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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in quite the bind these days. He's got a troubled reelection campaign and a very real need to prove his teabaggie bona fides in a primary back home. And he's got a kamikaze crew of 2016 wannabes trying to force him to wreck the party's prospects—and hurt his own general election outlook—for 2014 by shutting down government. What's an unprincipled, embattled and weakened politician to do? Try to find a compromise that he can try to sell to the crazies—delay Obamacare because it's evil.
Aug 12 (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the Oct. 1 opening of exchanges where uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance until the U.S. government can guarantee the protection of people's personal data. [...]

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency taking the lead in implementing the law, McConnell said that "Americans should not be forced into the exchanges, and certainly not without these assurances" that personal and financial data will be safe from "hackers and cyber criminals."

"If you rush to go forward without adequate safeguards in place," McConnell added, "any theft of personal information from constituents will be the result of your rush to implement a law to meet the agency's political needs and not the operational needs of the people it is supposed to serve."

Will it work? No. The administration isn't going to delay the opening of the exchanges. Which means it won't work to appease the defund or bust crowd, either. McConnell is going to have to decide whether or not he'll try to shut down government to save his own primaried ass, or do the right thing for the GOP's long-term prospects. Given it's McConnell we're talking about here, we'd better get ready for the shutdown.

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (32+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 12:48:33 PM PDT

  •  Couldn't happen to a "nicer" guy! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 12:50:35 PM PDT

  •  McConnell is dead now (18+ / 0-)

    Any Republican who is only for delaying Obamacare instead of destroying it with napalm and then dancing on its grave is obviously a Quisling and -- worst of all -- a RINO.

  •  So McConnell and GOP plan to hack for info... (12+ / 0-)

    and then point and say "See I toldya so"?

    Or is this just the next scare tactic the GOP will use to try and get people not to enroll?  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 01:40:14 PM PDT

  •  See, if you hold your fingers like this, and then (3+ / 0-)

    stick one in each nostril -- it's like you're not really holding your nose . . .

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    "Let's see what fresh fuckwittery these dolts can contrive to torment themselves with this time." -- Iain Banks, The Hydrogen Sonata

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:06:43 PM PDT

  •  The Turtle man actually has a point, privacy is (6+ / 0-)

    a problem, but still he fails to grasp the fact that for-profit insurance companies have no real privacy protections (even in states like MA where we have to sign that we have been told how our private data will be protected and immediately afterwards we have to sign that they can give it to the insurance companies to do whatever they want to).

    If the Turtle man really cared about privacy he could be joining his junior Senator in decrying the NSA, but that won't happen.

  •  Remember, McConnell promised (10+ / 0-)

    the 'baggers that he'd make Obama a One-Termer.  He promised.

    Yeah, how's that worked out for you Mitch?  You and Elaine ought to just take that "retirement" after the election you're likely to lose before so you both can cash in and make your millions selling your access as a lobbyist.  

    If there's one thing he should have learned from the TeaBagger manual of crapspeak it's that they don't give up, and like rabid hyenas focus on the weakest member of their pack until it's brought down, eaten and there's little left but bones and fur on the Veldt.  Seems that the unmistakeable signs of weakness you're displaying Mitchy are being read by the Hyena-baggers with some degree of accuracy...and they're beginning to circle with slavering jaws in anticipation of the fall.  

    You're reaping what you sowed. Liking it, are you?

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    by jo fish on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:09:48 PM PDT

  •  Wasn't the delay of the employer mandate (4+ / 0-)

    by the Obama administration denounced by the pugs, including Mitch, as a dastardly plot to keep the world from knowing how failed the ACA is?

    And if the exchanges are going to fail too, wouldn't the repug prediction of this be better served by allow them to go on line and crash?

    Whatever bad things are about to happen to Mitch, he has earned them all.

  •  The Turtle and his Lynch Mob . . . (8+ / 0-)

    are scared to death of the ACA for the simple reason that history teaches that programs their forebears predicted would ruin the country - Social Security and Medicare - worked very well and turned out to be incredibly popular (for good reason!).  They know that once the ACA is completely operational, they won't be able to repeal it.

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:10:26 PM PDT

  •  McConnell can go to hell (5+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:11:10 PM PDT

  •  the irony, it burns (0+ / 0-)

    ? NOW we need to worry about privacy? Because of Obamacare??

    Tell ya what; Obama will promise to sic the NSA on anyone caught snooping on people's personal data, and violators get the Gitmo. How 'bout that?

    y'know, it strikes me that Cantor may be positioning himself quite shrewdly here; he's the one proclaiming that nobody is contemplating what everyone is contemplating. So when they run off the cliff in Sept, Brave Sir Eric can appear to be the reasonable one. The fact this won't affect the outcome is not the point; Cantor will emerge stronger, while Boner and the Teabags will both be weakened.
    Nobody ever talks about a Cantor as a candidate.

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    by kamarvt on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:17:50 PM PDT

  •  What part of Obama won, it's the law, the SCOTUS (3+ / 0-)

    gave it a pass and it's already funded is not CLEAR to all of you.

