Republican Surrenderists for ObamaCare

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During the summer of 2009, conservative activists turned up the heat on Democratic politicians to protest the innovation-destroying, liberty-usurping Obamacare mandate. In the summer of 2012, it’s squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames.

In case you hadn’t heard, even if the Supreme Court overturns the progressives’ federal health care juggernaut, prominent GOP leaders vow to preserve its most “popular” provisions. These big-government Republicans show appalling indifference to the dire market disruptions and culture of dependency that Obamacare schemes have wrought.

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, told a St. Louis radio station two weeks ago that he supports keeping at least three Obamacare regulatory pillars: federally imposed coverage of “children” up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance policies (the infamous, unfunded “slacker mandate”), federally mandated coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions (“guaranteed issue,” which leads to an adverse-selection death spiral) and closure of the coverage gap in the massive Bush-backed Medicare drug entitlement (the “donut hole fix” that will obliterate the program’s cost-controls).

Some Republicans are even trying to out-Obama Obamacare. GOP Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio is pushing a proposal to increase the mandatory coverage age for dependents to age 31. And once a fire-breathing dragon for repeal, GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee hem-hawed when asked by the liberal Talking Points Memo website whether Republicans would be introducing specific bills to preserve the guaranteed issue and slacker mandate provisions.

“Well, I think we need to be prepared,” Alexander told TPM. “And we will be prepared.”

How about getting informed? As I reported while the Obamacare backroom wheeling-dealing was going on, some 20 states already had passed legislation requiring insurers to cover adult children before the federal rule was imposed, and nearly 20 others were already on the expensive path toward doing so. In New Jersey, Wisconsin and elsewhere, these top-down benefits mandates were among key factors driving up the cost of insurance and limiting access instead of expanding it.

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  • StephenD

    Everyone will agree the Health Care System in America needs reform. I recall being upset when my daughters came of age where they were removed from my health care coverage (with no reduced rate for me) even though homosexual couples could carry their "mates" on theirs because those relationships were deemed "long term." I asked what could possibly be more long term than parent and child? Be that as it may, I would never have argued that the Insurance Company should be made to carry my child on my insurance into adulthood. Someone, everyone, has to pay for this. It isn't fair that I should be forced to pay for the care of another adult, capable of providing for themselves. Any so called "Conservative" that thinks this is acceptable is no conservative at all and should be dealt with accordingly.

    • ebonystone

      I agree that health care needs reform in America, but only because it has been ruined by 50 years of gummint interference. We need to scrap all the "reforms" made since ca. 1960, both state and federal. Let people pay for their own healthcare, either by way of insurance or by cash.

  • Zinnia2

    Get rid of All of it – then the new Congress can rehash the issue… We need to get rid of the anti-freedom, anti-American liberals/leftists/dems driven by special interests (soros and ilk) who want to Control every aspect of our lives… We're sick and tired of worrying about what they'll shove down our throats next to steal taxpayers' dollars – because w/'bamiescare, they really don't give a rat's rear about our health, it's All about Control – what you eat, what you buy, what you drive, whether you live or die so they can blame it on medical costs which I believe they'll use the money collected for their other pet projects – the more given to gov't, the more We Lose our Country and Freedom…

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "Republican Surrenderists for ObamaCare."


  • Reason_For_Life

    Anyone who thinks that voting for Mitt Romney will get rid of ObamaCare is kidding themselves. There is no way that "Mandate Mitt" will go free market on medical insurance. Prepare yourself for RombamaCare if Romney gets the presidency.

    The only way to eliminate ObamaCare is to elect a congress that will shove free market reforms down the throat of whomever is elected president.

    • Linda Rivera

      Romney is pure establishment. He most definitely will not get rid of ObamaCare. The wishes of the people are regarded with contempt by both Democrats and Republicans. Taxation without representation.

  • mrbean

    These RINOS are worse that the worse leftist Democrats because they are gutless geldings when push comes to shove. They are also afraid of their flaky liberal wives and nutcase leftloon daughters like Dead Man Walking McCain.

