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Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Eric Cantor and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
John Chait has a prediction about where Republicans will go with their Obamacare attacks, a prediction that's already proving true. Chait says it'll be all about manufacturing a scandal.
Obamacare will neither collapse, nor will Republicans accept its legitimacy, but the nature of their opposition will instead slowly morph. Gleeful predictions of imminent collapse will give way to bitter recriminations at the nefarious tactics used to make the law work. Obamacare will cease to be the something certain to destroy Obama and become something Obama has gotten away with. [...]

If and when the law melds into the national fabric, the proximate Republican response will not be to adapt their policy ideas to it, but to denounce it as a kind of stolen law. You can see this spirit creeping out not only in Rubio’s proposal but elsewhere. Eleven Republican attorneys general have denounced Obama's various administrative maneuvers to make the law functional as illegal. “It was powerful corporate America, with its influential lobbyists, that got an additional year to meet the insurance mandate — when individuals did not,” complains the Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel, “It was the unions that got a reprieve from a health-insurance tax—when individuals and small businesses were left to pick up the tab.” The hapless Obamacare is slowly giving way to the devious Obamacare.

After Solyndra and Benghazi and the IRS and every other empty scandal they could come up with, of course Republicans will start manufacturing Obamacare scandals. Exhibit 1: one of the first votes the House will take this year is to "strengthen security requirements" on HealthCare.gov. Because there have been so many security breaches at the website? No, there have been absolutely zero incidents of people's private information being compromised. None. Will that stop Republicans? Of course not.

Republicans are convinced continuing the fight over Obamacare is their key to electoral victory, so they're going to keep it up, whatever it takes.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:27 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (35+ / 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 Jan 06, 2014 at 09:27:16 AM PST

  •  It's good the evil Rs are only working 113 days (10+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:32:11 AM PST

  •  It's a Midterm Year, There's No Percentage For (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, Ahianne, cocinero, MPociask

    them in cooperation or reason.

    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 Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:32:53 AM PST

  •  Every day of signups is another nail in their (12+ / 0-)

    coffin.

    •  Seriously. (1+ / 0-)
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      MPociask

      I gotta admit though, this is kind of fun to watch. Instead of the GOP working over the past few years to get their ideas implemented in the ACA, they spent it simply trying to repeal it with no idea of what to replace it with.

      Now that the law is actually beginning to roll out successfully, they're stuck still trying to drum up scandals and delays to it, like some soldier from a war that ended years ago, but who is still trying to fight the war regardless.

      Wendy Davis for TX Governor, 2014!

      by GleninCA on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 05:25:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sad thing is, they're probably right. (6+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, Mayfly, MPociask, cocinero, Sue B, GleninCA
    Republicans are convinced continuing the fight over Obamacare is their key to electoral victory, so they're going to keep it up, whatever it takes.
    Scott Brown managed to win a US Senate seat running against the Massachusetts style plan that was being pushed in Washington. A Republican won Ted Kennedy's seat over this in the deep blue Bay State, a place where there isn't a single Republican representative.

    But the good news for Democrats is that ObamaCare is here to stay, whether Republicans like it or not. Even if they miraculously manage to take control of the Senate this year, they face the filibuster and a Presidential veto. And the longer the ACA stays on the books, the harder it will be to repeal it.

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:51:13 AM PST

  •  Reading between the lines (4+ / 0-)
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    Why do they continue trying to make a scandal out of the nothingburger that is Obamacare, especially when there are actually other valid issues on which to criticize him?

    It always comes down to how popular Obamacare will be ten months from now.

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 09:52:52 AM PST

    •  Oh, but there IS a scandal! (5+ / 0-)

      Just ask the guy who sent me this e-mail:

      Friend,

      The Washington political class is well aware of what we all know to be certain: that ObamaCare is an unmitigated disaster.

      The Democrat Members of Congress and staffers who wrote the 1,600 page monstrosity knew it would increase premiums and restrict individual choice. But the last thing President Obama wanted was to have the very Democrat congressmen and senators who passed ObamaCare to revolt on his signature legislation.

      So what did he do? Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to create a special exemption so Members of Congress and their staff could continue to receive federal contributions to their health plans.

      That's right: President Obama issued an order to direct taxpayer funds to shield Democrat Members of Congress from the harmful effects of the very law they passed.

      This is not only wrong -- but I also believe it's illegal. And, worse, it's indicative of the continued abuse of power and flagrant disregard of the Constitution by this President.

      That's why I've decided to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration.

      It's crucial we stop Obama's rule by Presidential decree. It's critical that the law is applied equally to the political class.

      Help me put pressure on Washington liberals and the Obama Administration to stop this special treatment for politicians.

      Stand with me and sign the petition to overturn this unlawful executive overreach.

      Thank you,

      Ron Johnson
      Senator of Wisconsin

      •  Sounds like Ron is an impeachment fan. Pity he (1+ / 0-)
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        may well not be around in the senate to vote on such, given 2016 is a presidential election year.


        Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has followed through with his threats to sue the Obama administration over the federal funds lawmakers and their staff get to subsidize their healthcare coverage.

