Ripping the Band-Aid Off! House Passes Budget to Repeal & Replace Obamacare

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January 14, 2017

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The House passed a 2017 budget Friday that lays the groundwork for dismantling Obamacare, brushing aside intra-GOP anxiety and defiant Democrats to launch the repeal-and-replace strategy staked out by President-elect Donald Trump.

Nine Republicans balked at the politically thorny plan — the budget doesn’t balance, and the party hasn’t coalesced around a health bill of its own. But their defections weren’t nearly enough to tilt the 227-198 vote, which imposes a Jan. 27 deadline for crafting legislation that guts the Affordable Care Act.

“The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter before the vote.

The Senate approved the plan early Thursday on a 51-48 vote that brought in support from all but one Republican in the chamber, clearing the way for an eventual repeal vote that cannot be filibustered by Democrats.

The path forward is fraught with political risk for Republicans, who’ve railed against Obamacare for nearly seven years and promised 2016 voters they would deliver “relief” from soaring rates and dwindling choices under the program.

66 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Catherine Shields says:

    Expand Medicaid until a plan is placed. Most of our people are below poverty take the illegals and “resettled” Syrian men off assistance maybe they won’t have so much time to plot where they gonna blow up next if they have to work to feel the 8 kids and several wife’s. Better yet sent them back. They are not the persecuted Christians we were suppose to be helping

  • Walter Flatt says:

    NEWS MEDIA SAY IT CANNOT BE DONE. IT IS SIMPLE, TO,

    FIX THE VETERAN PROBLEM—— SELL MOST HOSPITALS, CLINICS AND ALLOW THE VETERAN TO US THEIR ID CARD AT ANY HOSPITAL, DOCTOR OR PHARMACEY OF THEIR CHOICE. WHY HAVE TO GO 200 MILES FOR A HOSPITAL WHEN YOU HAVE ONE A FEW BLOCKS FROM YOUR HOME, WHY WAIT 2 TO 4 WEEKS FOR MEDICINE THAT MAY BE LOST IN THE MAIL, WHY TRAVEL 60 TO 200 MILES TO SEE A SPECIALIST. OLDER VETEREANS ARE ON MEDICARE.

    FIX THE ILLEGAL PROBLEM.——TAKE THE 40 THOUSAND TROOPS THAT OBAMA IS CUTTING, PLACE A SQUAD OF 20 EVERY MILL ACROSS THE 2,000 MILES, HAVE THEM BUILD A 30 FOOT TOWER, ARM IT WITH A QUAD 50 MACHINE GUN, WITH SEARCH LIGHTS, WITH A BACK UP TANK AND ATTACK HELICOPTOR EVERY 5 MILES. THE FLOW CAN BE SOTPPED WITHIN 3 MONTHS. FINE ANY EMPLOYER 10,000 DOLLARS WITH 5 YEARS IN JAIL FOR HIRING ILLEGALS, ROUND UP WHAT IS LEFT, PLACE THEM IN A TENT CITY IN TEXAS, PROCESS THEM IN OR OUT. DROP LEAFLETS OVER THE BORDER WARNING THEM. PROBLEM SOLVED.

    FIX THE TRADE PROBLEM.——–AS TRUMP SAYS, MAKE IT A FAIR TRADE INSTEAD OF LIKE IT IS, UNFAIR TRADE.

    FIX THE WELFARE SYSTEM——–CHECK EVERY PERSON FOR DRUG USAGE, ANY CAUGHT NO WELARE, CAN ONLY BUY STAPLES, BREAD, MILK, BEANS, CANNED GOOD AND JUST ENNOUGH FOR ONE MONTH. MAKE PEOPLE THAT CAN WALK CLEAN UP THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

    I HAVENT HEARD TRUMP SAY ONE THINK THAT CANNOT BE DONE IF YOU KEEP ATTORNEYS OUT OF THE EQUASION.

    KOREAN GI 51/53

    1. MarcoPolo says:

      Granted, everybody seems to have something to say, but PLEASE back off the ALL CAPS button?!

  • Walter Flatt says:

    PRAY THAT THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN, BUT GET READY, PRESIDENT ELECT TRUMP, BE VERY CAREFUL, WE HAVE WORKED TO HARD TO LOSE YOU NOW. DONT JUST LIKE, SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53, A REG. DEM. ALL MY LIFE, BUT I VOTED FOR TRUMP & WILL NEVER VOTE DEM AGAIN AS LONG AS THIS LYING CROOKED MESS IS IN D.C. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.

