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December 23rd, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Cupp: Democrats are addicted to Obama

Our host on the right, S.E. Cupp, critiques President Obama's Affordable Care Act and Democrats who are still defending it. Cupp continues, "The first step for any addict is admitting you have a problem."

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Cupp also asks conservative commentator Will Cain if the GOP will be more concerned with winning elections than standing for its principles.

They were joined by Marc Lamont Hill and Neera Tanden on the left, and discussed a variety of political issues that Democrats and Republicans will be facing in 2014, including Obamacare and the debt ceiling.

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  1. The GOP Solution

    The GOP Solution to EVERYTHING: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. And don't forget the GOP all time favorite..........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!

    January 2, 2014 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • You Got It

      LMAO, you sir, are delusional and obviously believe everything you read from partisan sources.
      You really, in your heart, believe that fellow Americans, who subscribe to a different political philosophy than you, would do that to other Americans?
      Your comment is simple, which denotes your frame of mind. Get off the typical BS rant and say something insightful or truthful for a change.
      BTW, I voted for Obama, twice, and I fully regret doing it now – lies and deceit all the way. Wake up and make your own decisions and stop following and reciting the old mantras.

      January 16, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  2. Jjr67

    These people are easy to spot. Just say Obama and a wet spot appears.

    December 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  3. Fish

    The Dems have been snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since at least 1972. They gather round one person until he or she is sucked dry and then they change allegiances to another it is a vicious cycle of the undecided liberals who can't even agree on a lunch spot much less a platform. Which leaves us with the S.E.'s Repulsive Party who can't decide whom to insult next the voters or Wall Street. The voters of course because Wall Street is paying all of them even the Dems of whom Obama is now picking out the drapes for his Wall Street office!!!God Bless America because nobody else will!!!

    December 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  4. Buster

    Lizzie, some people can't find work, yet they still need to eat, your comment is asinine
    Bill, just because McCain served our country and suffered does not mean that he is in tune with the struggles of the common American regarding healthcare, McCain is a Multi Millionaire Bill.
    Amanda, did McCain ever lose his home because he could not pay his medical bills? Did McCain ever have to forgo medical treatment here in USA because he could not afford it?
    All three of you should stop voting, you are not very bright as the notion goes.

    December 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  5. Kurt

    The major problem for the GOP isn't convincing people that Obama hasn't done a good job.

    The problem is they can't come up with something people find more appetizing.

    The majority of people were not happy with the job Obama had done prior to the 2012 elections. But the GOP alternatives were all viewed as worse. We aren't going to vote for the GOP just because you convince us that Obama is bad. You have to convince us that YOU ARE BETTER.

    And that has not happened. Because the few times they have come up with plans... people think they are worse then what Obama proposes.

    In the end, most people choose the lesser of two evils in the general election. And while the majority do not think Obama is doing a great job, they still prefer him to the alternatives the GOP presents.

    I see a lot of problems with the ACA. It is in no way ideal. But if your alternative is to have things go back to how they were before the ACA... I'm not going to take that option. I have a pre-existing condition. I have a child who's quickly growing up and advancing toward college age (who also has pre-existing conditions). You can convince me that Obamacare is not great. But you aren't going to convince me that what we had before is better. And you aren't giving me another alternative plan.

    The GOP isn't going win this unless they present a plan of their own that is BETTER then Obamacare, no matter how bad Obamacare gets. To date... they haven't accomplished that yet.

    December 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • catmomtx

      Sorry Kurt but the majority of Americans have been happy with what our President has accomplished in his five years as President, that is why he was reelected to a second term. The American people are not stupid. We actually see and hear what President Obama is doing and trying to do to move our country forward. We have also seen the depths Republicans have gone to in order to prevent him from doing his job, sabotaging what he tries to do, refusing to acknowledge his accomplishments, refusing to work with him and completely disrespecting the President and the office. And despite being very vocal about their intentions, cowards that they are, Republicans refuse to accept accountability and blame the President for what they have been doing these past five years.

      January 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  6. MAX

    I think Dems are just allergic to Republicans

    December 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  7. Franny

    I've tried really hard to watch Crossfire, but I cannot stand Cupp, and Gingrich. They're too right wing crazy!

    December 30, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • Norm

      I feel the same way. CNN itself used to be a good source for news and information. But like most corporate media outlets they have gradually slid to the right. For good unbiased reporting I watch PBS, Frontline and sometimes the BBC. Fox News, Rush LImbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly consider themselves "journalists" but in reality are just dog and pony shows. All carefully scripted, guests and commentary, never let "facts" or the "truth" get in the way of a story. This is what the GOP doesn't understand, put some BS on the air and people will believe it. Sadly, some do believe it, as evident by their posts in this forum.

