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U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) stand together at a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is back, harassing House leadership to push his Republican Study Committee's "plan" to repeal and replace Obamacare. Remember, the RSC is the group responsible for coming up with a budget that's even more extreme than Paul Ryan's. Scalise is continuing his primary role as thorn in the side of House leadership, is clamoring for what could be a politically disastrous vote.
Scalise (R-La.) will push for a House vote on an alternative health care plan crafted by the GOP Conference’s more hard-line members during a closed-door meeting of the Republican Study Committee on Thursday.

“The American people can’t afford to wait any longer for Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Scalise said. “The time is now to bring an Obamacare replacement bill to the House floor that lowers costs and puts patients back in charge of their health care decisions.”

The plan does the usual Republican stuff, and is not healthcare reform. It's a hodgepodge of Republican talking points on health care smushed together—buying across state lines, tort reform, health savings accounts, tax deductible premiums, and stealing from Obamacare the requirement that insurance companies take all comers, regardless of preexisting conditions. And it wouldn't work. Health insurance companies will not sell insurance to people with preexisting conditions out of the goodness of their hearts. The only way that requirement works is with the promise to insurance companies that everybody has to sign up and pay premiums—the individual mandate. It doesn't do anything to make insurance affordable for the 85 percent of people who received subsidies in the exchanges under Obamacare.

But it is a headache for House Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor, who've got proposals from all of the chairs of committees that have jurisdiction on health care. They also can't seem to decide between "fix" and "repeal" now that Obamacare keeps scoring success after success and the public has soured on scrapping the law and the tea party crazies are still hell-bent on doing just that. On top of all that, to have to come up with some kind of replacement plan before November that can pass muster. In other words, the House Republican caucus is as chaotic as ever, and Boehner as hapless in dealing with it as ever.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:52 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 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 Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:52:58 AM PDT

  •  BoehnerCare, CantorCare....Bueller?...Bueller? /nt (6+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:56:07 AM PDT

  •  Of course, it won't work. Whoever said (9+ / 0-)

    that they wanted it to work.  They just want another excuse to get rid of Obamacare.

    Rush — the quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque Superfund cleanup site that was his soul. -- Jon Stewart

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:19:32 AM PDT

  •  Guys are about four years too late. (13+ / 0-)

    Nobody's listening any more.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:38:59 AM PDT

  •  Sweet Sweet Chaos For Insurance Industry nt (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, cocinero, Shawn87

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:42:52 AM PDT

  •  Nevermind the details (5+ / 0-)

    See?  We're voting on Obamacare!  The plan is on this here post-it....

    Your kids are more than a test score, and so are their teachers.

    by gtnoah on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:43:03 AM PDT

  •  POP goes their bubble! (6+ / 0-)

      from VOX:

    Starting in 2016, people will be able to buy insurance across state lines.

    Selling insurance across state lines is a favorite health policy talking point for conservatives. Starting in 2016, that can happen: states will be able to form compacts that allow consumers to buy insurance across state lines.

    There is some red tape: coverage offered through the compacts must comply with Obamacare, which means they have to provide the same mandatory benefits and protections against high out-of-pocket costs that current exchange plans offer. Moreover, interstate health compacts will require approval from the Secretary of Health and Human Services before they are recognized and permitted to enroll people.

    Oh the horrors, ACA has adopted a GOP plan...and they either don't know or won't admit that this even exists.

    I have had discussions with anti-ACA folks about this list - of which they can only discuss 3 of the 21 provisions about ACA that darn few folks know about....which, by my magic math means that there are 18 exceptionally good pieces of information and 3 GOP spinable.

  •  I think it's time (7+ / 0-)

    Veterans get a choice.  You can choose the VA or Obamacare Medicaid and we will pay your premium.

    I understand that the VA is not meeting our Veterans needs.  So, give them all a shot at dancing with the devil if they would like.

    I am sick of these buffoons choosing the topic, and choosing the debate, and I really want people helped.  It is time.

  •  health care smushed together (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Shawn87

    smushed -That's a Technical Term

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

    by JML9999 on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:48:21 AM PDT

  •  Scalise is a know-nothing party hack (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Shawn87, jyssco

    With no original ideas working only to get re-elected

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:48:35 AM PDT

  •  This entire exercise demonstrates that the GOP (4+ / 0-)

    hatred for Obamacare is driven solely by their hatred for Obama.

