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CNN source: If White House
doesn’t have solution to
canceled plans by Friday,
Dems may vote for GOP’s
“Keep Your Plan Act”

Hot Air, by Allahpundit

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/12/2013 10:31:03 PM

Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/12/2013 10:35:08 PM     (No. 9610415)

Notice there is not a word that the House conservatives were right all along.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/12/2013 10:54:17 PM     (No. 9610440)

The bill would force the insurance companies to reinstate policies they have cancelled, policies that are illegal under the law?? It gets better each day!
The establishment repubs will jump behind this one.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/12/2013 11:13:20 PM     (No. 9610460)

Yet more evidence of my often repeated observation that Democrats are born without the Math gene.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ecclesiastes, 11/12/2013 11:19:41 PM     (No. 9610465)

The House Democrats will vote for this ... as a cover story. The Senate Democrats will give them cover by defeating it.

It looks like Obama´s strategy is working. We´ll be on a single payer system in pretty short order with this.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 11/12/2013 11:30:25 PM     (No. 9610471)

What Obama will probably do is offer all the people who lost their health care insurance big government subsidies to join Obama Care, then when the Republicans don´t go along because of the massive increase in cost, Obama will try to blame the entire fiasco in the Republicans.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pacman333, 11/12/2013 11:48:12 PM     (No. 9610492)

Not good. Once again the Dope Repubs have pulled out a gun and shot themselves... not in the foot, but in the head.

The private insurance cos have already made adjustments for OC based on new law.

"Keep your plan" based on what new law???

Stop already!



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Reply 7 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 11/13/2013 12:12:43 AM     (No. 9610516)

The canceled plans are GONE! They no longer exist. Passing a ´Keep your Plan Act´ would be like the White Star line reselling tickets for the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: donkeyhotay, 11/13/2013 12:59:39 AM     (No. 9610547)

ZeroCare is the perfect, real-life implementation of a wag-the-dog scenario.

Only a few people wanted it (notice I didn´t say citizens, voters or taxpayers) and the majority did not!!

This is what America has come to!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/13/2013 1:34:35 AM     (No. 9610564)

#7 is correct. Insurance companies do not have a "reverse gear".

Also, is odumbo going to sign “Keep Your Plan Act”? Don´t think so.

This is just chaotic CYA by the Dems. The sucking sound is getting louder by the minute.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/13/2013 1:40:00 AM     (No. 9610567)

I agree that the bill is proposing the impossible of attainment. However, I don´t think it will hurt the Republicans. Most people won´t understand that it can´t work and since the Senate will nix it that´s a moot point.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Uno, 11/13/2013 3:18:40 AM     (No. 9610590)

Pure chaos!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/13/2013 4:41:10 AM     (No. 9610606)

Obama´s not going to allow this plan to be retrofitted.It defeats his real intention of the law which is making spoiled people know what it´s like to be poor.

The media has the gall to celebrate people signing up for something free. Those people are the ones Obama really wanted to have insurance. Signing people up at the street level allows the navigator to see what race a person is,for fast track signups.

I still half believe the website wasn´t designed to work to begin with.The website can´t profile you to make sure you´re an Obama supporter.

The voter registration was using the power of government to coerce people into signing up as a dem to improve your chances of getting this free.

It would cost insurance companies a fortune to reinstate old policies and take 6 months from what I heard. There´s no point to try and nickle and dime this disastrous plan into something workable because it´s corrupt to begin with.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 11/13/2013 6:54:32 AM     (No. 9610712)

If he agrees that they should be able to keep their policies, why did he vote for ObamaCare?

Because he believed Obama´s lies? This isn´t rocket surgery.

Something is confusing: If the "Keep Your Plan Act" allows consumers to, well, keep their plans, what happens to the millions of plans that were cancelled already? Those plans are gone, with no mechanism in place that permits insurers to contact the cancelled people and say, "Come back. Your plan is ready to reinstate."

So what good is the GOP plan unless it totally obliterates Obamacare? And you think Democrats are going to let that happen?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/13/2013 6:56:22 AM     (No. 9610714)

I suspect the real reason the Democrats are now rushing to support this bill is not because they think it will actually fix anything or even be signed by Obama, but simply so they can say to their voters that they tried to do something. Classic CYA kabuki theater.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 11/13/2013 6:57:05 AM     (No. 9610716)

Never hear this said, by anyone, anywhere, but:

Thank you, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee!

