Republican Sabotage of the Affordable Care Act is (Almost) Unprecedented

Michael Tomasky:

But the sabotage is a story, too. A huge one. It’s almost without precedent in American history, and the precedent it does have includes some of the ugliest chapters in this nation’s history. It gets coverage, yes. But not nearly the coverage it deserves. As is so often the case—as with Benghazi, as with Fast and Furious, as with the IRS—the bigger scandal is on the Republican side.

What’s that precedent?

 . . . to find obstinacy like this, you have to go back, yes, to the pre-Civil War era. The tariff of 1828, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which led to the civil war in “Bloody Kansas” and ultimately to the Civil War itself. Not  comforting thought. But it’s where we are.

The biggest story is from Politico.

Then, in the months leading up to the program’s debut, some states refused to do  anything at all to educate the public about the law. And congressional  Republicans sent so many burdensome queries to local hospitals and nonprofits  gearing up to help consumers navigate the new system face-to-face that at least  two such groups returned their federal grants and gave up the effort. When the  White House let it be known last summer that it was in talks with the National  Football League to enlist star athletes to help promote the law, the Senate’s  top two Republicans sent the league an ominous letter wondering why it would “risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand.” The NFL backed off.

It just gets worse and worse, Tomasky:

Now, with people trying to sign up, some Republican legislators are openly saying that they won’t permit their staffs to answer constituents’ questions about Obamacare. This is really the main job of a member of Congress, especially a House member: People call up all the time with questions about how to slice their way through the federal government’s briar patches, and you have caseworkers on duty—typically a couple in Washington and several more back home in the district regional offices—whose job is exactly that.

Purdum quoted Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp as saying he instructs his staff to refer callers to Kathleen Sebelius. But Huelskamp is not alone. Tennessee’s Diane Black says she doesn’t feel comfortable referring people to navigators. Utah’s Jason Chaffetz is referring people back to the administration, saying: “We know how to forward a phone call.”

I think this quote from Mother Jones says it all:

As one White House official told the Post, “You’re basically trying to build a complicated building in a war zone, because the Republicans are lobbing bombs at us.”

There’s a lot more to be said about Republican sabotage of the ACA.  But this is a good start.

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  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 11, 2014 - 11:46 am

    House Republicans Will Sue Obama Because He’s Not Implementing Obamacare Fast Enough

    The Tea-GOP is angry because President Obama did what they wanted, apparently. Well it’s not the first time. I sure wish our President would for once do something that progressives want him to do.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 11, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    It’s in the name: Boner.

    Am I understanding this right? Republicans in congress are actually pushing a strategy which blames Obama for helping large businesses more then workers, while they wouldn’t penalize a business for making the sun go down.

    I guess they’re not stupid though; they KNOW they have the media and they could kill two birds with one stone if they convince working people not to vote for Obama because he cares more about large business then workers. The other bird might be wanting to keep American workers strapped to, sometimes, thankless employers with the threat of losing their healthcare.

    It’s a pretty interesting Republican ploy. In a way, it creates envy between workers and large businesses.

    My thoughts are that the Republicans should stop trying to gain ground, through complex schemes designed to hurt people for profit, and just get a real job.

  3. #3 by clear! on July 12, 2014 - 3:48 am

    I’d imagine we will be getting similar care to what was offered to US vets, depending on who you are.

    Wakey wakey time I suggest.

    • #4 by Larry Bergan on July 12, 2014 - 8:40 am

      Sorry clear! I found two of your comments in the spam bucket, but for some reason the other one disappeared. Please re post and I’ll make sure it shows up this time.

      This darn system!

  4. #5 by clear! on July 12, 2014 - 9:57 am

    The country is bankrupt. Now fomenting new wars under this insane president as there is simply nothing else to do until the dollar is utterly abandoned.

    This news of the all relevant nations abandoning the dollar is not making it to the vast majority of Americans. Anyone who is paying a bill can see the inflation resulting from repatriated dollars and the nonsensical creation of dollars in order to float you name it..credit default swaps, blowing up of sovereign nations, and of course the repetitive lying and spying which has recently gotten high level elements of our German based embassy booted out of the country.

    The US has become a murderous criminal enterprise, and to look at the weapons and tactics of domestic law enforcement…pretty sure we’re next if there are any complaints.

    The grand experiment…is over. At least for now.

  5. #6 by Larry Bergan on July 12, 2014 - 10:48 am

    The sad thing is that the grand experiment would have worked just fine if the bulls hadn’t wreaked the laboratory.

  6. #7 by clear! on July 12, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Bulls? You mean CHICAGO BULL?

    Oh yeah, obama the Chicago gangsta has totally fucked this nation running since he was elected..in a way bush could only wish upon.