    HAS OBAMA SET HIMSELF UP TO BE THE HEAD OF A MUSLIM TRY TO TAKE THIS COUNTRY? BETTER THINK!

    OBAMA HAS GIVEN BILLIONS OF OUR TAX MONEY TO RADICAL MUSLIMS TRYING TO KILL US.

    DONT JUST LIKE THIS SEND IT TO ALL YOU KNOW AND TO EVERY ONE OF YOUR MEMBERS. WE MAY BE IN FOR SOME ROUGH TIMES.

    I BELIEVE WE HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR A TRY AT A MUSLIM INVASION OF THIS COUNTRY BY, HILLIARY, OBAMA, KERRY, SORROS AND THE BIASED MEDIA. READ ALL THE WHYS BELOW.

    IF YOU READ ALL THE BELOW YOU MIGHT WAKE UP. IF YOU ARE FOR THE BELOW, THEN YOU ARE TRYING TO DESTROY AMERICA.

    WHY ISN’T A LAW BEING ENFORCED BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY. THIS LAW WAS PASSED IN 1952.

    WHY DO YOU THINK ANYTHING OBAMA HAS DONE IS LEGAL, HE HAS CONFESSED TO BEING A MUSLIM ON NATION WIDE TV. EVERYTHING HE HAS SIGNED, OR ORDERED IN 8 YEARS IS ILLEGAL.

    WHY HAS HILLIARY HAD A MUSLIM FROM A RADICAL FAMILY AS HER TOP AIDE FOR 10 YEARS, HUMA COULD BE A PERFECT PIPELINE TO PASS SECRETS TO THE MUSLIM WORLD.

    WHY HAS OBAMA SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH MUSLIMS ANOTHER PERFECT PIPELINE TO PASS SECRETS. HE HAS DECLARED HIMSELF A MUSLIM ON NATIONWIDE TV.

    WHY DOES THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA SAY HE IS NOT A MUSLIM, WHEN I HAVE A LIST OF WHERE 34 TIMES HE HAS EITHER HELPED THEM OR SAID HE WAS ONE.

    WHY GET MAD AT PUTIN, HE SAID THAT THERE WAS NO PLACE IN RUSSIA FOR ANYONE THAT WOULD NOT FOLLOW THEIR LAW AND SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO TO A COUNTRY THAT DID.

    WHY HAS HILLIARY, OBAMA, KERRY AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP THE RADICAL MUSLIMS.

    WHY DID THIS ADMINSTRATION TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO?

    WHY TRADE 5 TERRIOST FROM CUBA FOR ONE TRAITOR?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS? HITLER DID, & HISTORY TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

    WHY ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 36 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE STATES? MOST CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES. I PERSONALLY VERIFIED THE ONES IN SHAWNEE NATIONAL PARK, IN IL. AND THE ONE AT DOVEER, TN. AND THE FEMA CAMP IN EAST KY.

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VIRGINIA, CLOSE TO DC? ARE THEY TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    WHY BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE, AT TAX PAYERS EXPENSE, WITH ARMED GUARDS? ARE THEY TO HOLD MUSLIMS?

    WHY ARE THEY BRINGING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MUSLIMS HERE?

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER HAVING TO FEED, CLOTH & HOUSE THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF MUSLIMS BEING BROUGHT HERE?

    WHY GIVE THE THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS BROUGHT IN FREE HEALTH CARE, SPENDING THOUSANDS FOR HOSPITAL CARE?

    WHY ARE THE ILLEGALS BEING TREATED BETTER THAN OUR VETERANS.

    WHY STOP THE TANK AND PLANE SHIPPMENT TO EGYPT, WHEN THEIR ARMY KICKED THE RADICALS OUT?

    WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT SEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HELP THE RADICALS IN IRAN, A COUNTRY OUT TO DESTROY US?

    WHY ARE WE SENDING BILLIONS TO ARAB COUNTRIES, AND LETING OUR COUNTRY GO TO POT?

    WHY DONT THEY ENFORCE THE LAW BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY? PRAY THAT TRUMP WILL DO THIS.

    WHY IS THE MUSLIM MAJOR IN TEXAS LIVING THAT KILLED 14 SOLDIERS AND WOUNDED A LOT MORE?

    WHY ARE THEY RELEASING ALL MUSLIMS IN CUBA TO GO BACK INTO ACTION TO KILL OUR SOLDIERS?

