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Just in case there was any question at all that the Republican House Energy and Commerce Committee is engaging in sabotage and bullying in investigating a key component of Obamacare's launch, let it end now. The previous chair of the committee, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), posted the full list of community organizations who are on the receiving end of the Committee's "investigation," a demand for reams of information about their efforts to get their information campaigns for Obamacare together.

Salon's Brian Beutler delved into that list, making a damning discovery: The committee focused on the states where the need is greatest.

These organizations are based in the following states, in alphabetical order: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Of all the states that aren’t setting up their own exchanges, these 11 states are among the 15 with the highest uninsured populations, according to Census data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those 15, in order, are Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Arizona, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Indiana.

Yep. They're trying to make enrollment the hardest in the states where there are the most uninsured people. Because they cannot allow Obamacare to work. Which means they are trying to refuse health insurance to people who need it the most.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 01:08 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 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 Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 01:08:42 PM PDT

  •  Governor of Georgia paid by private PAC (3+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, psnyder, BadKitties
  •  Well They Cannot Allow it to Be SEEN to Work (2+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick, FloridaSNMOM

    which is a much lower bar to clear.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:04:10 PM PDT

    •  Like Kentucky's It's Not Obamacare (but it is) (1+ / 0-)
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      There was a diary on this recently...

      •  Well, nobody said it's not Obamacare. (0+ / 0-)

        They're not trying to hide what it is; they're just calling the state exchange Kynect.  One guy at the state fair healthcare booth was hoping it would be better than obamacare, and a reporter quoted him.

        Believe me, Democratic Governor Beshear is owning it.  He and Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell all appeared on the same platform at the state fair "ham breakfast" (I forget how many thousands the prize-winning ham brought for charity this year).  Usually politicians are pretty innocuous at this thing, but Governor Beshear MADE it all about healthcare, using his speech to point out that farmers, like everyone else, need health insurance.   He said, right to the two Republican Senators, that you have to wonder why people who could have done something to help uninsured Kentuckians haven't done anything even though they'd been in a position to help for many years.

        Kentucky's actually doing a damned good job on this.  And yes, there is a Medicaid expansion.  

  •  Glad we still do diaries on healthcare here. (5+ / 0-)

    It's informative, and a welcome relief from a feeling of intense relentlessness these days.

    Good stuff can still happen in this Republic.

    Now a huge push on alternative energy might be equally welcome and equally positive.

    "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 Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:34:06 PM PDT

  •  The need is greatest (4+ / 0-)

    in these states because state policies make it so, and this sabotage is only to support those policies that have made these states the health disasters they are, and stop what would make it better.

    No surprise.

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:36:20 PM PDT

  •  Many of these also aren't expanding Medicaid (5+ / 0-)

    Which is another problem for their uninsured. There are many of us about to fall into a rather deep and large hole, that's lined with suffering and death.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:38:20 PM PDT

    •  Alaska is dragging its behind big time. (1+ / 0-)
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    •  FloridaSNMOM, my sister also (2+ / 0-)

      Lives in FL, and I'm wondering what your experience is among the people you know....are they connecting the dots enough to realize that it's the deliberate policy of their elected reps who are making their lives far worse than it needs to be?  Or have they been fooled into thinking that Obamacare is a bad thing that would bring them harm?
      My sister, in Central FL, says the people she encounters are split 50/50.

      What are you hearing?

      "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

      by SottoVoce on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:50:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I mostly hang around with the few progressives (1+ / 0-)
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        here. The couple of conservatives I know are on the fence on the ACA. They acknowledge that there are good things in it, but are leery about implementation and cost, both governmental and personal. But then, I don't really know anyone on the rabid right that I talk to, other than my in-laws, and we don't talk politics, it's bad for family dynamics.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 06:58:42 AM PDT

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        •  I totally understand (1+ / 0-)
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          I also have very little contact with tea party types in my life, but my sister works at a school with a large politically-mixed population.  She encounters all kinds of opinions, and is shocked by the misinformation people are relying on.  

          "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

          by SottoVoce on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 07:02:02 AM PDT

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    •  Kasich kind of pretended (1+ / 0-)
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      like he wanted to but didn't expend any energy or political capital on it. But he outraged the Tea Party anyway.

      Don't know if you saw the Daily Beast article making the rounds about how furious the TeaParty is with Kasich and how they want to see "anyone else" get elected next year (heh heh. I'm helping them out). Daily Beast doesn't know the half of it. The shivs are out in the Ohio Republican Party.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:05:54 PM PDT

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  •  Kicking the poor and sick in swing states (0+ / 0-)

    helps the GOP ward off a groundswell of support for Dems from a bunch of thankful voters who are healthier and economically more stable via Obamacare.

