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Fire the Do-Nothing Republicans!

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  • Democrat
    Ypsilanti, MI
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    The Senate hearings, for years, now, have been nothing more than an opportunity for abusive and outrageous bullying by the Republicans for any candidate for department head. They are eager to block Presidential appointments and even more eager to fire any department head immediately for no good reason whatever.

    The stupid questions they repeatedly throw at their victims (and, like machine guns, keep on firing without ever giving the candidate a chance to answer) show clearly that they are ignorant and know nothing about the subject of their complaints.

    We need a way to block their elections and fire those already elected for their own obvious failures to live up to the expectations of their constituents. We pay their salaries, perks, aides, and very long and frequent vacations. It's ridiculous that we must continue to pay the do-nothing Republicans when they not only do not perform their jobs, but most of the time are not even present! If the heads of governmental departments performed as poorly as Congress, we would have descended into anarchy years ago.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    After watching the Congressional hearings on the Affordable Health Care issues, I am sick with witnessing Republicans play their spoiled child games with their opposition (Democrats). This the Republican/Tea Party character and apparently it shows evidence that another group/party is guiding them to this pit of failure. The Republican/Tea Party is on a doomed course of destruction caring less about success and only for the ridicule and obstructionism of Democrats in office. During the Congressional hearings you can watch as Republicans/Tea partiers scripted, berate and prod the person seated for the questioning. They do not listen to the person they question and they continue to read from a script. Who wrote the script? Heritage Foundation, Koch brothers, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity or Fox News, who wrote the scripts for the inept Congressional representatives to read? I watched the eyes and facial expressions of the Republicans/Tea Party representatives and see they were not interested in the responses given to their questions. They continue to speak over speaking the person they questioned. There were times where the Chair of the Committee had to stop the action, because it was evident that the Republicans/Tea Partiers were over-the-top in their character. I did not see this type of characterization among the Democrats, however I can see why they would not want to ridicule their own administration.

    It is apparent that the Republicans/Tea Party does not want a success of the Affordable Health Care and will engage in an all out war on America to stop the Obama train from navigating our country. Go ahead and pick an issue, Bengazi, Health care, NSA, Birth Certificate, Voting Rights, Gun Rights, remarking voting districts, or any subject area, you will find obstructionism at it's best. Yes, this is orchestrated by some group outside of the political parties. Who's paying the funds for this activity? Let's delve into the meat of "follow the money". Who's really in charge of this treasonous act in America? As soon as anybody gets too close, it will slam shut and disappear for a few years, only to reopen again if Liberal Democratic actions continue in the future. The evidence is out their to find out who is telling the Republican/Tea Partiers how to walk, talk and act. The Republicans/Tea Partiers need help because it is apparent they are too stupid to do this on their own.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    The success of the Affordable Care Act is based on the younger generation signing up, which they are not doing, actually somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 to 80% of those who have signed up are with the State's Medicaid system, and only 26 states signed up for that expansion, however the Feds pull out in three years the full funding of those programs, so all those States did was to kick the can down the road, I don't know what the final end game is going to be but it appears that the Single Payer System will perhaps rise out of the ashes of ACA.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Too early to say how many young people will sign up, but right now it looks bad. How ironic that when Sebelius was finally able to find enough time on her schedule to testify to Congress about it, the web site was down again!

    Probably a lot of young people want to shop first and buy later or as one young guy told me "Why should I do it now when the whole thing is going to blow up anyway?"

    Yes, single payer may be the goal in the long run.
  • Democrat
    Texas
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    If the ACA fails it is extrememly unlikely that single payer will rise from the ashes more like it will set single payer back another 50 years. The ACA is a major step towards an easy transition to single payer and is supportive of states going single payer and that is why republicans and their insurance co. backers are fighting it so hard.

    To date 4.2 million applications have passed eligibiltiy requirements and that is already over half what is needed and that is despite diffiiculty with websites.

    I signed up and can get better insurance for less cost even without subsidy thru the Federal exchange which my red state defaulted to. I luv the ACA and most people will, about 3% of Americans will have to purchase new insurance plans of better quality that meet the new minimum standards and will not be eligible for subsidy and unlike me will have to pay more but they get better insurance for their bucks.
  • Democrat
    Texas
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    jamesn Wrote: Too early to say how many young people will sign up, but right now it looks bad. How ironic that when Sebelius was finally able to find enough time on her schedule to testify to Congress about it, the web site was down again!

    Probably a lot of young people want to shop first and buy later or as one young guy told me "Why should I do it now when the whole thing is going to blow up anyway?"

    Yes, single payer may be the goal in the long run.
    I am very confident the ACA will be a huge success after all it is almost identical to the healthcare system in MA and surveys taken in MA show over 80% approval rating from MA resident's for their healthcare system and that kind of approval is pretty amazing.