    WHY DONT WE HANG ALL MUSLIMS CAUGHT AND BURY THEM WITH PIG PARTS, LIKE GENERAL PERSHING DID IN THE PHILLIPENS? HE STOPPED A MUSLIM UPRISING BY DOING JUST THAT.

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CARLOYN WALKER AS JUDGE IN BROOKLIN USING THE QURAN?

    WHY ALLOW ILLEGALS TO FLOOD OUR COUNTRY WHEN THEY COST MORE PER YEAR THAN THE IRAQ WAR.

    WHY SEND BILLIONS TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES TRYING TO KILL US.

    YOU SAY THAT A MUSLIM TRY AT A TAKEOVER IS IMPOSSIBLE, I CAN TAKE 100 WELL ARMED PEOPLE AND TAKE ANY BASE IN 1 HOUR, OUR TROOPS ARE NOT ARMED.

    BETTER COAT ALL YOU AMMO WITH PIGS BLOOD OR GREASE, LET THE WORLD KNOW YOU ARE DOING SO.

    THE LAST WHY, WHY DONT THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA REPORT ALL THIS??? COULD THEY NOT BE FOR THE INVASION”

    TRUMP IS NOW THE PRESIDENT, SO, GET ON BOARD AND HELP HIM STRAIGHTEN THIS MESS OUT.

    SHARE. SHARE, SHARE. I HAVE A LOT MORE FACTS IF ANYONE WANTS THEM.

    1. MarcoPolo says:

      Clearly, your Psychiatrist allows you to express your paranoia online, but it only displays your lack of reasoning which is necessary for making sound decisions.
      Better for you, and the world, if you just get back on your scheduled medication regimen.
      And the there’s that CAPS LOCK problem! Sheesh!!!

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE GOP MEMBERS IN THE SENATE BALKED…DIDN’T VOTE..OR STAND TOGETHER WITH THE GOP MAJORITY…WHO THE HELL ARE THEY…???…I “KNOW” RON PAUL AND MC CAIN WOULD BE TWO OF THEM WHO ARE THE REST?…PROVE ME WRONG ON MY GUESSES…

    1. KT says:

      Lindsay Graham! The ones who took bribes from H. C. During her corrupt, campaign!

      1. Jean Langford M. says:

        DAMN !..THESE ELITE RHINO BASTARDS ARE ALL HOLDING HANDS IN THE CESSPOOL….NEED TERM LIMITS …BAD….TO GET RID OF THEM…

  • snowyriver says:

    Lets keep the Federal government out of private lives – COMPLETLY – the only power of the Federal government is stated explicitly in our Constitution, and the Constitution says all not mentioned in the Constitution belongs to the people.. By the way read this diddy…
    Lets look at our Constitution. Reading (now consider yourself a patriot that just overcame a tyrannical government) You come to article 1, section 8, clause, paragraph 10. Congress shall have the power to define and punish offences against The Law of Nations.. Maybe we better read The Law of Nations to see just what power our new Congress has.. So we read The Law of Nations. Pay special attention in book 1, chapter 19, article 212.. After we finish The Law of Nations, we go back to reading the Constitution. Coming to article III, section 1, paragraph 4, we read that no person except a “natural born Citizen” of the United States shall be eligible for the office of president. Didn’t we read what a “natural born Citizen” was in The Law of Nations? Yes — “born on the land with parents as citizens”.. Note parents and citizens are both plural. Here we have a problem, Obama has produced a birth certificate showing born in Hawaii with a father who was a citizen of Kenya.. Oh sorry that birth certificate has been proven to be false, but there is another birth certificate in the British archives filed there by Kenya showing Obama born in Kenya with a father who was a citizen of Kenya. Now does it sound like Barack Obama is a “natural born Citizen” of the United States? If the answer is no then he is not eligible to be president of the United States, and everything he has done, every rule of law he has signed are NULL and VOID.

  • DrBillLemoine says:

    Always look for what a man does, not what he says. Trump has said ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare. He said and means simultaneous repeal and replacement, even same day action. That’s not what is about to happen under Speaker Ryan and House/Senate Freedom Caucus members in DC. They want repeal and over 6 years have yet to agree on any replacement. They simply want repeal and dumping from government rolls all those who are new subscribers to healthcare insurance that often saves lives. What cold-hearted Americans want to virtually kill those who will lose life-giving care under ACA. What ignorant voters think there’s a difference between Obamacare and ACA Affordable Care Act. Half of America doesn’t vote in elections at any given time. Combine them with voters not knowing what’s going on day-to-day in government and you have the potential up-coming for millions to die without medical help, with Obamacare gone. As a citizen, Christian and aware citizen, I can’t abet the repeal because there IS NO REPLACEment. And Trump abets this movement in congress right now.

