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Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) listens to House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R) discussing the Balanced Budget Amendment, which is scheduled to be considered on the floor of the House next week, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washingt
House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor (Larry Downing/Reuters)
Lest there be any doubt that House Republicans intend to keep voting on repeal, they're voting on repeal as soon as they get back to town following the latest vacation. They'll be tacking on a defunding effort to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.
The House as early as next week will pass legislation prohibiting the IRS from receiving any money from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the 2010 healthcare reform law. [...]

The report notes that in 2010, HHS allocated $20 million to the IRS for enforcing the healthcare law "without the Committee's knowledge." It also notes that the IRS received $168 million from HHS to implement the law in 2011, and plans to get another $322 million from HHS in 2012.

The committee in question, Appropriations, should have known about the $20 million because they should have known it was in the Affordable Care Act. But they're not going to let a little thing like that get in they way of their tantrum. By the way, why would the IRS need $20 million to implement the Affordable Care Act? Because the tax credits for small business to begin to provide coverage for employees have kicked in, which the IRS has needed to oversee. (BTW, last time we checked in with House Republicans, they said it was $500 million.)

This does, however, raise the major wrinkle of the Affordable Care Act, uncovered by TPM's Brian Beutler. If states refuse to set up their own exchanges under the law, the federal government has the authority to set up exchanges for them. But, in drafting the law, "they neglected to include automatic appropriations for federally facilitated exchanges (FFEs)." That means that, while there's money to give to the states, there will be a big fight for the money for the federal government to set up exchanges for the states that refuse to do it.

Which is just one more very compelling reason to make sure Nancy Pelosi gets the gavel back. We need a House that will pass the necessary appropriations to make sure this law is implemented as intended.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM PDT.

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  •  Good. Make Republicans shut down the government (8+ / 0-)

    during an election year in a fit of pique.

    Makes for REAL good press for them.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:40:32 PM PDT

  •  They are evil losers (7+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:41:21 PM PDT

  •  You know... (14+ / 0-)

    ..you live in a barbaric & depraved country when one of the 2 major political parties thinks a brilliant political strategy is keeping the sick & poor from receiving adequate health care.

    I think Republicans have a term for that:  "American exceptionalism."

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:45:06 PM PDT

  •  R U F***ING SERIOUS???? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    commonmass, Gooserock, SoCaliana, ChemBob
    If states refuse to set up their own exchanges under the law, the federal government has the authority to set up exchanges for them. But, in drafting the law, "they neglected to include automatic appropriations for federally facilitated exchanges (FFEs)." That means that, while there's money to give to the states, there will be a big fight for the money for the federal government to set up exchanges for the states that refuse to do it.
    Uh, this is a total, unmitigated, absolute, disaster.  I had no idea this was the case.

    Boehner can hold the entire Federal Government ransom over this if he (or another R) still control the House.

  •  Speaker Boehner, I was given to understand (2+ / 0-)
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    speak2me, Cedwyn

    that I would be given a chicken to barter with my doctor? I still haven't received it. /snark

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Mrs. Romney: Fraud on Horse. equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:49:09 PM PDT

    •  Say it to him! (0+ / 0-)

      We can snark and sneer all we want on this site.  But let's have the guts to say it to those who are threatening repeal.

      I've already left a message re repeal on Cornyn's "Contact me" page on his senate site. "Don't. You. Dare."

      Kay Granger is next.

      All of you...don't say this to us. Say it to them!

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:19:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  We all knew this was coming (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    commonmass, fumie, Cedwyn

             
    Republicans will try to sit on their butts
     until they can gut health care reform.

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:53:33 PM PDT

  •  So. (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, commonmass

    Instead of working to IMPROVE THE ECONOMY, House Republicans are now wasting their time and our money trying to BLOCK MONEY the Federal Government IS ALLOCATING STATES for setting up Obamacare troops, in those states that refuse to care for their sick and poor.

    Way to go, House GOP, you just keep on bein' awesomely treasonous.

  •  Will they ever get over themselves? (0+ / 0-)

    Oh, forget it.
    I saw Cantors picture on a 'who will be VP' headline. Go for it Mitt, you couldn't pick a bigger prick who nobody really likes all that much.

    •  Would Cantor have to drop out of the House (0+ / 0-)

      to run for Vice-President?  It depends on state law, I think.  Lyndon Johnson ran for both VEEP and for re-election to his seat in the Senate in 1960, but in some states you can't do that.  Anybody know the law in Virginia?

