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January 14, 2014 - 7:23 am

A Louisiana Republican challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for her seat in the fall has proposed a bill to install a trigger point at which Obamacare would be automatically repealed.

Rep. Bill Cassidy’s Health Insurance Accountability Act provides for the “repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if it is determined that the Act has resulted in increasing the number of uninsured individuals.”

“Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States, in consultation with the Census Bureau, shall conduct a study to determine the number of individuals in the United States who are uninsured, and submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report concerning the results of such study, including both the number of individuals in the United States who are determined to be currently uninsured and the number of individuals in the United States who were uninsured on the date of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the legislation states.

“The Comptroller General shall conduct one or more subsequent studies every 60 days (and submit reports based on the results of such studies) until the Comptroller General makes a determination that the number of individuals in the United States who are uninsured exceeds the number of individuals who were uninsured on the date of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Cassidy said the bill is simply based on President Obama’s stated goals with the healthcare law: “to make insurance more affordable and increase access.”

“For many people insurance has become drastically more expensive and deductibles are higher. It also appears that more people have lost private health insurance then have gained. If this remains the case, we should repeal the Affordable Care Act,” he said. “The American people deserve health insurance which is stable, affordable and puts patients in power, not bureaucrats.”

In the most recent polling for the Louisiana Senate race, Landrieu had 41 percent support, Cassidy had 34 percent, and Tea Party challenger Rob Maness polls at 10 percent.

In the upper chamber, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has crafted a bill to ban any taxpayer bailout of healthcare companies. Right now, the law allows Obamacare-driven bailouts for the first three years at the administration’s discretion.

“If not enough people sign up for ObamaCare, insurers will lose money and taxpayers will make up the difference. If not enough young and healthy people sign up, as is currently the case, taxpayers will have to pay even more,” Rubio said.

“These enrollment numbers show that neither enough total people nor enough young people are signing up for ObamaCare, and it’s increasing the risk to taxpayers of bailing out health insurance companies. Congress should take the bailout option off the table right away by approving a bill I’ve introduced repealing this part of ObamaCare.”

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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And you have had three solid years to listen to the alternative plans put forth by many think tanks and opposing party members. Some things make so much sense that the real frustration with Obamacare is that it blocks us from ever trying them. There has been much more than a peep for those who would listen and the real "obstructionists" are the Democrats.
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Obamacare paint by numbers catastrophe:

1) NO numbers coming out of the mouths of this cabal and their apologists, flunkies and propagandists are trustworthy. 2.2 million people have NOT been covered. It is likely that as many as 70% of them are not paid up.

2) the young, who need to overpay for crappy coverage in order to cover boomer hippies with an array of medical maladies, are not falling for the perpetual Ponzi scheme that carries lazy leftists on their backs. They aren't signing up.

3) the subsidized are the overwhelming majority...meaning 80% subsidized being carried by 20% paying is not merely fuzzy math, it's furball choking math. Whatever Obamacare coughs up is not going to be pretty...but it will be communist

4) less than one million actually covered and paying, will not offset the employer coverage collapse coming. 25 million will likely lose their employer coverage. Add that to the five million already cancelled...and you have the number of bitter clingers eliminated from coverage by the small c communists

5) subsidized...meaning those who actually pay something for all these government giveaways...will be covering those who don't ...and for that privilege, they can go to hell. THAT is the essence of Obamacare.

If you like your totalitarianism, you can keep your totalitarianism.

Obamacare is an abject failure...unless, you don't give a damn about the "paying class". If you are interested only in retribution disguised as redistribution, it's a rousing success.

It does not, will not, cannot work as a half free market, half communist plan. It must be one or the other. And, this cabal will choose...without telling you the truth about it. Ever.
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This is yet again a window dressing effort by Cassidy. He voted for the 2 year budget and many, many BIG gov programs. There is a true conservative candidate running for Senate: http://madisonproject.com/2013/11/rob-maness-for-senate-in-louisiana/
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my buddy's step-aunt makes $82/hr on the computer. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her paycheck was $18010 just working on the computer for a few hours. read this... www.dub30.com
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Obamacare will NOT be repealed, simply because HHS is cooking the books on "enrollments."
45 weeks ago
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They no longer insert "sunset" provisions in legislation. All is now permanent.
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I think that every federal law should have the following components:
1. A main goal or list of goals
2. A method to measure whether the goals are achieved
3. A time period allowed for achievement for each goal
4. Automatic repeal on failure to achieve the goals in the times allowed
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to all those that still like Obamacare, I hope you enjoy your life as an indentured servant to work and pay to subsidize so many, because since you are so ignorant of economics, you deserve what you voted for.

