“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt Obamacare's biggest enemies? Ted Cruz & Ken Cuccinelli.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 19, 2013
stages of gop obamcare grief: 1. obamacare is unconstitutional 2. ... is legal but bad 3. ... is killing liberty 4. ... is too hard to get— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 20, 2013
President Obama’s ideas are deeply flawed and the implementation of this law has been a national embarrassment. Let me be plain, the law that carries the president’s name is the hallmark of a reckless federal bureaucracy that has lost its way.
~ Viginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli
From the Washington Post
Ted Cruz, remarks to reporters, Oct. 16, 2013
“The deal that has been cut provides no relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare…. People all over this country are losing their health insurance. Fifteen thousand UPS employees got a notification in the mail that they were losing spousal coverage, that their husbands and wives were all losing the health insurance that they wanted and they liked. That is happening all over the country.”
. . . In the specific example cited by Cruz of UPS — “15,000 UPS employees got a notification in the mail that they were losing spousal coverage” — he left out a crucial detail: The company’s policy change affects spouses who would qualify for health coverage at their own company — affecting approximately one in five workers, according to a company memo. Spouses who don’t have coverage or are not employed would still continue on the company plan.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp says Obamacare rollout "very similar" to Katrina, compares HHS Sec. Sebelius to FEMA director Michael Brown— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) October 16, 2013
Rep. Upton (R-MI) "This is wholly unacceptable. Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress."— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) October 17, 2013
THE ROLLOUT OF OBAMACARE IS A TOTAL DISASTER AND AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR COUNTRY. THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND LAUGHING.$635,000,000 WEBSITE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2013
Do NOT be fooled by media interest in Obamacare site glitches. Their underlying argument is that once those are fixed, Obamacare's peachy.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 18, 2013
What you will see is that a lot of the insurance companies will begin to fold. People will have fewer and fewer options. Ultimately we will have a single-payer system if we don’t stop this from happening, and that will give the government the kind of control that it needs.
~ Fox News Pundit Ben Carson
Men like Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and others have preached a great sermon against Obamacare, but now conservatives who supported them see that these men have refused to actually practice what they’ve been preaching. They’ve refused to stand and fight with the rest of us.
The fight was always about Obamacare. Today we know we must keep fighting and fight harder against even our own supposed side. But we always knew the fight would force the charlatans of the GOP out of the shadows into disinfecting sunlight. It has happened as I wrote it would almost a month ago.
Now conservatives can keep advancing. They should not be disheartened.
~ GOP Pundit Erick Erickson on Red State
Salon Fact-Checks Sean Hannity on Fox
I happened to turn on the Hannity show on Fox News last Friday evening. “Average Americans are feeling the pain of Obamacare and the healthcare overhaul train wreck,” Hannity announced, “and six of them are here tonight to tell us their stories.” Three married couples were neatly arranged in his studio, the wives seated and the men standing behind them, like game show contestants.
As Hannity called on each of them, the guests recounted their “Obamacare” horror stories: canceled policies, premium hikes, restrictions on the freedom to see a doctor of their choice, financial burdens upon their small businesses and so on.
. . . I don’t doubt that these six individuals believe that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange. And some of them appear to have taken actions ... based on a general pessimistic belief about Obamacare. He’s certainly entitled to do so, but Hannity is not entitled to point to (this) behavior as an “Obamacare train wreck story” and maintain any credibility that he might have as a journalist.
Republicans now have to get it through their heads that the law isn’t going away. As one Senate Republican aide put it Thursday, “We’re past that existential question.”
Democrats say they’ll always be able to remind Americans of the massively unpopular shutdown whenever Republicans try too hard to fight the law.
“Republicans thought that this was a winning issue for them and would trump public outcry over the budget and the debt ceiling … Republicans were dead wrong,” said Matt Canter of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “The shutdown showed that voters don’t want to continue refighting the partisan battles around the health care law.”
And top GOP strategists say the party has to try harder to rally around an alternative, which they haven’t been able to do so far.
Oh, and maybe don’t shut the government down again.