Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Republicans Stuck on Stupid on Obamacare -- Lying to Constituents in Town Halls

It's more than a little hypocritical to undercut health care reform at every turn and then complain it isn't working as well as expected.  (Tampa Bay Times)
After reading the editorial on Obamacare at the Tampa Bay Times, I am sitting here laughing at the abject stupidity of the Congressional Republicans to be dumb enough to trash Obamacare using the 'Groundswell' talking points when they are back in their districts. Today's Republicans are more dishonest then any group I have ever seen which says a lot and it is not good.

Editorial: Health care politics vs. realityFriday, August 9, 2013 3:10pm 
First the Republican-controlled House voted for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act in whole or part. Then as members departed for their August recess, Republicans were handed instructions for an "Obamacare media tour," a negative campaign playbook to follow in their home districts. Yet the truth is the law is already succeeding at improving health care coverage for millions of Americans, and the coming online insurance exchanges will save consumers money in many states. The situation is less certain in Florida, where consumers are paying the price for Republican attempts in Tallahassee to sabotage the law at every turn. 
The fight during Congress' August recess will be a battle of stories. Democrats are highlighting how the Affordable Care Act is helping families by creating more access to coverage and better benefits. The Republican playbook recommends bashing the law by citing businesses that have had to cut jobs or limit growth. Yet the law doesn't require small businesses of under 50 employees to provide health coverage, and large businesses won't have to provide coverage until 2015. 
Rates for the health insurance that will be offered on the online state exchanges, a place for one-stop shopping for health insurance that will open in October for 2014 coverage, are lower than expected overall. An 11-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released in July found that plan costs are on average 18 percent lower than Congressional Budget Office estimates. 
That may not be true in Florida, where rates on the online exchange are expected to jump an average of 35 percent, according to an analysis by the state's Office of Insurance Regulation. Florida's congressional Republicans will be making a lot of noise about the price jump. But they should blame fellow party members. The Republican-controlled Legislature suspended for two years the state's ability to control rate increases for health insurance policies. It was a given that rates would soar as a result. 
Now it is up to the federal government to force some of the 11 health insurers who will offer plans on Florida's online exchange to bring down premiums or be denied access to the exchange. The state declined to build its own exchange, leaving the job to the federal government. Florida's Republican leaders claim to be standing with the people on health insurance, but they have abandoned to the federal government the job of protecting the state's consumers from being gouged. It's more than a little hypocritical to undercut health care reform at every turn and then complain it isn't working as well as expected.
Excerpt:  Read More at Tampa Bay Times
These Republican jerks in the House forgot the oath they took back in January as they could care less about the American people as they try to stick it to Obama.  
  • I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.  (enacted in 1884)
Their job is pass a budget and appropriate money but they have failed miserably in one of their Constitutional duties preferring to vote on frivolous issues they know the Senate will not take up. House yelled for the last several years that the Senate didn't pass a budget -- the Senate passed one this year and the House refuses to send anyone to the Conference Committee with the Senate on the budget. Bunch of hypocrites reside in the Republican House.  
Town Halls are showing some members of the House to be racist toward President Obama as they cannot seem to get over we have a President that isn't white.  I find President Obama to be refreshing because he is one of us who understands and cares about the middle class and the poor unlike a lot of today's Republicans.  He has more empathy in his little finger then House Republicans do in their whole body except for a few.  
Never figured out why the color of a person's skin makes a difference -- it is what is inside that counts. Grew up in an all-white northern town of 1,200 people in Ohio, but it never dawned on me to treat someone of a different race any different then I would treat a white person.  Still remember going to Church as a small child and singing every Sunday:
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in his sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
That song that we sang over and over again as young children may be the difference maker today in our lives as adults.  At least I like to think that tolerance toward others grew out that very simple song we sang every Sunday.  Maybe the members of the GOP House should learn a few children's songs starting with this one and learn some tolerance and empathy.
GOP House wants to do away with minimum wage, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and worker's rights to name a few that the American worker has fought so hard for over the years.  Today's GOP claims that Christian principles guide their party but they missed the part about helping the poor. Complete bunch of hypocrites who do not deserve to be reelected to office.
I haven't recovered from logging onto The Oklahoman yesterday to discover that a Texas Congressman says the House has enough votes to impeach the President:
Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold said that Republicans could secure the votes to impeach Barack Obama in the House of Representatives. Farenthold was speaking at an open house held at a Civic Center in Luling, Texas, Saturday according to a YouTube video description and the Congressman’s online schedule. 
His answer came from a constituent’s question about conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate. 
My reply on the site was Bravo Sierra to the Congressman's comments!  You can add Farenthold to the stupidity of GOP House members at the Town Halls.  Would hate to still be supporting Republicans with lunatic statements like this reverberating around the Country.  

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