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:13:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ah my eyes! My eyes! (4+ / 0-)
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    sfcouple, Pluto, nellgwen, bonesy

    Every time I see a picture of Boehner or Cantor - I get physically ill, especially after his interview over the weekend where he had no ideas/solutions for when they think they're going to repeal.  

    They are smarmy, self-serving arrogant a-holes.

    I am awaiting my new self-designed bumper sticker from Cafe Press, it's uber dramatic, it's a little over the top, according to my mom, but I don't care these guys piss me off.

    The sticker is: GOP to the uninsured:  Drop Dead!  

    I have an alternate just in case: If Romney Wins, I Will Die!

    Seems spot on to me, harsh language is certainly called for when lives are at stake.  

    They are douchenozzles!

    "Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of a cure." Emma 1816 Check out my blog http://uninsuredinca.blogspot.com

    by ArtemisBSG on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 05:17:31 PM PDT

  •  Holy Crap! (3+ / 0-)
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    splashoil, sfcouple, nellgwen

    And they will hold up automatic appropriations for the exchanges forever. if they can. What's to stop them?

    These people are evil bastards.  Seriously.  

    This is a real slip-up on the Dem side. wth.  :(  

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 06:32:32 PM PDT

  •  Republicans have a lot of 'we AIN'T DOIN' THAT' (5+ / 0-)

    on their schedule before the election. Gotta unfund ACA. Gotta blow up the new debt ceiling deadline. Gotta blow up the deal THEY made on the sequestration. Gotta blow up the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Gotta . . . .

    Exactly what kind of effect do they think this will all have on all those voters who just want to see the government work without all this melodrama? Do they really think that they will get elected because the public will be so afraid of what will happen if they don't and  the Rs throw a tantrum accordingly?  

    •  At some point in time (4+ / 0-)

      The public will tire of the R's grandstanding melodrama and realize that sane rational government is needed for the survival of the human species.

      I can't wait that long, I have a 'best lived by' date. And I don't want to miss it.

      •  Yeah, but it will be after another 4 years... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        rhonan

        of complete Republican control.  The public only gave the Dems 2 years to implement their policies (which the Dems sadly did not take full advantage of).  

        For some reason the American public gives Republicans a lot more leeway, even though the Republicans feed them an unending stream of shit the entire time.  

      •  It depends on whether the R's (0+ / 0-)

        can turn the accusation for the melodrama back on the Democrats.  So far they've been pretty successful at that.

        The Democrats will scream, "They're not appropriating the money to implement the plan!"  And the Republicans will yell, "It will bankrupt the country!  We told you it would!."

        What a cluster....

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 06:47:58 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  What will they do if they actually get elected and (0+ / 0-)

      the house of cards is falling.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

      by CTMET on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:22:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  where are the JOBS Mr Speaker???? (5+ / 0-)

    where is this laser-like focus on jobs you promised us?  

    I grant you this isn't an anti-abortion measure like so much of your activities have been - but the jobs, O Orange one?????

  •  Excellent (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sfcouple

    I'm sure they have all the rope they need.  Bring it party of greed, bring it.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:09:46 PM PDT

  •  So, what impact do you guys think (4+ / 0-)

    ...this will have on the immediate need to raise the debt ceiling in November?

    The US has been warned, globally, of serious consequences if congress pulls that crap again and panics the world that we might default.


    The US is the only industrialized nation where gun ownership is a right, health care is a privilege, poverty and infant mortality are rising, and where the constitution appeases slave-holders instead of benefiting citizens.

    by Pluto on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:11:37 PM PDT

  •  So What? (0+ / 0-)

    Just like everything else the House does, outside of the contempt charge of Eric Holder, it doesn't go anywhere.

    It's another symbolic vote & hardly a surprise.  

    Days later, no one is even talking about Eric Holder anymore....outside of Mrs. Holder.

    Here today, gone tomorrow.  

  •  The "Decepticons" of the human race in America. (0+ / 0-)

    I loathe all of them!

    GOTV!

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:14:35 PM PDT

  •  So they're going to monkey-wrench it (3+ / 0-)
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    fumie, nellgwen, Matt Z

    We have Mitt the flip-flopper, and we have the Republican monkey-wrenchers.

    They're going to be asked about why they're intentionally undermining people's health care.

    This isn't going to help them get votes.