They tried, with virtually no support by their own, to stop this madness and get us off this wheel before it started spinning into the ground.

I´m with other posters, and Rush Limbaugh who postulates that this current debacle was designed to fail, so the statists could accelerate single-payer, i.e., total government control. We aren´t quite there yet, but leave it to the Republicans to smooth out the bumps.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: ruready?, 11/13/2013 7:08:18 AM     (No. 9610735)

Democrats will return to universal health care like a dog to his own vomit and a hog to mud. Mark it down.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 11/13/2013 7:11:40 AM     (No. 9610739)

Since the old plans are already gone, Republicans are in a perfect position to insist that adults "own their own bodies," and we owe it to them to decide for themselves what coverage is enough. They are adults, so medical providers can refuse medical services or bill (and/or sue) the ones who fail to pay.

This might require some much-needed tort-reform and streamlining of the process to eliminate frivolous suits that tie up the courts and raise costs.

Hey, a few more provisions, and we have a full-fledged free-market "Republican" alternative to the whole Obamacare disaster!!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dadof4, 11/13/2013 7:24:03 AM     (No. 9610754)

So, basically what this "plan" does is use more government regulation to usurp other government regulation. It is exactly this kind of thinking that exacerbates our current problems. .... stupid is as stupid does!!

Is there not a single intelligent mind in the Republican Party?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/13/2013 7:25:45 AM     (No. 9610759)

#15, you have it right. The Republicans will try and come in to give us a spoonful of sugar to make the Obamacare-medicine go down. "Keep Your Plan act" is a meaningless gesture. Why doesn´t the Congress all get together and just say, "nevermind"? It will do just about as much good. The insurance companies threw their lot in with Obama. They made their choice. Everyone in this little melodrama had a part to play in this fiasco mainly driven by greed and power hungry politicians. The audience is objecting to the high price of a ticket but wait until they see the final act when what was billed as a comedy romp turns into a terrifying horror show.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 11/13/2013 7:30:44 AM     (No. 9610769)

This is what politicized, if not socialized, medicine begets. People that have no knowledge of or business in running private sectors of the economy are now using life and death as a football.

We may cheer the temporary humiliation of Obama and the Democrats but I don´t trust the GOP for a second to do the truly right thing and get the government out of health care....period.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/13/2013 7:49:19 AM     (No. 9610798)

So now they are trying to spread the chaos of the computer website into the insurance industry. When that happens, the changes will have to be fed back into the computer systems. That should be fun!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/13/2013 8:04:34 AM     (No. 9610823)

Great comments by everyone!
Now the Insurance companies are relieved. They got rid of bad policies free of charge. Now if you have cancer, you will never be able to get an insurance policy. Never! Heck, if you have high blood pressure you can´t get insurance.
Upton and Johnson are two dummies who think they can correct it. Hey Johnson, you could have voted with Lee and Cruz.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: pineledger, 11/13/2013 8:18:13 AM     (No. 9610848)

Rush thinks this gives the Dims an out and takes the Obamacare issue off the table.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Grampy, 11/13/2013 8:49:20 AM     (No. 9610907)

I keep thinking back to what quite a few have said over the life of this fiasco--the government could have bought outright decent policies for the "uninsured" several times over for what they´ve spent already and they haven´t really done anything yet but virtually taken away millions of good policies from the payers.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 11/13/2013 8:49:52 AM     (No. 9610910)

The only "Act" the Pubes need to be considering and constantly considering is total and complete repeal of ACA. To offer petty, unworkable "fixes" is nothing but stiking their feet into the stream and they will be sucked under by it. It can not be fixed! It is a disaster upon a calamatiy in a malestrom. The coming chaos, pain and deaths affect everyone and then the scatological samples will hit the fan.

It was the lefty media that did this to us- make no mistake. Media is where the monster is.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: strike3, 11/13/2013 9:01:31 AM     (No. 9610934)

Even Feinstein, the great wicked witch of the west, is running scared enough to jump on this "solution." She is one more example that fear of losing the next election is more important than the people of this country. If Obamacare had rolled out smoothly, you would see these fickle dems out there gloating.

Obama can´t fix this mess because it´s unfixable. All he can do is attempt to prop up his failing system by a massive theft of our remaining wealth so he can subsidize enough suckers into signing up. There is no other solution. He will panic and implode when people start dying out here due to this healthcare mess and the American citizens start placing the blame in the right place, ON HIM.



