The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “HOUSE passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-meet-insurers-friday-obamacare-fix-152740210–sector.html).
“In the MOST SIGNIFICANT legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday (November 15, 2013) aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy”.
“The measure, which would allow insurance companies to renew and sell inexpensive, limited-coverage policies that have been canceled because they don’t meet the standards of the new healthcare law that took effect on October 1 (2013) , passed 261-157″. The ratio of House Republicans:Democrats (correct as of the 2012 elections) was 234-201 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2012) so this was not quite a party line vote.
“The 39 Democrats who supported the bill – nearly one-fifth of the party’s caucus – reflected the ALARM that spread within Obama’s party this week over the political damage from the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare”. It’s NOT as if we need anything else to be “alarmed” about.
“Obama met with health insurance chief executives at the White House on Friday (November 15, 2013) to discuss his proposal’s potential impact on the insurance market”.
“(Obama) told reporters in a brief photo opportunity as the meeting began”: “What we’re going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE“. That’s all we’re trying to do here. “We’re going to be soliciting ideas from them“.
“Friday’s (November 15, 2013) bill, introduced by Republican Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, represented the latest in a series of legislative attacks on the healthcare law by the chamber, which has held more than 40 votes to limit or (ideally for Republicans) CURTAIL Obamacare”.
“In touting his bill, Upton said that Obama “personally promised that if people liked their current health care plan, they could keep it ‘NO MATTER WHAT.’ But cancellation notices are now arriving in millions of mailboxes across the country. It’s CANCELLATION today, STICKER SHOCK TOMORROW“. The GOP is like a CHINESE HOUSEWIFE: ALWAYS screaming about “sticker shock” or PRICES.
“House Democratic opponents cast the vote as another Republican effort to SABOTAGE the healthcare law”.
According to Representative James McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat,“Republicans “are perfectly satisfied with 40 million Americans HAVING NO HEALTH INSURANCE AT ALL. If you want to go back to a system where THE INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN TURN PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE SICK , by all means, vote FOR this bill“. This is PRESIDENT OBAMA‘s line.
Finally, “Representative Ron Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, summarized why he and 38 other Democrats voted for the Republican bill”. “I am FRUSTRATED and ANGERED by the continuing problems with the healthcare website and I know Southern Arizonans are FRUSTRATED and ANGRY too. Today (November 15, 2013), I voted to give people the option to keep their current plan until these and other issues are resolved. That’s only fair“. This is the latest example of FRUSTRATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). Why does there seem to be a feud between MCGOVERN and BARBER? Well, McGovern is a DEMOCRAT in a DEMOCRATIC state and EASILY won with almost 76% of the vote in 2012 (Web-site/URL: http://ballotpedia.org/Jim_McGovern#2012_2) while Barber is a Democrat in a GOP-leaning state and barely scraped to victory by a margin of 50.41-49.57 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Arizona,_2012#District_2), so, of course, Barber is more inclined to play NEGATIVE politics.
So, a GOP alternative has 39 DEMOCRATIC votes. That’s more than 1/6 of the entire Democratic House caucus as of 2012 . This is a VERY BAD/EXTREMELY TROUBLING sign for healthcare reform.