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And So it Begins…

September 27th, 2013 - 7:41 am

First crack in the wall holding up ObamaCare:

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he’d support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

“There’s no way I could not vote for it,” Manchin said at a Bloomberg Government breakfast today. “It’s very reasonable and sensible.”

The individual mandate is the linchpin of the law that requires most Americans to purchase health care through government-run insurance exchanges. Republicans, led by a group of newcomers in the House, are pushing to dismantle the health-care law and are using a ticking clock on a possible Oct. 1 government shutdown as leverage.

The Democratic-led Senate will vote in coming days on the stopgap spending plan and before sending it back to the House will remove language that defunds Obamacare. Obama and House Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, have said they won’t support using the budget to change the health law.

Yeah, well, it won’t take too many Democrats breaking ranks to break the mandate.

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Depends on how hard Obama is willing to fight. It'll take a hell of a lot of Democrats to break a veto.
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If the personal mandate is broken, then the carrot and stick approach to healthcare becomes all-carrot. Obamacare stands or falls based on whether the subsidies are enough to bribe people into taking the "insurance".

If they can get rid of the mandate, the next logical step is to re-legalize catastrophic insurance outside of the Obamacare system.
28 weeks ago
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I would say simply eliminate any federal mandates on coverage by insurance plans and permit interstate purchases.

Maybe then I could buy a plan that doesn't cover me for fertility treatments.
28 weeks ago
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Yet the Reporkican luminaries would throw in the towel.
28 weeks ago
28 weeks ago Link To Comment
Am I the only one that thinks no conservative should vote to delay this?

Obamacare will be a disaster. Democrats (liberals) voted for this. It is the law. Fully enact it. Make them answer for it.
28 weeks ago
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Like the Medicaid that is breaking the States?
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