I have heard all of the negative comments that the insurance companies can not re-instate old plans without a lot of effort. Nonsense. They can be up and running next week if the government gave the word. Laws are abstract things that can be changed overnight.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/13/2013 9:07:53 AM     (No. 9610947)

I sometimes wonder if the establishment pubies even have a brain. Passing something like this is, as posted many times, is not much more that CYA for the dims that started the entire mess. As most of us here realize, the only "fix" for this boondoggle is to repeal Obozo in it´s entirety. Period. And along with that (in the same bill)replace it with a free market plan that has been put together with healthcare providers, insurance reps, and citizen groups that have some knowledge of what the needs of the public really are. And along with it, badly needed is tort reform. Get the trial lawyers out of the healthcare business. But, sadly, I don´t think anything like this would ever see the light of day.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/13/2013 9:13:45 AM     (No. 9610961)

The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before.

There´s a teensy little problem with this bill in the real world. If people with pre-existing conditions but no pre-existing insurance are allowed to get these plans, the insurance companies can´t afford to offer them. A major illness is not a trivial expense, and normal premiums from the rest of the population will not be able to cover lots of newly-insured people with major illnesses. I trust that somebody will point this out to the Congress before they pass the bill in this form.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: stryker714, 11/13/2013 9:20:01 AM     (No. 9610980)

Repeal only, NO modifications, NO exceptions! Don´t even think about touching that stinking pile of dung. There is no pony in it, trust me. Just ignore Democrats pleas for a life line, sit back, enjoy the show.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 11/13/2013 9:28:41 AM     (No. 9610994)

#23 and Rush are right.

The reason Dems are running to this phoney bill is that the tide is turning on them and O-care. If this is the case then Repubs need to get out of the f´in way and simply ride the wave safely to shore.

Let the tide grow to a tsunami and then sweep in with a repeal to save the day.

To do otherwise would be insane...or mccain--whichever...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/13/2013 9:54:12 AM     (No. 9611037)

Repeal the law. Encourage the states to reestablish their own high risk insurance pools which existed prior to the PCIP of Obamacare. The States were doing the job for less than one third the cost. Rules to be determined entirely by the States. Once repeal is through, pass a law that drops all federal restrictions limiting insurance companies from creating health savings accounts and offering policies across state boundaries.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: dkrieb, 11/13/2013 10:06:48 AM     (No. 9611060)

Why doesn´t the GOP just let this fiasco continue. Don´t give these idiots a way out so that they can home and tell their constituents that they tried. They didn´t even read the bill.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: geronimo, 11/13/2013 10:09:53 AM     (No. 9611069)

Granted I´m not the most IT savvy person here and I certainly haven´t read every word written on this subject - that would be impossible. So there are two questions I´m grappling with and perhaps someone here has the answers.

First, the insistence that insurance companies could not backtrack and reinstate policies that were cancelled. I´m not suggesting that there is a magic System Restore but in this computer age, do they not have records of who had policies - how else could they have sent out letters? Would there be no records of letters sent identifying, account numbers attached, the policyholders affected?

Second, there is widespread conviction that this Obamacare disaster was manufactured to pave the way for single payer. As stupid as Obama and his back-stage handlers are, I cannot believe they deliberately engineered this political time bomb that may ultimately prove their undoing. If indeed they did so, how long do they plan to wait before moving the conversation to single payer, considering the possibly irreversible political damage already done to Pres. Pain to the People.



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Reply 34 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/13/2013 10:21:09 AM     (No. 9611097)

Hate to post twice. But why would an insurance company give you your plan back if you have cancer and on chemotherapy? Why? They won´t.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/13/2013 10:23:25 AM     (No. 9611103)

It´s a trap and the Republicans will step in it then get the blame. Obama will be bailed out by the Party of Stupids.
If you were canceled by your insurance it´s gone and never coming back the way it was. Your old insurance didn´t comply therefore below the government standard. It Is Gone Gone Gone like yesterday!
If the Stupids don´t vote for this then they are blamed for not wanting to fix it.
You can´t nibble around the edges of this, the young people aren´t participating and the whole thing needs to be repealed.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/13/2013 10:28:24 AM     (No. 9611116)

It won´t be long before people wake up to the fact that Palin was right in 2012 when she referenced Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. If only they would have listened. The politicians who refused her advice need to be held accountable.

"Sarah Palin is urging Congress to ´rescind´ the tax penalty provision of the Obamacare mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance, saying the Supreme Court has done the country a favor by putting the Affordable Care Act back “in the hands of the people.”