  • Linda Rivera

    We are sick and tired of RINOS – Republicans in Name Only. Why don't they just admit, they are Democrats who HATE our ideals.

  • Linda Rivera


    Is this REALLY our AMERICA??????

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points

  • Linda Rivera

    An inferior, IMMORAL health care plan that NO ONE wants and CANNOT afford to pay. The threat to jail and/or fine those who don't purchase the government enforced plan.

    Massive spending as if there is no tomorrow.

    $140 MILLION dollars a year for Gitmo. (See: Gitmo detainees treated to pricey improvements Cable TV, painting classes, DVDs, brand-new soccer field – $800,000 per prisoner annually

    Fighting wars we have no money for. Massive borrowing.

    The Massive giving away of Billions of dollars every year to other countries,
    including the OIL-WEALTHY Middle East, Hamas-controlled Gaza and the Palestinian Authority organization who fill their war chests, build mansions, and LAUGH all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money. Whilst in America, homeless shelters are filled to capacity; tent cities have sprung up all over the U.S. filled with desperate, jobless, homeless Americans.

    Massive debt. The massive printing of paper money out of thin air to DELIBERATELY create out-of-control inflation. There is no question that the total DESTRUCTION of America's economy is planned. The results will be horrifying. In the once wealthy and great nation of America, millions of Americans will become destitute, hungry and homeless with no money or resources to help them.

    • SKIP

      Personally, I am massively spending on weapons, ammo and food stuffs that have long shelf lives. Ever read the book "the Turner Diaries"?

  • Linda Rivera

    Organic, non-GMO avocado, fruit and nut trees and berries must be planted in all of our nation’s cities’ and towns’ parks to help the many millions of Americans who will soon be in a desperate struggle to survive because of the frightening, highly destructive economic policies of our government.

    Watch it. And weep for our great nation and people:

    FALL Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H Obama – The Full Movie HQ

    • SKIP

      I think Americans are going to learn what cats and dogs taste like in the not istant future.

  • Looking4Sanity

    "it’s squishy Republican politicians who deserve the grassroots flames."

    This is exactly what I've been saying for decades. But let's be clear. EVERY Republican is not "squishy". MOST Republicans are not "squishy". Certainly not the majority of the Republican base.

    The proglib revolution that completely overran the Democrat Party has also now infiltrated the GOP. They went straight for the leadership right off the bat. We've got an uphill fight ahead of us to purge them from the Party. I'm concerned that not enough Republicans are EVEN NOW awake to this need. RINO's need to be driven out of the GOP…but the current Party rules do not make provision for such action. With degenerate RINO's holding so many leadership positions, the question is "How will we ever amend the rules to allow for a legitimate purge?".

    We HAVE to stop being so complacent and apathetic! If we're EVER going to take OUR Party back, we're ALL going to have to (as the street gangs say) "put in our work". It has to start from the bottom up. These douchebags only have control because WE allow it. EDUCATE YOURSELVES and get active and STAY active! That's the road to recovery.

  • dennis x

    Don't worry everyone conservatism is considered a pre-existing condition, you all be covered!

  • SoCalMike

    Norm Coleman and Mike Leavitt are the precise grade of dirt bag that need to be removed from the party.
    They need to be rooted out along with the squeamish cowards in GOP leadership positions.
    I'm sick of jelly donuts who don't want to fight.

  • catherineinpvb

    Whatever measures taken; repeal/change; for better- or for worse; the first order of business per Healthcare initiatives; should be NO 'exemptions' allowed; and that includes; first and foremost; our Congress members; who themselves are exempt. If not possible 'while in Congress'; then as soon as they depart; they should be absolutely required to reap the same 'benefits'/obligations/services and consequences..

  • cynthia curran

    Well, the coverage gap can be high since I worked in a call center and seen the deductables, how to help seniors well take some of what is spent on young minorites since Obama has legalized them. conseravitves but I think old white people and the eldery tend to be white compared to the under 30 goup that has several whose parents or themselves came here illegality.