      December 30, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • nn

      Or are you to left wing crazy?

      December 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  8. Franny

    No matter how much these GOPTPers poop on the voters heads? Sadly, they still will vote for these yahoos. I'm beginning to believe they like the suffering!

    December 30, 2013 at 7:19 am | Reply
  9. PoliticiansRcrooks

    The bottom line is if Obama was a white man or a Republican and he DID EVERYTHING, SAID EVERYTHING identically that this president has said and done, he would be ranked perhaps the lowest approval in history if not outright impeached. Democrats would call him names the press would of crucified him. And rightfully so.

    December 30, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • Buster

      lol The majority of you are nuts, are conservatives nuts? I think so... lol

      December 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • catmomtx

      Oh heck, As soon as bin laden was caught and killed and the other high value terrorists that Bush said he would get but didn't were captured and killed, the Iraq war ended, if President Obama were white and Republican, they would still be gloating and slapping themselves on the back.

      January 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  10. HaroldLewisBlair

    how can anyone be addicted to someone who spent millions to hide his past criminal history? every part of Obama's life is a lie- just listen to what his friends (before politics) say about his past history and why it was hidden-
    GOOGLE =====> "Mia Marie Pope"

    December 29, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Durundal

      Didnt exist, slick. Nice try though

      December 30, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
      • You Got It

        She DOES exist, and after you Google her, Google "No God but Allah" – this is the inscription on Obama's wedding ring.
        I don't expect you to believe me or anyone else, look it up, read about it, and make up your own mind.
        Just don't be so quick to call false until you've checked it out yourself.

        January 16, 2014 at 11:27 am |
  11. A Kickin Donkey

    INSTEAD of trying to use Obama as a piniataa focus on the COP shortfalls which are many. THe bulk of Americans have learned ( over 35 years . . . REAGAN ) that the Republicans are a lying, exploitive, unprincipled, greedy party that care little about American values. Hide behind the Bible and the military all you want but too many of us see the Real You. Hide behind DuckDynasty Jindal Cruz but those of us paying attention will not be fooled nor will we keep quiet any longer and let you Svengali those that only pay attention 6 weeks prior to elections. GOP you stub your toes so much that we have much video & audio to use against you and in this Twitter, YouTube. INSTAGRAM, Facebook world, we will use all this rope to hang you. SE admitting YOU have a problem is the 1st step and your tribe has not taken it. OBAMA ISN'T America's problem, GOP constantly evolving justification for GREeD is GOOD is the problem.

    December 29, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • Smitty

      Rode the short bus didn't you.

      December 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Quiana

      I don't understand why conservatives are so concerned (more like obsessed) that liberals love President Obama, so what. Conservatives love Reagan, you don't see liberals making a big fuss about it. People are loyal to their party, that's democracy!!!

      December 31, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  12. Yebed Nunny

    "The federal government is bailing out the insurance industry and passing laws to protect Obama Care from the forces of the political market."

    True, but make sure you also apply this argument to the policies governing the finance industry. The government delegates authority to the banks when determining client access to risk products (Options, ETF's, etc). The bank can recommend or not recommend a financial product on the clients behalf.

    The problem is the deceitful definition of Risk as it applies to policy:

    My bank authorized the purchase of short-term Option Contracts, but did not authorize the purchase of Shares in related ETF's and ETN's. This makes little sense, even with your Contango / Normal Backwardation argument. You seriously want to use that as your defense : ) CSPAN will be interesting if you do.

    Their definition of Risk is distorted: Buying Shares is not riskier than buying Options, especially since 50% of the contracts will expire worthless! If they instead recommended the purchase of shares in an ETF/ETN, I would appreciate it.

    The risk associated with options is GREATER than the risk associated with leveraged and non-leveraged funds. (Option Risk > ETF/ETN Risk)
    Why can't we purchase the safer product?

    December 29, 2013 at 5:57 am | Reply
  13. NYC REPUB

    Yeah Dems are addicted to Obama like republicans are still addicted to Reagan....If dems have any brains, they will tote the popular policies of HC. They will push for an minimum wage increase, and they will finally talk about the movement of the economy from awful to satbilized and improving. The rate has fallen from 10% to 7%.........the stock market is almost at 17k!!!!!!!! Dems really need to grow a pair and polish these repubs off.......It's freaking childs play........Most of what they say is not truth. The other half is muddled and can be cleared up IF a strong counter to their rhetoric was out here.......The american public is also a bit lost and need to do their own homework on a variety of policy.....One poll had people hating congress, another had the GOP leading Dems for the 2014 midterms.....yet the GOP IS the reason for the sucky congress......

    December 29, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
    • Durundal

      Actually as a dem, Im vehemently against the minimum wage increase – then again its for all the economic implications that it causes while still failing to adequately addressing the income gap. There are times for the government to intervene in the market place (externalities, social goods, broken market mechanisms), but this is not one of those cases I think.

