This is an angle we’ll be seeing more and more as we get into peak election season next year:

In other words, Republicans think Obamacare is a crappy law — and if the Supreme Court agrees on this latest challenge, it’s up to Republicans to figure out how to make the crappy law still work:

Republicans have spent months pitching ideas on how to limit the potential fallout from next month’s Supreme Court decision that could wipe out ObamaCare insurance subsidies in at least 34 states.

But so far, none of their proposals are likely to stave off the massive disruption of the healthcare marketplace that would result from a ruling against the Obama administration, according to a new report by the American Academy of Actuaries.

Next year’s headlines: “Obamacare would have been awesome if Republicans would have saved it!” This is like blaming Mary Jo Kopechne for Chappaquiddick because she didn’t insist on taking the wheel before they got to the bridge.


21 Responses to “Obamacare’s in its ‘meltdown’ phase — time for media to blame the party with zero members who voted for its passage”

  1. Truesoldier__ on May 29th, 2015 10:02 am

    There is another reason for the headline at the Hill….they are trying to influence the decision of Anthony Kennedy.

    Not to mention, the fact that the GOP is trying to save the subsidies in any way shape or form shows that the RINO's want Obamacare to stay just as much as the liberals. Instead of trying to save this monstrosity they ought to be using the ruling (if it goes against the subsidies) as leverage to get rid of the whole darn thing.

  2. Marshall_Will on May 29th, 2015 10:12 am

    "Another popular Republican plan — a temporary extension of premium subsidies — also drew criticism from the American Academy of Actuaries, which warned that it would only “delay the market disruption.”

    "only delay the market disruption"… Right! Because things were running so 'smoothly' from 2010-to-present!

  3. Marshall_Will on May 29th, 2015 10:17 am


    Only yesterday I attended my pre-retirement workshop. They threw out this red herring of "Tricare Fo' LIFE" ridonkulous and totally Unsustainable lowball figure of $41 a month. For a FAMILY!?

    Numbers NO ONE can live with, but Dims are still pulling the strings and slapping labels on packages, and those Greedy Republicans (TM) want to take away my benefitz!

    Sir, it was basically a counselling session on: How To File For Disability. Even If You Worked In Personnel. There was a lot of animosity in the room. Dude.

  4. Granny617 on May 29th, 2015 12:14 pm

    Heard the CEO of BCBS Michigan on the Beckman show yesterday. He said the insurance companies are well prepared for the Supreme Court ruling – even if it means scrapping the whole Obamacare bill. Even though most of the insurance companies seemed to be backing this crappola healthcare bill – even they say – the way it was written – it was bound to implode on itself. Too bad all Washington DC does is look to academia to write laws – instead of people who ACTUALLY know how things work.

  5. Kate Logsdon on May 29th, 2015 8:28 pm

    Amen to what you said! Media trying to put onus on Repubs to fix problems Dems caused – typical media behavior

  6. Truesoldier__ on May 29th, 2015 10:12 pm

    And I'll bet they "forgot" to mention all the changes to tri-care fo life. You know like how you have to live within a certain distance to get prime or else you will be stuck in standard and for the lowballed figure of $41 a month you will still be paying the majority of the visits out of pocket.

    Meanwhile, if you are a slob, druggie, alcoholic that hasn't worked since you were squirted out of the womb into the world with your single mother and 10 siblings, all from different daddies, then no worries. Some one else will be expected to subsidize your lazy butt.

  7. Truesoldier__ on May 29th, 2015 10:13 pm

    Delaying the market disruption is all politicians (be it RINO's or liberals) have been doing for the past couple of decades with any government run program.

  8. Truesoldier__ on May 29th, 2015 10:18 pm

    Hey Doug, there actually was one Republican in the House who voted for this craptastic bill. Of course he was a one term republican who lost in a landslide, but I thought I would mention it.

  9. Marshall_Will on May 30th, 2015 3:06 pm

    Great observation in THAT; as Michelle made regular practice of pointing out, their c-o-n-t-I-n-u-o-u-s 'tweaking' of Obamacare Hallmark 'Achievement' isn't quite [somehow] the same thing as… A LAW?

    They're out there pinging away for social media feedback on what's playing well w/ voters that DAY or uh MOMENT and..? We're caught up in a MEAT GRINDER. There's absolutely no WAY any sober, thinking person could 'plan' for a retirement from the information fluffed out that day.

