ACA Website Does What Shutdown Couldn’t
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  • jeburke

    Ironically, the Administration might well be willing to consider delaying the whole individual mandate/penalty/exchanges system due to these problems for a year or whatever time is necessary to fix them, if it did not appear to be a capitulation to Republican opposition. Thanks, “Tea Party!”

    • Corlyss

      Perhaps. But delay’s a two-edged sword and not necessarily a friend of the Republicans. Delaying the impact on the beleaguered, increasingly un- and underemployed and dis-insured public will take the matter out of its tiny attention span. IMO the number of at-risk Dem Sen. seats is too small to worry Obama. Some of them like Blumenthal are not really at-risk. Connecticut is blue, period.

      I suggest that its time for the Republicans to shut up about delaying Obamacare. The more they try to modify the pain, as opposed to removing it entirely in 2015 if they win the Senate, the less the strategy pays off.

      • If Republicans win the Senate, all is lost. (If you haven’t kicked a RINO today, your day’s work is not yet finished.)

        • Corlyss

          I confess I really don’t know what to do about the RINO problem. Without Republicans, we get Ombama-style Progs. With RINOs we get people stuck in the mid-70s who remember when compromised worked as long as the Republicans thought enough like Democrats that they were happy with a few crumbs. Pat Caddell says we are now and have been for the last 6-7 years in a pre-revolutionary state. I don’t doubt it. So much that I thought couldn’t go on any longer has not only gone on but has hauled more simpletons into the Progs orbit.

  • The Republican Establishment should be on its knees thanking the tea partiers in Congress for raising the visibility of this problem and for claiming the high ground for the Republican side.

    • rheddles

      They should be, but they won’t.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    As I have said before, the government shut down theater wasn’t about defunding Obamacare or cutting spending, the TEA Party conservatives knew the establishment Republicans would betray them and surrender. It was about collecting a ton of money (millions), collecting a mailing list of Americans which supported defunding (2 million signed a petition), and forcing the establishment Republicans to expose themselves as liars about their commitment to fighting for fiscal responsibility and small government as they have repeatedly promised at each election (the screaming and backstabbing was everything the TEA Party could have wished for). And this just before the 2014 Primaries, which will see the TEA Party conservatives much better funded, much better organized, and with a much deeper bench than they had for the wildly successful 2010 Shellacking midterm election.

    • Andrew Allison

      I hope that you are right, but think that it would have been smarter to stick to the “stop the out-of-control spending message” and allow ACA to self-destruct.

      • Bad things don’t self-destruct. The idea that they do is a Rovian fiction. You have to destruct them. I challenge anyone to name a corrupt or abusive government program that self-destructed.

        • USNK2

          Prohibition self-destructed

          • Wikipedia lists people and organizations that were actively campaigning for repeal.

  • bigfire

    Let IT BURN. Election have consequences. We elected our Lord and Savior Barack H. Obama Jr. to deliver us from the evil of Tea Party and Koch Brothers, and by God, we shall go down in flame for that.

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