IF OBAMACARE IS SO DAMN GOOD, WHY WOULD 15 MILLION OPT OUT?
Why in the HELL did the GOP controlled US Senate not outright repeal Obamacare, do they not know basic math or listen to the CBO projections and score cards? I thought the CBO was their Bible? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) believes that 15 million Americans would opt out of Obamacare if the individual mandate were to be repealed and Americans were no longer required to purchase the Obamacare-mandated levels of healthcare. Now imagine what would happen if the business mandate was repealed as well. Of course without those two money generating premium mandates, Obamacare would collapse on itself.
If the individual mandate were to be repealed and Americans were no longer required to purchase the Obamacare-mandated levels of health insurance coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) believes that 15 million Americans would no longer purchase such coverage.
Some, including Jonathan Gruber, believe that the CBO is overestimating the impact of repealing the mandate. Gruber was one of the architects of the healthcare law.
Politically, the impact of these projections is significant since the individual mandate has long been the most unpopular part of Obamacare. Recent polling shows that two-thirds of Americans would like to see it repealed. For many, the idea of the government forcing anybody to buy anything is in conflict with America’s commitment to individual freedom.
Additionally, if the CBO projections are correct, there are 15 million Americans who would directly benefit from the repeal. Typically, when people are directly impacted by a law, their support or opposition is more intense than that of more casual observers.
On the other hand, if Gruber is correct, the Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare would have a much smaller impact than the CBO expects.
If the individual mandate were to be repealed, many Americans might be interested in purchasing less comprehensive and less expensive coverage. The CBO has offered no estimates of how many might take advantage of such alternatives. It is currently illegal for insurance companies to offer less expensive plans offering less comprehensive coverage.
WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA AND VOTE OUT ANY HOUSE REP OR SENATOR WHO DOES NOT RID US OF THIS DISASTROUS FRAUD OF A HEALTHCARE LAW!!!
JUDAS GOP: Previously Senate Passed Identical Obamacare Repeal Measures Dies in U.S.Senate as 6 Republicans Flip-Flop Their Vote
JUDAS GOP STABS AMERICANS IN THE BACK AS THEY GO AGAINST THE VERY THING THAT THEY SAID THEY WOULD GO TO GET ELECTED. DON’T THINK WE WILL FORGET THIS ONE …
The U.S. Senators voted 55-45 against an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement. Seven lying, turncoat GOP Senators voted against the exact same repeal measure that they had previously voted for when Barack Obama was presiddnt. The joke GOP senators who need to be primary challenged and run out of office are as follows: Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski. In RINO Susan Collins defense, she actually never previously voted for the repeal but needs to go anyhow or switch parties.
Previous Senate vote … clean repeal of Obamacare.
For the past 7 years we were told by Republicans, if you give us the House, we will repeal Obamacare. And we did. Then they said, if you give us the Senate, we will repeal Obamacare. And we did. Then they said if you elect us a Republican president who will sign the repeal law, we will repeal Obamacare. And we did. They were given all they asked for and they went back on their words and failed to repeal as 7 Senators voted to keep it. YOU WILL PAY FOR THIS IN ELECTIONS TO COME.
Senators on Wednesday rejected a key proposal that would repeal much of ObamaCare, despite intense pressure from conservatives.
Senators voted 55-45 against an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement.
GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rob Portman (Ohio) joined all Democrats and independents in voting no.
It was the second healthcare plan rejected after the Senate voted down a separate repeal-and-replace amendment on Tuesday night.
Three GOP senators had already announced they wouldn’t support repeal-only. Alexander, the chairman of the Senate’s health committee, predicted he didn’t “think there are 40 votes to repeal” without a replacement.
“For more than seven years, Republicans successfully campaigned on ObamaCare repeal. … Grassroots conservative activists are not going to accept excuses if Republicans fail to pass a bill that they have passed once before,” the group said in a notice to members.
GOP SENATE, YOU BETTER DO RIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE …
With the Obamacare repeal and replace, or just plain repeal vote looming on the horizon, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has returned to Washington, DC after recently being diagnoses with brain cancer. The vote is that close and that important. It is hard to imagine that Sen. McCain would make the trip back this soon after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer, if Sen. Mitch McConnell didn’t have the votes. But who knows at this point. After seven years of promises to rid the American people of Obamacare, it is time for the GOP Senate to step up to the plate and do their job. The American people have given the Republicans the House, Senate and Presidency to repeal Obamacare, as they asked. NOW, JUST DO IT!!!
Senate Republicans are barreling toward a dramatic and highly unusual vote on Obamacare Tuesday without knowing whether they’ll have the votes to start dismantling the health care law.
At stake is not just the seven-year-old campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare, but also demonstrating that Republicans — when given full control of Washington — can govern. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz,), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, made it all the more dramatic Monday evening when he announced he would return to Washington for the vote.
The vote count was unclear as of Monday night. About a half-dozen senators were publicly undecided about whether to allow debate to start on rolling back the Affordable Care Act.
The vote is expected Tuesday afternoon after what is expected to be a rowdy Republican lunch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to use McCain’s return and momentum from one final plea to his members at a Tuesday caucus meeting to push the required 50 votes into the “yes” column and open debate on repealing the law.
