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(6,837 posts)
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 09:58 AM Oct 2013

Key takeaways from yesterday's health care hearings on Capitol Hill

- Republicans just discovered that the ACA doesn't forbid private health insurers from eliminating scam-like, low-value health insurance policies that were written too recently to be "grandfathered in" and exempted from new regulations. As usual, they are outraged.

- Republicans just discovered that cabinet-level federal appointees get employer-sponsored health insurance and that the law doesn't allow them to transfer their employer contribution to the ACA exchange. More outrage.

- Republicans learned nothing from the roll-out of Medicare Part D and, so expected a perfectly flawless roll-out of the ACA website, even after they tried to sabotage its development by withholding funds and refusing to pass technical fixes to the law that would have made things easier. Extreme outrage.

- Apparently, the government (so far as Republicans know) has never before bought technology that didn't work right at first and cost more than expected. (So, I am guessing that most of what I have read about the F-35 and V-22 Osprey programs must have been made up by the Great Liberal Media Conspiracy.) Outrage bordering on a psychotic episode ensues.
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(6,837 posts)
2. Kathleen Sebelius should have walked over and smacked some of those House members
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:09 AM
Oct 2013

The jail time would have been totally worth it.

Proud Liberal Dem

(24,660 posts)
5. Give me crummy insurance or give me death!
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:33 AM
Oct 2013

The new Republican rallying cry.

And why are they so obsessed with federal government employees "being on Obamacare?" They are, unsurprisingly, missing the point of the ACA-based exchanges which is, of course, to help people who don't get insurance through their jobs or whom have previously been shut out of the insurance market either because of price, pre-existing conditions, etc. If Sebelius, et. al are happy with their employer-based provider insurance, why should they ditch it for the exchange? And in Sebelius' case, she couldn't even if she wanted to because she is Medicare-eligible.


(63,572 posts)
6. I've been specifically arguing your point #4 with coworkers
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:34 AM
Oct 2013

Solid Republican voters who consistently support candidates against their own economic interests. They're out of their minds over the scandalous heaps of money "wasted" on this roll-out. I asked specifically about the Osprey and the F-35, and they harumph and grumble "apples and oranges," but they don't have anything to back it up.

Proud Liberal Dem

(24,660 posts)
7. Just remind them of the $24 Billion shutdown the Republicans caused
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 10:40 AM
Oct 2013

and that if the Republicans had been successful in defunding Obamacare, there wouldn't even be a website to grumble about. But, of course, there also (still) wouldn't be opportunities for large numbers of people to obtain health insurance coverage. But, hey, freedom and all that...........


(23,973 posts)
19. Shhhh! Ix-nay on the illing-kay!
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 02:21 PM
Oct 2013

Just when they've been lulled into a false sense of outrage over trivial technical problems, they'll forget about the Death Panel Flying Squads showing up for their Granny on Jan. 2.

Keep it on the DL, 'k?


(22,816 posts)
11. And while they're parading and wasting time, where are the jobs!!!
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 12:05 PM
Oct 2013

No bills from Republis regarding jobs or stimulating the economy. NOT ONE!


(16,993 posts)
12. The Republican Double Standard Act comes into play
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 12:05 PM
Oct 2013

They hold Democrats to a higher standard than they hold themselves.

Convenient memories are encouraged.

Extreme outrage when anything the Dems legislate goes awry, ignore similar or identical issues if it's GOP legislation.

Pretend you've never done anything similar, or come from a similar family background if there's an opportunity to focus the public's attention on a Democrat (i.e., Obama's father v. Ted Cruz's father)

Lie, take bribes, cheat...all should be overlooked if a Republican does it, but condemn if a Democrat does that same thing.

They do not live in the same world as the rest of us. They are corrupt liars who represent the top 1% and pretend to care about the American people, even though their actions and voting record show they do not. They depend on the racist hatred and low information of their supporters to continue to get by with their dirty deeds.

Education is not their friend, nor is a free media that reports the facts to the people.



(15,262 posts)
14. People wouldn't have to worry so much about what Republicans think if they just knew
Thu Oct 31, 2013, 12:11 PM
Oct 2013

how little Republican think

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