      December 30, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply
  14. ECS

    the republican party is the party for liberals. the democratic party is for socialists/communists

    December 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  15. Jjr67

    Libs will never get it. The incompetent O has created a lot of damage that will take years to reverse. Libs I know are not worth having a political conversation with. It is like they were drugged and brainwashed.

    December 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  16. rey

    No one wants to say it, but I guess I will. Unfortunately, when it comes to not supporting the President, its all about race. Don't get me wrong, its easy to throw in the race card. But, this year, it seems more and more obvious. Take the ACA completely out of it. Issues that have been GOP issues since day one, suddenly they are issues that they cannot support the President on, because history might judge him as a great president, and they cannot have that. For example, immigration, defense, job creation, ending wars, and I could go on and on. Whatever happened to the idea of working with the President for the good of the people and the country. Come on people, he is already going down as a President. Get over it and accept him and his race for the good of mankind.

    December 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • EJ

      I couldn't disagree more – it's not about race – I don't care if he's green! It's his "it's my way or the highway" attitude that has made things 10 times worse than it was before. I've never seen a group of democrats less willing to even listen to their constituents, not to mention listening to the republicans. I'm sick of people thinking they can throw the race card out there as the problem! That's part of the problem – if you don't have a good argument, throw the race card out there. Well guess what? Obama is as much white as he is black – and who cares anyway? Get over the race issue – let's deal with the facts which are this President has divided this nation more and more every day and will apparently get a "pass" for doing so from anyone that isn't a republican or independent. For once, it would be nice if he just admitted he's been in over his head since day one, and that he hates anyone disagreeing with him. His poll numbers are at an all time low – it's even low among some democrats! It's time for him to wake up and figure out how to work with the other side instead of alienating them. His first term was bad enough – the second term has been a joke.

      December 29, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Joyce Streible

      You got it right

      December 29, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
  17. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Wouldn't we be better off if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans/tea-whatevers! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

    Let's face it – Over the past 2-3 decades, both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens(cheap labor) and the Outsourcing Floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

    Our leaders are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by the Global Market Place or foreign citizens!

    It shouldn't be all about Democrats or Republicans! It should be about Americans, especially our elected officials, doing the right thing for our country and its citizens. All the single-minded, left versus right, ideological one dimensional bull has got to go!

    The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

    Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    December 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  18. memo2

    Stop the Obama Care now, can't support a President who never fallow the US rules and blame Congress from he's bad decisions.

    December 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  19. PDee

    SE's reaction is very typical Republican. No, Democrats are not obsessed with Obama. But they are very much scared of the right wingers that continue to dominate the GOP. Tea Party folks like Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin continue to make big news and big impact. Major donors of GOP are right extremists like Heritage Foundation, Koch Brothers control the funding. That forces others who do not like them consolidate their support to Democrats and Obama is their leader.Right wingers hate Obama. They dont mind shutting down the Govt. to oppose him. That is a non-starter for non Right wingers.

    December 28, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  20. Jules

    Cupp was a right wing tool when she was on The Cycle and continues to be one. Let's talk about how the GOP has invested so much in the failure of "Obamacare" that they cannot allow it to succeed. If it succeeds, the campaign loop ads that will run continuously will be how the GOP tried with all their might to repeal it or tear it apart. Imagine, having the healthcare of the nation named after the president the GOP resented and tried to destroy every day of his term.

    December 28, 2013 at 9:27 am | Reply
  21. Jules

    I guess I'd rather be addicted to President Obama than addicted to crazy.

    December 28, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
  22. cuisinemanager

    Many democrats have been mainlining Obama for almost 5 years, they have finally woken up and realized that they have overdosed on a very bad batch of Obama. They were lied to about how good they would feel and how long the high would last and the biggest lie is that they would have no withdrawal symptoms.

    December 28, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  23. unc dig

    Just as Obama planned and executed. Now he just needs some more money to keep the drug flowing into their lives

    December 28, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
  24. incady

    Marc Lamont Hill is the worst commentator I've ever seen. How on earth did he get hired at CNN? And I support the ACA.

    December 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  25. incady

    How on earth did Marc Lamont Hill get a job at CNN? He's the worst commentator I've ever seen, and I support the ACA.

    December 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  26. Kurt

    Many on the left are NOT addicted to Obama. Most of us are quite ho-hum about him.

    The reason is... he's moderate. A significant percentage of the "disapproval" of Obama and his policies are from those who believe they aren't liberal enough. For example... if you take those who approve of obamacare... then add those who don't like it because it's not liberal enough... you get a majority.

