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USA Today says in an editorial that the GOP “poisons ObamaCare, then claims it’s sick.” Greg Sargent calls it “sabotage.” Jonathan Chait says “Conservatives Hate All Legislation Now.”

Oh, those darn Republicans. Why can’t they just sit down, shut up, and go with the flow? Obamacare is the law of the land. What’s wrong with the GOP?

There are several theories. Greg Sargent believes that “today’s GOP has effectively abdicated the role of functional opposition party, instead opting for a kind of post-policy nihilism in which sabotaging the Obama agenda has become its only guiding governing light.”

What’s a “functional opposition party”? Is that the kind of opposition that opposes bills rhetorically but, when it comes time to vote, rolls over and plays dead? Yes, I would imagine that’s how liberals believe an opposition should function.

I tried to find a definition of “post-policy nihilism” online but didn’t have any luck. What exactly does he mean? Maybe it’s in some progressive encyclopedia or some other reference manual to which I don’t have access. Actually, I think Mr. Sargent is making stuff up again, but what do I know? I’m just a hippie-hating RINO. Maybe I am something of a nihilist because I sort of like Nietzsche and think Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera is great musical theater. But how that fits into Sargent’s “post-policy” jive escapes me.

As for Mr. Chait, he believes that a “hatred for lawmaking has emerged in the Obama years, first as a Republican tactic, and then as an apparently genuine belief system.” A “genuine belief system,” is it? This would be something akin to a religion, or perhaps kind of like the way that liberals have a “genuine belief system” relating to global warming. In other words, Republicans obstruct government as a matter of faith, not because they have made a judgment based on empirical data, or even life experiences. It’s a gross exaggeration, and if Chait believes that, he’s even more of a partisan hack than he’s let on.

And yes, there are Republicans who hate government and hate Obama, and who would oppose him even if he proposed that Ronald Reagan’s birthday be made a national holiday. That’s hardly the point. The fact is, there aren’t enough government-hating Republicans that could block legislation where Democrats honestly and willingly negotiated in good faith with the GOP. Republicans had zero input on Obamacare. The bill was passed without a single Republican vote, using the worst kind of legislative legerdemain. It was a bill that few who voted for it read, and no one understood. And the fact that unintended consequences of the bill are still being discovered less than three months before the official rollout of state insurance exchanges proves the irresponsibility of those who passed it.

USA Today gets positively snippy in their editorial, saying of Republicans:

Having lost in Congress and in court, they’re now using the most cynical of tactics: trying to make the law fail. Never mind the public inconvenience and human misery that will result.

“Human misery”? It is unbecoming for a major publication to employ hyperbole in its political analysis. That term is something a lefty blogger might use, or some rabid Democratic partisan in Congress. If there is to be any “human misery,” you should chalk it up to 1) the incomprehensible and haphazard manner the law was written in the first place, and 2) the delay — purely for for political reasons relating to the 2012 presidential campaign — in getting the numerous agencies and departments to write the many thousands of pages of regulations regarding Medicare, Medicaid, mandated insurance coverage, and subsidy eligibility, to name just a few areas that government will oversee under Obamacare.

No amount of cooperation by Republicans could have made up for the unconscionable delays in issuing these regulations that insurance companies needed to develop new policies, that states needed to develop the exchanges, and that businesses needed to plan for the future. But President Obama decided that much of the bad news that has come out in the past few months as the regulations have been unveiled — including the spikes in insurance premiums in several states — needed to be delayed until after he was safely re-elected. Who’s causing the “human misery” now?

“Public inconvenience”? Allow me a short guffaw. The GOP believes that overturning one-sixth of the U.S. economy by implementing Obamacare goes far beyond a little “inconvenience.” It is a massively destabilizing law that, even if Republicans had cooperated in its rollout, is set up to fail.

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Get your facts right! The final bill had 159 republican amendments - but was so riddled with pure BS and job killing ideas that it was too tough a bill for republicans to swallow.

So - how may republicans voted for the ACA?

I'm seeing full time people in my town getting cut back to part time because of the ACA. At first I thought those 'Help Wanted --- Part Time' signs were a sign that the economy around here was picking up. Seems it isn't so. Full time help is being cut back to part time - 20 hours or less from 40+ hours per week. These are people working in fast food places etc and supporting a family on the minimum wage - so now they have to go out and find another part time job to make ends meet. All thanks to the 'Affordable' Care Act. As usual the progressives run smack into the wall known as The Law of Unintended Consequences. Otherwise known as Can't Think Through a Problem without f&&king things up.

Talk about 'so riddled with spin and dishonesty ' - that would describe your post - and the 'promise' of the ACA.
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Obamacare is the law of the land.
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At one time Jim Crow laws were the law of the land. They are gone.
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If it is such a wonderful thing, then why Obama is exempted from Obamacare?
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This is truly hilarious considering even Obama doesn't want to see it go into full force, at least not until he is about out of office!
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Create a law no one can fully comply with. Then, because there is precedent law for laws being selectively enforced, selectively punish those who fail to promote the agenda. They did break the law, didn't they? (Cf. RSFRS Criminal Code Article 58 "Counter-revolutionaries")
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The Republicans must return (verbal) fire and make it clear through whatever public conduit available that the disaster of Obamacare was entirely a Democrat Frankenstein. Take no portion of the Democrat leaders, particularly the President's, responsibilities for this bassackward approach to healthcare.
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I'd be surprised if the progressives didn't take the definition of nihilism at the extreme when describing republicans and conservatives. If they could get away with it they'd pass laws outlawing republicans/conservatives using the definition below:

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ni·hil·ism

[nahy-uh-liz-uhm, nee-]
noun
1.
total rejection of established laws and institutions.
2.
anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity.
3.
total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler's last years.
4.
Philosophy.
a.
an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
b.
nothingness or nonexistence.
5.
(sometimes initial capital letter) the principles of a Russian revolutionary group, active in the latter half of the 19th century, holding that existing social and political institutions must be destroyed in order to clear the way for a new state of society and employing extreme measures, including terrorism and assassination.


