Monday, August 19, 2013

President Obama has finally had it with Republicans Wanting Debt Ceiling Held Hostage to Defund Obamacare

A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me.  But they’d just be sticking it to you.  (President Obama)

This is the most disgusting part of the Republicans attack on the Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA). Some Republican members of Congress are lying to their constituents which is flat out wrong but then integrity and GOP can no longer should be used in the same sentence.  Those same constituents they are lying to are being hurt in States like Oklahoma where they refused the exchanges and millions of dollars.  Many of the constituents believe what they are told by Republicans and refuse to question anything as they have become convinced Republicans won't lie even when it is put right in front of their faces.  Is the dumbing down of the Republican Party in full operation mode by the Koch Bros?

Great to see President Obama finally go after the Republican attacks on the Affordable Healthcare Act after the GOP run House voted for the 40th time to overturn Obamacare knowing full well that it was another vote that meant nothing except to their base.  Some Freshman were clamoring they needed a vote to end Obamacare before the 5-week recess so they could go back to their district and tell voters they voted against it.  Wasting our tax dollars to show they voted on something that is DOA tells you how the GOP base of today processes what they are told.  It seems today's GOP base will swallow anything the Republicans tell them if it is anti-Obama.  Really stupid if they swallow the GOP can overturn Obamacare with a House vote.  From President's Obama's Weekly Address:
Many Members of Congress, in both parties, are working hard to inform their constituents about these benefits, protections, and affordable plans.  But there’s also a group of Republicans in Congress working hard to confuse people, and making empty promises that they’ll either shut down the health care law, or, if they don’t get their way, they’ll shut down the government.  (my bold)
Think about that.  They’re actually having a debate between hurting Americans who will no longer be denied affordable care just because they’ve been sick – and harming the economy and millions of Americans in the process.  And many Republicans are more concerned with how badly this debate will hurt them politically than they are with how badly it’ll hurt the country. 
A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me.  But they’d just be sticking it to you.  
Some even say that if you call their office with questions about the law, they’ll refuse to help.  Call me old-fashioned – but that’s lousy constituent service.  And it’s not what you deserve. 
Your health insurance isn’t something to play politics with.  Our economy isn’t something to play politics with.  This isn’t a game.  This is about the economic security of millions of families. 
See, in the states where governors and legislatures and insurers are working together to implement this law properly – states like California, New York, Colorado and Maryland – competition and consumer choice are actually making insurance affordable.  
Today's bought and paid for Republicans continue to play games with the American people as they attack AHA, jobs, economy, healthcare, social security, medicare, SNAP Program, women's rights, minority rights and the list goes on as they do what they are told by their wealthy donors like the Koch Bros.  People like Boehner and Cantor could care less about you and me and how we are faring during their obstructionism and sequestration.  They get paid regardless and never had to take a day off every other week to save money as Federal Employees had to do in the Executive Branch as Congress controls the purse strings of the Government.

Instead the GOP House is taking 239 days off in 2013 and holding a few Town Halls during a 5-week recess because they are so tired after barely working.  Just imagine how tired the House will be after working a whole 126 days this year.  How many members of Congress are making trips overseas to interfere in foreign policy on our nickle?

Despicable bunch of Republicans in the House that their main aim is to defund Affordable Healthcare Act.  It is already saving people money in states that are not headed by a bunch of hard headed Koch/ALEC puppets who refused to implement the exchanges and thus cost their states millions and millions of dollars.