    This is how Obama got elected a second time. Those who want a more liberal president are not going to vote for a Republican in protest... but they aren't going to tell pollsters they approve of his performance either. I think conservatives have this warped view that those who disagree with Obama are somehow on their side... and many think he's some sort of hardcore liberal.

    He's very moderate. The Clinton healthcare plan back in the 90's was MUCH more liberal then Obamacare. He's got a very hawkish foreign policy (as shown by his willingness to make drone strikes). His positions are not Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. They're much more Kay Hagan or Ben Nelson.

    I do wonder if the media pundits even read the details of the polls... or just see the top number and spew out garbage.

    December 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Dina Levine

      All I have to say is – I think you are so out of touch and you live in your little bubble with people just like you so you can't see what people are really thinking. Good luck to you

      December 28, 2013 at 6:51 am | Reply
      • Kurt

        "All I have to say is – I think you are so out of touch and you live in your little bubble with people just like you so you can't see what people are really thinking. Good luck to you"

        I'm sure you believe that. And I'm sure you believed it right before the election in 2012 as well. Approval isn't the same thing as preferring the other party. Many people disapprove of the president's path while still preferring his methods over those of the GOP. Some of those are moderates who despite not liking Obama still trust the GOP less to represent their views. Some are liberals who think Obama is too moderate but aren't going to vote for a more conservative option.

        There are very few issues where Obama is to the left of where Bill Clinton was in the 90's. Certainly not healthcare. That isn't a viewpoint... that's simple fact based on their proposals. THe plan we have with Obamacare is much closer to the GOP alternative health plan then it is to the Clinton one.

        I live and work in one of the most conservative places in the US (Trey Gowdy is my rep). If anything, I probably lean toward thinking the electorate as a whole is much more conservative then it really is. I get the conservative viewpoint thrown at me constantly... but I also can see where that viewpoint disagrees with what polling tells us.

        And the biggest problem... conservatives often can't differentiate between not liking obama and liking their ideas. They can't comprehend that you can not approve of the job the president is doing but still prefer him to a GOP alternative.

        And that IS reality. There are lots of us who aren't satisfied with Obama... but would still take him every day over the options the GOP is giving us.

        December 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  27. Gunderson

    Well,
    Obama sell Much Snake Oil, Know Nothing's buy it, by the Barrel. Hope no one notice. BUT !, Economic Poll tell different story. Economy still in dump. We do have Bummy Care but no jobs. 3 More years ??

    December 27, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  28. Vince

    What happened to you S.E.? You used to be so balanced. As soon as you joined Crossfire you seem to have taken a shart turn to the right. Can't watch or listen to you anymore.

    December 27, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • jboh

      Anyone who would partner w/a cancer like snooty Newt has no credibility at all.

      December 28, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
  29. John G

    Who are we suppose to be addicted to? Ted Cruz? Obama has :
    stopped the war in Iraq.
    winding down the war in Afghanistan.
    Put a successful coalition together in Libya, without a boot on the ground.
    Forced Syria to give up chemical weapons.
    negotiating with Iran over nuclear capabilities.
    Passed an historic health care bill that Democrats have wanted for years.
    Has the economy improving, but needs to concentrate more on jobs.
    saved the auto industry. remember Romney said let them fail.

    Things Obama needs to do :
    Finish withdraw from Afghanistan.
    Stay out of anymore wars or conflicts. stop meddling in other countries problems. stop all foreign military aid.
    Concentrate more time on jobs and the economy.
    Better explain Obama care to the American people.

    December 27, 2013 at 2:26 am | Reply
    • jboh

      Great, accurate post.

      December 28, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  30. MD

    In three years BO will be gone and if there is a next Democrat pres. may not be so generous with the tax payers dollars...we should
    hope.

    December 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  31. bcrunner

    @Lizzie: Are you Darth Vader's daughter who is runing for congress? You sound just like her!!

    December 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  32. Jimmy

    Obama is a bad president. That's fine. Bush was also a bad president in several different, but many more similar, ways. That's why we have three branches of government, so that we don't get a string of garbage in the oval office and have it crash the country down. We survived in spite of Bush. We're surviving in spite of Obama and we'll survive in spite of whatever no talent hack manages to convince the most people that they're really different in a few years.

    December 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  33. Bigtime_Jimbo

    From how obsessed the right wing has been over the last 5 years I would say the wing-nuts are the ones who are addicted to Obama.
    Who are they going to hate when he is no longer President?

    December 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • BriHudson

      Funny – all I see Democrat voters do since Obama took office is name call, berate, and chide the other side in some quasi-juvenile 'popularity contest.' (i.e., your term, "wing nuts" and others like "Tea Baggers").

      Seriously? Is this what you've reduced yourselves to? Why don't you explain Obama's continued promises that, "If we like our doctor and plan, we can keep them.....PERIOD!!!"

