Gov. Jindal: Louisiana says no to Obamacare
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, some Republican Governors are betting that the Affordable Care Act won’t survive repeal.
(h/t Yahoo! News)
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law on Thursday, but Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it.
“We’re not going to start implementing Obamacare,” Jindal said during a conference call with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “We’re committed to working to elect Gov. Romney to repeal Obamacare.”
Under the Affordable Care Act, states must set up a health insurance exchange program by Jan. 1, 2014, and will receive grants from the federal government to implement it. Several Republican governors, including both Jindal and McDonnell, have put off setting up the exchanges in the hope that the law would be repealed or struck down by the court. Now that the law has been upheld, Jindal said he won’t change course and is looking to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to lead the repeal effort if he takes office in 2013.
Congressional Democrats, obviously, are singing a very different tune:
Speaking outside the Senate floor Thursday, Senate Democratic leaders criticized Republicans for moving forward with another repeal vote after the Supreme Court ruled its key provisions constitutional.
“Now that all three branches of government have ratified the law, the time for quarreling is over,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. “The time for disputing its validity is over. Congress should now return to its full time focus: The issue of jobs and the economy in America.”
“If you ask people what they want us to focus on,” he added, “it’s not rehashing health care.”
As much as Democrats would like to argue that the health care issue has been decided and the American people are ready to move on, the reality is that this just simply isn’t the case.
A Rasmussen poll taken 3 days before yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling shows a 15 point gap among Americans who favor repeal versus those who oppose it. In the poll, 54% of those surveyed want the law repealed, while only 39% oppose repeal.
It will be interesting to see if the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the law to survive as a tax will have any effect on those numbers.
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Watch those polls. If the numbers get even or turn one or two points toward opposing repeal, Resolute Mitt Romney will suffer a meltdown of will.
This post beautifully illustrates the Stalinism that resides in the corroded souls of Democrats. Listen to the harsh words, the angry
When something Democrats don’t like (or rather, HATE) gets passed (like tax cuts), they scream about it endlessly, undercut it (often criminally), and fight it with satanic obsession, until they get what they want. That’s good and noble.
When Democrats force something through that nobody wants–that’s it. It’s settled–forever. Failure to toe the Democrat line is immoral and punished as though criminal.
Bottom line: it shows just how obsessed, malevolent, and downright wicked Democrats are.
Ok- in reading today that Carney denies it’s a tax and the Obama Campaign’s “Truth Squad” emphatically stating it is not a tax, the formations of an idea came to me this evening. Why don’t the Repubs attempt to put forth a very short and concise bill in both chambers which states something along the lines of “The individual mandate in the ACA is a penalty. It is expressly not a tax, and is not derived from congress’s ability to tax.” Just that and nothing else (except for the usual two dozen riders it would get in the senate). If Dems don’t support it and Obama doesn’t sign it, they lose the ability to claim it is not a tax. If they do pass it and it gets signed into law, it should open up another crack at questioning the constitutionality of it.
Good idea, actually! Clever.
But that would require spine, motivation, and honor. Boehner, Cantor, and the rest of the GOP eunuchs have none of those. In some ways, they are far worse scoundrels than Democrats who are at least loyal to their convictions. Republicans (Eric Cantor, call your office) can’t even give a coherent answer about why they didn’t vote to overturn Obamacare immediately. (Answer: cowardice.)
We will never repeal Obamacare or have any chance against the institutional Left until we find or breed a corps of conservatives able and even eager to go into the sh*tstorm of hate and out the other side with a smiling face and bloody hands. John Roberts is not one of those. He wilted at the prospect of what the major liberal newspaper editorialists would have written if his court had “taken people’s healthcare away.” I believe that was the irreducible truth of his decision.
The Boehners and Romneys of the world do not fit the profile of such men, and will never meet our needs. Never. But if we find others, enough of them, enough of us, who can push and drive the rest, in congress and at the ballot box and in our new media… that is our only hope.