    The World Health Organization studies show that America is behind 7 other countries in QUALITY and most other countries in COST: Canada and Australia are rated for better quality and cost and the World Health Organization said that the ACA is essential to improving future quality and cost here in America .

    The ACA like I mentioned earlier is a major stepping stone towards making a smooth transition to Universal Care even a possibility in this country. People that want Universal Care really need to get behind it because if it does fail then you set the possibiltiy of Universal Care back about 50 years.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Barry you are ..."very confident the ACA will be a huge success"... but I think you are overly optimistic. Most opinions I hear do not agree. More importantly, it is much too early for any of us to tell which side is right, as of now we are all just guessing.

    One thing I do not agree with you about is your using MA as evidence that Americans in general will approve. The people in MA are VERY different from people in AL, MT, MI, AZ...you name it. I think the approval rate in MA is completely irrelevent.

    The first day of enrollment 6 people signed up! Six out of millions! And how many of them were medicaid?
  • Democrat
    Mckinleyville, CA
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    Right on, Barry! Will talk more later.
  • Independent
    South Carolina
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    It is impossible for the ACA to be successful. First of all we live in America, land of the free. Even though we are only 4 weeks into the process many of the pitfalls pointed out four years ago are coming to fruition. #1: You cannot keep your health plan. #2: You might be able to keep some of your current providers, but not likely. #3: The economic assumptions used to justify the ACA are proving to be off by an immense factor.
    Currently the administration is dismissing the millions of people who are losing their current health plan by insinuating the coverage people had was inferior. The administration further states this is a small minority of people. The reality is what is happening to the individual insurer will be played out an a much greater scale as those covered by their employer's plan soon find out the same facts. premiums will be higher, deductibles greater and provider choice will be limited.
    It is no coincidence the employer mandate was pushed back. It was apparent that if the 1/1/14 date stood, employers would be dropping their group plans in droves, forcing millions into the exchange quagmire. Obama had some noble goals, provide insurance for people with preexisting conditions, etc. , but instead of focusing on the minority of people he was trying to help, the ACA is a disaster for the 85%/90% who had health insurance.

    Their will never be enough young healthy people signing up to offset those rushing to the medicade rolls. By Feb. 2014 the democrats will be rushing to delay/modify the ACA or they will face tremendous losses in both houses of congress in Nov. 2014.

    Obama doesn't care as so far he is clueless about the pain & suffering he is inflicting on the working class.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    jamesn Wrote: Barry you are ..."very confident the ACA will be a huge success"... but I think you are overly optimistic. Most opinions I hear do not agree. More importantly, it is much too early for any of us to tell which side is right, as of now we are all just guessing.

    One thing I do not agree with you about is your using MA as evidence that Americans in general will approve. The people in MA are VERY different from people in AL, MT, MI, AZ...you name it. I think the approval rate in MA is completely irrelevent.

    The first day of enrollment 6 people signed up! Six out of millions! And how many of them were medicaid?
    hmmm jameson, I was born and lived the first 60 years of my life in Massachusetts. Are you trying to tell me that the people are more intelligent than the rest of the USA? If you are, I can completely agree with you (for a change), if not I suggest you spend some time in Boston!

    BTW! I agree that within a year the ACA will be up and running just fine and all this nonsense about it will be long forgotten. Then perhaps, we can start working on a single payer plan for all as the ACA should have been in the first place.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    pgr no I'm not trying to tell you ..."that the people are more intelligent"... I didn't say that at all.

    I'm saying that you can't take a survey of the population of a small northeastern state and expect the results to represent the views of the entire USA. Glad I could clear that up for you!

    I do agree with you, that single payer would be far superior to ACA. Right now we don't know how well the ACA is going to work, or if it is going to work at all. It may be a success or may be a complete failure, no one knows yet.
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    bqmother1 Wrote: The Senate hearings, for years, now, have been nothing more than an opportunity for abusive and outrageous bullying by the Republicans for any candidate for department head. They are eager to block Presidential appointments and even more eager to fire any department head immediately for no good reason whatever.

    The stupid questions they repeatedly throw at their victims (and, like machine guns, keep on firing without ever giving the candidate a chance to answer) show clearly that they are ignorant and know nothing about the subject of their complaints.

    We need a way to block their elections and fire those already elected for their own obvious failures to live up to the expectations of their constituents. We pay their salaries, perks, aides, and very long and frequent vacations. It's ridiculous that we must continue to pay the do-nothing Republicans when they not only do not perform their jobs, but most of the time are not even present! If the heads of governmental departments performed as poorly as Congress, we would have descended into anarchy years ago.
    thanks for for clearing that up! You are 100% correct - Massachusetts people are like no others in the country!
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    ..."like no others in the country!"

    Absolutely right! I have known that for a long time, so you don't have to convince me!

    Congratulations to the Red Sox!

    Now, if Boston could just get a mayor who speaks English...
  • Liberal
    Independent
    Durham, NH
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    Mumbles Menino is on his way out. I don't think I could stand listening to him much longer!