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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Democrats and Republicans alike worry about Obamacare

So, is there a right side to this mess?
So, is there a right side to this mess?

Seems all sides are nervous about Obamacare.

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Friday for the 40th time to repeal parts or all of the health care “reform” law, this time saying the scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service can’t do anything when it comes to the act.

In Milwaukee, Democratic governors admit they are nervous about getting the new law implemented in their states while Republican governors around the country openly do anything they can to resist it.

“There’s some angst, and you can see that from the decision the administration made a couple of week ago,” Delaware Gov. Mack Markell admitted to the Associated Press. “There’s a lot of work to do.”

But while Democrats say there is a lot of work to do to be ready for January 1, when most people in this nation are required, by law, to have health insurance, Republicans say there is a lot of work to do to stop Obamacare outright and most have targeted the October 1 deadline for states to have exchanges in place for uninsured individuals to start buying subsidized coverage.

Under the law, any business with more than 50 employees would be required offer “affordable” health care to workers or face escalating and crippling penalties from the IRS.  That’s what Republicans, and some Democrats, in the House spotlighted in the Friday action to prohibit the IRS from taking any action in such cases.

However, like nearly all of the anti-Obamacare actions taken by the GOP-controlled House, the legislation stands no chance of passage in the Senate.

Businesses claim they need more time and the Obama White House gave in and extended the deadline another year to Jan. 1, 2015.

That prompted some Congressional Democrats to worry the program might not be ready on time and could end up getting scrapped completely — an outcome that plays well with Republicans.

Obama, trying to soothe nervous Democrats, tried to assure them this week by saying they would be “on the right side of history” if they stayed with him on the health care “reform.”

But as Congress heads home for the month-long August recess, many members of the House and Senate worry more about being on the right side of voters.


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3 thoughts on “Democrats and Republicans alike worry about Obamacare”

  1. If Health care was so important a priority Obama and the Dems. should have expanded Medicare and gotten on with it. The way they did it caving to BIG Pharma, Big Health Ins., Big Hospital/AMA isn’t going to make it any cheaper or better. He should have thought about the patients and families first and not his Corp. clients first.

  2. “The strategy that has been laid out [to shut down the government to defund Obamacare] is a good way for Republicans to lose the House,” says Sen. Tom Coburn.
    Well, that’s what you deal with when you make a pact with the devil.

  3. It is ridiculous to worry about the outcome of an experiment. What alternative do we have? We cannot let 50 million uninsured and underinsured Americans go on that way. It costs us too much when they use the ER for a cold! We cannot go back and change the legislation in this political climate; it could not get through both houses. No. We must go forward with what we have created. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t work, we will know it. But running around like Chicken Little is fruitless. Let it play out.
    I realize there is a great deal of political treasure at stake depending upon the outcome. That is the least reason to second guess ACA at this time. We do not care if political careers end because of ACA. We care about who gets healthcare and who does not. Congressmen and Governors roll the dice every time they vote or sign a bill into law. Man up boys and girls. You ran for office. Nobody forced you to run. Deal with the consequences. Besides, this is the right thing to do, even if it is flawed. It can be fixed.
    Get over it. It’s the law.

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