    Particularly in light of the fact the um… VA Scandal wasn't even VAGUELY referred to? Billions BURNED but don't worry, we'll definitely get it right this TIME! How about just providing baseline services that are actually, sustainable? And stop treating rank & file mechanics/clerks like combat vets huh?

  10. Marshall_Will on May 30th, 2015 5:53 pm

    "Too bad all Washington DC does is look to academia to write laws – "

    Paging Doctor Gruber! Paging Doctor Gruber? Is there a DOCTOR in the house!

    Yeah, just dress random providers in lab coats for a photo shoot by the WH and call it good. Ironically, all this ( rather unfortunate development ) took place at a time when ever increasing swaths of Americans were [already] turning to more sensible/home/old school methods of addressing our HC needs!

    Between Google and WebMD people pretty much KNOW what they have. And unless it involves incisions, we're in the best position to know how best to administer our needs! To wit; do any of us still know someone whom *hasn't* seen Supersize Me?

    Only 47%'ers wanna' party like rockstars and let somebody ELSE worry about the consequences of sh!tty lifestyle/life choices. The rest of us have reverted to our GRAND parents' standard of diet, fitness and while we're AT it; personal finance approaches. Nanny somebody else. TIA!

  11. Marshall_Will on May 30th, 2015 6:06 pm

    Republican House leader John Boehner wrote in a memo he called “The Future is Cao.”

    Lol. I suppose Boner wasn't WRONG there WAS he? Too funny man. Cao is probably hanging out w/ Stevie Bartman. "The Cubs were ahead, 3-0, in the eighth inning, five outs from their first World Series appearance in **58 [freaking] years**, when Bartman reached for and deflected a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou had leapt for and appeared ready to catch. The Marlins went on to score eight runs in the inning, win the game and then win the series the next night." ( emphasis mine, as a lifelong ChiSox fan )

  12. Truesoldier__ on May 31st, 2015 11:09 am

    Amen to that. The VA scandal that is out there is just part of the larger overall picture of how vets have been treated going back awhile. From the waitlists (that are coming to Obamacare soon) to the so-called "severance pay" that is given when you are medically discharged (of course it is actually a no interest loan on disability pay that they call severance pay to avoid having to pay unemployment which means you are not counted on the unemployment rolls either) vets have been mistreated by the very country they swore to protect.

    Hell, I think most vets would be treated better if they renounced their citizenship, went to Mexico, then snuck back in.

  13. Truesoldier__ on May 31st, 2015 11:11 am

    So very true. My wife works as a dental assistant at a clinic that accepts Medicaid. They come in with teeth nearly rotted out and demand implants because they don't want to have the stigma of having dentures in their 20's.

  14. Truesoldier__ on May 31st, 2015 11:13 am

    Cao actually thought by voting for Obamacare he would get the support of Obama in his next election. He truly was an LIC (low information Congresscritter).

  15. Truesoldier__ on May 31st, 2015 11:16 am

    O/T…Looks like Obama is back with his pen and his phone:

    The Justice Department plans to move forward this year with more than a dozen new gun-related regulations, according to list of rules the agency has proposed to enact before the end of the Obama administration.

    The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements. Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse.

    The only reg the article has any details on is that basically if you are seeing a psychologist you pretty much will lose your right to bare arms. So all the members of the military coming back from a deployment that are told they must see the base psychologist as part of the redeployment process could potentially lose their 2nd amendment rights; yet still be told they have to go qualify at the range.

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  17. Marshall_Will on June 1st, 2015 12:24 am

    Party all the time! Party all the time!

    After lengthy reflection, I believe Gen-X/Y whatever have essentially *abandoned* any and all claim on blaming Baby Boomers or any prior generation.

    Their performance and 'contribution' has been negligible to say the least. When they get done hiding out in 'college' for a decade or so, playing musical majors and taking PT/seasonal work, they've forfeited the right to say sh!t!

    The whole revenge of the pajama boy just isn't 'cute' any more…

  18. Marshall_Will on June 1st, 2015 12:32 am

    The ref. Sandy Hook several times in the article. Obama leans on it like it was an open and shut, rock solid case.

    I'll never be entirely convinced it wasn't dramatized, inflated or; staged entirely? Some of the YT vids out there are pretty convincing and because this admin. got what THEY wanted out of the hysteria, likely we'll NEVER get to the bottom of it.

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