I have long since reconciled myself to the Republican Party being the loser party. I say this as a life long Republican. I have worked in campaigns, served in offices within the party and have even run for office as a Republican. Yet, there is no one who can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory like the Republicans.
In the “Not terribly shocking” department, the GOP is now quietly working to commit political suicide again.
Mitt Romney, along with party leaders is working on Repeal and Replace for Obamacare.
From the Washington Times:
House Republican leaders are quietly working with Mitt Romney’s campaign to fashion a unified GOP health care platform to replace President Obama’s health law, according to lawmakers involved in the effort.
Hill Republicans said coordinating with Mr. Romney, who is the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, boosts the chances that the two sides can avoid clashing over one of the big issues of the fall campaign but it ups the chances that the House GOP will miss its self-imposed June deadline for rolling out its alternative to Mr. Obama’s blueprint.
“From the policy perspective, we can do all these great things, but if [Mr. Romney‘s] not on the same page with us, then that’s a recipe for political disaster,” Rep. Phil Gingrey, Georgia Republican and a medical doctor who sponsored the medical-malpractice reform the House passed in March, told The Washington Times. “So, clearly, there has to be some coordination on all of that.”
The GOP took control of the House last year promising to “repeal and replace” Mr. Obama’s signature health law. So far, House Republicans have held dozens of votes on repeal, but they have yet to produce a broad replacement bill that would try to boost coverage without resorting to the mandate to buy insurance that Mr. Obama’s plan employs — a mandate that is now the subject of a Supreme Court challenge.
Please excuse me for a few minutes while I step outside to express my outrage in some very creative, unique and very obscene ways.
America did not want them to replace Obamacare. We wanted it repealed. The Tea Party did not support the GOP so the GOP could create a Republican bureaucracy instead of a liberal bureaucracy.
We want Obamacare dead and gone.
The issue is not insurance coverage. The issue has never been insurance coverage. This is the Democrat’s issue so they can try to nationalize the economy.
You can have the best government health insurance in the world and if it bankrupts the healthcare market place it does not matter. Access to medical treatment is the issue and the issue is how to make it affordable.
There is an answer. It is the free market. The free market works and it works every time. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership is staggering around looking for John Boehner’s bottle of Whisky, trying very hard to be popular with the Washington elite and act just like Democrats only slightly different.
The message of the Tea Party movement is a simple one. Government is too big. It needs to be reduced. Health insurance or even regulating health care is not in the constitution. It is not one of the enumerated powers given to the Federal Government.
The good news is that every Congressman is up for reelection this year. We need to remind them if they vote for a Romneycare bill to replace an Obamacare bill, we will replace them in 2014.
Anyone remember Richard Lugar?
The Republicans always shoot themselves in the foot, that's because all in office NOW need to GO. Anyone that has been in office more than 2 terms - OUT!!!!!!
We have term limits if the people would use it at ballot box.
Thank you, Sir.
You are correct, however, most voters don't pay attention and keep voting them back in.
(Warning: snarky comment.) That's because Congress as a whole are a bunch of low-life rats, but MY Congress(wo)man is great!
Before we can move ahead and solve our problem,we must change minds of our people. We have many great ideas,but none of them will looked at until the mind that vote are corrected. We have the power to control our destiny if we chose. The biggest thing I do is stop buying from my enemy,those that support our illegal government.Our leaders in congress will change if payoff money stops. We can point fingers at everybody,but we need to look in mirror and decide who we are and where we want to go.
Trick is gettin People motivated... and theres only one that could do that at the drop of a hat and she remains in the catbirds seat running the show...Her stradgey...Oct.5th she mearly changed up like any good pitcher would do when one pitch wasn't working,Changeup she did and left all of the SLOW thinkers in the bloody Dust... ~
Its Boehner,McConnel Cantor,McCarthy and their arm twisters... I know them all...They gotta go turn them into back benchers like Reid is gonna be ... Yea Thats U Dingy...
The high cost of medical care is the imputus for these health care bills. But in every instance, the emphasis is placed on the availability of health care. The high cost of medicine can be aimed at the insurance industries, the hospital coorporations, excessive advertisement from lawyers to sue durg companies, doctors, etc., and drug companies. I recently received a bill from the hospital for a myelogram. The total bill included: Lab work, intergral veniuncture, 3 seperate charges for medical services, injection procedure, the contrast medium, radiology and cat scan. The bill totaled $3,581. 43. My insurance covered $599.30 and I paid a $20.00 co-pay at admision and owe $66.00. Neither the procedure nor the cat scan are new The variant in this is that the hospital is newly built and that cost must be recovered.
Why is it that no one questions the difference between insurance payments vs hospital charges. Why is it that the cost of in-hospital medicine is high dispite the drug companies discount pharmacy stock? Federal requirements cause physicans to hire more clerical cost to file reports, insurance claims, and answer suit claims.
The simple fact that the government ends up paying the bill raises the cost.
That is true for Health, and also for (as lately seen in Obama's campaign) college tuition.
If we all had a Health Savings Account, and paid the bill out of it, we would be more cost conscious.
So the question is, do we really want a constitutional America as framed in Phrase 2 of the Declaration of Independence?
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, derived from just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
We the people must let them know that we still hold these truths to be self evident and it is our Right and responsibility "to alter or to abolish it (this government), and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." And we have the power to do this with our unified vote against those who do not "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
James, I like the part of your comment that states, "We the people must let them know."
I am not so sure, though, that you are correct in your comment stating, "And we have the power to do this with our unified vote".
Seems our fair election process has been compromised. We are not guaranteed that it is an accurate account of what we really voted for as a group. I know it is all we have, but let us make our voices heard and keep fighting before we even vote.