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Minnesota Republicans pitch Obamacare agenda for 2014

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Buttons reading "Repeal Obamacare" on display at last years' Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Comments (10)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 12/20/2013 - 08:37 am.

    Has anyone received an answer?

    With over 40 attempts to repeal Obamacare not once have the Republicans said what they will replace it with. Over forty failed attempts, but Bachmann wants to give it another go because that is the only answer she has. The Republicans don’t have a leader! Being leaderless is why we get every Republican feeling like they are the leader and they have the answers. Everything they propose has a very purposeful poison pill included. They know they are not going any where with their poisoned ideas but they have to be able to claim they proposed something. Another reason the Republicans want to talk about health care is because they don’t want to talk about income inequality. They will get their chance to talk about it during the 2014 election year.

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/20/2013 - 09:19 am.

    58% of Amercans oppose

    the individual mandate, so I would start there.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

    Once Obamacare is voluntary, most people couldn’t care less what happens to it.

    And the people who like Obamacare can still keep Obamacare. Period.

    • Submitted by Bill Gleason on 12/20/2013 - 12:20 pm.

      Rasmussen, Dennis, Really?

      People are not fooled, sir. The way you frame the question influences the answer you will get.

      Are you against mandates? You are not against freedom of choice, are you? Are you for motherhood and apple pie? Mr. Rasmussen wants to know. Especially since those who support him can use the results for … well we won’t go into that.

      Sadly for these kinds of polls, Dennis, most voters realize that we have terrible problems with health care and that they are not going to be easy to fix. People want to see changes and respect those who try to do something about problems rather than ignoring them. There is a quote that I won’t dig up right now but it goes something like this: Any fool can knock down a barn, it takes a carpenter to put one up.

      Just say no is an idiotic position on policy. In the beginning this may have worked but when the failure to come up with alternative solutions that will work becomes obvious, people tend to make choices – at the ballot box. See you there.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 12/20/2013 - 11:53 am.

    2014 is the starting point

    Elect responsible, credible congressional representatives. Remove those who have absolutely nothing to offer other than negativity and obstruction and who feed at the taxpayer trough to the tune of $174,000. per year……i.e…Bachmann and Kline.

  4. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 12/20/2013 - 12:19 pm.

    Suggestions

    So when are the Republicans going to suggest universal health care? It’s not enough to say they want to repeal Obamacare–they have to come up with a plan to replace it with as going back to the previous system was a disaster. They need to come up with something better–not make it worse.

  5. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/20/2013 - 12:43 pm.

    It’s a fine illustration

    Of the myopic vision of the current Republican Party.

    The ACA was enacted because there were 44 million Americans who had no health care coverage at all. They relied on emergency room charity care, if they got any care at all, which drove up costs for everyone, including me and Mr. Tester. Many thousands of people were going bankrupt every year due to medical bills, a phenomenon unique among “civilized” nations. Those that saved Mr. Tester and I money by getting no care at all had the good taste to die earlier than they might have otherwise.

    So far, and amid a host of mistakes and false starts, what the ACA offers to those people – that is, those people who, unlike myself and Mr. Tester, have no health coverage at all in a murderously expensive and inefficient health care system, or who have older children unable to afford their own coverage – is a modicum of health care that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Whining about the mandate, as Mr. Tester so often does, comes almost exclusively from people in good health, who have at least decent health care coverage already, or who are wealthy enough to spend huge sums of money on their own well-being, consigning their fellow-citizens to a “free market” that doesn’t exist in medicine, and that wouldn’t exist if every shred of regulation were removed.

    When I was younger, and had no health insurance at all, I’d have been happy to have taken part in a system that didn’t cost me the equivalent of a 2nd house payment, and more importantly, that would cover me when I had a pre-existing condition. I would not have been among the 58% cited by Mr. Tester. Readers should note, however, that Mr. Tester is careful to avoid mentioning that less than half of those surveyed in the latest Rasmussen poll oppose a government-run single-payer system.

    That the numbers in general are negative for the ACA, as well as for some of the individual parts of it (e.g., contraceptive coverage) shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been paying attention, since the usual right-wing loonies and misogynists, in and out of Congress, have been relentless in providing falsehoods, half-truths, and any other off-the-wall arguments they can muster in opposition. Most telling of all, of course, is that, as Tom Christensen points out, none of the criticism of the ACA from the right includes even a hint of an alternative for those 44 million hung out to dry by the current system. The best that Minnesota’s Republican Congressional representatives can muster is either another lawsuit, or a vague suggestion that it might fail from its own multiple flaws. Neither of those is the least bit helpful to Minnesotans without health care coverage.

  6. Submitted by jason myron on 12/20/2013 - 01:18 pm.

    Well, good luck with that narrative…

    ABC News is reporting a 40% increase in sign-ups from states running their own exchanges. As this gets smoother, the GOP will be back to yelling about Benghazi by March

  7. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 12/20/2013 - 02:26 pm.

    Debunking the Republican political healthcare spin

    In that Republicans have not proposed an alternative to Obamacare, which they so badly want to repeal, suggests they are satisfied with the current system. To back that up John Boehner has said many times America has the best health care system in the world. Proof positive that Republicans don’t deal in facts is that our healthcare system is 46th out of 48 countries. Our healthcare spending is higher in both percent of GDP and per capita spending. Our life expectancy is less than many of those who have a better system and their system costs less. No matter how the Republicans look at this chart “http://www.bloomberg.com/visual-data/best-and-worst/most-efficient-health-care-countries” they can’t get to the point where they say we have the best system in the world. It is more Republican political spin without any basis.

  8. Submitted by Ginny Wheeler on 12/20/2013 - 02:58 pm.

    If Rep. Kline was genuinely concerned about his constituents, he would have offered to help them sign up for health care rather than put his efforts into repealing the ACA. School districts would be better served by alternatives that help them save money rather than the status quo. Rep. Kline could have put his efforts into finding ways for our public schools and other public employee groups access health care alternatives through the exchanges, particularly small public employee groups that struggle to find affordable care for their families.

    What makes Senator Klobuchar so popular is that she works for her constituents, all of them, to help solve real problems. Rep. Kline could learn for her example.

  9. Submitted by jody rooney on 12/27/2013 - 10:58 am.

    The irony that Rep. Kline was for years under the only

    completely publicly funded health care system where the government pays the doctors, builds the hospitals and pays for all treatment without costing him a nickle and then complains about Obama-care is priceless. I imagine he is still eligible for VA care too. He earned all of it through his service.

    But for a man whose pay checks, housing and health care have been subsidized or paid for by the government for his entire career he has little room to talk about other subsidies. He’s done pretty well with them.

    While I don’t agree with Representative Kline often I do appreciate his pragmatic side. Why is that disappearing during this particular debate?

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