    1. gvette says:

      Actually Trump does have a replacement. You just didn’t get it in your liberal news feeds! You also haven’t read all the storys where people can’t afford the co pays! Then again, that’s just you, being you, Bill.

      1. DrBillLemoine says:

        What you say is what you get with 6 years of neglect by stonewalling Republican congresses. There is no plan for any replacement, just pieces that Republicans can’t agree on. Ditto Trump. Now millions will be thrown off healthcare for no coverage at all. Are you accepting of the deaths that will occur? Re the money, recalcitrant healthcare providers and 31 states not promoting signups of healthy people leads to higher costs. Republicans–save a penny, pay a pound, that’s you.

        1. gvette says:

          Funny, Bill. The people that can’t afford the co pays don’t seem to like it much. ACA was about government control. That’s all. It’s imploding all over the country. Besides it will help bankrupt the country faster. See Bill, you DemonRATS want to tell everyone what to do, or what to buy. No where in the constitution, does it say the government can force you to buy something you may not want. You DemonRATS always want to cram something down someones throat.

          1. DrBillLemoine says:

            Noticeably you don’t provide Trump’s ‘replacement plan’ features–he doesn’t have any either. Tweaks by congress could fix the financial problems and attract more healthy subscribers that will lower premiums and copays. But they are caught up in an alternate universe where sick people without coverage will survive anyway–they didn’t before and won’t going forward. Why won’t Repubs just fix the problems? Most of ACA provisions are acceptable and make better healthcare. I think they just are ideologically fixated on ‘government control’, as you call it, and aren’t seeing the real needs. Ditto Social Security and Medicare, both threatened by ideological Ryan. Any big national program could be called government control when it aims to improve the ‘pursuit of happiness’, and in this instance national health. Fix the problems instead of lamenting a national treasure of better healthcare. Expand the program so costs will come down, healthcare get better and people will live better. If you are married, if you work, if you join any organization, you could say things are crammed down your throat when you aren’t a beneficiary. It’s narrow minded, short sighted and not Christian.

          2. gvette says:

            Aetna’s decision to abandon its ObamaCare expansion plans and rethink its participation altogether came as a surprise to many. It shouldn’t have. Everything that’s happened now was predicted by the law’s critics years ago.

            Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said that this was supposed to be a break-even year for its ObamaCare business. Instead, the company has already lost $200 million, which it expect that to hit $320 million before the year it out. He said the company was abandoning plans to expand into five other states and is reviewing whether to stay in the 15 states where Aetna (AET) current sells ObamaCare plans.

            Aetna’s announcement follows UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) decision to leave most ObamaCare markets, Humana’s (HUM) decision to drop out of some, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s announcement that it was quitting the individual market in Minnesota, and the failure of most of the 23 government-created insurance co-ops. And it follows news that insurance companies are putting in for double-digit rate hikes that in some cases top 60%, and news that the Congressional Budget Office has sharply downgraded its long-term enrollment forecast for the exchanges.

            Who could have envisioned such problems? Not ObamaCare backers. They were endlessly promising that the law would create vibrant, highly competitive markets that would lower the cost of insurance.

            Critics, however, were spot on. They said that, despite the individual mandate, ObamaCare wouldn’t attract enough young and healthy people to keep premiums down.

            The Heritage Foundation, for example, said that under ObamaCare, “many under age 35 will opt out of buying insurance altogether, choosing to pay the penalty instead.” That’s just what has happened.

            Critics predicted sharp hikes in premiums and big increases in medical claims. That’s what’s happened.

            Critics said people would game the system, waiting until they got sick to buy insurance, then canceling it once the bills were paid, because of the law’s “guaranteed issue” mandate. That’s happening, too. In fact, administration officials are trying to tighten the rules to mitigate this problem.

            Critics said insurers would abandon ObamaCare amid substantial losses. Anyone want to dispute that this is happening?

            These dire predictions weren’t pulled out of thin air. Several states had already tried ObamaCare-style market reforms in the 1990s, only to see their individual insurance markets collapse. A 2007 report by Milliman Inc. looked at eight states that had adopted the “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” reforms at the heart of ObamaCare.