President Obama has finally had it with the "Repeal Obamacare Republican Members of the Congress" threatening to hold the debt ceiling hostage until they get their way:
WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama said we are on the way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act and helping millions of Americans. Unfortunately, a group of Republicans in Congress are working to confuse people and are even suggesting they will shut down the government if they cannot shut down the health care law. Health insurance isn’t something to play politics with, and the President will keep working to make sure the law works as it’s supposed to, and he encourages everyone to visit to find out more about the law and how to sign up.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly AddressThe White HouseAugust 17, 2013 
Hi, everybody.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been visiting with Americans across the country to talk about what we need to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class.
We need to rebuild an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility; an economy built firmly on the cornerstones of middle-class life.  Good jobs.  A good education.  A home of your own.  A secure retirement.  And quality, affordable health care that’s there when you need it. 
Right now, we’re well on our way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act.  And in the next few months, we’ll reach a couple milestones with real meaning for millions of Americans. 
If you’re one of the 85% of Americans who already have insurance, you’ve already got new benefits and protections under this law that you didn’t before.  Free checkups, mammograms, and contraceptive care.  Discounted prescription medicine on Medicare.  
The fact you can stay on your parents’ plan until you turn 26.  And much, much more.  And it’s okay if you’re not a fan of the Affordable Care Act – you can take advantage of these things anyway. 
If you don’t have insurance, beginning on October 1st, private plans will actually compete for your business.  You can comparison shop in an online marketplace, just like you would for cell phone plans or plane tickets.  You may be eligible for new tax credits to help you afford the plan that’s right for you.  And if you’re in the up to half of all Americans who’ve been sick or have a preexisting condition, this law means that beginning January 1st, insurance companies have to cover you – and they can’t use your medical history to charge you more than anybody else.  
You can find out more about the law, and how to sign up to buy your own coverage right now at  Tell your friends and neighbors without insurance about it, too.  And tell your kids that there’s a new, easy way to buy affordable plans specifically tailored to young people. 
Excerpt:  See for full transcript of speech
Heritage Foundation's head, Jim DeMint, plans to host Town Halls across the Country to defund AHA which goes against the non profit tax status of Heritage but that hasn't stopped any Republicans from moving ahead with their agenda as rules/laws don't apply to them in today's world.  Talking point papers for Republican members of Congress to use were prepared by Heritage and Groundswell plus the Koch brothers are investing millions into ads with misinformation and lies about AHA as they try to keep it from being implemented but it is an abject failure. Groundswell was outed several weeks ago:
Mother Jones’ David Corn details a behind-the-scenes conservative messaging push: “Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner—has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for "a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation," according to documents obtained by Mother Jones. 
Dubbed Groundswell, this coalition convenes weekly in the offices of Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog group. During these hush-hush sessions and through a Google group, the members of Groundswell—including aides to congressional Republicans—cook up battle plans for their ongoing fights against the Obama administration, congressional Democrats, progressive outfits, and the Republican establishment and "clueless" GOP congressional leaders. They devise strategies for killing immigration reform, hyping the Benghazi controversy, and countering the impression that the GOP exploits racism. And the Groundswell gang is mounting a behind-the-scenes organized effort to eradicate the outsize influence of GOP über-strategist/pundit Karl Rove within Republican and conservative ranks.”
At least we know why so many appointees of Obama were being held up -- Republicans hoped to bring the Obama Administration to a grinding halt which didn't happen.  Thank you Senator McCain for stepping forward to get some of these people who had been appointed confirmed.

Now a group of Senators want to hold the Country hostage on the debt ceiling in exchange for ending Obamacare which is not going to happen.  Voters need to think twice about a group that would hold the Credit Rating of the United States hostage to get their way.  They all need voted out of office when they are up for reelection because they just broke their oath.  Senator Rubio doesn't listen to his own state but to former Senator DeMint from Heritage:
(Jul 30) WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Senator Marco Rubio’s plan to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t defund the Affordable Care Act is going up in smoke in the nation’s capital. 
Senator Rubio, along with Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, signed on to a letter that said no government funding should be passed, including raising the debt limit, unless the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was defunded completely. 
Rubio has written editorials for conservative media outlets touting his plan, but it appears a growing number of Senators are not ready to shut down the government. The plan has opened a schism between the more conservative tea party members and establishment Republicans.
Rubio hardened his stance in an interview at The Blaze:
(Aug 5)  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is taking a hard stance in the fight to defund President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law. In fact, he says he is willing to fight to the bitter end to derail “Obamacare,” regardless of the consequences. 
“There has to be some issue at which we say, ‘look, this is the issue where we draw the line’,” Rubio said on Mark Levin’s radio show Monday. “I mean, we understand about all the other things but there’s an issue where you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, this is it. I mean, on this issue we’re willing to fight no matter what the consequences, politically or otherwise.” 
“If that issue is not Obamacare, I can’t understand what issue it would be,” he added. “And that’s the point I tried to make. Of all the issues out there, if there was one issue that, I think, we should be willing to go to the limit on, this is it.” 
Looks like Rubio is putting his plan to run for President over what is good for the people of this Country by trying to hold the debt ceiling hostage to defund Obamacare.  He is not listening to the people of South Florida today.  What about all those senior citizens who are going to be benefit with the AHA on prescriptions, etc.  Rubio is making sure that he will not be reelected as Senator if my phone call this morning was any indication.  Long time Republicans in Florida are as mad as long time Republicans across the Country at these bunch of jerks from the Tea Party in the Senate and House who do as they are told like little puppets.  Koch's control Heritage and DeMint along with the Tea Party who control many of the GOP in Congress.

Sad situation for America and only one solution - vote the GOP out of all leadership and then we can move the Country forward.  

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