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Friday, April 24, 2015

US Senate (GOP) Scramble To Save Political Face!

After 67 frivolous repeal ObamaCare votes at a total estimated cost of $94 million against the US House operating budget, the GOP laden US Senate is now playing "re-election" with the law. Thus, the GOP is playing with the well being of millions via initial and lingering obstruction to healthcare reform. On the other hand, the GOP plays Badminton with the law out of fear induced by recognition the SCOTUS could gut states subsidies: the heart of the law.

Earlier today, Talking Points Memo reported on GOP Leadership support for a bill extending ACA subsidies. 

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Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. 
The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal tax credits at stake inKing v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. 
The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). Another cosponsor is Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the chairman of the conference's electoral arm. 
Such a move would seek to protect the GOP from political peril in the 2016 elections when Democrats would try to blame the party for stripping subsidies — and maybe insurance coverage — from millions of Americans in three dozen states. A defeat for the Obama administration in aKing ruling would likely create havoc across insurance markets and pose a huge problem for Republicans, many of whom have been pushing the Supreme Court to nix the subsidies. 
"This bill is a first step toward reversing the damage that Obamacare has inflicted on the American health care system," Johnson said.
He recently explained the rationale for the legislation, warning that Democrats would swarm the GOP with attacks and horror stories about "individuals that have benefited from Obamacare" and lost their coverage.
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How can the GOP continue to meander around consumed with obstruction as subservient stooges to dark money brokers promulgating policy that would make gnat dizzy? We now have GOP attempts to policy-out of a predicament that aversion to the ACA has as a pending ruling from the SCOTUS.

Is this governance for the people, by the people?

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