And also, such because you have a piece of paper called insurance, doesn't mean that you are going to get care, as you need to have a doctor willing to accept such a plan.

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One flaw in your statement. Unfortunately it's not just the people who like obamacare who are enslaved to it. They've managed to drag the rest of us down into the cesspool with them.
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Who does strategy for the GOP? Whoever it is, they need to be fired for incompetence.

Putting up bills that not only won't get to the floor of the Senate but wouldn't be signed by the President even if passed is dumb. All it does is show people on the other side that the GOP is obstructing the great Lord Obama's plan.

The GOP needs to get ahead of this and present a better plan than Obamacare. Where is this plan? They've had 3 solid years to make one and not a peep.
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Sometimes you have to offer the legislative counterpart to a "concept car."

A concept car is a car that an automaker builds and shows off with no intention of ever actually marketing it -- but to show the market where the company wants to lead the industry.

These bills are about showing the people where the solutions are to these Obama-created problems. They're an effort to show that electing more Republicans might actually lead to something better than the Beltway wing's "us-too" surrenderism.

If the party listens to you, Harald, it stands no chance of ever winning anything.
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And a better plan would get to the floor?

Harry Reid would simply roll over and say..by golly, THIS is a better plan!

And Obama would not veto it?

Symbolic plans are all that anyone is willing to expend time on, because a real plan would take time, effort, man hours...and the hurdle for a "better plan" could be puked up by a drunk on a park bench.

I mean, if the hurdle is set at not tanking one sixth of the economy, putting an abusive Financial Gestapo in charge of targeting innocent citizens and offering crappy coverage to a populace that doesn't like it, doesn't want it and isn't signing up for it.

First, do no harm. THAT is the best plan for the moment.
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And you have had three solid years to listen to the alternative plans put forth by many think tanks and opposing party members. Some things make so much sense that the real frustration with Obamacare is that it blocks us from ever trying them. There has been much more than a peep for those who would listen and the real "obstructionists" are the Democrats.
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Completely agree except about " a better plan than Obamacare".

The healthcare system of the USA which desperately sick from other nations choose for treatment when needed. So "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

It's no secret that government in ANYthing except the job they are enjoined to Defend the nation - against ALL enemies including any within the gates of the City - is generally the MOST inefficiently, expensivly and ultimately corruptly managed of any. Even the most corruptly of the private enterprises.

With "jobs for the boys / gilrs" galore. "Role models" in the members of Congress interested in assuring by any means their own own on the gravy train of politics than their contracted "public service".

Their control of the public purse and its dispensations - pork? - "that'll do nicely" for life-long tenure on their reserved seats on the gravy train of government..

We see again and again and again our socalled republicans playing around the edges of the PPACA.

Where is the TALK let alone the action to REPEAL IN ITS ENTIRETY this assault on the citizens. This travesty called PPACA aka Obamacare out of Hillarycare?

Enacted with full contempt for citizens - the "astro-turf" - by a Congress which "Had to pass it to know what's it it" in obeisance to the whip of the Messiah Obama's high priestess Nancy Pelosi. .

Then EXEMPTING themselves, their staffs, and designated favoured groups from its provisions.

BUT requiring citizens, the Peasants, or is it now colonists, to Obey ALL its dictates. While "republicans" tamper with bits and pieces to show their courage.

A Bill of MORE than 2000 pages. DO ANY of the "representative of the People" in the administrative offices of the "government of, by and for the People" know what those pages contain? Do they care?

WHAT IS IN THOSE PAGES WHICH MAKES ABSOLUTELY UNLAWFUL PROTECTED IN LAW RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS ?? To be sprung on them when expedient for the "powers that be"?

Is this of no interest to "republicans" in Congress and Judiciary. OR to their troupes who continue to applaud every little tweak they advertise to show their readiness to "take on the big boys on the block"?
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"A better plan than obamacare"? And obama would sign something like that? Since when do you win a war by trying to guess which of your potential strategies the enemy would approve of? Nonsense.
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