    I know, I know this is about Mitch's magic David juggling act to stay on his feet in the teaper ocean of irrational anger.

    And if he thinks data collection is a problem, well then we'll just cancel all of his constituents Medicare apps.  How'd that work for your re-election Mitch?  

    And trust me.. all your voters not getting their SS checks? You'd better have the witness protection program on speedial.

    Sh

  •  "Two can play at that game" (1+ / 0-)
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    Is he getting ready to hold his nose?

    What's the matter with Kansas Kentucky, anyway?

    I am actually wondering if he might be primaried out in '16.

    •  If you mean McChinless, his primary is in 2014 (4+ / 0-)

      Matt Bevin is already chomping on his right buttock and when he's done, Alison Grimes will demolish what's left.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:46:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Oops, my bad (0+ / 0-)

        Can't even use the "not enough coffee" excuse this late in the day. Have to go with "brain-fart."

        Grimes has a real shot at the seat? I did not know that.

        Any decent polling on a hypothetical Bevin/Grimes match-up?

        •  Haven't seen Bevin factored in (2+ / 0-)

          but Grimes led Mitch right out of the gate. Only by a point, but against a longtime incumbent, that was impressive. And that was before Bevin was really in the race. Guaranteed, by the end of the primary, both Bevin and McChinless will be badly damaged goods. And since Alison is not being challenged at primary, she'll be fresh to the fight.
          For McChinless to win the primary he has to win the Rand Paul voters, many of whom are in Bevin's camp already. That's why he has Paul's campaign manager. That pivot rightward as Kentucky and the rest of the country are waking up to the RWNJ's insanity will be very hard to pivot back away from and Grimes, who is, shall we say, not the most Liberal Democrat, will already own the ground he tries to climb on to.
          Unless things change radically (and there is time for that) I believe Mitch is toast.
          And I'm quite happy about that.
          (and you're right about the Post Turtle.)

          If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

          by CwV on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:12:36 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Turtle, Orange Man, and Boy Wonder... (1+ / 0-)
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    WILL go to the brink.  And maybe over the edge.

    Does O-Man have the cajones to stand up to the trifecta of eeeevul and call their bluff?  

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    by Richard Cranium on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:22:31 PM PDT

  •  A delay?! But...! (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought this was gonna be the END OF AMERICA FOREVER! Why does McConnell want to delay something that will destroy everybody everywhere? What a stupid position to take. Politcally, that is.

    I was worried that we'd have a fight on our hands. But looks like McConnell can't win this one.

    And this is going to keep happening all over the country. The republicans can't please both the insane faction and the not-insane faction (which I call the "So why the hell are you republicans again?" faction) at the same time. The former will take any deviation from their end of the totality of time and space because Obama rhetoric as signs of being a traitor or whatever. While the latter will see through all attempts to woo them.

    That whole tea party idea was probably pretty dumb, huh?

    "Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to seize the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth."

    by kamrom on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:25:05 PM PDT

  •  Sec. Sebelius is the second most important person (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, Kansas Born

    in the Obama Administration all of the President's 8 years.  She really needs to nail the roll out under attempts of sabotage, and the GOP and the MSM ready to jump on every rate raise and hiccup and profess that means the ACA has failed.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:30:12 PM PDT

  •  "hackers and cyber criminals." (1+ / 0-)

    Ironic coming from a party hack

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:30:59 PM PDT

  •  'Forced into'? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    People are waiting for the exchanges to open up.  No one is 'forced' to use the exchanges.

  •  It'll get worse (0+ / 0-)

    Reid will go nuclear on McConnell if that is what it takes to avoid a shutdown, and the Very Serious People will back Reid because everyone knows, deep down, that a shutdown is just plain wrong.

    And then McConnell gets his fee-fees hurt, and looks even weaker to the Tea Brained, and the tantrum he will throw will be of spoiled four-year-old proportions.

    I think we should not only get ready for a shutdown. I think we should get ready for a new Senate Minority leader.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:33:48 PM PDT

    •  New plan seems to be forming... (1+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark

      That the GOP claims victory on sequester cuts - and doesn't propose any budgets that raise funding above sequester levels and then claim ownership of the falling deficit and how that should be enough to stop the librul spending agenda of Obama then next three+ years and ultimately the teabaggers win!!1!.  

      If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 02:38:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What a ruse! (1+ / 0-)
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    mchestnutjr

    This jackass wants nothing more than delay for the sake of delay! The longer he and the rest of his ilk can keep the benefits of affordable insurance away from the peons, the better for the Rethugs. I can't wait for Oct 1 to begin th application process. My wife has a serious pre-existing condition for which she is currently covered through my employer plan, but I'm retiring and we're going to go on COBRA for a while 'til we can go on the Oregon exchange (we're moving out of republican Zion! Utah) and see what's available come Jan. 1. Fuck all you Republican morons and the horse you rode in on!

