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November 19, 2013 - 8:29 am

A member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who voted for the Upton bill last week to let people keep their health plans railed on MSNBC against the treatment his constituents were receiving under the Obamacare exchanges.

“I voted 46 times against their plans to repeal or undermine,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said of Friday’s vote. “This was the 47th vote. This is essentially mirroring what the president said he was going to do, which is allow people to keep their plans. And, you know, if we had a public plan option like I voted for if we had the House bill that was simpler and took away the anti-trust immunity of the insurance industry, we might not be in this mess.”

“We’re in a mess. My state has not gotten one person — not one through the exchange. Say it will take you three weeks after you file your paper application because they don’t expect the exchange to work. They’re running up against the deadline. They’re getting cancellation notices and they got a deadline to get a new plan. This is a fix for one year,” DeFazio continued. “I’ve said since day one, the Senate bill is pretty crummy. It does get to the objective of healthcare for all Americans. It’s going to need a lot of repair. This is not an elegant repair. In fact, I don’t even, you know, think this will go anywhere but we need something like the Landrieu legislation from the Senate. This keeps legislation live. I think we’re going to have to extend the deadline because you can’t say to people, ‘Oh well, you can’t apply, you can’t get accepted but you got a deadline and we’d cancel your insurance.’”

The congressman brushed off assertions that he was damaging Obamacare’s chances of succeeding with “oh, come on, come on.”

“They can spin it anyway they want. This is essentially — this does what the president did by executive order. You know, it’s a little bit extended from that but it’s pretty much the same thing,” DeFazio said.

“Not one person in Oregon, we’ve got all the Medicaid people categorically qualified. That’s taken care of. None of them went through an individual process. Not one person with an individual application in my state has gotten health insurance since October 1st through an exchange and they’re saying now, ‘Go online. Download it. Do it quick. File a paper application.’ Now, come on.”

DeFazio said the legislative process needs to be kept “alive” to fix Obamacare and “we are going to have to extend the deadline or people are going to go bare on January 1st.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran 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 is an NPR contributor and 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.

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Elections have consequences...especially of radical Marxists.

If you want your unconstitutional "fix", you have to let me decree it to find out what's in it.

Oregon...you wanted a dictator...you got a dictator. Stop being a "bitter clinger", clinging to your insurance policies, yo' daddy's 401k and yo' granddaddy's 401k...and your children's inheritance money.

You didn't build that...but...you sure as hell elected to destroy it.
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If Obama can do things by executive order, Petey, why do we need you as a Congressman?
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Is he bragging or complaining?
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DeFazio is my congressman and I have voted against him every election, but districting, being what it is, gets him elected. But we keep trying. Our present Governor didn't screw things up enough in his first 2 terms, the Dems here had to give him a third try.
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DeFazio is my Congressman and he needs to go"........he is a career politician and a good example of the need for term limits. 30 counties did not vote for Obama and I did not. We suffer because 6 counties out vote us all the time.

He is right. Our website is a mess. Our health insurance is canceled and we have to replace it and in the state. Approvals take weeks. I have said we will not use Cover Oregon. We will go to a private membership exchange . It will most likely be more but we can't look at any prices.

I am so angry at those who did vote for it. I keep saying we did not need to break 9 eggs to coddle one.
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"DeFazio is my Congressman and he needs to go"........he is a career politician and a good example of the need for term limits."

So vote him out next November. DeFazio has been in that seat for 26 years now and is definitely due for some opposition. Is Lane County so hopelessly Leftist, that you can't field a decent conservative? I know you've got the Lefty haven known as Eugene, but surely something can be done?
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now he knows what's in the bill
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We won, you lost.....America.

Elections have consequences...especially of radical Marxists.

If you want your unconstitutional "fix", you have to let me decree it to find out what's in it.

Oregon...you wanted a dictator...you got a dictator. Stop being a "bitter clinger", clinging to your insurance policies, yo' daddy's 401k and yo' granddaddy's 401k...and your children's inheritance money.

You didn't build that...but...you sure as hell elected to destroy it.
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Remember last couple of years when Democrats were saying "wait till the exchanges open and people see their options, they'll fall in love with Obamacare"? ROFLMAO! LOL! We told you so dumb-ass.
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If Obama can do things by executive order, Petey, why do we need you as a Congressman?
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