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Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep. Jack Kingston
The new chairman of a key heath care committee in the House, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, wants you know that even though he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act he's not, in Politico's words, "a saber-rattling, repeal-at-any-cost zealot."
“I don’t want to go in there saying, ‘By golly, there’s a new sheriff in town,’” the Savannah resident told POLITICO. “Obamacare has been the law of the land, and it is getting implemented. We have to work in that context.”

Describing those comments as potentially “controversial” — a nod to the heat that Speaker John Boehner took when he called Obamacare the law of the land right after the November elections — Kingston acknowledged the difficult position he’s in, caught between a Republican base that detests the health law and Democrats who control the White House and Senate.

Three guesses which side Kingston would be answering to:
Kingston emphasized that much of his role in guiding the financing for HHS and Obamacare will be defined by party leaders. “If I have a role of being a quarterback, then I’m not going to be the one calling all the plays,” he said. “I think a lot of what we do on the Affordable Care Act is going to be in coordination with the front office of Appropriations and presumably with leadership and with authorizing committees.”
To translate, he won't stand in the way of efforts to defund programs under the law. Kingston has always been an opponent of the law, and has voted consistently for repeal. For all Kingston's talk about how he is "'100 percent' committed to getting a bipartisan bill" to fund the Department of Health and Human Services, he'll do his party leaders' bidding. That means a new battlefield for the Affordable Care Act: its funding.

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Comment Preferences

  •  What a Shock, (9+ / 0-)

    Maybe we Won't get this bill and the benefits after all..

  •  They've already gotten a start (4+ / 0-)

    The fiscal cliff deal cut Obamacare in a big way (barring money for 1/2 of the states for those health care co-ops that were supposed to be what we got instead of the public option).  

    Link.

    JesseCW's earlier comment on it

  •  Start the campaign to oust him from House seat, (6+ / 0-)

    today, if not sooner.

  •  The repukes have to fight this (5+ / 0-)

    because once people find out how much cheaper & better single payer is, the repukes will have a hard time getting elected

    Clinton/ Warren 2016

    by artr2 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:04:28 PM PST

  •  Centrist insurance reform (3+ / 0-)
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    pengiep, eXtina, thomask

    Is controversial. Calling it the law of the land is controversial. By golly.

  •  The Waterboy (6+ / 0-)
    Kingston emphasized that much of his role in guiding the financing for HHS and Obamacare will be defined by party leaders. “If I have a role of being a quarterback, then I’m not going to be the one calling all the plays,” he said. “I think a lot of what we do on the Affordable Care Act is going to be in coordination with the front office of Appropriations and presumably with leadership and with authorizing committees.”

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:07:19 PM PST

  •  Personally, I think (7+ / 0-)

    DKos should have a "Gaping Asshole" of the day series (ok, you can name it something else).  Sort of like the Abbreviated Pundit but with gaping assholes.

    Yes, I know there are so many but the challenge of condensing the assholiness should be a lovely challenge.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:08:07 PM PST

  •  This guy has been on the Bill Maher show (8+ / 0-)

    frequently, and he acts like a typical "nice guy," a conservative "you could talk to." Maher kinda kids around with him, and teases him.

    But if on policy he's a goddamned viper who detests healthcare for more citizens,  who the hell cares if he's a "nice guy"? Piss on him.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:14:32 PM PST

  •  oh my (1+ / 0-)
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    417els

    the house no longer surprises me--
    ... i wish it did.
    oh my..

    “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.” -Voltaire

    by downtownLALife on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:22:06 PM PST

  •  Kingston? (3+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, madronagal, stevenaxelrod

    He is on the loony fringe of the loony fringe. Nothing good for humanity will ever emanate from him.

  •  OT but imo, importnat... (1+ / 0-)
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    stevenaxelrod

    Has everyone signed danny glover's petition to have paul krugman nominated as secretary of treasury?

    http://signon.org/...

    sure, it's a pipe dream, but just sign it!

    HAPPY NEW BAKTUN EVERYBODY !!! (-9.75 / -9.05)

    by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:27:01 PM PST

    •  I would not inflict that sort of punishment on (0+ / 0-)

      Professor Krugman.  Winning the Nobel Prize means that you never have to suffer fools gladly anymore like someone would have to do as Treasury Secretary.  Professor Krugman does that for us every now and again on the Stephanopolousus Show when he listens to Mary Matalin and Will open their traps and have stupidity flow out with every syllable, so he is doing enough for us now as an academic/pundit.  Please do not inflict the title of politician on him too.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:32:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  :::eye roll::: (6+ / 0-)
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    MyMy, Danali, 417els, thomask, MadRuth, Tunk
    “I don’t want to go in there saying, ‘By golly, there’s a new sheriff in town,’” the Savannah resident told POLITICO.
    But, does he fully realize there's NOT a new sheriff in town?