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In reality nihilism is an apt description of many of the progressives core groups! Occupy Wall Street - animal rights organizations - Green Peace - etc etc. I find it interesting that the invectives they hurl at us actually fit them to a tee! Their core support is long list filled with kooks and all manner of enemies of what we consider normal. Too bad those core progressive groups who really believe in their group causes will be nothing but useful idiots discarded if/when the progressives have their way. This is all-out war - make no mistake about that fact. The only thing missing in this war is the shooting - and it'll come - just be ready. Seems they've already warned us the shooting could come in Texas where the lefty kooks are planning to riot over the Texas Legislature's passing of minor restrictions on abortion. I say BRING IT ON!

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The post is so riddled with spin and dishonesty that I'm not sure where to start, or why I should. I'm not sure if Mr. Moran forgot about the "death panels" or if he's finally conceded that was an outright lie. Speaking of outright lies, here we go again as Rick states verbatim that "Republicans had zero input on Obamacare". Over in the real world, the final bill included 161 Republican amendments which resulted from six bipartisan groups that met 72 times along with 30 bipartisan hearings. Zero input?

This blatant dishonesty represents the real head in the sand lie repeating position the GOP has on the ACA. The strategy seems to be an orchestrated effort to keep the public uninformed while injecting fear mongering and lies while ignoring the fact that a repeal without any type of replacement will not only kick 30 million people off medical access, but will continue to explode the deficit.

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Please do not flag Mr. Ward's post as abusive. Just because he disagrees with you doesn't mean the comment should be deleted.
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Affordable Healthcare Act.

Somehow, I don't think much else needs to be said than the name of this healthcare destroying 'telephone book' sized piece of legislation. If it is so great, why has this administration granted waivers to labor unions (payback for their votes) and big business (they realize this could completely destroy our economy)? I included the answers to make it easy. Even many liberal legislators are having second thoughts.
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If it is so wonderful and will help so many people, why does the President delay its implementation? Children may die because of his actions and that makes me sad.
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Please send me a copy of that White House handout you quoted all those numbers from.

The work done by those "bipartisan" committees were rejected by Harry Reid - including a Max Baucus led effort that tried to pare the bill down to a size that could be understood by humans. Obama also rejected several compromises and kept feeding the narrative that the GOP had no alternative ideas of its own - despite the fact that 3 different Republican bills had been introduced including Wyden-Bennett.

But you're right. I should have written "effectively zero input." My bad.

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Where should we start Rick? How about H.R. 3468, “Promoting Health and Preventing Chronic Disease through Prevention and Wellness Programs for Employees, Communities, and Individuals Act” (Castle bill); H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill), "Coverage, Prevention and Reform Act"), “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill); H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act” (Ryan bill); S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act” (Burr-Coburn, Ryan-Nunes bill)),H.R. 4038, “Common Sense Health Care Reform & Accountability Act” (Republican Substitute bill); H.R. 3970, “Medical Rights & Reform Act” (Kirk bill)),House Republican Substitute; H.R. 3400, “Empowering Patients First Act” (Republican Study Committee bill); “Coverage, Prevention, and Reform Act” ),H.R. 4529, “Roadmap for America’s Future Act;” S. 1099, “Patients’ Choice Act;” H.R. 3400, Republican Study Group bill; S. 1783, or “Ten Steps to Transform Health Care in America Act” (Enzi bill))?

But your one quote that I jumped on really isn't an exception but more the norm. The Obama bashers and health care haters really have very little to argue so they simply make up silly stuff or perhaps just here and believe what they want to. Does ACA have problems or bugs? Of course. But instead of working to resolve or tweak these issues, they seem to rely on deception and manipulating facts. The real objective seems to be to keep the public uninformed as we've seem Mitch McConnell bulling the sports leagues if they helped in explaining the details.

Instead of an honest debate, you guys are still trying to perfect or top the death panel scams. And if you succeed, 30 million people will become uninsured and that problem will continue to explode the deficit. And to that argument, the opposition's heads seem to be in the sand.
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Get your facts right! The final bill had 159 republican amendments - but was so riddled with pure BS and job killing ideas that it was too tough a bill for republicans to swallow.

So - how may republicans voted for the ACA?

I'm seeing full time people in my town getting cut back to part time because of the ACA. At first I thought those 'Help Wanted --- Part Time' signs were a sign that the economy around here was picking up. Seems it isn't so. Full time help is being cut back to part time - 20 hours or less from 40+ hours per week. These are people working in fast food places etc and supporting a family on the minimum wage - so now they have to go out and find another part time job to make ends meet. All thanks to the 'Affordable' Care Act. As usual the progressives run smack into the wall known as The Law of Unintended Consequences. Otherwise known as Can't Think Through a Problem without f&&king things up.

Talk about 'so riddled with spin and dishonesty ' - that would describe your post - and the 'promise' of the ACA.
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Well, the real sickness is the death kneel to the most exceptional health care system, bar none, if this disaster is fully implemented. Not only that, but the bomblets within are lethal, to say the least.
IF one truly wants to understand what the rush to 'transform' the health care system is really about, look no further, and it has ZERO to do with better services for the less fortunate - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-towards-gun-control-runs-through-obamacare-via-its-definition-of-mentally-ill-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Much more than meets the eye. Sounds Orwellian, but no less true.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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A wonderful thing!
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