         Johnson filed his suit against U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta and her department, in federal court on Monday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

         Joining Johnson in his legal effort will be Paul Clement, an ex-solicitor general who argued about Obamacare's constitutionality before the Supreme Court, and Rick Esenberg of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, reports The Hill...
        In October, Johnson told Newsmax of his plan to sue, warning that the real concern, above and beyond the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website, is the damage Obamacare will do the country's healthcare system and personal freedoms.

        The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty? Gee, I wonder what their political philosophy is?
      •  Like a certain other notorious party, (1+ / 0-)
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        the GOP requires a dolschtosslegende.

      •  I see that Ron Johnson (0+ / 0-)

        isn't going to let his letters be dictated by the facts. Unfortunate, but unsurprising - Republicans who start believing in facts become Democrats.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 06:16:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Ron Johnson, JD (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm sure Sen. Johnson is an expert on what is legal and illegal, because he's a certified lawyer with plenty of arguments in key cases.

          Oh wait, he's not? He's some goofball who was given a company by his billionaire father-in-law and is using his own campaign funds to pay for lawyers to file this brief? Just like he used his company's funds to "loan" money to his Senate campaign?

          There's a reason we call him (mo)Ron in the worthwhile parts of Wisconsin. When Tub Of Goo Jim Sensenbrenner is calling you an idiot, you got problems.

          So please proceed against Obamacare, Republicans. We're in need of a Dem wave election, and you sticking to "repeal" is a good way to get there.

    •  Because there are zero consequences (7+ / 0-)

      The United States media has completely failed in any kind of actual, objective reporting.  They allow Republicans to say literally anything, no matter how demonstrably false and ridiculous.

      For example.  How many times did a Republican say that the President was trying to take over 1/6 of the US economy?  How ridiculous.  Even single-payer was never on the table, let alone some kind of NHS take over (which still would presumably only include hospitals, doctors, etc., not every single business related to health care).

      If I had a tv network, I'd immediately cut the mic of the Republican partisan hack spinning such a tale, apologize to the viewers for allowing such misinformation on the air, and never allow the guest on the network again.

      But instead we get, "Republicans charge Obamacare is going to take over 1/6 of the economy.  Republican Senator quote.  Republican activist quote.  Democratic denial of the charge buried."
       

  •  It's the Nullifaction Party - guns, god, the ACA (4+ / 0-)
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    The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association on Saturday organized a meeting in Highland, Utah to call for an uprising and to express their opposition to same-sex marriage in Utah, Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City reported.
    ...
    "The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats," Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack said at the meeting.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/...
    Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.
    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

    by We Shall Overcome on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 10:06:22 AM PST

    •  Nullification (2+ / 0-)
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      From the Iowa Republican Party Platform:

      We believe that health care is a privilege, not a right, and support decreasing the role of government in health care. Additionally, we call for nullification and interposition by state and county officials and law enforcement in regards to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  •  My fear? (7+ / 0-)

    Issa with access to the code for the website will leak the security docs given to him via subpoena and cause the website to get hacked.

    Whatever I give to Issa, I would go back in and change soon afterwards

  •  I imagine they plan to make it SO secure that (5+ / 0-)
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    not even the uninsured can access it.

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:22:20 AM PST

  •  Every DEM candidate says, ok, so how would you (4+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, Aquarius40, a2nite, cocinero

    fix this? or do you not want to help everyone afford decent health insurance??

    OWN the ACA, bone-in-nose witch doctor and everything and dare them to tell the people what they would do which is nada

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:22:44 AM PST

  •  similar (2+ / 0-)
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    viral, TofG

    Sounds similar to the need for voter id--non existent voter fraud.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:27:01 AM PST

  •  These are very very sick people. (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, MPociask

    They are proof that our mental health care system has failed miserably.  This is the most massive mental health problem since the 1930s.

    An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

    by don mikulecky on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:28:19 AM PST

  •  Who's the guy in the photo between Ryan and Cantor (1+ / 0-)
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    All the other folks in the photo are recognizable (Cantor, Ryan, the Drunk Weepy Oompa-Loompa and the Token Leadership Female, a.k.a. McMorris Rodgers), but the other guy is unknown to me.

  •  Good news (2+ / 0-)
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    don mikulecky, TofG

    Republicans are evolving into amphibians and in another millions years they'll be human.

  •  Voting in the "Biggest Weenie in the World" award (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor..

    ..is freaking hard.

    Egads

    The hapless Obamacare is slowly giving way to the devious Obamacare.
    The wordsmiths who need you to "Die Quickly" in order to balance the spreadsheet must be getting paid overtime.

    They have a Union?

    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:31:36 AM PST

    •  They can't seem to be able to decide ... (3+ / 0-)

      ... if Obama is clownishly stupid or devilishly evil.

      Guess it all depends on which segment of the population they are trying to influence: those who think black people are inherently unable to govern, or those who are convinced there is a nefarious plan to enslave white people.

      Neither group can be called "low-information voters" as they wallow in a sea of information.  The problem is that it's bad information.  