“What Chief Justice [John] Roberts did for us . . . was put this issue — Obamacare, and the individual mandate — back in the hands of the people via our representatives,” the former Alaska governor said Thursday on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

“So now . . . Congress has an opportunity to act on this tax, as this has been deemed a tax [by the court ruling],” she said, adding, “After the July recess, I expect Congress to come in and rescind this tax. They have the power to adopt and enact a tax. They also have the power to rescind it.”



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Reply 37 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/13/2013 10:51:44 AM     (No. 9611161)

The entire bill and the myriad of regulations concocted by the ghoulish Sebelius, must be repealed, ultimately.

ANY interim measures, such as this Upton bill, must contain amendments or provisions which open up options for purchasing insurance over State lines; if individuals, being able to join "group" plans; more liberal health savings accounts to appeal to younger people.

Also, anyone who had insurance should have their plans grand-fathered: pre-existing conditions having been covered at the point of cancellation, since the termination was ORDERED by bo, who lost their plans because of bo... should not be used to deny resumption of coverage.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: larryp, 11/13/2013 11:03:25 AM     (No. 9611182)

Beckel tipped the Obaman regime hand LAST week when he said at the end of the show,
(paraphrased)..."right now, prepare bills in congress to move to single-payer"
So to me, that is their thinking and this whole scenario is a play, a scheme, a dodge.
The obamans and donks will take all the abuse
to effkayah the American People.
I bet Beckel knows a lot about Donk-lefty mmachinations.
ACA-whatev is one law and has no sseverability. It can´t be sectioned. It takes another bill and a vote to change it. No portion can be carved out.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 11/13/2013 11:06:06 AM     (No. 9611185)

I have seen a number of non-partisan articles as to why the insurance companies cannot roll-back their plans. Why is the GOP helping the Democrats. Craft a law to REPEAL OBAMACARE or just sit and watch the law implode. Don´t delay or adjust it. It is a rotten law. The Republicans had nothing to do with it´s passing. This belongs to the Democrats so let them keep it. Do not get involved. Millions of Americans are being harmed daily and some may die because of this law. The Democrats are responsible for this carnage. Repeal the law in total and restart the system as it was prior to it´s passing.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Tall Oak, 11/13/2013 11:26:30 AM     (No. 9611238)

I don´t think the GOP should just get out of the way of the train wreck, they need to lead the way to serving the citizens. If they simply play politics they will keep their low poll numbers, but if they try to stop the cancellations, reinstate policies, and delay the mandates they can save millions more from zerocare.

The insurance companies have lost five million customers and picked up fifty thousand high risk ones as a replacement. I am sure that a simple law allowing the companies to reinstate ALL the cancelled policies without the requirement to take on new ones would be acceptable to them.

I think a one year delay would give breathing room to point out the eminent doom that zerocare will usher in. The debut of this monstrosity has gotten the attention of most Americans to the point that they are beyond the empty promises. We don´t need a higher body count to go on the offensive, we need leadership to step in. We need to stop it as soon as we can, but right now we can´t. If we act like grownups, we may be rewarded in 2014, if we don´t, is there really any difference?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: nevernaught, 11/13/2013 11:39:56 AM     (No. 9611283)

If Adolph Hitler was in deep trouble in 1939, would you have bailed him out. Let them self destruct, if you help them at this point, they will take credit for whatever solution you propose and they will still run the program.

The best solution is to kill the program and go back to the original starting point. Isn´t that the reason behind this fight against an unworkable socialist health care system. Quit looking for ways to surrender.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: zbogwan2, 11/13/2013 12:00:54 PM     (No. 9611350)

Our enemies,friends and the American People(that are in the know) have to be having a conniption with this whole Obamanation of a Healthcare Fiasco:Obama´s serial lies(If you like your Health Insurance Plan or Doctor, you can keep it, PERIOD! The President of the Greatest Nation in the World and his ilk are looking like imbeciles at the least here and everywhere?????

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Reply 43 - Posted by: mombogogo, 11/13/2013 12:08:55 PM     (No. 9611373)



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Reply 44 - Posted by: wtm, 11/13/2013 12:19:14 PM     (No. 9611388)

Congress, Quit trying to "Fix it", REPEAL IT !!!!