      You can't speak thoughtfully to those lies after lies after lies, can you?

      December 27, 2013 at 8:16 am | Reply
      • jboh

        The war will last a matter of weeks, maybe months, but certainly not years. Iraqi oil $ will pay for it all. Mission accomplished. Defaulting on our debt isn't bad for the economy. Deregulating Wall St will lead to economic expansion. Trickle down economics. Talk about lie after lie after lie.

        December 28, 2013 at 10:50 am |
      • Norm

        Actually, you’re the one who cannot speak thoughtfully or knowledgeably about this issue. I can and will. Furthermore I encourage you, and anyone else, to check the information I am going to provide to you. If you are capable of critical thinking, perhaps you will change your mind. And I don’t mean that as an insult. Far too many people watch a 15 to 30 second segment on the news and believe it as “fact”.

        You stated: “Why don't you explain Obama's continued promises that, "If we like our doctor and plan, we can keep them.....PERIOD!!!".

        When the president said that he spoke prematurely and I’m sure he regrets his mistake. Not fully appreciating and underestimating the array of opposition: all the republicans and the healthcare industry itself. The republican political strategists and healthcare lobbyists seized on this misstatement. It was an opportunity to make the president look like a liar, cancel heathcare policies and raise premiums as well. And they took it! These healthcare corporations are not going to let an opportunity to increase their profits slip by unnoticed and the opposition in congress attempted to squeeze every ounce of political capital out of it.

        You also stated: “You can't speak thoughtfully to those lies after lies after lies, can you?”

        Policy cancellations began to occur because it gave the industry the opportunity to cancel unprofitable and/or substandard policies, issue new policies and raise premiums at the same time. Plus they could blame the president and “Obamacare”. The media coverage was so slanted and biased many people were led to believe that their policies were cancelled by the White House. I am sure their cancellation letters or premium increases came from their insurance carriers.

        Healthcare spending in the US is nearly 18% GDP (Approaching $8000 per person), In England, it is approximately 10% GDP ($4000 per person) and in Canada, it is approximately 11% GDP ($5000 per person). England and Canada have national healthcare. Why are our per capita expenditures almost double? Here’s why:

        Meet William McGuire, M.D. In 2006, when he stepped down as CEO of United Health Group, the largest healthcare organization in the US, he received the largest golden parachute in history: Nearly $1.6 BILLION dollars. This was due to back-dated stock options. As CEO, he enjoyed a multi-million dollar salary and many other corporate perks but he wanted more (unbridled greed!). I wonder what he charged for an office visit: $200,000 (I’m guessing!). He probably doesn’t see patients. The SEC recovered some of this money but he still walked away with about $800 million. Heal thyself, doctor.

        United Health Group is involved in litigation with a doctor in northern California. This doctor owns a string of small hospitals. Suddenly he cancelled all the insurance contracts so he could charge whatever he wanted and didn’t have to follow a fee schedule. A move right out of United Health’s own playbook. A cardiac consultation, which normally costs $800, jumped to $50,000. This is why our per capita expenditures are skyrocketing. Who pays? I do, you do, small businesses, big businesses. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, we all pay. The ACA (Obamacare) should help end these practices.

        The Sarbanes Oxley Act passed in 2002. This was supposed to curb corporate fraud. “Things haven’t changed.” Quote by Jack Grubman, the securities analyst who is banned for life from the industry. He said that earlier this year, 2013. Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs) just bought another mansion for $32.5 million in the Hamptons, this is in addition to his New York city apartment ($27 million). Dr. McGuire, Blankfein, and many others should be in prison with Bernie Madoff but nothing will happen to them.

        So today, between you and your doctor, there is a vast corporate apparatus, which causes premiums to skyrocket. United Health is one company, Dr. McGuire was one man, under him were layers of management, all earning multi-million dollar salaries, stock options and other perks. Multiply that one company hundreds of times. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of insurance companies, HMO’s, PPO’s etc. across the country, all standing between you and your doctor, all enjoying (perhaps to a lesser degree) the same perks.

        December 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  34. ron l

    Ms. Cupp continually shows her lack of being in touch with reality. Many of us that are supporters of the President have hammered him for his poor implementation of extremely important policies. But the reality is the Republicans have gone ultra-right and many of the things that NORMALLY would have been passed to help the country have not. There is NOTHING more noble than to show real concern for the working poor in America. The fact that the ACA has been handled poorly does not mean at it's core it is not the right thing to do. Ms. Cupp is like all the other people critical of the President. They can criticize what the President is attempting, but they NEVER have a solution that helps those that need it the most. Just like raising, the minimum wage, they rather have full time workers needing the SNAP program, over raising their wages $2.50 to $3.50 a hour. So that instead of taking $350 a month from the government they could be possibly paying in $25.00 a month in taxes. A HUGE immediate savings that will reduce the deficit, and give these people a little more self respect...I just don't GET IT.

