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GOP attacks Obamacare at summit

Published: Sun, April 13, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked one another Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start.

A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republicans’ controversial budget, the party’s struggle with Hispanics, the GOP’s future and the upcoming midterm elections while taking turns on a conference room stage facing hundreds of conservative activists gathered in New Hampshire’s largest city.

But the Republican Party’s near-universal opposition to the president’s health care law dominated the conversation just days after Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigned after leading the rocky rollout of the program derided as “Obamacare.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz declared that one resignation is not enough. “We are going to repeal every single word of Obamacare,” said the first-term senator and tea-party favorite.

Another tea-party favorite, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, insisted that the GOP must broaden its appeal in order to grow. The Republican Party, he said, cannot be a party of “fat cats, rich people and Wall Street.”

Neither Paul nor Cruz defended the sweeping budget plan authored by another potential presidential contender, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. The budget, approved by the Republican-led House in recent days, transforms entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to help reduce federal spending.


1gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Yeah screw,the taxpayers of this country. Let them fend for themselves. Who do they think we are? The nation that's here to protect their liberties and well being. What they think this is Canada! Commie,socialist welfare cheats. I gotta go bottled water is on sale at Walmart. Gud bless murika!

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2papa1(662 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

paul ryan is a disgrace as a human being who claims to be a member of the catholic church. a Christian? that's why he wants to slash medicare, medicaid, food stamp programs for the poor, pell grants to help kids get a higher education, and pretty much, like all repubs in congress, anything that helps the middle class and the poor. he'd rather help people like the obscenely rich koch brothers and others like them become even richer. he's not only a disgrace, he's despicable and a liar. and don't call yourself a Christian ryan. a republican Christian is an oxymoron!!

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3papa1(662 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

by the time the repubs can even have a chance at the white house (which won't happen) and regain the power to even try to repeal the affordable care act, it's projected by 2017 there will be 30 million people being covered by the aca. let's see the repubs tell 30 million people who are covered or have children with pre-existing conditions covered that they're going to take it away from them. somehow, i don't think that's part of priebus' "autopsy.

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4TomSays(5 comments)posted 5 months ago

The ACA is a wonderful program for most Americans. The Republicans have NO alternative to offer that would serve us better. It's no wonder they won't be taking back the White House anytime soon. All they care about is MORE tax cuts for the RICHEST Americans.

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5dontbeafool(903 comments)posted 5 months ago

Even that whacko Palin said that Ryan's budget was INSANE! Their plan all along is to have them the RICH, and us the poor. Say goodbye middle class.

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6lajoci(228 comments)posted 5 months ago

ACA! Here to stay!

(Until the Dems wise up and simply expand Medicare to cover everyone.

Of course, that would be toooooo logical --- Medicare has, after all, a 90+ approval rating among the seniors it serves, many of whom bad-mouth the ACA, derisively referring to it as Obamacare! That's oK, though, long as they have theirs.

As a matter of fact, I'm beginning to agree with my Republican/"conservative"/TeaBagger friends: let's, indeed scrap the ACA and simply expand Medicare to cover everyone.

If it's good enough for Gramps and Granny, it ought to be good enough for the rest of us.

The Aetna's and Humana's and MedMutual's of the world will have to adjust to the new reality, but hey! They've been riding the for-profit-health-insurance gravy train for long enough.

'Bout time they found productive work.)

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7lajoci(228 comments)posted 5 months ago

Fair and balanced analysis from the (ahem) American Enterprise Institute.

Yep. Fair and balanced.


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8papa1(662 comments)posted 5 months ago

fyi, the teabaggers want to do away with social security and medicare. they don't believe in "big government." they're a bunch of morons. like someone said a long time ago, "the constitution was written by genius' to be run by idiots." the affordable care act, or obamacare, is a foot in the door on the way to single payer, which is medicare for all, from cradle to grave. of course the repubs hate it. because it helps people who don't stuff money into their pockets.

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