    If they really were smart, here's what their response would be to Obamacare, and would have been when it passed in 2010:

    We are delighted that the President signed this bill into law. Based largely on the GOP counterplan to President Clinton's proposal for health insurance reform, it protects the insurance industry against a single-payer model and brings more people into the private marketplace. We think the ACA is a triumph for a capitalist model of healthcare in the US.
    That would have been accurate, and probably called "brilliant" by "business analysts" and praised even by people like David Brooks who would say something like "a brilliant political strategy to co-opt the liberal agenda and remind voters that the GOP has ideas, too."

    Sadly, they were blinded by their hatred of Obama.

    This is not snark: I really believe the GOP missed a HUGE opportunity with this one.


    by commonmass on Thu May 29, 2014 at 10:51:25 AM PDT

  •  One guess (0+ / 0-)

    Can you guess with what the backers of the GOP (big insurance companies) will replace Obamacare?

    If you can't, then you are stupid-er than dirt.

  •  crossing state lines problem (0+ / 0-)

    I was laid off in CA, and then diagnosed with a big health care problem. My COBRA ran out before my medical treatments. but we have CAL=COBRA, another 18 months of expensive purchased insurance. BONK! My company was from Massachussetts, and my health care was not covered in CAL-COBRA's "jurisdiction" and I could NOT continue my coverage. CAL(-COBRA) could not mandate my continuing on an out of state policy!

  •  States rights? (1+ / 0-)
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    The plan does the usual Republican stuff, and is not healthcare reform...Republican talking points on health care smushed together—buying across state lines...
    Where is the complaints about state rights?  How are states going to be regulate and protect the people of their states if the insurance company is out of state? Sure, we can make insurance regulation federal, but again, states rights.

    This kind of reminds me of states right at the time of the civil war.  The question was not whether states had the right to say certain persons in the state were not fully qualified persons and therefore could be slaves, but whether the state had a a right to dictate who and who was not a slave in another state.

    By allowing cross state insurance, we are allowing another state to dictate what is acceptable insurance in your state. It is like saying because a slave managed to be recorded as a resident of another state, not actually escape, just be a resident on paper, claiming to be free. If it were not so.

  •  Mean life expectancy (3+ / 0-)
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    scott jones, sooner2703, Shawn87

    The mean life expectancy after diagnosis with Alzheimer's is seven years.

    The Republican Party came down with teamentia in 2010.

    I'd say their prognosis is grim. They've already become incapable of recognizing close family members like Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

  •  All good Pubbies know that Obamacare must (4+ / 0-)

    be repealed completely because it is evil while the Affordable Care Act must remain in place because people want it.  Anybody who doesn't understand this must be a librul.

  •  Any law (0+ / 0-)

    Any law that leaves for profit insurance companies as the sole gatekeepers of our access to healthcare is fatally flawed. Including the ACA. Saying that it's better than the Republican alternative, while empirically true, is kind of like being relieved that the fire burning down your home is only 1,200 degrees instead of 3,000.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Thu May 29, 2014 at 11:07:09 AM PDT

  •  Madame Tussauds - that's where the clowns in that (1+ / 0-)
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    picture belong!

  •  I'll trade you this yummy cup of hemlock (2+ / 0-)
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    GrindtheHills, Shawn87

    for the Yoke of Tyranny of Obamacare around your neck.

    Legal means "good".
    [41984 | Feb 4, 2005]

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu May 29, 2014 at 11:08:23 AM PDT

  •  It's too late for that.... (1+ / 0-)
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    The thing about a bill like the ACA is once it's implemented it becomes harder and harder to repeal it as time goes by due to the unpopularity of taking away healthcare for many millions of people.

    I'm convinced that is why it was so urgent for them to try to repeal it before it's implementation--when repealing it didn't directly take something away from so many people.

  •  high risk pools (1+ / 0-)
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    is their solution to pre-existing condition exclusions. The article doesn't mention it, but it does contain that.

    Already been tried. The problem is the insurance company gets to decide what is a pre-existing condition, and the reason high risk pools struggled in the past is because they kept dumping more and more people off policies into these pools. The pools became bloated and underfunded. By necessity, they had to start turning people away and, I believe in some cases, rationing care.

    So it's a trap. They will set up the high risk pools but then not fund them.

  •  Oh, Jeebus, here we go again: (1+ / 0-)
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    "The American people..."