    December 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      The name of the game is POWER and CONTROL. The Republicans will stop at nothing to get it back, which is why their party is shrinking dramatically. Many rank and file members (the citizens) are beginning to see this. All they do is obstruct and undermine anything and everything that moves the country forward. They offer no solutions, except more tax breaks for corporations and the rich who don't need it. Some of my friends are Republicans (middle class) who work for wages like everybody else, they see this happening which is why they voted for Obama both times.

      December 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
      • Aldo

        If "Republicans will stop at nothing to get it back (power), Then they must be the dumbest politicians in the world, "which is why their party is shrinking dramatically" http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/26/cnn-poll-gop-has-edge-in-early-midterm-indicator/

        December 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  35. Norm

    The democrats are not addicted to Obama, they are addicted to good government, honesty and integrity and look for that in political officeholders. Obama won two terms as a fresh air candidate!

    But, there are rumors about Donald Trump/Newt Gingrich in 2016. Now that's the ticket!

    As a veteran and patriotic American I must keep an open mind as I mull over my choices for the next president of the United States in 2016. Focus on the issues, not the candidate, his bad hairpiece or the candidate’s political party. Honesty, integrity, business/financial acumen and patriotism are the desired character traits. But, I must make some assumptions.

    First assumption (business/financial acumen): The employee(s) at your annual staff holiday party that received a lump of coal (or nothing) must have made some poor business decisions on your behalf that cost you money this past year.

    Second Assumption (Honesty and Integrity): The real estate seminars that you sponsored by lending your good name to are just a misunderstanding. Blame it on the coal recipients in the first assumption. Smart decision and good PR is for you to refund all monies received by your defunct Trump University scam. Your ivy league boiler room cost many people a lot of money. The right thing to do is make them whole. Despite your many bankruptcies you still have enough money to do this.

    Third Assumption (Patriotism): You must release the results of your “Birther” investigation. Was President Obama born in Hawaii? God forbid a foreigner occupying the White House. There’s no telling what type of harm that could bring to our nation. To prove your patriotism to the American people, use your power and influence (and money) by convincing Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and other high ranking Republicans to impeach and remove from office Senator Ted Cruz. After all, he is a admitted foreigner (from Canada) who did harm to our nation. Remember the government shutdown, brought my beloved country to nearly a standstill. I think that cost our economy $24 billion dollars, not to mention the 800,000 Americans who could not go to work every day. That event could be construed as unpatriotic AND a very poor business decision. If a regular citizen did this they would be charged with Treason or Sedition. He should also be stripped of his law degree and disbarred. Our fellow patriotic citizens in Texas feel the same way. March him to the Canadian or Mexican border and give him a lump of coal.

    Fourth Assumption (Running Mate): You will be a shoo-in for the oval office if you select Newt Gingrich as your vice presidential choice. His brilliant vision for the American economy will create millions of jobs. I particularly liked the speech he gave to the folks at NASA. We can colonize the MOON and make it our 51st. state. A few days ago the Chinese landed on the moon. God forbid, some commie pinko’s or worse, some truth seeking liberals beat us to it. My mind roils at thought of some pot smoking hippies setting up communes in every crater. You have the resources to get us there first! Trump’s Lunar Towers, I’ll rent a suite! Lot’s of land available too! You can resurrect your real estate seminars.

    YOU HAVE MY VOTE if you can accomplish these tasks by the next presidential election.

    Remember the mantra of the party, “HOORAY FOR US AND THE HELL WITH EVERYBODY ELSE”!

    December 25, 2013 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Lizzie

      "The democrats are not addicted to Obama, they are addicted to good government, honesty and integrity and look for that in political officeholders. Obama won two terms as a fresh air candidate!" Best laugh I had ALL day

      December 25, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Aldo

        "As a veteran and patriotic American I must keep an open mind ..." Second good laugh of all day. The only uniform that Norma has ever seen in his life, I bet was orange in color. "Patriotic American", maybe in the same sense as Kanye looks at himself as hero, pretty sure that either his fingers bleed when he typed that or he is still laughing. And I wont even comment on "open mind". Norm, good one. Made my day!

        December 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • Norm

        Your speculation is incorrect: US Army 1972-1975, never worn an "orange" jump suit. Worked on the other side of the line as law enforcement. Glad I made your day though, even simpletons need a little enjoyment now and then.

        December 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  36. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    How idiotic will comments need to be ebefore they fire such an airhead posing as a journalist? I hope the CDC declares Obamaphobia a mental disorder ASAP, so this people can get help. Ms. Cupp, stop impersonating a reasonable person and giving women in the media a bad name. This is not political discourse, it's evidence of a sad loss of all respect for your audience.