  •  delay would be stupid (1+ / 0-)
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    zizi

    people are waiting for the exchanges.

  •  So McConnell's position on the NSA is? (0+ / 0-)

    I know, that is to keep us safe from foreign terrorists. Sadly it's much harder to keep us safe from ones like McConnell.

    Given that so much of our information is out there this is such a bs excuse on his part. I really think it's less he's catering to the voters except for the deluded ones and more to the insurance companies. I'm looking forward to the data on just how many of them are having to rebate due to excessive administration "costs".

  •  Let's see . . . (0+ / 0-)

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was properly legislated into existence by the legislative, duly signed by the executive, and ruled constitutional by the judiciary.

    Most, if not every last one, of the bumps or hiccups of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can be laid directly at the doorstep of congressional Republicans, who fought the Act every inch of the way. Their sudden concern over inadequate safeguards they themselves engineered into the program during the legislative process should be ignored, particularly by an amnesiac Fourth Estate.

  •  McConnell, like a lot of Red State Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

    is afraid that, once Obamacare is in full force and people in red states realize how fucked they are because of their bigoted representation wanting to put it to the black guy by not implementing the law fully, the voters will turn on them in force.  

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:31:42 PM PDT

  •  McConnell, Bohner, and Canter should be arrested (0+ / 0-)

    for sabotaging the American economy.  They are traitors and scum.  If they pulled this crap during WWII, they would have been arrested and executed.

    There are three kinds of stupid: 'Stupid', 'Really Stupid', and 'Stupid-Like-a-Republican'. With sincere apologies to Benjamin Disraeli.

    by MARTinNJ on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:34:37 PM PDT

  •  "Rush forward"? Seriously? (1+ / 0-)
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    Remember the 4 D's of the Republican strategy with respect to health care reform: Delay, Distract, Distort, Deceive.

    Health reform has been debated for many years with no action taken. Calls for reform date back to the FDR administration, and every time it has been discussed, the Republican position has been to maintain the status quo -- do nothing.

    And now that the ACA is about to enter the next phase of implementation, Republicans are once again attempting to undermine progress in providing affordable health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.

    Congressional Republicans want us to believe that the GOP solutions are better.
    This is actually quite true .... if you never get sick or injured, if you are extremely wealthy, or if you have a major financial stake in the private health insurance industry.

    Let us pause now for a moment of SCIENCE

    by labman57 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 03:46:05 PM PDT

  •  Back off, guys. I'm seeing hurt in his eyes. N/T (0+ / 0-)
  •  Here's why he's doing this... (1+ / 0-)
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    madronagal

    From the HHS ACA report for Kentucky:

    Health insurance companies now have to spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on health care or improvements to care, or provide you a refund.  This means that 206,771 Kentucky residents with private insurance coverage will benefit from $14,405,533 in refunds from insurance companies this year, for an average refund of $100 per family covered by a policy.
    and
    In every State and for the first time under Federal law, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more. Kentucky has received $4,225,170 under the new law to help fight unreasonable premium increases.Since implementing the law, the fraction of requests for insurance premium increases of 10 percent or more has dropped dramatically, from 75 percent to 14 percent nationally.  To date, the rate review program has helped save Americans an estimated $1 billion.
    and:
    In 2011 and 2012, 71 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 975,000 in Kentucky. And for policies renewing on or after August 1, 2012, women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need.  Approximately 47 million women, including 650,425 in Kentucky will now have guaranteed access to additional preventive services without cost-sharing.
    As these facts have started trickling out--and as those refunds checks have reached Kentucky mailboxes--McConnell knows exactly what's going to happen.  People--EVEN NOMINAL REPUBLICANS--will start saying things like, "Dang, this Obamacare thing is working out OK"...and his electoral future will start taking rhetorical hits in every coffee-shop bull session in the Bluegrass.

    Get your state-specific ACA info from the HHS website.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 04:48:50 PM PDT

  •  This is so bogus! (0+ / 0-)

    We already trust CMS to handle Medicare, and they do a great job.
    Mitch is sounding desperate.

  •  McConnell will allow for passage of a Democratic (0+ / 0-)

    led budget.  Alison Grimes is a bigger threat to him.  If he goes too far right she'll take advantage in the general. The other problem for McConnell is McCain.  He is probably cutting a deal with the WH right now to avoid a default or shut down.  He'll take a bunch of GOPers with him. He is a big risk to undercut Mitch. His best bet is to use special interest money to paint Bevin as clueless.  

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    by khyber900 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 07:13:51 PM PDT

  •  Ole Mitch tried to change the channel today (0+ / 0-)

    Slick Mitch thought his comments about ACA would make us forget about his "campaign manager" Jesse Benton who said he needs to hold his nose because Mitch is full of shit.

    I don't think your little plan will work, Mitch.  

  •  I'm as optimistic guy (0+ / 0-)

    But I'll never underestimate Obama and Dems' capacity to capitulate. I see delay as a real possibility, especially with someone as confrontation-averse as BHO.

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