White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer used three vivid analogies to attack House Republicans’ laundry list of demands for raising the debt ceiling, comparing Republicans to arsonists, hostage-takers and suicide bombers.
Gee, the Democrats have never done that before… 🙂
“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest,” Pfeiffer said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday afternoon. “We’re not going to do that.”
“Republicans are not asking for a negotiation,” he told CNN’s Tapper. “It’s a negotiation if I’m trying to sell you my house, and we are debating the price of it. It’s not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say, ‘Give me everything inside or I’m going to burn it down.’
“Republicans have provided a laundry list of essentially ransom demands of things that were essentially the Romney agenda that voters rejected.”
But it’s the Republicans who are “obstructionists”. Do it our way or else! 🙂
If ObamaCare is so great why did Congress whine about it and then Obama Exempt them and offer to have the Taxpayers subsidize them. They make $174,000 a year. They can afford it. 🙂
Why does he need to campaign with “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” Bubba Clinton if it’s so good.
Why doesn’t he show up at a Union meeting instead of a Community College to tell people how great it is?
Because that was never the point of it and he only wants to be in front of morons and the ignorant. The ones to stupid to understand they are being screwed.
“Send us a clean CR, clean debt ceiling. That’s the path forward. There’s no need for conversations. We’ve spoken loudly and clearly, and we have the support of the president of the United States, and that’s pretty good,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
Notice he didn’t say anything about support of the American People because he knows he doesn’t have it, and he doesn’t care.
So do it our way or the highway. And it’s your fault for not doing it our way 100%.
But they aren’t “obstructing”….
No amount of White House spin will change the reality of the huge rate spikes millions of Americans will find in the ObamaCare exchanges. But as bad as this rate shock is, it’s just the beginning.
Days before ObamaCare goes into effect, the administration released information on premiums people can expect next year. Just $328 a month! And lower than expected!
The mainstream press largely went along with this spin. But you don’t have to look very hard to see that it’s totally misleading.
A table in that White House report, for example, shows the lowest-cost Bronze plan for a 27-year-old will average $163 a month in the 36 states with federally run exchanges. Among those making $25,000, the cost will be $93 a month, after subsidies.
Is that a bargain? Not when you compare it with the plans they can buy today. The average premium for the lowest-cost plan in these same states is $54 a month, according to data in a recent Government Accountability Report.
In other words, even with the taxpayer subsidies, ObamaCare will be more expensive than what’s available in the market today.
Other analyses came to the same conclusion.
The House Ways and Means Committee found the average Bronze plan for 27-year-old men will be 50% higher, and 12% higher for women. The Manhattan Institute found ObamaCare’s average premiums will be 99% higher for men and 62% higher for women.
Bad as this is, the rate shock will only get worse in ObamaCare’s second year.
First, the administration delayed the law’s caps on out-of-pocket costs. These were supposed to be $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families, starting in 2014. Now they won’t go into effect until 2015.
Obama officials claimed insurance companies needed more time to handle the new rule. Likelier, it was because they knew the caps would jack up rates even more this year.
Whatever the excuse, the fact is that when these out-of-pocket caps go into effect in 2015, they will boost premiums even further.
Second, there’s little hope the administration will convince enough young people to sign up for ObamaCare this year. Those under age 34 are already the least likely to have insurance, even though they are the likeliest to have access to cheap plans. Why would they be more inclined to pay ObamaCare’s inflated rates?
The problem is that if only sicker and older people sign up for coverage, the ObamaCare premiums that insurance companies are charging won’t be enough. So they’ll have to push for much higher rates next year.
Don’t expect any of this to change liberals’ minds about the law. If anything, they’ll use those skyrocketing premiums to call for still more government meddling in the market. (IBD)
After all, the solution to a problem created by Government is MORE government! 🙂
And that the way it is…
The more you eat, the more you toot. The more you toot, the better you feel. So we have beans at every meal! 🙂