      As either Josh Billings or Will Rogers might observe, it's not what they know that's troubling, but what they know that isn't so.

  •  Won't work (3+ / 0-)
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    Your medical coverage was delivered to you in bad and evil ways! Not only that, you may like being covered but it's bad! Hello?...Hello?...

  •  Why not both? (5+ / 0-)
    The hapless Obamacare is slowly giving way to the devious Obamacare.
    Team red has no problem at all characterizing Obama as a hapless community organizer one moment, and a hard nosed corrupt Chicago politician the next (and then a Kenyan socialist - then a peacknik - then a warmonger - etc., etc.).  While it may appear intellectually inconsistent and downright dishonest, they adhere strongly to the principle that "Whatever he's for, we're against."
  •  Clearly, the government should (5+ / 0-)

    go to the private sector to get advice on "strengthening security requirements" on HealthCare.gov.

    Like Target department store.  Yeah, that would be an excellent source for advice of how to protect customers private information.  Because the private sector does everything right.

  •  Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as (1+ / 0-)
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    it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

    Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.

    You expected maybe something different from these deviant psychopaths?

  •  none of those were be possible without rw radio (2+ / 0-)
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    Solyndra and Benghazi and the IRS
    were RW radio successes and as long as we let them have that advantage it enables them waste more of our time and effort playing catchup.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:57:33 AM PST

    •  Seriously (1+ / 0-)
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      The right wing has an entire method of creating and distributing propoganda.  The left has... blogs?  Which are summarily dismissed as "f'n r'd" by Democratic politicians when we dare criticize elected Democrats.  Meanwhile, the Republican politicians go on bended knee to apologize to their crazed overlords.  

  •  and Obama and the Dems need to run (0+ / 0-)

    daily commercials/ads that state the GOP liked the broken down system we HAD and they have no alternative!!

  •  The Republican minority represents the absolute (0+ / 0-)

    worse of America, the vicious dying white tribe that wants guns more than health care.

  •  A valuable result from the "IRS Scandal" ... (0+ / 0-)

    ...might be to abolish the 501(c)(4) tax exemption. I would bet against any agreements however.

  •  Sure House GOP, pass as many anti-ACA laws ... (0+ / 0-)

    as you like. Pass hundreds of them day and night. It doesn't matter 1 twit, because POTUS won't sign them.

    Idiots. Stupid idiots, and I say that as a Buddhist, who recognizes that ignorance, especially pig-headed ignorance, is what keeps you stuck in samsara, the hell of your own making. You people are like a dog with a nasty old bone that you dug up and just chew and chew and chew on it. No nourishment whatsoever, just neurotic behavior. Deeply disturbed.

    The Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

    by vlyons on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 12:47:06 PM PST

  •  I think Chait is wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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    TrueBlueDem

    They actually have a much stronger and more practical strategy ready for them.

    Obama owns Obamacare.  Fine with them.  That means that everything that goes wrong, no matter how petty or just personally annoying, is because of Democrats and their meddling.

    Don't think that would work?  You think that the number of people supporting ACA because they got their first insurance will all come to the ACA's rescue?

    Think about when you got your first driver's license.  Did you feel grateful to the DMV for it, or to the government?  Or did you leave there feeling like, "Thank God that ordeal is over, fucking DMV."  Think about all the people in line at the DMV who feel dehumanized by standing in line like cattle for what really are necessary government services that they otherwise couldn't live without.  

    The fact that a government service is NEEDED does not mean that the people using it will feel grateful for it.  

  •  Let the GOPers attack the ACA... (0+ / 0-)

    Let US Daylight the dickens out of the GOPers and of course the ACA, so that it can be seen clearly:

    The discrepancy between the GOPers and Reality.

    And then repeat repeat repeat.... rinse and repeat!

    Evil laugh:

    Hahahahahahahaha awk.

    Cough.

    Ugh. --UB>

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 01:31:50 PM PST

  •  All I am saying is if Liz Cheney can't get her.. (0+ / 0-)

    ...uh...campaign in gear in Wyoming, Republicans are in trouble.

  •  Facts aren't really an issue here (0+ / 0-)

    The Republicans will say or do anything to badmouth the Affordable Care Act, and facts aren't going to impede or discourage whatever they're trying to sell. Once upon a time, we could count on the popular media to point out when someone was flat-out lying or had the facts 100% wrong (no, really!), but that's no longer part of the media's purview.

    Every piece of legislation needs tweaking by Congress or massaging in the promulgation of the administrative rules that implement the legislation. Anyone in DC drawing a paycheck from the government or from the popular media knows this. But don't look for our fearless bulldogs of the Fourth Estate to mention that during their reporting of the endless line of Republican nontroversies.

    And, as each new outrage ages, fades, and disappears, none of the serious news readers, who report each outrage with their most serious, frowniest faces, will remember any of these outrages as they pass their pull-by dates. The impact on the public consciousness will aggregate into thinking that the ACA is fraught with problems and difficulties, even as it works as it's supposed to for millions of Americans.

    Strangely enough, actual substantive criticism of the ACA (which will mostly come from those dirty fucking hippies on the left) will be passed over in silence.

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