By Jueseppi B.
On Friday, the House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that would allow insurers to continue to offer policies on the individual market. The vote was 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats voted for the Upton Amendment, which is an indication the Democrat united front on Obamacare is allowing itself to be divided and is showing signs of a crack in common sense.
39 Democratic Cowards:
Thirty-nine House Democrats on Friday broke ranks to support a Republican bill that would allow health insurers to continue selling plans canceled under Obamacare through 2014, the first test of support on Capitol Hill since the October 1st Healthcare.cov roll out.
The House voted, 261-157, to pass the bill by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). It’s a significant show of disloyalty to the White House, but House Democrats had expected the defections to be far higher before the Obama administration said Thursday that it would pursue an administrative fix to the cancellation problem.
President Barack Hussein Obama vowed to veto the bill, saying it “threatens the health security of hard working, middle class families.” The bill is headed nowhere in the Democratic-led Senate, where a number of Senate Democrats have also proposed their own changes to the health care law.
Four Republicans opposed the bill — Reps. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Paul Broun of Georgia, Ralph Hall of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. Some conservatives had feared the bill could be viewed as making Obamacare “better.”
The Democratic defections largely came from members from the most moderate districts, including Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Ami Bera of California, Nick Rahall of West Virginia. Also voting in support was Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida, where the local Blue Cross plan got significant attention for sending out 300,000 cancellation notices.
But other Democrats voted for the bill, too, including Reps. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and John Garamendi of California.
Democrats had feared mass defections earlier in the week, but Obama’s mea culpa speech on Thursday — along with persuasion from White House officials who came to the Hill to meet with House and Senate Democrats — stanched the blow somewhat.
1.having no spine or backbone; invertebrate.
2.lacking resolution; weak and purposeless.
Meet a man who uses common sense, logic and critical thinking as a politician. Very uncommon traits to find in politicians today.
Meet Honorable Governor Deval Patrick.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s Speech at 2012 Democratic National Convention
Published on Sep 4, 2012
Now meet his forward thinking on The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
For Immediate Release – November 15, 2013
Letter From Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation on the Affordable Care Act
BOSTON– Friday, November 15, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today sent the following letter regarding the Affordable Care Act to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation:
To the Members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation:
As you consider current proposals to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I write to remind you about what we have learned from health care reform in Massachusetts, and to inform you of some of our experiences so far with implementing it.
We have seen firsthand the positive changes brought about by a strong individual insurance market with protections that ensure a basic level of care. Individuals are protected from being dropped from insurance when they need it most, or being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Benefits must meet minimum standards, and there are limits on individuals’ exposure to out-of-pocket costs for needed health care. And the rest of us are protected against having our premiums inflated or our taxes tapped to pick up the tab for the uninsured or underinsured. With these basic features in place, we have achieved near universal coverage, better health and slower growth in health costs. With the ACA, the same can and will happen for the country.
Much has been made of the fact that some Americans have had their current policies canceled by their insurers. Some of that, we know, is in the normal course of annual insurance renewals. Some is because the existing policies do not provide the minimum level of coverage required by the ACA. So long as the means for individuals to learn about and enroll in affordable alternatives is available, through an improved website, a call center or otherwise, the transition of people from non-compliant policies to compliant ones should proceed.
Nonetheless, the public has been poorly informed about this transition, and too many consumers are unable to enroll conveniently in compliant plans. For some, the temporary delay proposed yesterday by the President may be appropriate. Our experience in Massachusetts tells us that our health plans and their customers have prepared for the transition and are unlikely to need or to use the additional time.
However, any delay in requiring plans to meet the basic standards of the ACA must only be temporary. Leaving non-compliant plans to remain permanently in place means we revert to the status quo: a broken health care system where many people carry policies that don’t cover them when they get seriously ill, and where those with comprehensive coverage pay for those uninsured or underinsured in higher premiums and taxes. Permitting plans to be permanently non-compliant means the pool of individuals who do purchase plans through the marketplaces will likely be sicker on average, and their options will be more expensive and constrained. And it will disrupt the market-based model on which premiums and policy options hinge.