    Oh, I almost forgot, votes aren't the issue ( not top priority anyway )

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:14:41 PM PDT

  •  The country is on fire (3+ / 0-)
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    nellgwen, Matt Z, Brooke In Seattle

    and we still needs job...I know it won't do any good...but sometimes I just want to scream at them...do something...anything... that actually helps the country...

  •  The ACA raises the capital gains tax rate, I think (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pluto, auditor, Matt Z

    ...if I read this right and Congress doesn't change things.

       Right now, the maximum federal tax rate on long-term capital gains and dividends is 15 percent. In 2013, the top rate is scheduled to go up to 20 percent as the "Bush tax cuts" expire. Starting in 2013, all or part of the net investment income, including long-term capital gains and dividends, collected by high-income folks can get hit with a 3.8 percent "Medicare contribution tax." Therefore, the top federal rate on long-term gains and dividends for 2013 and beyond will be 23.8 percent (unless Congress acts to extend the 15 percent rate).
    http://www.bizactions.com/....
    In that link, scroll down to the second item under Changes Taking Effect in 2013.

    I hadn't heard a word about this being in the "Obamacare" bill, but I bet it's one reason rich conservatives were so upset about it.  This one item could make the tax code considerably less favorable to them -- and that much better for the 99.9%.

    Unless this provision was slipped into the bill at the last minute, I don't understand why it wasn't a big point in the debate.  The best guess I can conjure up is that Republicans didn't want to call attention to it, but wanted to defeat the bill on other grounds than preserving a tax break for the rich.  And maybe Democrats didn't want it noticed, for fear of bringing out that much more lobbying pressure from rich folks who hadn't noticed it.

    Had anyone out there heard of this before today?  I got an e-mail about it just today from a firm that does accounting and financial advice for doctors.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:25:47 PM PDT

    •  Yes. It's there. (1+ / 0-)
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      david78209

      Although I question the math in your quote.

      There are reasons that this is not discussed. It's not a pretty PR picture. It only affects the very wealthy who earn money passively by sitting on their lazy asses.


      The US is the only industrialized nation where gun ownership is a right, health care is a privilege, where poverty and infant mortality are rising, and where the constitution appeases slave-holders instead of benefiting citizens.

      by Pluto on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:30:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It affects more than that... (2+ / 0-)
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        david78209, Pluto

        It also impacts the overpaid CEOs who make millions via stock options.  While they aren't "sitting on their lazy asses", they are so overpaid as to basically be no better.  

        •  See that thin blue line? (0+ / 0-)

          That's the only income they work for and pay earned income taxes on.

          The rest is "sitting on your ass" money.


          The US is the only industrialized nation where gun ownership is a right, health care is a privilege, where poverty and infant mortality are rising, and where the constitution appeases slave-holders instead of benefiting citizens.

          by Pluto on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:21:16 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  That capital gains tax increase? (0+ / 0-)

      It's going to affect you and I, if we sell a home we've lived in for less than 2 out of the previous 5 years.  Don't fool yourself into thinking the increase will only cost the 99%.  

      •  If we buy and sell a home in two years and profit (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        wsexson

        Or buy a home and rent it out for three out of five years and sell it for profit...

        We probably aren't really 99%'rs anyway bro.

        •  That brings something else to mind (0+ / 0-)

          Ha!  If ever I was a One-Percenter, I'm surely not one now.  Just this morning I spent a few minutes debating internally which brand of rice to buy, just to save a few cents (and afterwards was truly amazed to see that new-fangled scanner thingie when I went through the Dollar General checkout line).

          This entire 99%/1% thing is a snow job, a campaign slogan, a protesters' gimmick.  The nation is divided closer to 50/50 (that's why Bush-Gore was so damned close, and why the upcoming election looks to be a squeaker, as well), and both sides have fair shares of rich and poor.  I hope we stay split nearly evenly, because as long as Capitol Hill stays split, neither party can do the rest of us much damage.

          I'm perfectly willing to admit that liberals who disagree with my points of view are every bit as American as I am, and I'm proud to live in a nation where politics is vibrant.  It does disturb me, though, to see the us-and-them argument used so often, used like a rioter's club in many cases.  To me, it makes far more sense to look for ways to allow people to help themselves.  Dragging the middle and upper classes down to raise the lower classes won't work -- that methodology has failed in the past, and will continue to fail in future.  

  •  why bother (3+ / 0-)
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    setting up the exchanges for the wingnut states.

    Let disparity in health care access become clearer, and let popular demand bring about political change

    •  Without exchanges (0+ / 0-)

      -- (which are actually simply websites that look a lot like Travelocity) -- it will be more difficult for individuals to find insurance.

