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Politico Claims The GOP ‘Sabotaged’ Obamacare

From a completely shameless Politico:

The Obamacare sabotage campaign

By TODD S. PURDUM | November 1, 2013

To the undisputed reasons for Obamacare’s rocky rollout — a balky website, muddied White House messaging and sudden sticker shock for individuals forced to buy more expensive health insurance — add a less acknowledged cause: calculated sabotage by Republicans at every step.

That may sound like a left-wing conspiracy theory — and the Obama administration itself is so busy defending the indefensible early failings of its signature program that it has barely tried to make this case. But there is a strong factual basis for such a charge.

Mind you, this is not an editorial. In fact, all the Politico says about Mr. Purdum in his official bio there is: "Todd S. Purdum is a reporter." Apparently, this is what passes for journalism at the Politico.

From the moment the bill was introduced, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress announced their intention to kill it…

Unlike, say, the ‘Defense Of Marriage Act.’ Or the sequester. Or any tax cut.

Republican troops pressed this cause all the way to the Supreme Court — which upheld the law, but weakened a key part of it by giving states the option to reject an expansion of Medicaid…

The lack of Medicaid expansion doesn’t seem to have hurt anything. Unlike Obama-Care, people are signing up for Medicaid in droves.

The GOP faithful then kept up their crusade past the president’s reelection, in a pattern of “massive resistance” not seen since the Southern states’ defiance of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

That would be the Democrat Party’s "defiance of Brown v. Board of Education. Not that there is any comparison. But Mr. Purdum had to throw in his race card.

The opposition was strategic from the start: Derail President Barack Obama’s biggest ambition, and derail Obama himself…

Not that this is true. But where was Mr. Purdum when the Democrats were trying to make us lose the war in Iraq in order to derail President Bush?

Partisan divisions also meant that Democrats could not pass legislation smoothing out some rough language in the draft bill that passed the Senate.

You see, the damn Republicans stopped the Democrats from making Obama-Care more palatable.

That left the administration forced to fill far more gaps through regulation than it otherwise would have had to do, because attempts — usually routine — to re-open the bill for small changes could have led to wholesale debate in the Senate all over again…

Oh, our sides. The Republicans even forced the Democrats to put in more Obama-Care regulations. Their perfidy knows no bounds.

Then congressional Republicans refused repeatedly to appropriate dedicated funds… leaving the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies to cobble together HealthCare.org by redirecting funds from existing programs…

You see? The Obama-Care website didn’t have enough money. After all, who can build a website with a lousy $600 million dollars?

On top of that, nearly half of the states declined to expand their Medicaid programs using federal funds, as the law envisioned…

And yet the enrollment for Medicaid is sky-rocketing. Go figure.

Then, in the months leading up to the program’s debut, some states refused to do anything at all to educate the public about the law…

Which is the last thing the Democrats want. What Mr. Purdum means is that Republican governors refused to waste their money on pestering people into rushing to sign up at a website, which turned out to not work. The wreckers.

And congressional Republicans sent so many burdensome queries to local hospitals and nonprofits gearing up to help consumers navigate the new system face-to-face that at least two such groups returned their federal grants and gave up the effort…

You see? Hospitals are dropping out of Obama-Care because of burdensome Republican inquiries.

When the White House let it be known last summer that it was in talks with the National Football League to enlist star athletes to help promote the law, the Senate’s top two Republicans sent the league an ominous letter wondering why it would “risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand.” The NFL backed off.

And never mind that the NFL said they never would have done this under any circumstances.

The drama culminated on the eve of the open enrollment date of Oct. 1. Congressional Republicans shut down the government, disrupting last-minute planning and limiting the administration’s political ability to prepare the public for the likelihood of potential problems…

At long last, Mr. Purdum, have you no shame? Not one person working on Obama-Care was ever furloughed. Not one. And never mind that they had more than three and a half years to prepare for this rollout.

But any lie in a storm. Right, Mr. Purdum? Even Pravda, at its worst, would have blushed at publishing such blatant lies as ‘news.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Politico Claims The GOP ‘Sabotaged’ Obamacare”

  1. If there has been a GOP sabotage campaign against the creation and implementation of Obamacare, it is only more proof of how ineffectual the GOP has become. Even holding the purse strings by taking control of the house, all of the efforts to stop Obamacare have accomplished essentially nothing. It is “the law of the land” as they say.

    The only sabotage going on here is that of the American economy, healthcare system, constitution, and our very way of life as it once existed. Sabotage of our freedom is the goal, and Obamacare is the tool of choice.

  2. captstubby

    “Purdum is a reporter.”

    a house name, is sometimes used with series fiction published under one pen name even though more than one author may have contributed to the series.

    reporter
    A writer, investigator, or presenter of news stories.
    The American Heritage® Dictionary
    a person who reports, esp one employed to gather news for a newspaper, news agency, or broadcasting organization
    Collins English Dictionary

    a person who reports
    Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary

    Thesaurus
    reporter – a person who investigates and reports or edits news stories

    does this make the S&L contributers a Reporter?

    Steve;
    “Great Caesar’s ghost!”
    and “Don’t call me chief!”.

  3. “Politico: The GOP’s Obamacare Sabotage Campaign”

    The GOP would be at 60% approval in the polls if they had waged a ‘Sabotage Campaign’. No doubt this idiot Purdum is trying to win a cushy job with the regime.

  4. canary

    Politico’s Reporter Todd S. Purdum is editor from Vanity Affair who has idolized Obama since he first announced running for President.

    Politico is not under any laws of nepotism and their reporter “Dee Dee Dyer”‘s husband Todd S. Purdum was seen as a team that would bring the most intimate interviews with Obama for years to come in the future in order to follow-up Prudum’s “Raising Obama”‘s lavish piece. Prudum and his wife Dyer are seen as grabbing future articles of “Obama & Michelle bring the White House cook to their new home”.

    Vanity Fair’s editor Todd Prudem became close-up and personal friends of Barack and Michelle Obama doing cover stories such as “Raising Obama” in 2008 including touched up and airbrushed photos. Todd Prudem did “Michelle’s Fashion” article and those that followed.

    Vanity Fair and Politico’s reporter Todd Prudem’s love affair with the Obamas paid off as post-election he orchestrated on going articles of the Obamas gracing covers and photo spreads with beautiful airbrushed photos slimming Michelle Obama’s silhouette and feather her with long thick eyelashes.

    A Vanity Fair head photographer leaking the nightmare Michelle Obama was to work with for photo shoots led to enormous pressure on Todd Prudem’s writings to become the most favorable pro-Obama presidential stories ever written in US history.

    Vanity Fair’s & Politico’s reporter Todd Prudem financially profited and boosted his career from someone unheard of from reselling photos to Obama biography paraphernalia that hit store collections for the historical president Obama.

    Vanity Fair’s & Politico’s editor and reporter Todd Prudem close friends to the Obama’s has been working on post presidential promoting of Obama who plans on writing more books and children’s book than any president in history.

    Todd Prudem’s reporting with photos of the rich and famous celebrities won’t compare to line up of future stories with Obama one of the most known person’s in the world today. Prudem is most likely to be the best pick to ensure Obama stays one of the most known people in the world in the future.




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