GOP leaders confounded on stopgap spending bill over conservative assault on 'Obamacare'

  • Article by: ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 4:00 PM

WASHINGTON — GOP leaders eager to avoid blame for a possible government shutdown next month appear confounded by conservatives' passion for using fast-approaching deadlines to derail the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law.

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dogmanSep. 12, 13 3:29 PM

Sounds like congressional teapublicans are quaking in their boots more than Assad... increase the debt ceiling... fund the government, and give back sequester cuts all just to delay the ACA for a year? They know once it's up and running and people see the benefits and savings for themselves.. it's going to be overwhelmingly accepted... resulting in another lost boogeyman for the Party Of No

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boondoggle49Sep. 12, 13 4:07 PM

I suggest that the House pass separate spending bills for each department. When they get to Health and Human services and the IRS, fund everything, Social security, Medcare and medicaid, etc., expect, Obamacare. Put in a paragraph, that no funds can be spent the implement or manage Obamacare. Or the House could put in a part that suspends Obamacare until the Secretary of HHS can certify to Congress that Obamacare is ready to implement with no waivers or extensions. Then Congress would have to vote to accept the Secretary of HHS's certification Then send it to the Senate. If the Senate will not accept it then HHS shuts down. It is the Senate's choice. All of the rest of the Government would be funded. As a sweetener, the House could add the raise in the Debt limit to the HHS bill.

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theagonybhoSep. 12, 13 4:31 PM

dogman, you couldnt be more wrong, i will say this though, the GOP is confused. What they should be doing is taking the Obamacare fight to the supreme court to get it implemented on schedule instead of trying to defund it. The quicker this train wreck gets going and people see how bad it is the worse it will be for the Dems. If this was so good the Dems wouldnt have delayed the biggest pieces of it until after the midterm elections . As for the debt ceiling, the balls in Obamas court, make significant cuts and the debt ceiling will be raised.

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Cain2198Sep. 12, 13 5:12 PM

A few years ago I would have said it would be impossible for Congress to do something as profoundly stupid as allowing the U.S. to default on its debt, but if any Congress can do it, this is the one.

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crystalbaySep. 12, 13 5:32 PM

"If this was so good the Dems wouldnt have delayed the biggest pieces of it until after the midterm elections . As for the debt ceiling, the balls in Obamas court, make significant cuts and the debt ceiling will be raised."............................They didn't "delay the biggest pieces" at all; this business delay only affected 4% of the entire implementation. What more cuts do you feel are necessary after the draconian GOP-forced sequestration which has gutted Head Start, research, vets benefits, and countless other vital programs?? The CBO projects the loss of 100,000 jobs during this first year of these cuts. Austerity has bombed in the country's that tried it, BTW. How is it that Reagan raised the debt ceiling 18 times and never once had it taken hostage by the opposing party?? How does that work? Oh - I know! The entire intent of the GOP is to obstruct, take hostage the country, and do everything they can to defeat anything Obama supports. It's their reason for living as well as the engine driving them off the cliff.

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grayanwiseSep. 12, 13 5:47 PM

these republicans over an over again want to do in the health care because they probably have stock in hopsitals or health insurance companys so it will hurt their pocket book they are so money hungry always me me me who cares about the poor or middle class and I do believe when it comes to bills only one at a time so everyone can see just what is going on and who is voting for their own money or special interest in their state

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vlombardySep. 12, 13 6:36 PM

Repubs and Dems can both accept responsibility for the mess we're in. The solution is to institute a small tax--between 1 and 2%-- on financial transactions that would balance the budget immediately and eliminate the Federal debt in less than 10 years. Oh, and cancel ALL OTHER TAXES, PERSONAL AND CORPORATE. Look it up, it would work. It has no chance of passage since the money monopoly, the banks and Wall Street, oppose it.

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flatstanleySep. 12, 13 6:47 PM

"What they should be doing is taking the Obamacare fight to the supreme court to get it implemented on schedule instead of trying to defund it" I would recommend thinking this idea through just a little bit more. Effectively you are stating that Congress could sue the President for failing to properly implement a law. By that same notion the President could sue congress for failing to properly fund the law and sue any Governor that refused to fully implement it.

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edcommentSep. 12, 13 6:54 PM

So, if they want to defeat the ACA, what is their proposal. Why doesn't the Stribe get Kline and Paulson on the record on this? What is their plan? Is it to go back to health care being rationed by insurance execs? Is it going back to millions being uninsured? Is it going back to personal bankruptcy because of medical bill? Where are the repubs on these questions? Why is the Stribe not asking Kline and Paulson? What about the repubs who have announced their candidacies for statewide office? What about the repub candidates in the sixth? Why won't the Stribe get these guys on the record?

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RankenFyleSep. 12, 13 8:15 PM

A picture's worth a thousand words: another jaw dropping moment for Speaker Boehner.

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