Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

September 26, 2013 - 2:07 pm

President Obama’s assistant today compared negotiating with Republicans to negotiating with suicide bombers.

Senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told CNN that Obamacare is “absolutely ready” to launch. “On October 1, you can talk to folks on the phone. The only thing that’s being delayed is the Web site. And there’s no deadline on the back end,” he said. “So, what we’re making sure is the experience people have is the right experience. We’re doing it in a time that makes sense.”

“The process for applying for affordable health care is going to be tremendous compared on its own, but also compared to what people are dealing with right now.”

Pfeiffer said he’s “not worried about the politics of this today, tomorrow, five days from now.”

“I don’t care what the Gallup daily track says, the CNN poll. What we’re worried about is five years from now, 10 years, 15 years from now, people who never had health care have access to it, it has become part of the fabric of how we provide — part of the fabric of the social contract in this country,” he continued.

When asked by Jake Tapper about companies cutting back their workers’ hours to kick them into the exchanges, Pfeiffer said we have to “compare what’s happening now with what’s been happening for 10 years, long before Obamacare was even something that was possible to be law, is companies were dropping health insurance. The tens of millions of Americans have had their health insurance dropped, many of them in small businesses, long — because healthcare costs were skyrocketing.”

On the effort to defund Obamacare, he said “whether we shut down or not is a decision that is entirely within the hands of Speaker Boehner and the Republicans.”

“The House Republicans are not asking for negotiation. It’s a negotiation if I’m trying to sell you my house and we are just debating the price of it. It is not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down,” Pfeiffer said. “The Republicans have provided a laundry list of essentially ransom demands of things that were essentially the Romney agenda that was rejected by voters that they know can’t pass in normal circumstances. They say give us these things or we will blow up the economy. We’re not going to participate in that because that has dramatic consequences for how we govern going forward.”

Tapper asked why the White House isn’t open to cutting some spending in debt-ceiling negotiations.

“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that,” Pfeiffer said. “So, if they want to have a discussion about how we reduce our deficits, how we help the middle class, how we give them a better bargain, lift the debt ceiling, take the full faith and credit of the United States off the table and let’s have a discussion.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

All Comments   (21)
All Comments   (21)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Jun 21, 2013 With the NSA intercepting as many as 20 trillion communications belonging to Americans, they've created what can best be described as a backup server for the nation's entire store of communications. And according to one of the latest Snowden leaks, the NSA's database may contain evidence of crimes committed by Americans that have nothing to do with national security. So who should have access to this information and how should it be used? Political Commentator Sam Sacks reports.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYXyiLCZ8_k&feature=player_embedded#t=181
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
Does anyone really give a crap what some policy wonk from this loser administrations says on CNN?
Please. Let me ask Putin what is really going on - he has a better handle on things.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that. "

Unless they're muslim.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
Ba-zinga!!
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
We just send them weapons, apparently.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
calling people names who disagree with you is just plain fun. however, I believe these 'children of the corn' have really gone overboard this time.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Not negotiate with suicide bombers? Aren't there any journalists to challenge this guy? The Progressives worshiped such people as "freedom-fighters" in the past decade. And the Obama administration and the State Dept. have gone out of their way to negotiate with these people: Taliban in Afghanistan, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Al Queda in Libya and Syria. What gives?
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Don't forget to add that calls to defund the Iraq war effort were part of the Progressive platform. Back then, defunding stuff you didn't like was patriotic.
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
Personally I've decided to stop referring to the Libs as Liberals or Democrats or Progressives or any of those other empowering titles. To me, from now on they are the ELOI. And their party leadership are the MORLOCKs.
(from wiki)
"While one initially has the impression that the Eloi people live a life of play and toil-less abundance, it is revealed that the Morlocks are attending to the Eloi's needs for the same reason a farmer tends cattle; the Morlocks use the Eloi for food. This is why there are no old people, and why the Eloi seem to fear the dark."

And I also believe that the GOP Leadership in DC want to be or become Morlocks.
Anyway, it seems to fit.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Pfeiffer: pretty good name for a toadying spokesman. "Pfeiffer" = "piper" and he who pays the piper...
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
What if the democrats passed a law that everyone had to sign up for - but nobody bothered to sign up?

Hmm? Whatcha gonna do about that Dan?

What we need is a class-action suit to sue the government over the ACA. If large corporations have been waivered - congress and their staff have been waivered - why can't the American people get waivered?

My son is 34 years old and has been told months ago by his employer that they will drop his current health care in favor of ACA - each employee will need to sign up for ACA for health care coverage. He doesn't plan on signing up - similar stories from most of his friends who also do not plan on signing up. Apparently the Federal Government doesn't much scare these younger folk.

Let the battle begin!



30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
We're just waiting for these ACA/IRS morons to march into Lexington and Concord all full of bluster trying to enforce their ridiculous law...
My ancestors fought this crap in 1776. I hope we are as strong.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
This is a liberal who whole heartedly embraced the administrations stance that if they lie then it's the truth. Facts are of no interest and certainly evidence is not only extraneous but hateful.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All