself out: elect representatives and senators who will vote to do so. In the meantime, deal.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, October 9, 2013 8:11 pm @ 8:11 pm | Reply


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