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House To Vote On Funding, Offer ACA Alternative

From the Associated Press:

House to vote on stopgap funding bill, ‘Obamacare’

By ANDREW TAYLOR | September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House is cruising [sic] toward a vote to gut President Barack Obama’s health care plan as part of a temporary funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.

While raising the possibility of a government closure, the latest GOP plan is actually aimed at avoiding one…

Despite that, the AP still has to make it sound like the Republican plan will shut down the government. Hence, saying they are "raising the possibility" when they are actually doing everything they can to avoid a shutdown.

Even top advocates of the strategy to defund what they call "Obamacare" by attaching it to a stopgap government funding bill acknowledge it has no future in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Senate Democrats have the votes to strip off the health care provision and kick the stopgap measure right back to the House…

So, in reality, it’s the Democrat-controlled Senate who are determined to shut down the government.

Republicans in the House spent Wednesday talking about how hard they would fight to derail Obamacare on the eve of its implementation and weren’t conceding that their Senate rivals would undo their handiwork. But a key force in the tea party drive against Obamacare conceded the point even before the fight officially began, but urged the House to force a government shutdown rather than retreat.

"Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. "At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground and continue to listen to the American people."

Note that Senator Cruz didn’t say anything about forcing a government shutdown. Though the AP said he did.

A more likely outcome would be that the House would vote to pass a funding bill stripped of the health care provision and send it to Obama to avert a shutdown…

Obama has already vowed to veto any such bill. Which would trigger a government shutdown. But, of course, Obama would never be blamed for it.

House leaders intended to set a vote for Friday…

But notice how poorly this Republican initiative has been described. How would the reader have any idea what is going on? Which is just the way Obama and his news media minions like it.

Meanwhile, we have this from The Hill:

Conservatives in House unveil ObamaCare replacement bill

By Russell Berman | September 18, 2013

Conservatives representing nearly three-quarters of the House Republican conference unveiled their proposed replacement for President Obama’s healthcare law Wednesday, delivering on a long-delayed GOP promise.

The bill from the Republican Study Committee would fully repeal the 2010 law and replace it with an expansion of health savings accounts, medical liability reform and the elimination of restrictions on purchasing insurance across state lines.

Authors of the proposal said they would push for a vote on the House floor, although they acknowledged the bill stands no chance of passage with Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate…

“I think we’ve done a very effective job at pointing out all the things that are wrong with the president’s healthcare law, but people want to know what we stand for,” Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said at a breakfast hosted by the National Review.

“I will be pushing our leadership to actually move this bill through the process because I think it’s important that we have an alternative to the president’s healthcare law, so we can put the two side by side.”

The ideas in the bill represent a collection of proposals that Republican presidents and candidates have repeatedly offered over the years. Scalise said the bill contains no overlap with ObamaCare. “This is 180 degrees different,” Scalise said.

But the bill could set Republicans up for political attacks by scrapping popular provisions in ObamaCare like a prohibition on denying health insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions.

“We work with the existing state high-risk pools that are out there,” Scalise said in regards to people with pre-existing conditions. The bill provides $25 billion over 10 years to enhance the state pools, “so an individual with pre-existing conditions can go and buy at market rates.”

“We put our money where our mouth is,” Scalise said…

It doesn’t matter. This Republican alternative will be ignored by the mainstream media. It might undercut the narrative about how the mean Republicans want to take away your free healthcare that Obama just gave you.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “House To Vote On Funding, Offer ACA Alternative”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    My suspicion is the Stupid Party will be cornered and beaten by the Party of Death.

    /lived a long time
    //seen this gag reel before

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