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Obama Assures Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare

"People will look back and say that this was the right thing to do. And at that point the Republicans won’t call it Obamacare anymore.”

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Bill Straub

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March 6, 2014 - 6:07 pm
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Obama urged the Latino community to avoid waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage, noting that if too many individuals delay until right before the deadline the enrollment website, Healthcare.com, could jam up. He said the deadline, which already has been extended once, will not be extended further.

The law is working well, Obama said, but more states – like Florida and Texas – need to act to expand Medicaid eligibility so that the less affluent can obtain coverage at limited cost.

The town hall was held a day after the Obama administration announced delays in implementing other parts of the law.

Obama found himself in hot water, and the target of criticism, when it was determined late last year that an estimated 1.5 million consumers with substandard plans could lose their coverage – this after the president had promised for months that “those who like their coverage can keep their coverage.”

The administration moved to permit those with substandard policies to keep them for another year. This week the White House extended that for an additional two years, to 2017.

Critics insisted the extension was implemented because the 1.5 million consumers in question could lose their coverage prior to the November election – complicating the political picture for the Democrats. On Thursday, Obama said a complex law like Obamacare simply requires a little “smoothing out.”

Regardless, the president said more than 4 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act thus far and he is “very proud” of the achievement.

“In five years, 10 years from now, people will look back and say that this was the right thing to do,” he said. “And at that point the Republicans won’t call it Obamacare anymore.”

But the GOP is still working to make sure Obamacare doesn’t exist for another 10 years. This week the Republican-controlled House again attempted to derail – at least temporarily – the Affordable Care Act by passing the Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals (SIMPLE) Fairness Act, which provides everyone with a one-year reprieve from the individual mandate.

Obama already has granted a one-year extension to large businesses who, under the law, are required to provide health insurance to their fulltime employees. Republicans have argued that everyone deserves that extension.

“The president has unilaterally rewritten the law to give corporations a pass while leaving the rest of America on the hook for its costly mandates and penalties,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

The proposal, expected to go nowhere in the Senate, “extends basic fairness to every American facing a penalty for opting out of this train wreck,” Boehner said. “If the president cannot even implement his own law, how can he ask struggling families to pay for it? The president owes all Americans the same consideration he has granted big businesses and he can start by calling on Senate Democrats to pass this measure so he can sign it immediately.”

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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Translation: All you illegal aliens are doing a bang up job invading, getting on the government sugar tit, and helping to destroy American culture. I need you to do one more thing.

Sign up for Obama tax, which will help you get on the voter rolls. Now, you illegals like government stuff right? Those nasty Gringos will pay for it in more taxes.

Viva Via! Viva Zapata!
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Obama should be deported for signing the country up for Obamacare.
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"You trust me, don't you"

"When I talked about punishing our enemies, haven't I shown I'm willing to do that?"


"I'm not coming after you.....today."

Unless, of course...you don't vote properly. Or you attend the wrong meeting. Or criticize this administration in any way.

Trust me. I have your back. It's the one with the great big bullseye on it.

Because I have a pen, I have a phone...and your fate can change at my whim.
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They will be signed up to the Democrat voter rolls/database....not deported.
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He'll get the Latinos to sign up so they can pay for those who are on Medicaid. Wait til they find out he's lying to them too, think they'll vote for another demonrat?
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For once he is not lying!
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Hey Obama. While you're at it why don't you go get all the folks living in Hati, Dominican Republic and Mexico to sign up too. We are a country run by idiots.
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The current administration/DOJ may not deport them but a more conservative one would and should.
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Whaaa? If I was a citizen of another country in the USA illegally, I would refrain from putting my name and address in any USA data base. The wheels of justice grind slow...
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Is he lying again? Maybe not, he wants Demo votes.
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I'm sorry.... I don't believe a word this charlatan says.
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Would someone please explain to him that he is NOT President For Life (we hope).
He can't make official promises with more than a two year life span.
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You sure that Obama Assured Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare?

Wasn't it that relatives would get deported UNLESS they sign up for ObamaCare?
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