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With a reflection of the U.S. Capitol dome serving as a backdrop, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to a question about negative perceptions of Tea Party Republicans during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Bour
Sen Ted Cruz says Republicans can repeal Obamacare in 2015, "every single word" of it. Don't look now, Mr. Cruz, but House Republicans have finally relented to reality, sort of, and have scheduled three votes this week to actually make some fixes to the law.
GOP leaders are treating the three ObamaCare bills as "suspension" legislation, which means they will get a shorter debate and must pass with a two-thirds majority vote. That's a sign Republicans believe they have enough support from Democrats to pass the bills. […]

This week is different, however, because the bills under consideration are a far cry from the full or partial repeal legislation House leaders have called up before, and each has attracted at least some degree of bipartisan support. That gives them a chance of passing the House with bipartisan momentum.

One bill would allow a religious exemption from purchasing health insurance, one would exempt employers from having to provide insurance to veterans who have health care from the VA, and the third will clarify that volunteer firefighters don't have to be offered insurance from fire departments.

The procedure behind these bill means that Republicans are actually more or less serious about putting some fixes into the law. The law that they still all say they want to repeal, and the law for which they are completely incapable of creating a replacement. They are actually putting up three bills that have Democratic support to fix that bill that House Speaker John Boehner just said can't be fixed.

Of course, this doesn't mean that they won't still hold repeal votes. They have to have those to keep their base engaged, and to keep those ads from the Kochs on the air to help them. But when it really comes to repealing this law, they've pretty much thrown in the towel.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 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 Mar 10, 2014 at 11:55:19 AM PDT

  •  If I had a buck, I'd bet he's going to vote in (2+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, NancyWH

    favor of at least one.

    "Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change." Muhammad Ali

    by blueoregon on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 12:20:51 PM PDT

    •  If the Senate (2+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, blueoregon

      takes them up. I think they will the vets and the firefighters, or at least put them in other bills.

      "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 Mar 10, 2014 at 12:47:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Vets thing makes sense (1+ / 0-)
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    The other two, no--especially the religious exemption.

    Guarantee you that's the one the Klownish GOP zeroes in on--maddeningly predictable.


    by Johnny Wendell on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 03:44:45 PM PDT

    •  As to the firefighter one . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      GleninCA, OooSillyMe

      I think that's in response to some specific situations that cropped up in areas not served by a regular, taxpayer-funded fire department. I agree with you on the "religious exemption from having to purchase insurance." I don't recall any religious exemption from having to buy mandatory auto insurance. But maybe this is intended for the benefit of Christian Scientists or something.

      In any event, we're about five years down the road, and I will state again that every major piece of legislation (and the PPACA certain qualifies) has to have some remedial legislating done to fix unforeseen problems and address other concerns. The House Republicans' stubborn votes to "repeal" "Obamacare" were nothing more than time- and money-wasting antics, a five-year tantrum thrown by alleged grown-ups that a spoiled toddler would have been embarrassed by.

      If only there were some consequences for these immature brats.

  •  Put the GOP car in Cruz control..... (0+ / 0-)

    as it hurtles over the cliff of rationality, into the sea of idiocy.  And, to stretch this dreadful metaphor, they are probably wearing lead lifejackets.

  •  Same Old (0+ / 0-)

    They're going to fix it to death,
    just like they've been fixing Roe vs. Wade.



  •  No insurance for volunteer firefighters because (3+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, ferg, BelgianBastard

    it just encourages them.

    American Presidents: 43 men, 0 women. Ready for Hillary

    by atana on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 04:02:22 PM PDT

  •  When one thinks of "volunteer fire fighter"... (1+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter should NEVER think this is a "hobby" or that it is performed "for free" or other delusional nonsense. Volunteers  in many cases supplement a core group of "career"staff and are compensated, trained rigorously and subject to as much danger as any career personnel.

    I bet that if that proposal ("the third will clarify that volunteer firefighters don't have to be offered insurance from fire departments") passes, a lot of fire departments are going to ignore the option to "save money" because of very predictable consequences.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 04:05:02 PM PDT

  •  They need to change the definition of "affordable. (0+ / 0-)

    Right now, if you're eligible for health insurance from your employer that costs you less than 8.5% of your annual income, you're not eligible for subsidies on the exchange. And if that exists and your family is eligible for insurance through that employer, it's considered affordable, regardless of how much it costs.

    •  I checked on this, and the definition of (0+ / 0-)

      "affordable" doesn't keep someone from buying health care through the marketplace rather than from the employer or the spouse's employer.  (BTW, it's 9.5%, not 8.5%).

  •  Religious exemption... (1+ / 0-)
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    Trying to figure out what part of the Bible will suddenly be turned into the "I can't buy insurance" portion.

  •  2 years from now, (0+ / 0-)

    By the time the next Presidential election campaign rolls around, Obamacare will be so popular, Republicans will want to remind everyone that it was originally Romney's idea.

    The Republican rank and file will have no problem conveniently forgetting the current hatred once they see the party's interest in claiming credit.

    Freedom's just another word for not enough to eat. --Paul Krugman's characterization of conservative attitudes.

    by Judge Moonbox on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 07:13:08 PM PDT

  •  3 reasons this "fix" should not be passed: (0+ / 0-)

    1. The "religious exemption". As far as I know, there are only 2 actual bona fide religions that eschew most, if not all, traditional healthcare: Christian Scientists and the Amish. Please, anyone out there who knows of others, let me know. As a pediatrician, I have had to encounter foolish, lazy ignorant parents who don't want to immunize their children because of "religious reasons". When asked closely about what religion they belong to, these idiots stutter and stammer and cannot name their religion, place of worship, or spiritual leader. To them, "religious exemption" just means "my opinion is..." When I was in the Army, the commanding general of Ft. Campbell, KY got fed up with this BS too. If any parent requested a religious exemption for their kid's shots, they were required to name their religion. They were then given an appointment with the military chaplain for that religion, or the closest one to it. If they weren't Christian Scientist or Amish, they did not get an exemption. Their children could not attend school or day care or after-school activities on post unless they were fully immunized or had a valid religious exemption. (I never knew any Amish in the Army. Hard to pull a tank with a horse!) If this law passes, which it would not because Obama would veto it, all of the religious exemption crazies would come out of the woodwork.
    2. Veterans should be able to get insurance from their employers because not all doctors will participate with VA insurance. Doctors are allowed to pick which insurance plans to participate with. TriCare sucks as an insurance program and most doctors do not accept it. Veterans deserve the right to be able to improve their insurance status.
    3.  Volunteer firemen deserve insurance. They put their lives on the line for their towns.  (Those moochers!)

    "For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." - President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013.

    by surfermom on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 09:53:33 PM PDT

  •  Um (0+ / 0-)

    In 2015, the POTUS will be Barack Obama.

    How does Cruz dream of getting him to sign the repeal bill?

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