    December 25, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
  37. ORA

    when asked about the troops being killed in bengazi-susan rice on 60 minutes said that was "false controversy". With no respect for out troops and especially those killed--"FALSE CONTROVERSY"-no wonder this president and his "peoples" need to get out of office NOW. lies and lies--38 times just on tv YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR--IT WAS THE VIDEO-NOBODY TOLD ME.

    December 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  38. Jjr67

    To All My Democrat Friends:

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

    I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other countries nor the only "America" in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.

    To My Republican Friends:
    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year

    December 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Amanda

      Merry Christmas to you too.

      December 25, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  39. SMITTY

    As usual blame everyone but the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR WINNER !!!!!!

    December 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Maria Rivera-Carvalho

      "Conservatives" have lost all sense of self-respect and reality simply because Obamaphobia is rendereing them totally insane. And the voters are watching... Remember Virginia?

      December 25, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  40. simplyput

    We need to get something straight....the only GREED happening seems to be demogreed.

    December 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  41. Pete

    And remember republicans it took a democratic president in Roosevelt 12 years to fix what Hoover destroyed in 4 just like Pres.Obamas doing with another morons screwups with Bushs..I'll quit condemning Bush when republicans quit obstructing this countrys progress and its fact with McConnell in the senate as well as Boehner ,company in congress,facts hurt and it'll hurt more for republicans after midterms I can assure you!!

    December 24, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  42. Pete

    Just remember people its the deomcrates like FD Roosevelt with SocialSecurity and LBJ with Medicare that changed America and how it cares for its citizens..Bushs Medicare Part D comes close but that's all republicans can be proud of nothing else and facts prove it..Remember republicans we could of listened to Bushs con job of investing our retirements in Wall Street like he wanted and after it crashed you all could of joined everyone in the soup line just like Hoovers Great Depression,another historic screwup republicans fail to recognise!!

    December 24, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
  43. Tony

    Republicans, you are addicted to opposition to Obama. You oppose what used to be your own idea if Obama is for it. Get yourselves into treatment before telling other people to get treatment.

    December 24, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  44. Dan5404

    Despite the hysterical GO/Tea Party propaganda for years, and the (typical for huge nationwide rollouts like Soc. Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Part D drug Plan) problems with the rollout, Obamacare WILL eventually work and reduce the rate of increase in healthcare (already has, 3 years in a row), saving billions in the long run. That will defuse the opposition's only policies: kill Obamacare and his presidency along with it, even if those actions kill our economy also.. The solutions Obama is seeking for America's problems were almost insurmountable after the disastrous last GOP administration, but he has succeeded in many areas of the economy despite having no participation from the GOP/Tea Party. Optimism and proactive programs for health, immigration reform, equality among races, women's rights, voter rights, hunger, education, research and development are necessary for rue recovery and progress. The Tea Party and the GOP are heading toward an opposite direction of negativism, obstruction and discrimination, while favoring unlimited fracking, coal mining, etc. with no government and no rules for safety and the environmental and human health damage they cause. In the last 64 years, Democratic administrations have grown the economy about 4.3%, while the GOP raised it 2.5%. History shows the right direction and it is not to the far right.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  45. basedonfact

    Projection is a GOP disease as is Obama Derangement syndrome.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  46. Hector Slagg

    Democrats and Liberals want to run the country but they want the republicans and conservatives to pay for it. Go ahead and insult the job creators. Try taxing them too much. The results are higher unemployment and jobs moving offshore. But, you can vote yourself a pay raise. Just try collecting it.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • O'drama ya Mama

      I believe it is Obama who is paying for Bush's two wars.

      December 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  47. Jjr67

    These people are easy to identify. Just say "Obama" and a wet spot appears on their pants.

    December 24, 2013 at 10:17 am | Reply
  48. labman57

    Tea-chugging conservatives are addicted to despising the POTUS.

    December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  49. simplyput

    Cupp is absolutely right. I've suggested a 12-step program for democratic denial and dedicated lying for a few weeks now. Got a letter from the ACA and their PCIP plan today, basically outlining a 30% coverage on medical at $444 a month, and they won't take it out of my account....well THANKS! That means a $30,000 two night hospital stay would be alot more than the 6K max out of pocket or the 2K deductible I had. The threatening tone of the one-month plan to avoid coverage gaps includes absolutes like "YOU MUST GO TO EXCHANGE..." These people have basically offered me a 9K out of pocket max with $5300 annual premiums...my total out of pocket for meds and doc visits is around $1500 max a year, so they are barking up the wrong tree. This is highway robbery. Democare is crap.

    December 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  50. California

    Very good way of putting it.