      However, there are no exchanges for Medicare folks, who must select from dozens of supplemental policies. And the job gets done.

      My guess is that independent agents will step in and take care of the problem, if there is a problem.

      The insurance companies should pay for the exchanges. They're the ones making all the money off of this deal.


      The US is the only industrialized nation where gun ownership is a right, health care is a privilege, where poverty and infant mortality are rising, and where the constitution appeases slave-holders instead of benefiting citizens.

      by Pluto on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:36:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hey, they have nothing better to do, they have (0+ / 0-)

    no desire to improve the economy, in fact they are guilty of sabotage as far as I am concerned, so what better to do than something totally and completely meaningless! But to top it off I saw a story on MSNBC yesterday which I couldn't believe. Supposedly somehoe it looks like the GOP may retain control of the House??!! Your kidding, right? What have any of the Repugs done, to deserve reelection. Can someone please explain this to me?

  •  Sigh. (0+ / 0-)

    Bastards.

    Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

    by blueoregon on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:38:46 PM PDT

  •  Why don't the rethugs just dust off (0+ / 0-)

    the white sheets and place a fiery cross in front of the white house?

    Who do they think they're fooling?

    About as subtle as a Day-glo '69 Kombi-van at a sit-in.

    Peace

    CJ

    Some people make you want to change species

    by ulookarmless on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:41:47 PM PDT

  •  Once those refund (1+ / 0-)
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    MarkW53

    checks from insurance companies start hitting the unsuspecting policy payers mailboxes next month, the whole paradigm will change. The people who are the most skeptical are the ones who already have policies, and when a refund/rebate check falls into their lap that they weren't expecting, they will be believers.

  •  Flying lessons... they need 'em... (0+ / 0-)

    Doesn't this kind of crap over, and over, and over, and over, and over forcing the country into a deeper and deeper and deeper financial death spiral and all they want to do is fund the KKK, John Birch Society and their local Pee-Party chapters.

    EVERYTHING they do is pushing hard against a black president on every initiative for the advancement of the countries people and all these trash-bags wanna do is leave town, attend Klan meetings and drive their beat-up pickup trucks down to the country store and get some chewing tobacco...

    I've witnessed trash at work before but these clowns really take the cake,,, all for me - none for you.. Just like the slave traders of old... AND, you have Rupe's raiders over at Cluster-Fox leading the charge... Where is the Fairness doctrine??

  •  This action is just for show, (0+ / 0-)

    the Senate will never pass this. The only solution to this folly of Boner's is to charge them with Treason. This is a waste of taxpayer money, they are trying to take action against American citizens that want this Health Care Coverage. They are so above understanding what the American people want. Either do the job you were elected to do or get the hell out of the job. Boner, and your tea party friends aka KKK our President is black and you can't stand that. Go f yourselves.

    *a hundred years from now, the future may be different because I was important in the life of a child*

    by bonesy on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:59:38 PM PDT

  •  Read that big 'ole thang? Us? You're kidding... (0+ / 0-)
    The committee in question, Appropriations, should have known about the $20 million because they should have known it was in the Affordable Care Act. But they're not going to let a little thing like that get in they way of their tantrum.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 06:56:53 PM PDT

  •  Spell it out (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats need to yell it out that the GOP wants to HURT PEOPLE. And that's not exaggerating.

  •  Boehner looks terrible under that tan. He must be (0+ / 0-)

    very stressed out.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam> "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Edna St.V. Millay

    by slouching on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 08:06:26 PM PDT

  •  defunding (0+ / 0-)

    Defunding is the same trick Mr. Bush used, making sure that the SEC, for instance, could not operate efficiently, and we all know how well that turned out.  

    Can't the Republicans at least develop a new dirty trick every now and again to justify their salaries?  These people are absolutely shameless.  

  •  Typical GOP Bullshit (0+ / 0-)

    Boner and Eric Can't-tor will push votes on this while for two years they did "JACK SHIT"  for this country.  Where are your jobs proposals, where is your plan to save the jobs of the postal workers and on and on and on.  GOP, Right Wingers, Goofy Evangelicals who work contrary to all the beliefs of Jesus and best of all the looney Tea Baggers are so stupid it's unbelieveable.  Do something for America, the Middle Class, Seniors and students for a change you scumbags.  You can't exist on hate, bigotry and racisism for ever you know.

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