    The die is cast..might as well do what you want..there no way out of the emerging disastrous reality. Everything obama does has negative impacts for not only us, but everyone who must deal with him and his handlers.

    So Germany has kicked us to the metaphorical curb, and with real world implication. The dollar crash is racing, the American people taken out…won’t be long before another false flag here or somewhere to foment the constant wasr that keeps obama and his CFR handlers on the path of national destruction..and spreading misery to facilitate slimy fractional reserve banking, murder and mayhem and the money it makes, and the generalized poisoning people for profit which is the gold standard for obamacare.

    Ever wonder where your name is on the treatment lists? If it has been done to veterans…the powers in control probably won’t even bother with lists…just fuck you running and hope you die quickly.

    The solution? Figger it out. See how the rest of the world is ditching the US government and jump onboard if you claim to be a loyal American.

    • #8 by Richard Warnick on July 12, 2014 - 7:40 pm

      Glenn, I give you credit for the “Walking Dead” reference (from season 3). But your statements regarding President Obama are about as rational as Morgan Jones.

  7. #9 by clear! on July 14, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    The president is drone murderer who funds jihadi terrorists.

    He is what he is..own it.

    Look at the state of this nation in five miserable years…get a clue richard…he is that guy I described..what the fuck are you dreaming on?

    • #10 by Richard Warnick on July 14, 2014 - 2:47 pm

      I don’t have to own anything to do with the Obama administration. I never voted for him, and have been critical of many of his decisions.

      Fact-based criticism beats wild accusations, however.

  8. #11 by clear! on July 14, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Then by now you should be careful not to defend the cretin in any way. Why make excuses for the sustained Gitmo drone murderer? Do you have any answers that won’t make you look stupid?

    The fucker should be thrown under the bus.

    Are you about the last person left that does not see the drone murderer and the funding of jihadi terrorism in deposing kadaffi, and then now again in Syria against Assad?

    You have to be utterly clueless to deny the connection. In addition obama is terrible in deploying his Realpolitik game, and has zero handle on the laws of unintended consequences.

    • #12 by Richard Warnick on July 15, 2014 - 8:49 am

      Using exaggerated language does not lend credibility to your arguments. Try linking to your sources.

  9. #13 by clear! on July 15, 2014 - 11:05 am

    You do your own homework. The reality is this is common knowledge outside the clueless United States.

    OK, since you need to be spoonfed.

    http://www.occupycorporatism.com/obama-admits-to-supporting-terrorists-in-syria-with-weapons-from-libya/

    • #14 by Richard Warnick on July 15, 2014 - 4:24 pm

      You linked to a tinfoil-hat blog post from May 2013 titled:

      “Obama Admits to Supporting Terrorists in Syria With Weapons From Libya”

      But the Obama administration has never admitted doing any such thing. The author of the post also asserts without proof that al-Qaeda is a “fake Islamic terrorist group” funded by the CIA. If President Obama authorized the arming of (presumably non-fake) terrorists in Syria, then we might as well have John McCain in the White House (he loves terrorists).

  10. #15 by clear! on July 15, 2014 - 11:18 am

    This is the reality..obama stands watch at the gates of hell, is handing out tickets.

    http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/20/kuhner-how-obama-arms-al-qaeda/

    • #16 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 10:00 am

      OK, The Moonie Times is a slightly more credible source. Jeffrey Kuhner is correct to point out that we don’t have a dog in the Syria fight. However, again, the Obama administration has not openly admitted arming anybody in Syria.

      I found one reference from three months ago with proof Syrian rebels are using U.S.-made TOW antitank missiles. The author states, “It remains to be seen whether the US is directly providing weapons or merely allowing weapons from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to flow unimpeded…”

  11. #17 by clear! on July 15, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    So that is a Walking dead reference? BTW clear! has nothing to do with walking dead…just something to yell before a bomb goes off, or a tree falls, or some other shithouse thing about to happen.

    Seems the zombie apocalypse in then truly on.

  12. #19 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Exactly..pay attention dummies..there is zero differnce between McCain and obama..the only one being you think there is.

    Its like that, despite the denial..

  13. #20 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Don’t be a fool. Its plain obvious what this admin has done, and the cretin isn’t a drone murderer, and he didn’t direct the NSA to spy on everyone.. To the point our allies are done with us.

    You sound like the bush 20% in the final days.

    I see that I am going to have to use a baby spoon.

    http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/updated-obama-waives-ban-on-arming-terrorists-to-allow-aid-to-syrian-opposition/article/2535885

    Nothing pastes properly..fix this fuckinnloser site already.

  14. #22 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 10:48 am

    The left has all the blindness of the bush 20%.

