I hate providing clicks to Huff-Smuff, but this piece from Hilary Rosen is a good reason to make an exception:
….Democrats and Independents need to rally around the president now. We cannot let the Republicans and the tea partiers get away with continuing to lie about the impact of this bill and negating the actual benefits to so many Americans in need.
Let’s take the Republican’s signature word and wrap it around their ears.
ObamaCare? You BET he does!
Obama cares if insurance companies can once again be able to drop people when they get sick — exactly when coverage is needed most.
- Obama cares if children with preexisting conditions are denied coverage, while insurance companies impose devastating annual and lifetime caps.
- Obama cares that young people stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.
Obama cares if pregnant women and breast cancer survivors can be denied coverage.
* Obama cares if seniors face an increase in their prescription drug costs — millions thrown back into the Medicare Part D Donut Hole — denying seniors a 50% discount on prescription drugs and re-creating the devastating coverage gap.
- Obama cares if health care repeal explodes the federal deficit by143 billion over the next ten years and1 trillion over the next two decades.
ObamaCares and John Boehner doesn’t. Bring it on.
Las Vegas Sun:
But Republicans just don’t get it. Americans largely support the health care law’s key provisions, and a repeal would once again give insurance companies the right to exclude people from coverage because of preexisting conditions and would reinstate the so-called “doughnut hole” in Medicare prescription coverage.
This is foolish, but the Republican desire to press ahead with repealing the health care law only foreshadows what is to come. They’re playing for the 2012 election, no matter what the public wants, and that will lead to a greater partisan divide and less work done in Washington.
For example, Republicans are already intending to stall work in Congress. Eric Cantor, the incoming House majority leader, last month released the calendar for the House of Representatives that appears to leave little time for work.
Under the plan, members of the House will only need to be in Washington for a total of 123 workdays spread over 32 weeks. Only two of the weeks include five workdays, and the entire year’s workload is cushioned by long weekends and extended time away from Washington.
As well, Cantor has limited the time members have to be on the floor for votes so they won’t have to worry about rushing back to conduct the people’s business. Cantor said that his intention is to schedule votes no earlier than 1 p.m. nor later than 7 p.m. But on the first day of the week, voting won’t start until 6:30 p.m., giving members essentially an extra day off. And on the last day of the week, votes will end at 3 p.m. so members can take off early to get home.
So much for “working” for the people.