Seems to me that Roberts’ “it’s a tax” ruling is going to create a whole lot of problems for Obama, aside from the bad optics of imposing a giant new tax during the middle of a recession/depression. For example, can churches just ignore ObamaTax now, since they’re exempt from paying federal income taxes? And what about all those “waivers” from ObamaTax that Sebellius has been handing out like Halloween candy to thousands of Obama’s union and corporate supporters? Are those waivers legal, now that this is officially a tax? And of course, there are still those questions raised in Scalia’s dissent about whether this new ObamaTax is a “direct” tax, etc.
They don’t want to talk about the Obamataxcare law. They want us to sit down and shut up because despite what this liberal minority has deluded themselves into. The law is still unpopular and will now only get worse, as the Supreme Court has knocked some sense back into many conservatives who were becoming apathetic.
I admit I was really bitter about Romney and was hoping that the SCOTUS would strike down the whole law so we wouldn’t have to depend on his jello-spine, weeping Boehner, or limp wrist pansy McConnell striking it down, and if the coward Judas Roberts wasn’t so worried about polishing the knobs of the liberal elite in DC, it would have been.
Now more than ever I wish Newt was our nominee, but we go to war with the army we have, and it is going to have to be Romney. This cannot go on for four more years. It really is the end and we may already be lost as a nation, but I will go down fighting. This is it people. We win and the Republicans repeal this bill and roll back Fedzilla, or the United States as we know it is gone.
lntreaguing! Define “Polishing the knobs” please?
It’s a technical term from political science that means the same thing as “slapping the lap crappie” and “shaking hands with the unemployed.”
Has Congress ever repealed a tax? Didn’t think so. If memory serves, Congress imposed a telephone tax specifically to finance the Spanish-American War. WE THE PEOPLE are still paying that tax every time we pay a telephone bill. “Repeal” is not in their DNA or vocabulary.
No revolution had ever succeeded in freeing a colony from its ruling country, either. Until we did it.
Yeah, things look grim. But we’ve done a lot of “impossible” things before. Will we this time? I don’t know. Mitt seems over-matched. However, so was George Washington’s Revolutionary Army. In this case, the army will have to lead the general.
Every empire has taken a few hits . Otherwise they all would still be here & they ain’t.
And the Founders didn’t do it with an election, or speeches, or court rulings.
The problem with “our” side is too many of “our” people in power who camouflage cowardice with bleats of civility. In other words, we have to be nice, deferential, civil; above all, don’t offend anyone. To show “we’re better than them.” As though our standards and beliefs aren’t proof enough.
For 80 years, the Republican Establishment has been kowtowing to Democrats because the Dems control the corruption money, and the ‘Pubbies want theirs. Wilson, FDR, and–quite frankly–Herbert Hoover, who corrupted the GOP, have a lot to answer for.
I believe what REALLY drove out Gingrich in ’99 was the Establishment was appalled at his aggressive drive to implement a true conservative agenda. Remember, they hated Reagan, but he didn’t control the legislature. Gingrich–HORRORS–did. And was making headway. So they invented reasons to trash him. Gingrich may have been a jerk, but he didn’t bludgeon people into giving the Democrats what they want as does “Traitor John” Boehner!
Reading some of the contortions G. Will and other have been going through to claim Roberts isn’t a rotten traitor is sickening. We’re going to be stuck with this, simply because the Republicans won’t go to war.
There comes a point at which when the govt, all branches, or any branch, forces upon the American people to purchase a product against their will that would be used against them to control every aspect of lives lives, then at that point the people have no alternative but to openly defy and revolt against such mandated govt sanctioned oppression and tyranny in the guise of a legitimate law.
Just because the govt makes a law and puts their legitimate stamp of sanctioned approval on it, does not mean it is right or good, and it does not mean that the People should lie down, capitulate, and accept the tyranny of oppression that has been forced upon them.
This is not only what “We the People” must do, it is our duty and responsibility to do to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, Democracy, Freedom, Liberty, ad our Republic.
This is one of those times, as collusion of the govt against the Will of the Majority of the People will and must be repulsed with every fiber and being of each patriotic person who are the gate keepers of Freedom and Liberty, not the govt.
I absolutely agree with Gov Jindal, and we the Reagan Tea Party Constitutional Conservative people will like wise do all we can to repeal both Obama and Obamacare, and all else that goes with him and the domestic enemies of the US Constitution, Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy.