    Actually, he reminds me more of Barney Fife.

    “Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or lowering the deficit.” -- Ronald Reagan, 1984 debate with Walter Mondale

    by RJDixon74135 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:28:18 PM PST

  •  OT, speaking of funding....and public interest (1+ / 0-)
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    thomask

    Someone I know and like has a youtube series. Obama has quoted him on foreign policy issues.

    Recently, he posted:

    96-year old Social Security recipient Sidney J. Glück, retired 50-year economics professor and business owner, demands President Obama and Congress respect the public nature of Social Security funds and refuse to cut them for the very workers who paid into them. Here, China and Venezuela are among many countries that have copied the social security system for the disabled, the unemployed, and the retired, but have chosen not to squander public capital in the interest of protecting private finance capital.
  •  this from a guy who think's he is African-American (0+ / 0-)

    Better Know Your District (The Colbert Report)

    I'm a blue drop in a red bucket.

    by blue drop on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:36:00 PM PST

  •  Obamacare is the best law since Medicare (4+ / 0-)

    Those who want to repeal it are enemies of the American people.  And no matter how committed they are to the welfare of the international super-rich, they will always remain enemies of Americans.

  •  As old as the hills (7+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, every hard-fought baby step has to be fought again and again and again.  

    Progressives of the late 19th-early 20th century soon found that for every legal victory there was ongoing backlash.  This happened on every issue ranging from housing reform to child labor.

    And just as now with the ACA, the first step in backlash then was to get rid of any funding that would make the program a success.  Tammany and friends tried to kill off housing reform (in part) by not funding inspectors who were paid to enforce the new code; corporate lobbyists ensured that the same would happen when it came to factory inspectors.

    Our Progressive forbears are an inspiration to me.  After being taken a few times, they had learned how to counter each and every step of backlash--from ensuring the election of friendly judges and legislators, to creating their own lobbies, to in some cases paying or volunteering inspectors, to creating their own media.  

    I think that we are getting to that stage today.  It seems that progressive ideals are once more poised for ascendancy.  Unfortunately it involves a lot of patience and taking a long (very long) view.

    "Historically, the most terrible things--war, genocide and slavery--have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience." --Howard Zinn

    by NCJan on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:02:22 PM PST

    •  Tough to have patience (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that hard fought battles require vigilance and a long view.  Many people still don't change after they lose the battle. I find it very, very challenging to have patience for these folks.  They seem unable to adapt and change.  Indeed, they fight the majority view by changing FACTS and ISOLATING themselves, further making it impossible to change their attitudes.  I have very little patience...I guess I am more like Mrs. Obama and could never, ever be a politician.  Infuriating seems too small a word.

      There are so many challenges we face in this world.  Why refight the same old things?  Admit the argument is lost and then help folks find jobs, housing and find solutions to REAL problems!  Why insist on forcing old, out-dated ideas on people and call it representation?  These people are a threat to our Democracy.  Repealing Obamacare is SOOOO last year. It's an OLD IDEA that LOST.   I just do NOT understand.

  •  Word Salad. (2+ / 0-)
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    WheninRome, SanFernandoValleyMom

    WTF is he talking about? Just gibberish. Sounds like he just wanted to get his name and picture on the intertubes and in the liberul media for the rubes back home.

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:13:43 PM PST

  •  Kingston isn't a zealot, he's just the quarterback (1+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth

    for the zealots?  One doesn't have to know squat about football to understand that one.  And how absurd it is!

    I don't know of an active quarterback for the Colts who isn't one of the Colts (name your team). The guy has made an incredibly ignorant statement.

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:14:31 PM PST

  •  Republicans never know when they've lost. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    snazzzybird

    "Saying atheism is a religion is like saying not collecting stamps is a hobby".

    by progresso on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:15:15 PM PST

  •  Bachmann is introducing (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, snazzzybird

    legislation to repeal Obamacare too.  It's what they think will win them the 2014 elections.


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:54:26 PM PST

    •  It will certainly get them re-nominated (0+ / 0-)

      And they really do think they have constructed "firewalled" districts. My experience in Virginia in the 80s informs me that the GOP typically draws the most aggressive lines they can, then bets on the combination of incumbency and fundraising advantage to get through the decade.

      If pressed today, I would say we have a 45% chance of taking the House. Another House session dominated by multiple bills naming something for Ronald Reagan,  to "end abortion on demand", to "repeal Obamacare" and little else are going to push the odds comfortably past 50% before next New Year's.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 06:44:56 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  smarmy little milquetoast (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't even have the guts to say what stands for - "don't blame me, I'm just doing what they tell me needs doing".

    Asshole

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