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November 13th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

Democratic and Republican Congressman ceasefire on Obamacare

Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Rep. James Lankford agree an extension should be considered if website isn't fixed by Dec. 15th.

Do you agree?

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  1. Jim Smith

    I don't see a long term fix in the making here, but I guess the president has done just about all he can to fix his mess. Basically, he's saying he will not enforce certain provisions of the law for another year. Of course that puts a lot of pressure on Insurance companies and state regulatory agencies to bail the feds out; it will be interesting to see if they can pull it off. By 'it' I mean reactivating cancelled policies and then fast-tracking state re-approval of those policies – in each state and in such a short amount of time. Don't forget, these are government agencies, too.

    The remaining concern is one of trust, I suppose. We're not changing Obamacare, we're just giving people more time to make the switch. But we hear all of these horror stories about higher premiums for those whose policies were cancelled – then the Democrats keep saying that the if people could just shop the exchange they'd find better coverage cheaper than what they are now paying. Like there are more competitive offerings on Obamacare than there were in the open market, which on it's face doesn't ring right to me.

    How do we know what the truth will be on this issue? I mean, can we really trust the assertion that no real tweaking of the law is required beyond delaying the penalties? Even the Democrats are looking worried and they wrote the law...

    I'm not looking for answers because I don't believe there an unbiased answer to be found right now. But these are the questions on my mind right now – so I wouldn't bet the farm that it can be fixed.

    November 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  2. FG

    43 times is the number of times Republicans tried to defund Obamacare because they knew it was a bad idea that would blow up.

    43 times is the number of times Democrats ignored smart recommendations to defund and avoid the inevitable blowup.

    43 times is the minimum number of times that the Democrats rallied to willfully mislead the public in defense of suggestions to defund and avoid a blowup.

    43 times is the number of times the public can now point to as examples of willful misleading and dishonest representation of Obamacare.

    43 times is the number of times the Democrats were wrong about Obamacare and its implementation.

    43 times is the number of examples of where Republicans can now confidently say: "We told you so."


    November 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  3. REGinAZ

    Obama has had a really rough time during his tenure in office and it would be dishonest not to acknowledge that a whole lot of it was intentionally and aggressively perpetrated against him – John Boehner even declared that the GOP would not work with him and they haven’t. Some of it was surely his own fault, like making healthcare reform his primary effort and then rushing to get it implemented but even there, to be fair, it has to be admitted that the GOP fully intended to do all they could to first, discredit the effort, second, to see it fail and third, to fully propagandize any real or accused short-fall – even having stated they would make healthcare reform “Obama’s waterloo”. It also has to be recognized that everyone fully agreed that healthcare reform is really needed, that then the Republican / Tea Party refused to cooperate or to compromise, that they contributed nothing and that they have no real answers as they continually protect only the interests of Special Interests and “the money”, their strong supporters and masters – how can anything worthwhile ever be expected from them? This example has been the totally consistent conduct of the GOP and describes their irresponsible attitude and self-serving behavior that has been the nemesis in Obama’s side ever since he took office. Does that make his performance totally acceptable and completely credible ... of course not, but it really identifies it as understandable and better than what the propaganda wants everyone to believe.

    Personally I can’t make it be just about Obama and his performance as I can’t block out all that clearly identifies the Republican / Tea Party as being “puppets” for “the money” who “pull their strings”. I really have never been all that pro- Obama /Democrats, what I have become is totally anti- GOP, anti-being conned and manipulated into supporting a concentration on government just serving only “the money” and neglecting responsibilities to the people, to the majority including the total middle-class. We saw and paid the substantial price for exactly that with Bush-Cheney and now they are striving to push through support for returning to “more of the same”, which can only result in “more of the same”. Whenever objectively and rationally breaking out of the clouds of subterfuge it is all right there, totally clear to be seen – the Republican / Tea Party is totally owned and controlled by “the money” and insultingly they simply take the majority for granted as being easily duped, used and abused. Some will contradict and fight this but truthfully, I just can’t understand how any member of the majority can allow themselves to be conned and duped into supporting those who purposely oppose benefitting the people in order to totally concentrate on serving only “the money” and then just aggressively offer their deceptive rhetoric – no amount of BS should work to make people go against their own best interests.

    November 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • SGT Rock101

      Your post is entirely too correct for the normal tone on these forums. Please refrain from going "outside the lines" by be succient, well thought out, factual, even handed and accurate. The TEA Pottie suicide no-government anarchist kookoo caucus will certainly be after you as much as they have gone after the President. Please don't let one of them get near you, especially if near a government building; especially if they have wires or switches dangling anywhere.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  4. FG

    That extension better come with "proof of successful testing and operations" before they let the monstrosity be turned back on, at the end of the extension. It took five years and almost a billion dollars to fail at a simple web site. What gives anyone the factual data they need to believe that this administration can possibly correct the failures and lies they've already deployed? There'd better be very clear language that asks for "proof of operable success" before they turn anything back on, so we can hopefully keep another embarrassment from "going live."

    November 14, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • SGT Rock101

      It's never been shut down but for a few hours late at night. Haven't you been paying attention? You're why there should be an education test to vote.

      November 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply

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