  15. #23 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Obama isn’t a drone murderer, he didn’t bomb Libya and fund jihadi terrorists there..and then again in Syria…naw he’s not responsible for the NSA spying, Russia and the bulk of the west giving us the boot. Its pathetic. Don’t worry about getting a lifeboat, the Titanic is unsinkable. Friggen pathetic.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-faces-congressional-backlash-for-supporting-al-qaeda-syria-rebels/5341091

    And would you fix this loser site already?

    • #24 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 11:13 am

      I’m not happy with the Obama administration’s national security policy. I’ve been pretty clear on that.

      The most you can say for our President is that he’s allowed himself to be constrained by an Overton window that was moved far to the right over the past 13 years. That’s the only way I can explain the ill-fated so-called “surge” in Afghanistan and the use of armed drones to kill random people in Pakistan.

      Clearly it would be a big mistake to go beyond humanitarian assistance in the Syrian civil war, which has spread now to Iraq. But remember not so long ago the media were all for bombing Syria! I remember Christiane Amanpour’s on-air meltdown over President Obama’s refusal to attack.

      Christiane Amanpour Explodes at CNN Syria Panel – Watch this, she’s enraged by the decision not to bomb Syria!

  16. #25 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Who watches that shit? Explains everything now. America has left the building, is now wandering around mumbling to itself…

    Looking for brains.

  17. #26 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Syrian rebels? Syrian terrorists… They chop peoples heads off.

    Thankfully Assad has about killed the whole lot of them.

    We have sponsored another war against a sovereign nation that has killed 100,000 people.

    When this nation descends into hell it will well deserve it.

  18. #27 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    You might have a shred of credibility if you would quit posting partisan crap against the right and got down to the business of tearing into this…

    Cocksucker president.

    And he’s been constrained by NOTHING!! He has violated the constitution and his oath of office multiple times and no one does a thing to stop him.

    Hats off to the Tea Party…for bringing the public outrage to the DC one party system.

  19. #29 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Its official obama is a terrorist and should be tried for treason.

    Hoping Reuters will be ” official” enough for you.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8701OK20120801?irpc=932

    • #30 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm

      It’s possible that President Obama has signed an intelligence finding. But Reuters doesn’t give a source for what would have to be top secret info. Also, the report concludes: “The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that.”

  20. #31 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    The media merely focuses on pillorying the Tea Party, as do you, any person still supporting obama is in league with a treasonous murderer. Period.

    I figure the mid terms should clear up what the lay of rthe politicalnland is here in this country. Dems running want obama to stay away.

    The weapons came from the embassy in Benghazi..this much is clear to all who are honest. It’s what the Benghazi cover up is all about. All but? Where are they getting the US weapons from then ya idiot? Our proxies…are you only able of determining anything once it lays in the wide open street for all to see?

    LOL!!

    • #32 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 8:46 pm

      (1) You haven’t established that the USA is directly providing weapons to anyone in Syria. Saudi Arabia and Qatar seem to be involved – as proxies or on their own.

      (2) Five separate Benghazi investigations never uncovered what you claim to know! All you have shown us is a conspiracy theorist who thinks al-Qaeda works for the CIA.

  21. #33 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    No c’mon…Barry and Mooney are both cocksuckers.. Wake up.

  22. #34 by Larry Bergan on July 16, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    clear!/noname ACTUALLY said:

    “The media merely focuses on pillorying the Tea Party”

    I’m sorry glenn, that did it. I will never again fish your garbage out of the spam bin. If somebody else wants to do that, go ahead.

    • #35 by Richard Warnick on July 16, 2014 - 8:53 pm

      The so-called Tea Party is mostly a media creation. They get far more attention than they deserve. At the same time, the media first ignored and then tried to discredit the OWS/99 Percent Movement.

  23. #36 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    For a guy who doesn’t know what pillory means..you are far beyond yourself Larry.

  24. #37 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    So Richard believes in what the Media tells him..no surprise there, no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq..I did not have sex with that woman, and all the rest…how stupid do you insist on being?

    I have repurposed the word retard. Developmentally disabled means what it says, the new meaning for retard is someone of normal IQ who refuses to see what’s before them, and has no ability to see a lie when it is spoken.

    Richard and Larry, I name you retards.

  25. #38 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    I’m with Joan Rivers…obama is a faggot, and Michelle Michael is his tranny.

    It’s damn hilarious.

  26. #39 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 8:58 pm

  27. #40 by clear! on July 16, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    Wonder if obamacare will work this well?

    http://patriotrising.com/2014/07/16/636000-vets-wait-month-doc-appointments/

    Trust Bernie to get to the bottom of it.

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