Ten Republicans Working to Fund Obamacare

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Well it appears all Republicans aren’t sticking together and as usual Tn Senator Bob Corker is one of them, along with our fence rider, Lamar Alexander.

With Sen. Ted Cruz fighting Obamacare this week “until he can’t stand,” it is a timely occasion to remember which Republicans have been working with Democrats to knock Sen. Cruz down.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)

The second-term former MTV star complained on Friday that he and his friends in the House had “kept a lid on our anger” at Sen. Cruz, explaining, “we were the punching bag and bullied by some of these Senate conservatives.”

From the outside, it looks like Duffy is the one harassing conservatives in the Senate.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY)

Rep. King, a declared 2016 presidential candidate, is an example for those who make the case that liberal Democrats are better than liberals masquerading as Republicans. Speaking on Friday, King had little to say on the topic of Obamacare. He did, however, say that he was going to “start ignoring” Sen. Cruz, that Cruz was a “fraud” and “bad for the party.”

If opposition to Obamacare is bad for the party, what is the point to having an opposition party?

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR)

In a message on Twitter September 18, Rep. Griffin took a shot at conservatives in the Senate, saying, “so far Sen Rs are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else,” and urging them to “do something.”

Of course, getting “likes” and Twitter followers are more than Rep. Griffin has been able to accomplish. Where Sen. Cruz has more than 130,000 followers on Twitter, Griffin has 9,500 – 93 percent fewer than Cruz. Considering Duffy’s fellow MTV stars exceed 9,500 likes every time they post a picture of one of their meals, Griffin may want to reassess whether he is good for anything.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

Sen. Corker also took to Twitter September 19 in an attack on Sen. Cruz’s academic credentials. “I didn’t go to Harvard or Princeton,” Corker wrote, “but I can count — the defunding box canyon is a tactic that will fail and weaken our position.”

Even if Corker finds Cruz unbearable because of his academic credentials, he could instead attack Obama for going to Columbia and Harvard. What is Corker trying to accomplish by attacking a fellow Republican?

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)

House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions has repeatedly refused to oppose Obamacare. When 127 members of the House signed a letter in July 2012 asking that Speaker Boehner not support appropriations bills funding Obamacare, Sessions declined to sign. When 80 members recently signed another letter calling on Boehner to defund Obamacare, Sessions again declined to sign.

Ironically, Sessions’ desperation to retain power may cause him to lose it. Katrina Pierson recently signed up to run against him in the Republican primary.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) & Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX)

Sens. Cornyn & McConnell receive equal credit for working together to obstruct Senate conservatives. McConnell announced on Tuesday that he would not stand with Senate conservatives – or the 53% of Americans who want Obamacare defunded – when it was time to vote. He said he would vote to allow Democrats to pass the budget they wanted to pass.  It also made news on September 23 that he and Sen. Cornyn were working in tandem to win more Republican votes in favor of passing Obamacare. One senior congressional staffer observed, “Nobody is fighting harder to make sure Obamacare is funded than Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn.”

In fairness, Cornyn signed a letter opposing Obamacare earlier this year. But after pressure from Sen. McConnell’s office, Cornyn withdrew his signature. Cornyn cannot take the heat that comes from supporting limited government.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Sen. McCain has been performing his standard role as President Obama’s spokesman in the Senate, stating that those who want to defund Obamacare are “not rational.” That escalated to a new high last week when one McCain staffer told the media that the Senator, in fact, “f***ing hates Cruz.”

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Though she was elected on promises to repeal Obamacare, Rep. Ellmers apparently changed her mind after getting elected. Cracking under the pressure of calls to follow through on her campaign promise, she lashed out at the conservative movement more broadly, referring to the Heritage Foundation & FreedomWorks as “hypocrites” for targeting Republicans who vote poorly on critical issues.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)

“The fight over here has been won. The House has voted over 40 times to change Obamacare, to repeal it. It’s time for the Senate to have this fight,” Speaker Boehner said after the House’s passage of legislation defunding Obamacare. Boehner failed to mention that twenty percent of those changes were “improvements” to Obamacare meant to help the President that were ultimately passed by Senate Democrats and signed into law.

Little wonder that 50% of Republican voters in Boehner’s district would like to see him face a primary challenger. His legacy will be one of having helped Democrats more than he helped Republicans.

Ten Republicans Working to Fund Obamacare | FreedomWorks.

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GOP Has Votes In Senate to Defund Obamacare, Red State Democrats In Trouble

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Knowing our two Tn. Senators as we do, I seriously doubt they will vote to end cloture.

If the GOP in the Senate stands together on the upcoming cloture vote, which allows Harry Reid to reinstate funding for Obamacare, then the disastrous healthcare law will not be funded.