    Hey, you're from Louisiana, asshat!  You don't speak for this Californian, and you never will.  Shut the hell up.

    "The truest measure of compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them." Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu May 29, 2014 at 11:47:03 AM PDT

  •  HSA's suck (1+ / 0-)
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    For someone making good money, sure, they can work out, but myself and everyone I know in my life, there is just nothing left over after bills and necessities.  

    So if under their plan you can't afford HSA's, can't afford to buy across state lines and don't qualify for Medicaid, then we're right back to where we were before.    I was on the waiting list for my states High Risk Pool for almost 2 years, all the while knowing that it will would probably be too expensive for me to afford anyway if I did get into an open spot.  

    I was so hoping not to see anymore fundraisers or jars asking for money at the local stores ever again.    

    January 1, 2014 - I will again be an "insured" cancer survivor-thank you Pres. Obama!!!!!

    by ArtemisBSG on Thu May 29, 2014 at 12:14:46 PM PDT

    •  Indeed HSA's do suck (0+ / 0-)

      For those not able to benefit from the "tax advantages" of them. When are the people who vote for these idiots going to realize that what their representatives are proposing, don't work for them? Can't work for them? I have a rw neighbor who's family income is well over 100k a year who insisted on having a HSA. It was "the right thing to do." Until his wife got sick. Then it wasn't. What if you don't have the resources to do this social experiment? Why is Politico a thing anyway? Why are things ALWAYS bleak for Democrats there? Do "conservatives" need to be told constantly, and from all angles, that things are wonderful for their worldview and BLEAK for everyone else ALL THE TIME for them to be happy? I just don't get it.

      "Because we are all connected...."

      by Shawn87 on Thu May 29, 2014 at 02:10:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good Ad For Dems : Repubs, Repeal and Replace ! (1+ / 0-)
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    Turn their own stuff back on them in election.

      "Like your Doctor under ACA?   Repeal and Replace your Republican so you can continue getting medical care from your current doctor."

  •  Patient-centered health care (3+ / 0-)
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    Shawn87, tuma, raspberryberet

    "Patient-centered health care" - what a textbook example of Republican obfuscation! Sounds great but means absolutely nothing. Sort of like shouting "freedom" at every juncture.

    As far as I can tell, the only thing "patent-centered health care" means is that the patient pays more.

    •  yep!! claissic GOP high sounding hollowness (1+ / 0-)
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      "Patient-centered health care"
      just like Ryan's nonsensical  "Premium support"

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Thu May 29, 2014 at 02:23:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wait just a minute... (0+ / 0-) have to come up with some kind of replacement plan before November that can pass muster.

    This assumes that the GOP is actually interested in coming up with a replacement for the ACA.

    Unfortunately, the last thing the GOP wants is a replacement for the ACA.

    So what is the probability that they will come up with a replacement plan?  Zilch!

  •  NOT "buying across staet lines." (0+ / 0-)

    You can already buy health insurance across state lines. Look at the number of companies which are on several states' market.

    What the Republican liars (pardon my redundancy) want to call "buying across state lines" is gutting the protection that your state insurance commissioner provides. (Which might not be much, depending on your state.) You can buy across state lines right now; but before a company can sell in your state, the policy must be approved by the insurance commission ( name may vary) of your state.

    The Republican plan is to abolish federal regulation and castrate state regulation.

  •  The main problem for Republican is that the Rep... (0+ / 0-)

    The main problem for Republican is that the Republican criticisms of ACA aren't even grounded in reality. ACA has been in effect for over 3 years now and I have not lost a single bit of control over my medical care and I still have the same crummy HSA plan that we can afford- though we have a few more things covered in full than we did before. If anybody should be complaining about anything it's how LITTLE things have changed for a lot of people, which isn't to say that ACA hasn't helped people like me at all nor does it make me less of a supporter but I hope that eventually we get an opportunity to expand it at some point.

  •  PLEASE HELP! (0+ / 0-)

    Please help us and tell Governor (of Alabama) Bentley to expand Medicaid.  Here’s his contact number 334-242-7100 or fax 334-353-0004. You can also use facebook or Twitter (here’s the contact link) and  or email

  •  Anyone else see the commercial on YouTube with ... (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone else see the commercial on YouTube with dancing Uncle Sam throwing money away in the hospital. Message About Obama throw in money away on bad IT contractors.

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