    •  Unless the poor and sick figure out who's (1+ / 0-)
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      kicking them.  If only the Dems could figure out how to help them do that.

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:57:37 PM PDT

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    •  Alas for them, (1+ / 0-)
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      NYC Sophia

      my deep blue Ohio district, where our congresswoman is tirelessly pushing people to sign up, is going to produce a tsunami of Democratic votes. Meanwhile, no Ohio elected Republicans are pure enough for the very active Tea Party in this state, which is threatening to support a Libertarian for governor next year — which is great news! Rightwing party candidates usually snag 3-4% of the vote for governor. If they can go for 5-6%, I don't see how Kasich gets re-elected.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:10:09 PM PDT

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  •  IMO, the administration ought to tell the (0+ / 0-)

    investigating committee to go fuck themselves.  (I don't usually use that word but this situation calls for nothing less.) They should respond by e-mailing that clip from The Daily Show where Jon Stewart dressed up in choir robes and had a black choir, also dressed in choir robe, backing him up.  All of them singing Go Fuck Yourself, iirc, over and over.

    If the targets don't respond, there are a lot of things the committee might do, eliciting the further response of, "See you in court." Hopefully, by the time the legal process is through, the Dems will have taken back the House.  

    Not sure if this is at all possible.

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:53:22 PM PDT

  •  Why does this not surprise me? This behavior is (0+ / 0-)

    SO Republican!

  •  The only reason that Alaska is not on that list of (0+ / 0-)

    15 is because Indian Health Care covers all natives with no-cost to them health care.

    Pushes the uninsured into the 20% category or so, which for Republican leadership in Alaska makes them entirely expendable.

  •  If ever there was a doubt of the existence of pure (2+ / 0-)
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    evil in the world there are Republicans at every level to  dissuade  that doubt.

    You have the right to remain silent. If you waive that right you will be accused of class warfare.

    by spritegeezer on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:16:08 PM PDT

  •  They need to be charged with sedition. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:22:32 PM PDT

    •  I agree. Every damn one of them needs (0+ / 0-)

      to be thrown in jail for sedition. In fact, use the RICO statutes to shut down the GOP and throw it's leaders in jail.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 06:34:05 AM PDT

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  •  Conservatives: Despising America Since 1776 (0+ / 0-)

    The idea of America was that the government should function for the betterment of all, not just the wealthy and powerful few.  The founders feared great concentrations of wealth, especially unearned wealth.

    The southern plantation culture was entirely predicated on unearned wealth (slave labor), and that's a goal conservatives have to this day.

    If you read Revolutionary War history, it's stunning to find how bitter and violent was the opposition to the Revolution by American conservatives in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.  They may have lost the Revolutionary War, but they never gave up, and they never will.  Conservatives hate the idea that working people should have any say in government, or any government programs that work for them, and they always will.

    •  The problem with this comment (1+ / 0-)
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      is that you are really wrong about the distribution of loyalists during the Revolution. To quote historian Robert Middlekauff:

      "The largest number of loyalists were found in the middle colonies: many tenant farmers of New York supported the king, for example, as did many of the Dutch in the colony and in New Jersey. The Germans in Pennsylvania tried to stay out of the Revolution, just as many Quakers did, and when that failed, clung to the familiar connection rather than embrace the new. Highland Scots in the Carolinas, a fair number of Anglican clergy and their parishioners in Connecticut and New York, a few Presbyterians in the southern colonies, and a large number of the Iroquois Indians stayed loyal to the king."

      Loyalists were not disproportionately represented in the Southern colonies.

  •  Gee, isn't this worse than IRS targeting? (0+ / 0-)

    Aren't these elected officials doing the same thing as the IRS in targeting groups, literally taking away their freedoms?

  •  Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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    What is saddest about how many Republicans are against Obamacare has nothing to do with Americans.  What about the what and why of Obamacare?  Since Obamacare or the PPACA was enacted, hundreds of thousands of American lives have been saved!  

    I remember when the Republicans made a national highway system, pushed the Clean Air and Clean Water Bills and assured black children could get an equal education.  You know, do things like build America.  

    Where are the Republicans that build America and save lives?  I know there are others.  Larry Roberts

  •  I think the victims of this act are the... (0+ / 0-)

    ...ignorant and the uninsured. I am glad to see the word sabotage used here. It is high time we started calling this what it is. What it isn't is stupidity or negligence. It is cold, calculated and ideological sabotage.

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 04:36:04 PM PDT

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