            Like Obama, these states wanted to create insurance markets where no one could be denied coverage, or charged more, just because they were sick. But Milliman found that these regulations resulted in fast-rising premiums, a drop in enrollment in the individual market, and an exodus of health insurers.

            Sound familiar?

          3. DrBillLemoine says:

            Clearly you’re a newcomer to ACA problems. From the start it was understood that to pay for severe healthcare cases, a large number of healthy people must enroll. Opposition in over 2 dozen states by Governors seeking to disrespect Obama and reject his Medicaid money cost those enrollees. Republican stonewalling all changes to improve the expansive law have led to this point. It’s akin to Bush era congresses and administration spending the nation into $15 Trillion national debt and blaming Democrats. Nonsense. It wasn’t just critics predicting today’s problems.
            What you don’t account for is that many low wage workers, denied healthcare coverage by employers, can’t afford the costs. They DO take the penalty which in many cases is waived by government exemptions built-in. And knowing all that, combined with great profitmaking by your list of companies up to this point, nobody complained about revisions to the law–now Ryan claims it’s too late, which is wrong again.
            You have not yet explained how you live with the fact that many, maybe millions of people will die without Obamacare. Are you so cold-hearted or just oblivious and hewing to the party propaganda?
            Actually the finances are only a small part of the law. Many features are good and Trump wants to keep them. Do you know any of those benefits that are also scheduled for oblivion, bringing us closer to the former dark ages of coverage?
            What’s the answer? Universal healthcare like all the other advanced western civilized nations from Canada to Eurozone, but Republicans won’t tax their fat cats to pay for it. You are also ignoring the calls from insurers to avoid the catastrophic unknowns from outright repeal, radical uncertainty that will also raise costs, maybe tank stock market prices of companies.

          4. gvette says:

            The nation debt was at 10.6 trillion.when gay Barry walked in the door.

          5. DrBillLemoine says:

            Like most of you marginal citizens, you don’t know about the $5 Trillion off budget expenses of Bush2.

          6. gvette says:

            And like you liberals that blame Bush for his bad economy, that was actually started in Billys time in office. That housing bubble that burst, started there. Just like Onigger, you libtards blame everyone one else. No, I wasn’t a fan of Bush, oh by the way.

          7. DrBillLemoine says:

            And just where do you put ‘robo signing’ or ‘no docs’ mortgage loans in that Billy-start to a housing bust; ditto, the long stretch of national prosperity during Clinton’s tenure??? How about Bush2 deregulations and fighting two wars off the books? Oops, your bigotry is showing at the end. Not a fan of Christ either, eh? Not much of a memory there.

          8. MarcoPolo says:

            What a disgusting display of ignorance and racial prejudice, calling our great President, Barack Hussein Obama such a denigrating name!
            You should be ashamed of yourself!

          9. gvette says:

            Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House.

          10. DrBillLemoine says:

            This is really off the deep end now. You think there’s any chance congress will make any agreement with Obama? Just wait till Trump bills America for his Wall, starts deporting Latinos up to 11 million, cuts corporate taxes that balance the budget somewhat. You ain’t seen red ink yet till that happens.

          11. gvette says:

            Just like the rest of your ilk. Change the wording. Trump will deport the illegals. Especially the criminal element. Only tou demonRATS want our country filled with an element that wants to kill us. (Muslims) I was reading an article today that said mexico may well pay for the wall. Oh, and even if they don’t, remember the bill that was passed to build it, but it never got built? I do.Secure Fence Act of 2006!
            He’s not in the white house yet, and is bringing industry in.You do realize we have the third highest corporate tax rate in the world. All you DemonFucks do, is ship jobs out!

          12. DrBillLemoine says:

            What makes you think criminals aren’t being deported already? Trump already retreats from his campaign position saying ‘quick turnaround’ for deported Latinos. At what point will you decide he’s just another right wing liar and blowhard?
            I’d say the element that wants to kill us is among our law enforcement ranks. Blacks are in jeopardy, speaking of racial purity and bigotry, not just Latinos. All your ilk are white supremacists and hateful bigots.
            I don’t know your sources of info but every respected Mexican official from president to streetwalker refuses to pay for a wall. Who is making up this latest false story? You’re so gullible. And fencing already exists along the southern border–no biggie, still breached.
            What industry is Trump ‘bringing in’? He can’t ever stop the hemorrhaging with Carrier. And he disses the union boss of its laborers at the same time–his own supporters. No corporate tax rate was a problem before. It’s simply an excuse for corps to offshore jobs, the biggest manufacturing expense, and increase their margins and profits and stock prices and dividends–on the backs of labor at home.