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Reply 45 - Posted by: shamus, 11/13/2013 12:52:50 PM     (No. 9611474)

The Upton bill is a poison pill. Pass it and the ACA never recovers. That´s why it´s going nowhere.

My guess is that nothing happens and the 2014 election gets fought over this issue.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 11/13/2013 1:22:02 PM     (No. 9611543)

2nd Post: have to keep up with the talking points.

If a lefty mentions Single Payer, inform her/her that a new National Insurance tax will be instituted for EVERY American, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, income (or lack thereof), eligibility for other programs, handicap, etc. etc. It will be universal and therefore it will be ´fair.´

Single Payer for everyone means everyone contributes to Single Payer!

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Reply 47 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 11/13/2013 1:23:50 PM     (No. 9611549)

And, where is the apology by McCain, McConnell, and Graham. Stupid go along to get along Senators, awful. Just silence, not one dime to the RNC.



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Reply 48 - Posted by: JediJerry, 11/13/2013 1:29:10 PM     (No. 9611563)

Keyword = "may vote". They may not vote for it too. They would never do this. Hell may freeze over too, but I doubt it. The ´Rats are running from the sinking burning Obamatanic in droves trying to save their own skins but now it´s too late. America is madder than hell and we aren´t going to take it any more. November 2014 can´t get here fast enough. Payback time is on the way.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: mulhaven, 11/13/2013 1:29:44 PM     (No. 9611567)

The reason plans were cancelled is that the insurance companies could not afford to sustain them. Insurance companies have to get out of health insurance because the law will bankrupt them.

How is the proposed law expected to save the insurance industry? To do that the health care act would have to be repealed. What else could save policies that are unlawful under the act?

This "Keep Your Plan Act" sounds like an end run by the establishment to sucker an over-suckered public.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: strike3, 11/13/2013 4:50:58 PM     (No. 9611939)

You are correct in your observation #33. The only thing standing between the insurance companies and the restoration of recently canceled policies is one stupid, unconstitutional law that could be repealed tonight with the stroke of a pen. The formerly uninsured do not have to be part of the reset solution, that would be economic suicide.

Keep Your Plan, Shove Your Obamacare.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: gone2pot, 11/13/2013 5:27:47 PM     (No. 9611987)

You are watching the GOP doing their typical fall down, roll over and soil themselves routine. Keep Your Plan Act? Are you kidding me? So the GOP now act as fascists too by telling insurance companies they have to instantly reverse three years of hooplah they´ve had to get knee deep in over Obamacare just to make the spineless Republicans look like they "care?" Yeah, where the hell were they for Cooch? Where the hell were they for Ted Cruz? Give me a break. Now they´re idiotically walking themselves into getting the blame for Obamacare from now on by this incredibly stupid idea. Once again this is the GOP leaving no doubt that they can totally screw things up worse than a Marxist. Keep Your Plan Act? How about a You Can Keep the GOP Act? Unbelievable.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 11/13/2013 6:26:45 PM     (No. 9612057)

Kill Obiecare in its entirety. Start over. Make it a market-based system. Take it away from Obie and the congressional leaches. May have to wait until after the 2014 mid-terms, however, can plop a repeal bill on Obie´s desk on a fine Monday morning.

By the way, everybody who sat out 2012 still planning to vote next year?

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/13/2013 8:41:19 PM     (No. 9612221)

It does not matter haw they vote.

It will not change the fact that the democrats are Marxist communists hell bent on the destruction of America and it´s freedoms that are being deleted more every day under that control of government.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: saraguay, 11/13/2013 10:59:10 PM     (No. 9612382)

#3 - my brother has a ph.d. from mit and he voted for obama 2x. i think liberals are born with some missing gene but not the math one. my liberal husband is a physics teacher. there is no explaining liberalism - maybe a mental disorder but people who are otherwise kind, decent and smart being liberal just doesn´t compute with me.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 11/13/2013 11:07:31 PM     (No. 9612394)

Are the x-purts forgetting that any insurance company that would not reinstate plans if Obe noncare dies tomorrow would never gain new clients?
They too could be put out of business by failing to return to market conditions.