On a call with conservative news outlets, Senator Ted Cruz said that it was now “clear to any objective observer, that Obamacare was not working.”

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) stated earlier that Republicans had the necessary votes to defeat cloture, reiterating what Cruz said, that if  Republicans stood together, Obamacare would be defunded.

Millions of Americans are facing the prospects of losing their jobs, or not being hired at all, or facing the prospects of being pushed forcibly into part time work, are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, and are facing the risk or the reality of losing their health insurance. The vote that matters is the vote on cloture. Any senator who votes ‘yes’ on cloture, gives Reid the power to fully fund Obamacare

Ted Cruz Cruz points out that if cloture is held, there are seven red state Democratic Senators, including Mark Pryor and Marie Landrieu, up for re-election in 2014, who saw their respective states vote for Mitt Romney over President Obama, adding that Obama only received 42% or less of the vote in 2012.

Cruz also said that these Senators need to “honest and consistent” with their constituents, and tell them that, ‘Yes’ I voted with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare, and not turn around and tell them that they made every effort to defund Obamacare, when if fact they didn’t.

“Republicans should stand up for their rights as a minority and for the American people as a whole. We have the votes to win, if only Senate Republicans will stand together as the House did and as we have in the past.”-Senator Mike Lee

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If the GOP in the Senate stands together on the upcoming cloture vote, which allows Harry Reid to reinstate funding for Obamacare, then the disastrous healthcare law will not be funded. On a call with conservative news outlets, Senator Ted Cruz said that it was now “clear to any objective observer, that Obamacare was not working.” Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) stated earlier that Republicans had the necessary votes to defeat cloture, reiterating what Cruz said, that if Republicans stood together, Obamacare would be defunded. Millions of Americans are facing the prospects of losing their jobs, or not being hired at all, or facing the prospects of being pushed forcibly into part time work, are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, and are facing the risk or the reality of losing their health insurance. The vote that matters is the vote on cloture. Any senator who votes ‘yes’ on cloture, gives Reid the power to fully fund Obamacare-Ted Cruz Cruz points out that if cloture is held, there are seven red state Democratic Senators, including Mark Pryor and Marie Landrieu, up for re-election in 2014, who saw their respective states vote for Mitt Romney over President Obama, adding that Obama only received 42% or less of the vote in 2012. Cruz also said that these Senators need to “honest and consistent” with their constituents, and tell them that, ‘Yes’ I voted with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare, and not turn around and tell them that they made every effort to defund Obamacare, when if fact they didn’t. “Republicans should stand up for their rights as a minority and for the American people as a whole. We have the votes to win, if only Senate Republicans will stand together as the House did and as we have in the past.”-Senator Mike Lee “Like and share” the story. Tell us what you think, leave a comment below.

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If the GOP in the Senate stands together on the upcoming cloture vote, which allows Harry Reid to reinstate funding for Obamacare, then the disastrous healthcare law will not be funded. On a call with conservative news outlets, Senator Ted Cruz said that it was now “clear to any objective observer, that Obamacare was not working.” Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) stated earlier that Republicans had the necessary votes to defeat cloture, reiterating what Cruz said, that if Republicans stood together, Obamacare would be defunded. Millions of Americans are facing the prospects of losing their jobs, or not being hired at all, or facing the prospects of being pushed forcibly into part time work, are facing skyrocketing health insurance premiums, and are facing the risk or the reality of losing their health insurance. The vote that matters is the vote on cloture. Any senator who votes ‘yes’ on cloture, gives Reid the power to fully fund Obamacare-Ted Cruz Cruz points out that if cloture is held, there are seven red state Democratic Senators, including Mark Pryor and Marie Landrieu, up for re-election in 2014, who saw their respective states vote for Mitt Romney over President Obama, adding that Obama only received 42% or less of the vote in 2012. Cruz also said that these Senators need to “honest and consistent” with their constituents, and tell them that, ‘Yes’ I voted with Harry Reid to fund Obamacare, and not turn around and tell them that they made every effort to defund Obamacare, when if fact they didn’t. “Republicans should stand up for their rights as a minority and for the American people as a whole. We have the votes to win, if only Senate Republicans will stand together as the House did and as we have in the past.”-Senator Mike Lee – See more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/09/26/gop-has-votes-in-senate-to-defund-obamacare-red-state-democrats-in-trouble/#sthash.bI1735Lu.l6763n9j.dpuf

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Bob Corker attacks Ted Cruz on Senate floor, plays dumb about cloture

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This is the full exchange between Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Ted Cruz where Corker suggests that Cruz and Lee are holding up the vote on the CR until tomorrow just so they can be on TV. But more than that Corker plays dumb on voting for cloture tomorrow, suggesting that a vote for cloture (ending debate) is a vote in support of the House CR.

