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Fri Dec 30, 2016, 08:30 AM

John Cornyn hopes "at least eight Democrats" will help Republicans bust up Obamacare.



Some Republican aides say they may pursue a replacement through a series of small bills as opposed to one big measure. Leading Republicans such as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas have said they want Democratic buy-in on a replacement plan. Breaking a filibuster would require the support of at least eight Democrats.

Obamacare continues to be viewed unfavorably by Americans, but the politics of undoing the law are complicated. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll after the election showed 26 percent want to repeal it, while 17 percent want to scale it back. Nineteen percent want to move forward with implementation and 30 percent want to expand it.

Democrats have made clear they won’t go along with Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare. Some are taunting the GOP as it attempts to write a replacement.

“Bring it on,” incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said this month. “They don’t know what to do. They’re like the dog that caught the bus.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-12-29/gop-readies-swift-obamacare-repeal-with-no-replacement-in-place

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 08:40 AM

1. Challenged

 

In the next election. We have a platform, don't believe in it, change parties.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 08:48 AM

2. Gee, that's odd

I was hoping for about three Republicans to keep it in place.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:01 AM

3. "Nineteen percent want to move forward with implementation and 30 percent want to expand it. "

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Response to eShirl (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:44 AM

16. Right but since 26% of Americans think it sucks, well then that's CLEARLY what should happen...

Since those people constitute THE MAJORITY.

Is this Fox Math again??? WTF. And these people will be working the Palace Press Room in 3 more weeks. No wonder people are so fucking dumb.

(On Edit) Jon Cornyn must be on the hallucinogenics again.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:11 AM

4. they wouldn't really be Democrats then, would they?

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:18 AM

5. Let's see. Democrats would have to choose between allowing Americans to die and President Satan.

They haven't got even a hint of what might replace it, but they seem to view people currently on it who might be obtaining life-saving treatment as a minor inconvenience. But . . . hey . . . Grandma is next. It'll be boom times for funeral parlors.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:21 AM

6. I Hope Democrats Understand

that if 8 of them were to do this, IT WOULD BE THE END OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:32 AM

7. No, it wouldn't.

The Democratic Party is based on civil rights, and equality for all, not on one single program. Especially since that program is deeply flawed, in that high premiums and deductibles make it unusable for many people.

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Response to MichMary (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:39 AM

9. You know what's even more deeply flawed? The Republican replacement plan.

Pre-existing conditions will be back on the table.

You're not mad at the Democratic Party, you're mad at insurance conglomerates and Big Medical/Big Pharma for raising premiums and continuing the barbaric practice of commoditizing health.

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Response to MichMary (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:40 AM

10. As a firm supporter of PPACA, I'll admit it has flaws

but it can be tweaked/fixed without repealing the whole thing. If Republicans were smart, they'd get some Democrats to work together in a genuinely bipartisan manner to fix some of the flaws in the program and herald the success. But even if a few of them genuinely wanted to do that, they've all demonized the law to their voters so much that they are now boxed in with having to repeal it in one way or another or risk their voters' wrath.

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Response to MichMary (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:39 AM

15. The other option is "nothing."

I have criticized aspects of ACA too, but it is the only form of coverage many of us have access to.

The ACA, for better or worse, was the signature piece of legislation from the Obama years. Democrats who tank it would hand over a powerful victory to the GOP.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:36 AM

8. But....but....I thought that-according to Republicans-repealing Obamacare isn't that big of deal

Because nobody really uses it anyway and it's harming people.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 09:44 AM

11. Right here, right on DU, we need to organize a letter and phone call and email

campaign to any Democrats who support this promising that if they go through with their support, they will be primaried and we will throw money at their opponents.

This is where we start.

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:04 AM

12. I hope that Senator Boxturtle is wrong

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:25 AM

13. seriously our fellow dems do not have a history of sticking together....feet of clay?

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Response to Miles Archer (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 10:34 AM

14. You can almost see these assholes' argument.

We are not like the Democrats....we will not try to force a healthcare plan down your throats without any "bi-partisan" support. That is why we cannot make progress with this plan...blah...blah...blah

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