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A Criminal Organization Masquerading
As… Oh, You Know the Rest
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:25:12 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another chronicle of Democratic Party malfeasance. Enjoy: In Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa of California has just leveled an explosive charge against his Democrat counterpart on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee — to wit, that the gentleman from Maryland colluded with the IRS to harass a conservative organization fighting for honest elections: Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS

Kathleen Sebelius resigning after
botched Obamacare rollout
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr. and Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:21:10 PM     Post Reply
With the rocky rollout of his health care law in a post-deadline lull, President Obama will move this week to shake up his health care team, accepting the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and tapping his budget director as a troubleshooting replacement, the White House confirmed Thursday. Mrs. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor who has served as HHS secretary for Mr. Obama’s entire tenure, was the president’s point person as his signature law stumbled out of the blocks in October. Despite calls for her to be fired, Mrs. Sebelius stayed on the job to oversee a

Social Security, Treasury
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Washington Post, by Marc Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:14:13 PM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt. When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Thought police on patrol
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 10:10:00 PM     Post Reply
Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Post, demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy. The column ran as usual. But I was gratified by the show of intolerance because it perfectly illustrated my argument that the left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition. The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It

A Divisive Attorney General
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/10/2014 9:52:38 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder must be suffering from a sort of amnesia. He is upset at supposed divisiveness and rudeness directed at him when testifying before Congress, and suggests not too subtly that he and President Obama have been accorded inordinately harsh treatment (fill in the blanks why). Aside from the fact that he seemed to have relished the combat with Representative Gohmert in quite unprofessional tones (“you don’t want to go there, buddy, alright?”/ “good luck with your asparagus”), he seems to forget what former attorney general Alberto Gonzales once endured both in the liberal media and before Democrats

The Shame of Brandeis
Commentary Magazine, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/9/2014 8:32:37 PM     Post Reply
If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in Islamic societies like the one in which she was raised—and whose efforts to call attention to them as a legislator in the Netherlands led to a political crisis there and her eventual flight to the United States. Given that it only takes a Google search to find out everything one would need to know about her, including the controversial aspects of her views, it is disgustingly laughable

Demonizing SCOTUS:
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Commentary Magazine, by Seth Mandel    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/8/2014 9:12:38 PM     Post Reply
When Chief Justice John Roberts rewrote ObamaCare from the bench in order to save it, most of the ramifications were immediately apparent. But there was one aspect of the stunt that as a member of the Supreme Court Roberts should have been sensitive to: precedent. Having caved to a public intimidation campaign from the president and his congressional allies (as well as the media) Roberts signaled that the way to get a conservative justice to discard his better judgment and rule against constitutional law was to impugn the court’s reputation in the public square. Be mean to John Roberts and

Democrats seek Obama
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boost reelection bids
Washington Post, by Paul Kane    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/7/2014 10:06:06 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mark Begich has said repeatedly that he thinks President Obama is wrong about a host of policies, whether on oil drilling, the military or the environment. Begich also has made it perfectly clear that he has no interest in having his fellow Democrat out to his home state of Alaska, saying earlier this year that he doesn’t “care to have him campaign for me.” But that doesn’t mean he’s not looking for the president’s help. Begich has in fact submitted a long wish list to the Obama administration for agency decisions that he thinks would boost his reelection chances.

It’s the Democrats’ turn
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Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
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“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” — Lord Acton.In the run-up to the 2006 mid-term elections, crucial to President George W. Bush’s plans for his last two years in office, scandal reared its hideous head. Again and again. And just for the Republicans. First, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay resigned in disgrace after he was charged with violating campaign finance laws and money laundering. Then, Rep. Duke Cunningham pleaded guilty to a slew of federal charges like bribery, fraud, tax evasion. And right before Election Day, Rep. Mark Foley

Some gay activists fear
same-sex supporters
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Washington Times, by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
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The resignation of a Silicon Valley executive who opposed gay marriage and refused to recant has sparked an online fight among gays about whether proponents of same-sex marriage are now going too far in trying to marginalize their opponents socially and economically. The announcement by popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox that co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich was stepping down after two weeks on the job for a 2008 contribution has sparked furious debate over civil rights, privacy and corporate responsibility. A leading gay blogger has accused the movement of displaying the same intolerance activists accuse their opponents of practicing, while

In politics, money is speech
Washington Post, by Robert J. Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/6/2014 10:41:34 PM     Post Reply
On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance “reform” legislation. It can’t come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the First Amendment’s injunction that “Congress shall make no law .?.?. abridging the freedom of speech.” Instead of free speech, we now have regulated speech that has ensnarled elections in a web of bizarre and opaque rules. Last week, in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission, the court began edging away from Buckley by striking down one of its limits on free speech. The details