But that’s completely dishonest because as soon as they vote to end debate on the House CR, Reid is going to propose an amendment to strip out the House language that defunds Obamacare and it can’t be filibustered. It will pass with a simple majority. Corker knows this but plays off the simple majority amendment process that Reid will invoke as something that’s been around for ages and nothing to be concerned about. But Cruz continues to point out to Corker that a vote for cloture tomorrow will indeed be a vote to give Harry Reid the power to fully fund Obamacare.

Also watch to the very end, just past Durbin’s little speech, and you’ll see Corker throw both Cruz and Lee completely under the bus, siding with Durbin. It’s disgusting.

FULL EXCHANGE: Corker attacks Cruz on Senate floor, plays dumb about cloture, throws Cruz, Lee under the bus » The Right Scoop –.

Iranians Correct CNN’s Whitewash of Iranian President Interview

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Headlines this week touted Iranian President Rouhani calling the Holocaust “reprehensible” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour:

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Other journalists took this as a sign that maybe the Iranians are starting to come around. Maybe the Iranians aren’t so hell-bent on destroying Israel after all, even though they’ve called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that will soon be destroyed? And threatened Israel’s destruction again last month?

Not so fast, say the Iranians. It was a bad translation. Rouhani never said, “reprehensible.”

What Rouhani really said was some platitudes about, in general, genocide being a bad thing, including what the Nazis did. If the Iranians destroyed Israel? That would be completely different!

But why the correction? Probably because of that part in yellow. Nothing could be more offensive to the Iranian leadership than the suggestion that a Jewish life, a Christian life, and a Muslim life are equally valuable.

Nice try, CNN!

Ha! Iranians Correct CNN’s Whitewash of Iranian President Interview | The Gateway Pundit.

Pelosi on the Debt Limit: Obama Has the Power

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Another Obamacare Delay: Online Exchanges For Small Businesses Won’t Be Ready

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Just a little more than a week ago, the Obama administration was shouting down any suggesting that Obamacare be delayed.

“The Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The president signed it. The Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional. It is providing benefits to millions of Americans today,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier this month. He also offered a one-word answer when asked if the president is willing to delay Obamacare: “No.”

“They should not harm average folks out there in order to participate in that exercise. They should do their jobs by making sure the central functions of government are funded,” Carney said.

Flash forward to today, and we get word that yet another aspect of Obamacare is being delayed. Online exchanges operated for small businesses won’t be ready on October 1st:

The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare – this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO. …

The delay is expected to further stoke Republican-led concerns that the law is not ready and should be stopped before 2014.

Previously the Obama administration has announced delays in transmitting Medicaid applications to the states. Exchanges in Oregon, Colorado and the District of Columbia are delayed. The employer mandate has been delayed too.

Meanwhile, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has announced that he’d vote for a one year delay in the individual mandate. House Republicans want a one-year delay in the implementation of the parts of the law not yet implemented.

Another Obamacare Delay: Online Exchanges For Small Businesses Won’t Be Ready | Say Anything.

Obamacare Will Increase North Dakota’s Lowest-Cost Insurance Premium By 272%

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This from yesterday as well: Tennessee: Obamacare will triple men’s premiums, double women’s

Yesterday I wrote about Obamacare’s impact on health insurance premiums in North Dakota, noting that the controversial health law is going to mean fewer choices and more expense for citizens of the state.

Today, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, we have more details of the impact on cost. The paper compares “insurance premiums for the lowest-cost ‘bronze’ plan for a 27-year-old single person with the current lowest-cost option for a man in a metro area in 36 states where the federal government will oversee exchanges.”

What we see from the comparison is a big, big increase in even the lowest-cost health insurance option under Obamacare.

Currently the lowest-cost premium in North Dakota is $47/month. Under Obamacare, the lowest-cost “bronze” level health insurance plan will be $175/month. That’s a 272% increase.

Yesterday Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the Obama administration didn’t compare premiums on the new health insurance exchanges with current real-world costs because it wouldn’t be a fair comparison. What he meant is that under Obamacare there are mandates in place that inflate costs.

As the Journal explains, “New federal requirements will require carriers to price insurance equally regardless of consumers’ medical history or gender and will offer more generous coverage and more benefits than current plans may offer.”

That may be a good deal for the sick, who cannot be denied coverage and who must be covered at the same premium level as someone who is healthy. And maybe a policy with a broader sort of coverage will work better for some citizens.

But there is no question that these mandates make health insurance costs less flexible, and a lot higher.

Update: At Forbes Avik Roy runs the numbers a little differently, but still comes up with a big increase for both men and women. In North Dakota, 163%

Obamacare Will Increase North Dakota’s Lowest-Cost Insurance Premium By 272% | Say Anything.

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