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President Obama: Republicans Made “Political Decision” to Oppose Health Care Reform


…when you actually look at the bill itself, it incorporates all sorts of Republican ideas. I mean a lot of commentators have said, you know, this is sort of similar to the bill that Mitt Romney, the Republican governor and now presidential candidate, passed in Massachusetts. A lot of the ideas in terms of the exchange, just being able to pool and improve the purchasing power of individuals in the insurance market. That originated from the Heritage Foundation and…

Nailed it.

  • If you take a bill, including 100 things that Republicans absolutely can’t stand, and then throw in 10 they support, you can’t say with a straight face that the bill “incorporates all sorts of Republicans ideas” and we’re being political when we oppose it. If that’s the case, I don’t want to hear any Democratic complaining about No Child Left Behind – which incorporated all sorts of Democratic ideas and was supported by Ted Kennedy.

    There aren’t many Republicans, other than Mitt Romney, who think Romneycare was a good idea – and frankly, I don’t know many folks in Massachusetts think it was a good idea either. I also think it’s funny that the President would compare the two, given the massive cost overruns and its failure to actually provide universal affordable care.

    Romney can thank the President for tanking any chance he may have had at getting the Republican nomination in 2012. Passing health insurance nationally and using Romneycare as a way of promoting it just ended Romney’s career.

    • The Republican Party has lurched to the extreme, lunatic fringe right and has lost any semblance of credibility as a serious, national political party. That is all.

    • TomPaine

      “The #1 thing that we don’t like is the spending and the gimmicks it took to get this through.”

      Stop the RNC BS talking points. Those lousy deals with Democrats occured because of what effectively was a Republican filibuster of heath care reform and the need to get Republicans in faux Democratic clothing (Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieux, etc.) to stop the Reublican filibuster.

      “I have been saying for months now that the Democrats should have started over, passed the stuff that had bipartisan support first in smaller pieces and then went after controversial stuff.”

      This would be amusing if it were a not deliberate and obvious lie. Both “Tanning Bed” John Boehner and Mitch McConnell made clear that after the passage of TARP, the Republicans would not cooperate with Obama and the Democrats on any domestic legislation (and they have not). Remember “Waterloo” and “Nobama)? Witness the fruitless negotiations with the Senate “Gang of Six” and Olympia Snowe? Those Republicans would not agree to endorse even

      their own ideas and while Grassley was negotiating with Bachus, he was going around the country telling Republican audiences that he had no intention of supporting even the ideas that he might put forth; however after the

      bill was passed, Grassley claimed to his constituents that certain items in the bill were his even though he had

      voted against those items in committee.

  • pvogel

    On Fox, the bill had 98% of harless things , and 2% of end of civilization stuff.  Just as long as its the “End of tea baggers”

    • The only people that had to be placated with the lousy deals and gimmicks were DEMOCRATS. You guys had a filibuster proof majority for most of last year, but you couldn’t get your own caucus on board to get this done. If you guys want to primary Landrieu and Nelson, feel free. I’d love to pick those seats up.

      Boehner could do nothing – absolutely nothing – to stop health insurance reform in the House, and McConnell was only slightly more effective. It would have been more politically effective for you guys to pull each section of the bill apart, try and pass them one at a time, dare the Republicans to vote no on things they claimed to advocate and then, if they voted against, roll all of it into the final bill. That way at least you would have actual evidence of our unwillingness to compromise. Instead you put together a monstrosity that even Joe Cao couldn’t vote for, and you do in such a way that it gives everyone who opposes the thing a solid process argument to make in voting against it.