          13. Homer says:

            mr bill is one of those that could Witness oloser shoot his own mother for No reason and believe it was justified…

            No chance in showing that person anything other then what`s programmed/pounded into it`s Very Thick skull!

            Better option then trying to reason with his likes is to block and forget.

          14. gvette says:

            I know what you mean, Homer. Like with AK, it’s entertainment. When I push AK, I can tell when she’s pissed. She makes lots of spelling errors!! It’a hoot!!
            Enjoy your evening, Homer!!

          15. gvette says:

            A new wave of failures among ObamaCare’s nonprofit health insurers is disrupting coverage for thousands of enrollees and raising questions about whether regulators could have acted earlier to head off some of the problems.

            Four ObamaCare co-ops have failed due to financial problems since the beginning of the year, the latest trouble for the struggling program.

            The co-ops were set up under ObamaCare to increase competition with established insurers, but just seven of the original 23 co-ops now remain.

            The latest round of failures poses an even thornier problem than earlier cases because enrollees’ coverage is now being disrupted in the middle of the year. That can increase patients’ out of pocket costs and make it harder to keep the same doctors.

            In Illinois, Oregon and Ohio, a combined total of about 92,000 people are being forced to find a new plan. A co-op in a fourth state, Connecticut, will last until the end of the year.

            The Obama administration acknowledges there are extra problems when a co-op shuts down in the middle of the year. At a Senate hearing in March, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), admitted that a co-op in Iowa and Nebraska, called CoOportunity, should have been shut down before it entered 2015. The co-op ended up failing shortly into the year.

          16. DrBillLemoine says:

            See my response to gvette above as you have somewhat the same boilerplate reasons for repeal. The problem isn’t regulators, it’s state governors and congress who rejected ACA from the start. Curiously they reject a Republican plan from MA developed by Mitt Romney simply expanded to the nation. That’s why there’s no replacement–it’s a Republican program and they can’t admit there were flaw not caught in MA.
            Look at congress for failing to modify the law for it’s gloom and doom today. It’s not shutting down mid-year as you think.

          17. gvette says:

            You know Bill, I sent you the facts. It has nothing to do with the republican party. It is imploding under it’s own weight. You, being the Liberal you are, you hate the truth. You want people to think like you do. Obarry care is trash, just like the nigger that has his name on it. Every thing Barry has done for 8 years, has failed.

          18. DrBillLemoine says:

            I’ve not rejected any of your ‘facts’. I’ve put the correct interpretation and understanding out front. That’s your downfall. You can curse all you want, but I thought you were above the 8th grade.

          19. Retired says:

            Do you live in a cave that you lack knowledge of what has happened to the people that signed up for the ACA programs. they always say how many signed but never how many paid and stayed in do to the high cost and lack of coverage.

          20. DrBillLemoine says:

            Think for once. Enrollment figures are not applications.

          21. gvette says:

            LOL..I gave him the facts. Remember, he’s a liberal, and you can’t drive facts into their heads. They hate it when they are wrong, and that in it’s self is funny, because they are wrong so much!!

          22. ezekiel22 says:

            To be sure the democrats passed ACA without any republican votes and ran roughshod over them to get it passed. Pretty dictatorial considering that it was passed with 68% of Americans against it. Hasn’t improved much since either once you turn the page. You see the thing that pissed off the dems is that they tried to blackmail politically the repubs to bail out their flawed plan. They failed. There was another way to do it but they knew everything. LOL
            Expand the program to lower costs? You better try a course in basic economics. A finite number of medical personnel and facilities burdened with an increasing demand creates either higher costs or collapse with or without government help. Like I said try to bring your arguments to their logical conclusion. Stop parroting Pelosi.

          23. DrBillLemoine says:

            Your ‘hasn’t improved’ is due to Republican congresses stuck in the mud and heartless. Passage of the Romneycare bill for the nation presumed conservative support–could it have been politics that kept away Republican votes? Pretty sad.
            You are also forgetting McConnell’s mantra about a ‘one term president’, Boehner’s inability to corral his dissident Tea Party incumbents. You do have selective memory. And, if there was another way to do it, after 6 years and counting, Repubs still have no ‘replacement’. Nice to be dreamy about your failures.
            Oh, please, think before you write. The aim for ACA was to enroll healthy people to offset the sick people payments. Republican opposition killed tweaks to improve that. A larger enrollment base was always the goal. You are talking about healthy people suddenly becoming sick–that’s your problem thinking.
            BTW America has no problem attracting physicians of all stripes to practice. That they may not be white male Christians is your problem.