Big day for HealthCare,” President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!
If Senate Republicans can successfully begin debate on Tuesday, it would mark a huge political win as the GOP has been near death on Obamacare repeal many times in the past several weeks. Debate would start with no clear path to how to finish the bill.
Democrats feared the worst with McCain’s return.
“I can’t imagine Mitch McConnell would ask John McCain to come back if he didn’t have the votes. I really believe that you have to assume that,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “It is above and beyond the call of duty … to make a 2,000-mile journey for a vote if Senator McConnell doesn’t believe he has the necessary votes.”
Republican Senate Health Care Collapse a Blow to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell … If You Can’t Get It Done, Step Down
MCCONNELL, ITS TIME FOR YOU TO LEAVE, NOW!!!
The Republican health care failure in the U.S. Senate is not only a blow to GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it is a greater disappointment to the American people who have been lied to. For seven years Republicans, and the American people have been told, if you give us the House, give us the Senate and give us the Presidency, we will repeal Obamacare. Over the past 7 years, Republicans, Independents and even Democrats have given power back to the GOP in the House, Senate and in 2016, elected Donald J. Trump the president of the United States. Now we have a GOP majority in the Senate who has lost their nerve and obvious lied to We the People. The colossal collapse of the Senate health care bill is not a blow to McConnell, its an embarrassment to the GOP party. What the F#ck have you people been doing for the past 7 years? You were put in office and many GOP senators ran and were elected on the promise to repeal Obamacare. Now it is time to fulfill your promise. President Trump expressed his disappointment; however, I will go even further. The GOP Senate had no problem passing bills that repealed Obamacare when they knew they had no chance of being signed by Barack Obama. Now, suddenly when Donald Trump is president and will sign such a bill into law, the establishment GOP Senators have become gutless. Mitch McConnell, you need to step down and allow new leadership to take over that can get things done. Retire and go home!
More pathetic establishment GOP leadership
The failure of Obamacare repeal marks Mitch McConnell’s lowest point as Senate GOP leader.
Despite having a Republican in the White House, full GOP control of Congress and seven years of campaign promises — “pulling out Obamacare root and branch,” as the Kentucky Republican famously declared — McConnell acknowledged this week that he didn’t have the votes to even start debate on replacing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
It’s a serious defeat for McConnell, and one that leaves deep bitterness among rank-and-file GOP senators, as moderates and conservatives blamed each other over who is at fault for the setback.
It’s also a blow to McConnell’s reputation as a master legislator and raises doubts in the White House about what Senate Republicans can actually deliver for President Donald Trump. McConnell, like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), finds himself caught between the factions in his own party. And like Ryan, McConnell hasn’t demonstrated that he knows how to resolve the dispute.
The draining of the swamp also includes establishment Republicans and RINO’s. It is bad enough that your healthcare bill is BS, based on a retooling of Obamacare, not its repeal .. but you gutless bastards can’t even pass that after 7 years. One would have thought that you would have been discussing such things, not going on vacation, writing books, and getting all those great Senate perks. Trust me GOP … come 2018, this is a warning to the ObamaCare Republicans, the Voters will repeal and replace the Senators who broke their promise. That goes for you folks in the House too. Prepare to be primary challenged!!! In 2018, its time to go RINO hunting and rid the party of those who don’t even believe in the Republican platform. Take your party back and show these clowns, that lying to get elected will not be tolerated.
OBAMACARE IS A JOBS KILLER … HAS COST ABOUT 250,000 JOBS.
It is not a matter whether or not Obamacare has to be repealed, we have no choice. Obamacare is a lie when it comes to healthcare coverage and it is a jobs killer. Democrats have whined that Americans will lose healthcare coverage if Obamacare is repealed. Honestly America, we have no choice but to rid ourselves of this terrible law. It was not only a lie to the American people by Barack Obama, but a major jobs killer. We can’t afford to continues with this ironically named Affordable Healthcare Act when it is all but and in a death spiral. Thanks to Obama and the Democrat party, the hiring the 50th full-time employee effectively costs another $70,000 a year on top of the normal salary and benefits. Also, as Instapundit reminds us, it doesn’t save lives either.
In partnership with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, in March 2017 I was able to commission Hanover Research to survey small businesses nationwide regarding their hiring and compensation practices. The result was a sample of 745 small businesses, representing every major industry and together employing almost 50,000 people.
We asked managers (almost evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans) how many people each business employed and whether it offers health insurance. Many businesses, when they do not offer coverage, keep their payrolls just below 50 full-time employees and thereby narrowly escape the ACA’s penalty. This pattern is not visible among businesses that offer coverage.
When we followed up, the businesses employing just fewer than 50 often said the ACA caused them to hire less and cut hours below the full-time threshold. The penalty caused payrolls to shrink or prevented them from growing.
Nationwide, we estimate the ACA-inspired practice of keeping payrolls below 50 has cost roughly 250,000 jobs. This does not count jobs lost when businesses close (we didn’t survey closed businesses) or shrink because of other ACA incentives.
The tally of lost jobs is bound to grow because the penalty itself automatically grows and the IRS is still learning how to enforce it.