If Obama and his army of anti-American liberal Socialist-Marxist Democrats want to run roughshod over the American People and destroy and collapse all that is America, then we will meet them head on, as this battle is far from over, in fact it is just beginning.
While I strongly disagree with the SCOTUS Obamacare ruling, it does in fact emphasize the point that Romney must win the 2012 election and the GOP must win control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate if this republic is to survive as a free nation, under its constitution and under God.
IF Obama wins this election, this country will become another version of the USSR, just like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and China. And, that would mean a Civil War unlike any ever seen before in man’s history; bloody yet necessary, there can be only one America and that’s the Land of the Free. Obama is what he is; his views and goals will not change nor will he diminish his efforts til the end of his term; I also have serious doubts whether Obama will peacefully relinquish his office at the end of his term; Obama does not believe in democratic principles nor in the concepts that for many have guided this nation.
Bill Ayers and his ilk, all supporters of Obama, once called for a revolution and the use of violence. They did not realize the extent of the backlash against their Socialist dreams that is yet to come and which will be destroy the Socialist movement above ground.
Its obvious that Obamacare is in-play for the 2012 election.
Republican Governors putting up a solid front against Obamacare is not only a practical financial decision but also sends a clear signal to voters who favor repeal of Obamacare as to where they should be focusing their efforts.
Noted was Obama campaign rhetoric that its time to move vorwartz and that not supporting him would present “more will die” consequences and a return to the way of the past.
This is trap designed to goad Mitt Romney to presenting details of his own healthcare plan .. the call for “repeal and replace” should be off the table as hammering out these details will easily stir controversy seriously undermining the push for repeal effort.
Repeal Obama 2012
The Republicans are again playing catch-up in the public dialogue. They let the Progressocrats get away with saying that RomneyCare (they’re using that word) was the blueprint for ObamaCare.
The Republicans need to draw a distinction between a state program and a Federal one. They also need to not dwell on the Individual Mandate as a tax, as much as talk about the 20+ other taxes in the law, as well as the 500-billion in Medicare cuts. Finally, they need to address the yet-to-be-established boards, panels and commissions, that will cost billions of dollars a year to run and swell the Federal workforce by tens of thousands!
Replying with, “Nuh-uhhhh. Not true….” won’t cut it. This is Waterloo for either us or them, my friends.
In a previous post I gives some details of Obamacare being unconstitutional and the gift found in Roberts’ ruling on Medicaid.
Congress needs to act on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), repeal the Death Panel before its too late.
There is another potential “taxation without representation” lawsuit where the IRS is literally taxing employers and spending billions without congressional authorization.
If ObamaCare survives, legal battle has just begun
Mitt Romney as Wellington? l see him more as McClellan. As you have stated we will have to drag “little mac” into the fray. He wins the 2nd Manassus then declines to carry thru.
Remember all those Republicans over the past 12 months who went cold or quiet on repeal? Remember them? Well shazam all of a sudden they remember “hey, we’re supposed to repeal this dastardly act!”
Has anyone noticed how NO ONE in the media is calling this disaster OBAMACARE anymore? Ever since the supreme court NO ONE INCLUDING FOX calls it Obamacare any longer
The most untrue headline of the day
In Health Ruling, Vindication for Donald Verrilli
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Thats about as accurate as this:
Climate Science is Vindicated By Scotus Ruling
How is he vindicated? By having his basis substituted by Roberts? By being told in so many words…”nice try fella..but the big boys will reframe your argument for you”
In any event. Ill stop carping about SCOTUS now.
Federal Government: “Harken, citizen. I place before you handcuffs and leg shackles.”
American Citizen: “Am I ordered to wear them?”
Federal Government: “Only if you choose to.”
American Citizen: “Then I choose not to wear your shackles.”
Federal Government: “Then you will choose to pay me money, in increasing amounts, year after year, forever, and if you choose not to pay, I will handcuff, shackle, and imprison you.”
SUPPORT OBAMACARE. IT’S ALL ABOUT CHOICES!
Jindal is not standing alone, folks. Republican governors
Chris Christie (N.J), Nikki Haley(S.C.), Bobby Jindal (La), Bob McDonnell(VA) and our Texas hero, Rick Perry all responded to the Supreme Court’s decision by saying they’ll keep fighting. “It ain’t over til its over”.