          24. Retired says:

            You are beating you head against a Concrete Bunker [ that a Bunker bomb could not touch ] with this Guy. Another AK !

          25. gvette says:

            He IS a true Liberal. Give him facts, and he tries to twist them to his way of thinking. Just like AK, he is entertaining.

      2. Retired says:

        Nothing sinks in with this guy, he is totally oppositional .

  • texexpatriate says:

    What kind of crap story is this? Name the people who failed to vote for it. Don’t just say “nine Republicans balked” or “support from all but one Republican” without naming these losers. I’m sick of this kind of writing. I know the story came from the Washington Times, but the 1776 Coalition knows who those ten GOPs were and should have put it in their story!

  • Pete says:

    All I need to know is WHO the hell are the republican dunderheads in the House who voted against repeal. We need to start, as of yesterday, looking for an alternative candidate to replace that idiot in the 2018 primary. Enough of this stupid grandstanding, toss the bums out.

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    why do they need a budget to repeal it in the first place , it doesn’t cost anything to repeal it , the only things politicians know how to do is campaign , so expecting them to fix any thing is like going to an auto machinic to get a heart transplant , garented to kill you ,i think they should stop paying congress till they start doing their jobs the right way, democrats passed the aca, i would tell them if you want to keep it then you have 1 week to fix it or repeal it ,

  • Rob Waddell says:

    Whether you like it or not, it can’t, and won’t be a continuous program!

  • Rob Waddell says:

    When it’s impossible to afford keeping black people in housing, food stamps, and welfare, there will be homeless, starving, alcoholics, and drug addicts, roaming the streets! Jails are overpopulated as is, and when the money runs out, and it always does, those black free-loading, porch-monkeys will be in total chaos!

    1. KT says:

      That is another thing that needs to be done away with is welfare! No….welfare people have to get out & work. Hmmmm! Imagine that!

  • Rob Waddell says:

    So when an imbicile such as obama, opens the gates pouring in millions of foreign people, they get on assistance because they are a minority, and now you black people are about to be without food, utilities, and public housing, because we don’t bring in more than we payout! It is, and always has been unsustainable! The Democratic Party has been using tax payer money to hand outs so long, that we are broke!

  • Rob Waddell says:

    It isn’t our responsibility to give anyone insurance! Get your sorry behinds out of that bed, go to work like tax-payers do! America is a capitalist country, not a nanny state! If you don’t work, you don’t eat! Those who have disabilities and the elderly, will have assistance, but free rides are about to be a thing of the past! This country has been defrauded by blacks who work in the welfare, food stamp, and financial aid, administration for decades! What people need to realize is the fact that our society can’t go on forever, feeding, clothing, and housing, blacks who refuse to take advantage of the opportunities right in front of their faces! Nobody in America has more opportunities than blacks, and they refuse to educate themselves, they refuse to work, and this type of behavior should not be rewarded! The handouts to these hood-rats, are taken from working people, causing us to be less able to give our children better lives! This is about to stop, like it,or not, because the system is out of money, it goes out at a faster rate than it comes in!

    1. MarcoPolo says:

      So, can we assume that you have no Black family members?

      1. 0pus says:

        Mark Bell scks.

    2. MarcoPolo says:

      “…less able to give OUR children better lives!…”
      Really? So, because we as a society provide our less fortunate citizens (which includes MANY different racial groups but you seem to think it’s ONLY Blacks), that by doing that, there will be LESS for YOUR children? And therefore, THEIR lives suffer?!

      So exactly where in the Jim-Crow-Deep-South-Confederacy do you currently live? Sheesh!

      1. Rob Waddell says:

        Listen mother fucker, I am talking about a period of 30 yrs. of money coming out of our checks, and given to people to sorry to get up and go to work! I realize there are people who need help, but there are 4-times that many who are fraudulent! You dick head! Where the fuck are you from?

        1. MarcoPolo says:

          You’ve made a great number of wild assumptions regarding my origination, credibility, opinion, geographic location and character. So, I’ll attempt to address them all.

          • My dear departed Mother was never in the prostitution trade (at least she never told me if she was).

          • My ideas, like yours, come from disseminating information, processing the credibility of said info, and acting on it.

