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Republicans — like Paulsen and Bachmann — can’t agree on how to prevent a shutdown

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Speaker John Boehner said Thursday the House isn’t likely to pass a “clean” continuing resolution, or one without language that defunds Obamacare.

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  1. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 09/27/2013 - 10:11 am.

    the sky is falling, the sky is falling…

    Michelle and Cruz and the rest of them like to scream that we are all suffering from Obamacare and let’s end the misery now. The thing is if the sky is really going to fall it won’t start falling until Oct 1. They have been hysterical for so long they might actually believe this nonsense. I think their big worry now should be, and probably is for many Republicans, that when millions of currently uninsured people start signing up they’ll see what a good deal it is and the last thing they’ll want is for ACA to be repealed.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/27/2013 - 10:47 am.

    I think Bachmann’s wrong

    I understand her desire to stop Obamacare in its tracks before it gets out of the gate, but I’ve seen the light. I think it would be better to let the people see what a disaster it is by letting it move forward.

    Obama delayed the employer mandate for a year so the democrats wouldn’t have to spend their entire campaign next year defending it. Let them defend the individual mandate, higher premiums and vanishing doctors next year instead of letting them off the hook. That will increase the likelihood of the republicans taking over the senate next year.

  3. Submitted by jody rooney on 09/27/2013 - 11:11 am.

    The Affordable Care Act has already been beneficial to us

    Our insurance agent has already talked with us about the plans included in MnSure and alternatives. Given our age and income there isn’t much that has changed except coverage which is greatly improved. Friends who have pre existing conditions and are self employeed are finding their costs dropping dramatically.

    He also does business insurance and he thought most businesses that offer health care would do better under the law. Those with out existing plans can find plans that ate fairly affordable and would probably be better off offering a premium subsidy.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 09/30/2013 - 12:10 pm.

      The Greatest Fear

      You are living the greatest fear of Republicans: Obamacare will work, and people will like it. If they don’t have the fear of universal medical insurance to rally the troops, what else do they have?

  4. Submitted by John Ferman on 09/27/2013 - 12:57 pm.


    Bachmann said “I want to see the American people be relieved of the misery and the grief and the suffering of Obamacare for a year, so that’s what I’m behind,” Without Obamacare, what Bachmann fears will be what large numbers of children, women an men will continue to suffer. If she wants to be belived, then she should renounce her Congressional health care plan.

  5. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 09/27/2013 - 02:10 pm.

    What you see

    with the Republican’s is what President Obama predicted, months ago, if he were to be re-elected, a war in the Republican party. The Party is what it looks like when they don’t have a single leader. They think they can run the country. Their past history showed us they can’t. Currently they can’t even run their own party. Bachmann has pretty much been silenced but it didn’t take them long to find another mouth to make up facts, Cruz. Years ago the Republicans couldn’t figure out who the tea party folks were, but they needed votes, so they let into the party. Now they know who they are and they have mortally wounded the Republican Party. The Republicans find they are nothing but a floundering set of people without any direction, leadership, common sense, or hope of recovery until the tea party types have been voted out of the party. Keep up the good work Republican voters. Your path to the bottom is very clear and without any obstacles to get in your way. You can do it!

  6. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 09/27/2013 - 02:57 pm.

    How could taking a principled stand get the Republicans in trouble?

    Perhaps if the principle is “prevent–at any cost– the working poor from getting affordable health care?”

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/27/2013 - 03:18 pm.

      We have Medicaid, remember?

      There’s no reason to give the government control of our health care when all we had to do was expand the Medicaid roles for people who can’t afford their own insurance. But that would mean you’d actually want to solve the problem and not give government control over everyone’s life in the process.

  7. Submitted by David Frenkel on 09/27/2013 - 03:48 pm.

    GOP self destruction

    The GOP continue to self destruct with their moral high ground and ‘principled’ approach. Politics is about perception and the bottom line, the GOP does not care about either.

  8. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 09/28/2013 - 10:43 am.

    If you shut er down I say shut er down

    Frankly I think Obama should veto any bills that contain any language or poison pills regarding Obamacare. And I think if the government shuts down he should shut her down good starting with the air traffic control and moving on through the banks, and USDA etc. None of this crap where you protect big business interests while shutting down services for the weakest and most defenseless Americans. The Republicans seem to think it’s fun to constantly threaten government shut downs on behalf of narrow and absurd ideological agendas. Well shut it down and lets see how fun it is. We need to put and end to this. They’re threatening to shut the government down over a law that they themselves passed and the president signed. Enough is enough.

  9. Submitted by Brian Nelson on 09/28/2013 - 02:59 pm.

    Government control?

    Dennis, you do realize that Medicaid is a government program, right? From your comment it sounds like you are in favor of Single Payer.

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