Bush family’s return to the
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Washington Post, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
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It’s a big weekend for the Bush family, which is enjoying a renaissance of sorts after several years in the political wilderness. Throngs of former administration officials, members of Congress and others descended Friday on College Station, Tex., to fete former president George H.W. Bush on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in office. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a live interview with his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has quietly been exploring a 2016 presidential campaign. About 180 miles to the north, former president George W. Bush is hosting an event of a



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Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel´s top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for nonprofit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, nonprofit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud. The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official who Issa´s panel is poised to hold in contempt of Congress on Thursday for refusing to provide testimony about her

Hank Aaron Compares Republicans
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Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan. Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance. “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Eric Holder strays from planned remarks
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Attorney General Eric Holder strayed from prepared remarks to slam the way he was “treated” by a House committee the day before, calling it evidence of “ugly and divisive” civil rights challenges facing him and President Barack Obama. Speaking to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network at its annual convention in New York on Wednesday, Holder talked about the state of civil rights today and brought up a House committee hearing Tuesday that grew contentious, according to video from Mediaite and reports from outlets including Capital New York. “The last five years have been defined by significant strides and

Barack Obama Saves Wife
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US Magazine, by Rachel McRady    Original Article
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Barack Obama got quite the handful on Thursday, April 10, but it was all for a good cause! As the President of the United States was boarding Air Force One with his wife Michelle Obama, a gust of wind blew up her skirt. Barack quickly stepped in and grabbed the First Lady´s billowing skirt to help her avoid a wardrobe malfunction and embarrassing Marilyn Monroe moment. Earlier in the week, another famous lady on the global stage suffered a similar snafu, but no one was around to help her -- not even her prince!

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USA Today, by Michelle Healy    Original Article
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A new review is questioning the effectiveness of two key drugs enlisted in the fight against influenza and in turn the investments by governments to stockpile the drugs in the event of a global flu outbreak. The antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir ) are commonly used to treat influenza in healthy adults and children. In the case of Tamiflu, the drug does shorten symptoms of influenza by about half a day - as the manufacturer suggests - but there is insufficient evidence to support claims that it reduces hospital admissions or serious complications, such as confirmed pneumonia or

Hercules Actor Kevin Sorbo:
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Although the news media and Hollywood relish telling stories about horrific crimes and serial killers, they are strangely silent about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who killed living, viable babies by snipping their spinal cords with scissors, and who is “America’s most prolific serial killer,” said actor Kevin Sorbo and his wife Sam Jenkins in a video to promote funding for a movie about Gosnell. “Kermit Gosnell is America’s most prolific serial killer,” says Kevin Sorbo, who starred in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. “For more than three decades he was an abortion doctor in Philadelphia, where he

Holder on Gohmert exchange: ‘What
attorney general has ever had to
deal with that kind of treatment?’

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Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
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Eric Holder ventured off script in a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network, the organization led by MSNBC host and recently-exposed FBI informant Al Sharpton. “I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms,” said Holder at the conference of black activists, before improvising “even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” “If you don’t believe that, if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated

Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces
Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/10/2014 5:20:42 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional

George Bush´s paintings
are ´copied off Google images
and Wikipedia´ art critic claims

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Independent [UK], by Rob Williams    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/9/2014 10:47:55 AM     Post Reply
As a former President of The Most Powerful Country In The World, George W Bush has significantly greater access to world leaders than most budding artists. (Snip) Art critics have pointed out that a number of the 30 portraits in the exhibition appear to be based on images thrown up by a cursory search of the person´s name in Google Images. In some cases the portrait seems to have been based on the very first image result on the search engine. Rather remarkably, even the portrait of his own father, someone who he surely could have asked to sit for him, appears to be based on an Associated Press portrait which appears on the first page of

Firefox Expands Into Censorship
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American Thinker, by Jack Kemp    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/9/2014 9:10:58 AM     Post Reply
This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article). Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said: Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?). This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not

Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman
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Entertainment Magazine, by James Hibbard    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 4/10/2014 12:10:39 PM     Post Reply
Official: Stephen Colbert is the new host of CBS’ Late Show. Release: The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. Letterman, the legendary, critically acclaimed host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s

Global solar dominance in sight
as science trumps fossil fuels

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Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/10/2014 6:08:54 PM     Post Reply
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Roughly 29pc of electricity capacity added in America last year came from solar, rising to 100pc even in Massachusetts and Vermont.[Snip] The technology is improving so fast--helped by the US military--that it has achieved a virtous circle. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.


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