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GOP Gets Income Verify, Dems Get Union Carve-Out

From the Politico:

What Barack Obama, Republicans get with a deal

By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | October 15, 2013

It’s not a perfect deal for the White House — but it’s a worse deal for Republicans.

Democrats won’t say it too loudly just yet, but the emerging budget agreement leaves Republicans with remarkably little to show for forcing the first government shutdown in 17 years: They barely nicked Obamacare and their poll numbers are in tank.

In fact, they didn’t nick Obama-Care at all.

President Barack Obama would get most of what he wanted. He had insisted that Congress reopen the government and extend the country’s borrowing authority without any ideological strings attached. He held the line on the debt ceiling and Democrats are set to hold off Republican attempts to lock in next year’s round of sequester budget cuts early.

Which means the sequester is probably going to go away at the end of the year.

But it’s not the squeaky clean bill Obama sought.

Obama never sought a ‘squeaky clean bill.’ That was just a lie from him and his media flacks. He has always wanted to use it to kill the sequester, even though it is ‘The Law Of The Land.’ And he’s always wanted a union carve out.

There would be minor changes to the president’s signature health care law.

And never mind that Obama-Care is ‘The Law Of The Land,’ and therefore supposed to be inviolate. But what are these changes the Republicans have won? Are you sitting down? Incomes are going to be verified before they are given Obama-Care subsidies:

Republicans would secure a provision to force Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to certify that individuals receiving Obamacare subsidies meet the required income levels. The department’s inspector general would later have to conduct an audit on the matter…

What a concession, huh? Meanwhile, the Democrats get a carve out for their unions foot soldiers:

Democrats would win a labor union priority to delay for one year an Obamacare reinsurance tax, which was supposed to be levied against most insurance plans to help spread the risk for insurers who take on the sickest patients next year. Delaying the fee — $63 per person covered by an insurance plan per year — could amount to a significant boon to unions…

Isn’t that wonderful? Thank you Susan Collins and Patty Murray!

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “GOP Gets Income Verify, Dems Get Union Carve-Out”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Boehner & Co. ®

    “We do to you what the democrats do, only slower.”

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Republican Party to voters: “Shut up.”

  3. Petronius says:

    As for the proposed bicameral budget commission, I seem to recall we’ve already had one of those. It was called Simpson-Bowles.

    Wonder whatever happened to their recommendations?

    Of course the HHS inspector general’s audit will be a purely post hoc affair––coming after Sebelius’ administration of the ObamaCare experiment has run its course.

    Thus an audit is always an after-the-fact matter that has little or no impact on the actual administration of the program.

    It seems we might have learned that lesson from the IRS IG’s audit. His report came after the IRS had already hammered the Tea Party into smithereens. Long after the 2012 election was over.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?

    We might have learned that lesson from the Pickering ARB. Which came after the bodies were brought back from Benghazi, and after the regime’s lies and cover stories had taken root in the public imagination.

    There have been so many of these useless post hoc audits, blue ribbon panels and commissions that do-nothing-and-accomplish-nothing, that cover-up the cover-ups, that it’s hard to distinguish them and keep track.

    So why not have a few more?

  4. yadayada says:

    I believe the next move for those Representatives who owe their position to the Tea Party is to remove Boner & Co. from any position of influence or authority.
    what good has he ever done for the republican party?

    • GetBackJack says:

      Eliminating the Old Deadweight from the GOP won’t do any good, though I commend the process. The GOP is like the Vatican. It is run by functionaries who are there to thwart the Will of the Pope. Bureaucrats in any other organization. We won;t see real and lasting change until and only until the GOP system itself, especially the Blue State Party structures and most especially the National Headquarters purged, cleansed and fumigated of the seat warmers installed to thwart the will of the Constituent. And the principles of a free nation. And the Constitution.

      Cleaning house will have to go all the way to bedrock. Then steam clean the bedrock.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      If we could get Cruz, Lee and a few others (Not Rubio!) in the senate and those 70 Tea party elected members in the house to form a new party, we could take the presidency and the house by 2016. All the unhappy republicans and their donors money would go with us and we wouldn’t allow any RINO’s. They could have the GOP and the bureaucracy, and we could build from the grass roots.

      That’s all that will save us and this country. It’s that or revolution where millions die! Our choice!

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