          • My birthplace was in the South (Florida, less “South” than South Carolina, etc..) and my dear (also departed) Father was an Old-School Redneck Southerner (his terms, not mine), and so I was raised around some very hateful notions that HE had about race in America. He said he would “have to die out of his prejudices”, and he did, but not before realizing that we ALL are our brother’s keeper, and no amount of compassion should be held back from helping ANY of our fellow citizens along the way.

          He fell into the Reagan trap of thinking that the “Welfare Queen” was draining the coffers in order to “keep making babies that will bring her more support from YOUR tax dollars”.
          Nothing could be farther from the truth!

          Welfare recipients, as well as Food Stamp recipients are predominantly White working folks.

          Sure, those who truly need our assistance will never be able to convince you of their sincerity, so I’m not sure how much of our exchange here will make an impression, but then, I really don’t care!

          • Your argument regarding the numbers of fraudulent “dependents” on Welfare being 4-times the reality, would be stronger if you would please post some facts, or state your source.

          I’m glad you have enough money to fly to meet me. I’m looking forward to treating you to lunch, have a beer, and chew the fat!

          And I promise I won’t try and hug you, since you apparently are afraid of people who are different than you.

          Signed:
          Your dear M-Effer!
          ps. Chill bro! You’re going to stroke-out at the rate you’re going.

          1. Rob Waddell says:

            You homosexuals are pathetic! Have a great life!

      2. Rob Waddell says:

        I am from the south you stupid son of a whore! You are what’s wrong with this country! Your brain was in a shit you took! Fuck you!

      3. Rob Waddell says:

        You got anything else you want to say to me, mother fucker? I have the money to fly anywhere in a moments notice, say it to my face!

        1. MarcoPolo says:

          See follow up comment below, my dear fellow American.

      4. Rob Waddell says:

        Marco down on a pole!

      5. Rob Waddell says:

        I realize you voted for that fucking nigger Obama, did you suck his cock too? It wouldn’t surprise me you fucking queer!

      6. Rob Waddell says:

        Keep your California brain dead ideas out west bitch!

      7. Rob Waddell says:

        You apologized for being white didn’t you? You are pathetic! You embrace those you fear don’t you? Are you a Muslim yet? You will be converting because you are a coward!

        1. MarcoPolo says:

          I’m of NO organized religion, but many of my friends are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Pantheist, Christian, and Ba’Hai (sp?). I don’t have as many fears that you have, but then, I really don’t have any fears anyway!

          Do you have something against, or fears of people of differing faiths than yours?

          I can apologize for any reason I feel compelled to.
          Growing up White in the Deep South should almost automatically make one ashamed of the “White Privilege” that permeated our great country. I will forever be ashamed of how the White race treated our brethren of Black and Brown skin. You should too!!

          By the way, only cowards hide behind ignorance and prejudice. It’s their only means of feeling secure in their small minds. Be brave and strong, and go out and LOVE your neighbors, no matter what color their skin is!

          Peace,
          MarcoPolo

      8. Rob Waddell says:

        I have no problem giving to needy, it’s the lazy I have a problem with, you can’t overlook the fraud in the welfare and food stamp department! There are way more people fraudulently receiving benefits than those ligitimately needy! Especially now, since obama opened the flood gates, and allowed 12 million of his cousins in our country that happens to be $20T in debt! Why don’t you utilize your energy on something else besides someone of your own race, your own countrymen, and grow a pair! If you are scared of black people I’ll put you in my shirt pocket if there’s any trouble!

        1. MarcoPolo says:

          So you’re saying that currently, there are “way more people” (your words) who are fraudulent recipients receiving benefits than there are Legitimate recipients receiving benefits?
          You might want to check out this link.

          http://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/whos-on-welfare-9-shocking-stats-about-public-assistance.html/?a=viewall

          I’m always grateful for constructive conversations with people who have differing opinions. So thank you for your honest effort to be civil in our exchanges.

          PS. I’m not afraid of ANYBODY! Well, maybe Trump and his KGB brigade!

  • KT says:

    It is all going to come out in the wash! No one is going to lose their Healthcare…….BECAUSE OBAMA IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT, GEORGE SOROS, NANCY PELOSI, ELIZABETH WARREN & ALL THOSE RICH ELITES….WHO WANT GLOBALISM FOR OUR NATION!!!!! So, Republicans…..do a survey & ask the people how they feel about taking Obama’s retirement from him…..just like he has chipped away @ the Veterans, Social security & robbing other programs to pay for these illegal immigrants & refugees!!!!! 1776 take a survey on that!!!!!!

    1. Jean Langford M. says:

      EXCELLENT SYNOPSIS.

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