We benefit in Massachusetts from broad, bipartisan support for health reform and the willingness of our legislature — encouraged by business, labor, industry, patient advocates and others — to make refinements to our plan as we go. The President does not enjoy that collaboration with the Congress, and the American people suffer as a result. If you wish to take further legislative action to ensure the successful extension of the benefits of the ACA to all our citizens, I would humbly propose that you consider granting the administration broader authority to make adjustments to the ACA by regulation so long as such regulations advance the fundamental goal. That way any administration can make changes in the details of implementation quickly in response to lessons learned along the way.
The fundamental goal of the Affordable Care Act is to give all Americans access to reliable, quality health insurance at a reasonable cost. Guaranteeing a basic level of coverage for everyone is the first step towards fixing our broken health care system and promoting a healthier population. We have seen in Massachusetts how well it works and how important it is. While the transition is challenging for some, I urge you not to lose sight of the long-term good for all as you consider any changes or adjustments to the Affordable Care Act.
For these reasons, I urge you to oppose any bill that extends access to non-compliant plans beyond a short transition period.
With continued thanks for your partnership, I am
Governor Deval L. Patrick
This letter from Governor Patrick is necessary because today Congress takes yet another vote to derail, defeat and disassemble The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known as ObamaCARES, yet for the 47th time? I lose count after 40th time to be honest.
There’s no sugar-coating it: Obamacare is in serious political trouble. And progressives need to step up and start fighting to save it right now.
Obviously, the law itself is still really good. But it’s clear to everyone that rollout has been badly botched—and now Republicans smell blood in the water. They think this is their chance to undo the whole thing. Worse yet, someDemocrats in Congress are starting to waver too.
To fight back, we need to push hard on Republicans trying to undermine the law—as well as Democrats thinking about caving. We also need to hold media outlets accountable for spreading false reports about the parts of the law that are working just fine.
But we don’t have much time. The House is voting tomorrow on a bill that would gut the whole law, and according to news reports some Democrats might vote for it as well.
The names of the Democrats who lack the backbone and spine to stand with President Barack Hussein Obama and the 41 million Americans who benefit from The Affordable Health Care Act are:
Might I suggest a phone call, tweet, e-mail or visit to inform them of exactly how you feel about them attempting to remove your chance for healthcare while they have the best coverage available.
There’s no excuse for the problems with the website. We all know that. But the website will be fixed. And lets be real here, the website is NOT The ObamaCARES law. The website at healthcare.gov is flawed but the Affordable Health Care Law is NOT flawed and these 9 so called Democrats are a disgrace to all Democrats nationwide.
And we can’t let a flawed website undercut the most important expansion of the social safety net since the 1960′s.
Already, millions of young adults, people with pre-existing conditions, and low-income Americans have health coverage today because of Obamacare. And millions more will get coverage soon if the law is allowed to keep working.
I’ll start by calling out Republicans as well as Democrats who support efforts to delay, defund, or roll back key parts of the law. I’ll also counter the Republicans’ misinformation campaign by petitioning media outlets to correct their false reports. I also suggest running ads on Facebook and in college newspapers to reach young people—who are so important to get registered for health insurance.
But the clock is ticking. If we don’t shift the momentum soon, it could be too late to save this law we fought so hard for. The 9 Democrats who are supporting the sabotage of ObamaCARES should be reminded on “NO”vember 4th, 2014. Remember them all when you vote in the mid terms.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Let these Democrats that are still pushing for a legislative fix that will derail ObamaCare know what you think of their sabotage of YOUR healthcare coverage.
“I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.” —Will Rogers
I’m an ObamaCRAT
Thank you Governor Deval L. Patrick, for having a spine and a backbone and standing with President Of The United States Barack Hussein Obama, to insure 41 million uninsured Americans. Against the wishes of racist, greedy, self-serving, wealthy D.C. politicians OF BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.
When that day comes when it’s time for your run at The White House, and it will come, I will remember this brave, intelligent, logical, common sense and critical thinking letter you composed. You will definitely have MY vote.
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