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House GOP may attach Obamacare delay to CR

Posted by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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House GOP may attach Obamacare delay to CR

John Boehner is pictured. | AP Photo

Boehner and his team have been preparing options to present to House Republicans. | AP Photo

The House Republican leadership is seriously considering attaching a one-year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate to the Senate bill to avert a government shutdown, according to senior GOP aides.

If House Republicans decide to go this route, it would all but provoke a government shutdown, since Senate Democrats might not even schedule a vote on a bill that includes that provision, Senate leadership staffers say. Even if the Senate schedules a vote, there might not be time to move the legislation through the slow-moving chamber.

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The House Republican leadership is planning its next move as it becomes abundantly clear that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s gambit to defund Obamacare will fall short. The federal government is set to shut down Tuesday unless a new funding bill is enacted, and the Senate might not even send a bill to the House until Sunday — leaving a hot potato on Speaker John Boehner’s lap shortly before a government shutdown. The Senate bill will fund the government through Nov. 15.

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Boehner and his leadership team have been preparing options to present to House Republicans when they return on Wednesday from a brief recess. The process, leadership aides say, will be driven by members of the House Republican Conference. Their first closed party meeting is Thursday.

Several different tactics are under discussion within the top levels of House GOP leadership, and the path Republicans choose depends on several factors — chiefly the mood of rank-and-file Republicans when they return to Washington, and when the House gets the continuing resolution back from the Senate.

For example, if there isn’t time to send a funding bill back to the Senate without shutting down the government, House Republicans might simply pass the Senate’s version of the legislation and reserve their attacks on Obamacare for future pieces of legislation like a debt ceiling increase. House Republicans begin their quest to lift the debt limit this week, with a similar delay of the health care law attached. This comes after the House passed a CR completely defunding Obamacare.

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“We’ll deal with whatever the Senate passes when they pass it,” said Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman. “There’s no point in speculating before that.”

House Republicans see tremendous upside in attempting to delay the individual mandate. First, they think it is easy to communicate the policy to voters. President Barack Obama has already delayed the employer mandate — the provision in the health care bill that requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health care for their workers. House Republicans ask: Why not institute that same delay for individuals?

Delaying the individual mandate also poses a difficult political problem for some House Democrats, especially those from red states. In July, when similar legislation came up in the House, 22 Democrats voted with 229 Republicans to pass the bill. One Republican voted against that bill: Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia.

Of course, the political fallout of a shutdown is scary business for House Republicans. Boehner has privately warned his fellow leaders that a government shutdown is perilous for Republicans. Most Americans who disapprove of the health care law think its unwise to shut down the government to stop Obamacare’s implementation.

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There are other legislative add-ons under consideration by House GOP leaders, as well. There has been discussion by House Republicans of attaching the so-called conscience clause to the CR — language that would allow employers to ignore a federal requirement that they cover birth control as part of their health insurance packages.

House Republicans are also considering including language that would prevent the federal government from making the employer contribution for the health care of members of Congress and their staff. This would add thousands of dollars to the insurance tab of Capitol Hill staffers and lawmakers. A third option is repealing the medical device tax, a revenue stream businesses loathe but that is off the radar of everyday Americans.

Much is in flux this week, as a divided Washington tries to avert the first government shutdown since 1996.

In a bid to help House Republicans respond to the Democratic Senate, some GOP senators have been discussing accelerating the consideration of the CR so the House has more time to weigh legislative options to keep the government open. This would fly in the face of some conservative senators who want to drag out the process.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/house-gop-obamacare-cr-97299.html#ixzz2fsFU4XTp

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29again
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM

1.  Not all of the reps will be back on Wed to do business...  maybe later that evening, but not during the day. 

2.  Why cannot the Senate get the lead out of its collective ass, and stay over a day here & there, and do what needs to be done?

3.  Whatever needs to be done, the House should do.  Although, they have passed a good budget, and the Senate should vote on what the House sent over, rather than make up their own at this late date.  Anyway, when the Senate sends over whatever they come up with, the House should begin sending individual CR's to fund the various departments of the Federal Gov't.  Let dingy Harry be the one to say that he has no interest in funding the military, SS, medicare, food stamps, etc.  But the key to this is to not send a CR funding Obamacare.  Plain and simple.  But, since whoever didn't think of it first, I guess it really isn't such a good idea......... cause you know, only certain people can think of good ideas...


I think the GOP has the wrong mascot.  I cannot believe how petty some of them are right now.  They all agree in essence that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced or defunded.  But since they were not the ones to come up with a brilliant plan, it won't work.  How absolutely juvenile!  Not one of them voted for it, not one wants it.  But they can't put aside their petty grievances to unite for a common cause.  But they can sure put aside their grievances with someone else, and suck it up when HE is in the room...  but they have to turn on one of their own.  That is pathetic.

sarahjz
by Bronze Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Hmmmm.

UpSheRises
by Silver Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM

 


Quoting 29again:

2.  Why cannot the Senate get the lead out of its collective ass, and stay over a day here & there, and do what needs to be done?


 This annoys me to no end. If i don't finish my work, i have to stay late (and i don't get paid anywhere near what those people are making). When something bad happens, like the navy yard shooting, i still have to do my work. If i HATE my boss and most of my co-workers, i still have to do my work. When the freaking power is out...i work from home FFS.

What a bunch of lazy, entitled sons of bitches.

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Sep. 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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Quoting 29again:

 

I think the GOP has the wrong mascot.  I cannot believe how petty some of them are right now.  They all agree in essence that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced or defunded.  But since they were not the ones to come up with a brilliant plan, it won't work.  How absolutely juvenile!  Not one of them voted for it, not one wants it.  But they can't put aside their petty grievances to unite for a common cause.  But they can sure put aside their grievances with someone else, and suck it up when HE is in the room...  but they have to turn on one of their own.  That is pathetic.

 I have to say the pettiness is chronic to BOTH sides. When the POTUS says and I'm paraphrasing: "I'm not approving anything that doesn't increase the debt ceiling.", in other words "Shut up and let me spend more."

How does ANYone negotiate with that? They can't. When you've got 29 of your OWN party voting against you, IMO that says something.

It has nothing to do with the GOP not having either another or better plan. Even if they did, Obama would be against it. You can't negotiate with a POTUS who has the "it's my way or the highway" attitude.

In all honesty, I'm pretty impressed there are 29 dems with the cajonies to vote against Barry.

JustCJ
by on Sep. 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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That's because they are sick of his shit too.

Quoting 143myboys9496:

 

Quoting 29again:


I think the GOP has the wrong mascot.  I cannot believe how petty some of them are right now.  They all agree in essence that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced or defunded.  But since they were not the ones to come up with a brilliant plan, it won't work.  How absolutely juvenile!  Not one of them voted for it, not one wants it.  But they can't put aside their petty grievances to unite for a common cause.  But they can sure put aside their grievances with someone else, and suck it up when HE is in the room...  but they have to turn on one of their own.  That is pathetic.

 I have to say the pettiness is chronic to BOTH sides. When the POTUS says and I'm paraphrasing: "I'm not approving anything that doesn't increase the debt ceiling.", in other words "Shut up and let me spend more."

How does ANYone negotiate with that? They can't. When you've got 29 of your OWN party voting against you, IMO that says something.

It has nothing to do with the GOP not having either another or better plan. Even if they did, Obama would be against it. You can't negotiate with a POTUS who has the "it's my way or the highway" attitude.

In all honesty, I'm pretty impressed there are 29 dems with the cajonies to vote against Barry.


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