    December 23, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  51. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Americans still need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together on actually trying to fix the real problems in our country like outsourcing, illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

    Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    If our leaders would really start making decisions based on the fact that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the best interests of those citizens and the country itself, we'd all be better off. * The American people just need them start remembering that they are NOT elected to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyists or Foreign citizens! *

    The extended unemployment benefits need to be renewed until the Real American Economy actually starts to improve. *** If over the last 2-3 decades, both parties hadn't been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the outsourcing floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide, this wouldn't have been necessary. ***

    Let's face it – Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 15-20 years, but the economy was kept going by middle class Americans tapping into the equity on their homes until they were completely tapped out.

    Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

    We do need to make smart cuts, but massive cutting just puts more people on unemployment, which just depresses the economy even further.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to Raise Revenue, by Bringing Back Jobs to Tax-Paying American Citizens.

    The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    December 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  52. Eric Schaberg

    Will Cain is he out of touch or insane? I was watching CrossFire on Dec 23, 2013 and like most republican supporters wants the nation health care act to fail. But his statement about pre-existing medical condition was appalling. To suggest not covering people with preconditions would sentence certain financial destitution and death in some cases. In my case I am a diabetic resulting from service connected disability. I rely on my insurance to help me pay for my meds to stay alive. So in his eyes I should go away and die so I won’t be a strain on our economy.
    Mr. Cain and Scrooge have the something in common “let the disable, precondition, and the elderly need to die to reduce the earth surplus population.” In Mr. Cain world, only the healthy can live there and there are only two classes Haves and Have not. This attitude is too eerily to what happen 70 years ago in a country with goose stepping morons. Rid the earth of the sick, mentally ill, and the infirm. In Mr. Cain eyes, the good old days is when union don’t exist, where it is impossible for a black person could be president, also where blacks and women are not allow to vote and women stay at home barefoot and pregnant. Mr. Cain has no clue what it is like to suffer with a medical condition and worry everyday how you are going to pay for it. I hope one day, Mr. Cain runs into that one person, and when he insults the men and women and people of color because his overload his ass, that someone would knock his Bugs Bunny teeth out of his head.
    As a personal note Mr. Cain you are a pompous, self-center, condescending, self-righteous ass. Remember karma is received the way it is given.
    If Christmas Carol was real, you need the Three Spirits of Christmas, and like the Grinch maybe your heart will grow three sizes.

    December 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • McShannon

      John McCain and other conservatives claim at the same time that they are Christians and probably believe that they are champions for humanity. When in fact as you have pointed out that they are greedy to the point of insensitivity and hardly represent any shadow of caring about those in true need or any need.

      December 24, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
      • Lizzie

        Is that not what the democrats claim, be champions for the little people, follow us and we will give you food, housing, clothes, phones, healthcare at no expense to you.
        What ever happened to the Kennedy Democrats, ask NOT what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Democrats motto NOW is, ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE COUNTRY, BUT WHAT THE COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU.

        December 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • bill

        You are ignorant,John McCain is an american hero who lived suffering for 6 1/2 years in the Hanoi Hilton.

        December 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
      • Shecky

        A Christian who does good works does so because he is a disciple of the living Christ NOT because he's a Republican or Democrat! He does it in obedience to Christ Only. Democrats are NOT, repeat NOT a party of good works. They are only interested in power and oppression. They keep African Americans in continual dependency on the Government and in poverty. Jesus makes note of few sins that he claims are an abomination to God and WILL cause eternal damnation. They are the sin of the Gay and Lesbian life style and the killing of innocent children. In the latter case, Jesus says that it would be better if a person tied a mill stone around their neck and through themselves into the deepest ocean rather then to kill a child (baby). Both these sins are supported openly by The Democrat party! If you are a Democrat, and call yourself a Christian, then you'd better think again! You need to fear God and not what men think and say. Government forcing you to do good works is dead works and of no value as a Christian.

        December 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • Norm

        Here we go! The religious fringe element. Do you understand the separation of church and state? Have you ever watched a Republican "Gay Bash" on tv, print media, or any other type of media for that matter. How about "voter registration cards", the single most concerted effort to prevent minorities from voting? How about the redistricting efforts in Republican controlled states to keep minorities from holding office? And the democrats have tied the stone around the neck of minorities! You don't have your head buried in the sand, it's buried in some other dark, moist place! Repent ye sinner, judge not for ye too shall be judged. You DIMWIT!

        December 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • Lizzie

      You came to the right place, President Obamas Health Csar stated" if you are over 55 you don't need costly medical procedures, because your life expectancy does not warrant the expense" thus you better lay down and die and don't be a burden to the government or the new Obamacare.

      December 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • Amanda

      Mr McCain was a POW for years and worried if he would make it home alive. I believe the man knows about life and death and suffering. I doin't think you have a clue about the suffering of others.

      December 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply

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