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Mika: Too Late to Repeal Obamacare, “Whether You Were for it or Not”

Mika: Too Late to Repeal Obamacare, “Whether You Were for it or Not”

As Ronald Reagan said, “a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

Knowingly or not, Mika Brzezinski has exposed the progressive strategy for ever-increasing government control of our lives. On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough actually made a principled conservative case against Obamacare, saying that many conservatives “do not believe that the federal government should compel people to buy insurance. Should not compel young people to buy health insurance if they do not want to buy health insurance.”

Mika responded saying that she understood Joe’s point about “sticking to conservative principles,” acknowledging that “many Republicans were deeply offended by the concept of Obamacare.” But Brzezinski then proceeded to give away the liberal game:

“People have it [Obamacare.] . . . Isn’t it politically past due to take away health care? Whether you were for it or not?”

Mika’s statement is reflective of the laws of political inertia, and of the insidious progressive plan to hook people on ever-more government.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: There are a lot of Republicans, I was a former Republican, there are a lot of small-government conservatives, who were offended by the passage of Obamacare, who did not believe that the federal government should compel people to buy insurance. Should not compel young people to buy health insurance if they do not want to buy health insurance.

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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: So Joe, let me ask you about those positions. Because, I understand what you’re saying about ideological differences, I understand what you’re saying about sticking to conservative principles and I understand the point of view that many Republicans, especially on the far right but many Republicans, were deeply offended by the concept of Obamacare and wanted to repeal it.

But isn’t that politically past due at this point? I mean, people have it. It doesn’t work that great. It need to be fixed, everyone agrees with that. You can you ask any Democrat does Obamacare need to be fixed, amended, transformed in some way? Of course. But isn’t it politically past due to take away health care whether you were for it or not?

JOE: Again, “taking away health care” is not the way a lot of Republicans would frame it.

MIKA: Okay, that’s fine.

JOE: Hold on a second. Hold on a second.

MIKA: But you understand what happens.

JOE: They would say giving people a choice on whether they want to purchase health care or not without being compelled by the centralized state. That is an ideologically motivating figure.

Mika’s phrasing, “politically past due,” was infelicitous, but her point was clear. She was arguing that it is politically impossible to repeal a government entitlement program once it has been put in place.

Mika’s statement calls to mind Ronald Reagan’s line, apparently adapted from a Depression-era senator: “a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

Note: the discussion arose after Princeton prof Eddie Glaude, Jr. wondered what motivates Republicans to want to repeal Obamacare. Jeremy Peters of the New York Times gave a cynical answer, saying Republicans have taken an unparalleled amount of money from their constituents in return for a promise to repeal Obamacare. Scarborough objected, and proceeded to lay out the principled conservative case for repeal.

Once big new government programs are adopted, no matter how ineffective or financially unsustainable they might be, history has shown that they have been virtually impossible to repeal.

Of course, the responsibility ultimately lies with the people: we get the government we want, or deserve. If enough Americans aren’t willing to stand up and force their representatives to truly repeal Obamacare, well then, we’re stuck with it.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 26, 2017 at 11:39 am

Sounds like another Psychopath to me….but I’m no expert…..

UnCivilServant | July 26, 2017 at 11:59 am

Isn’t it politically past due to take away health care? Whether you were for it or not?”

Insurance is not Care. I know plenty of people stuck with mandated exchange plans who have no care because A: no one takes that insurance, and B: even if they did, the deductables make it pointless to bother getting the card out.

    The only good about having an individual plan right now is that I get access to the insurance company’s discounts from the “suggested retail prices.”

      NOLA69 in reply to Liz. | July 26, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Which is one of the tragedies of the health care system. Why does a medical practice use a discounted schedule when billing an insurance company and charge a higher price when a person is paying cash or using a credit card (they could add back the 3% charge fee)?

        Ragspierre in reply to NOLA69. | July 26, 2017 at 9:52 pm

        My doc charges LESS for cash payments. The paperwork involved in insurance claims or…gawd forfend…ANY kind of government crap has physicians having to hire people just to process it.

So, let it die a natural death…blame it on people like her…and let them ride that pony.

“…take away health care.”

Ah yes, Grasshopper, the “stupid” is strong in this one …

It’s never too late to address progressive costs and shine a light on finance schemes (e.g. Obamacare) that redistribute their effect.

And Mika? Did you know that there are robots that can replace you for a very small fraction of what it costs to put your ugly puss on the screen? Those algorithms based on blockchains are getting very good at predicting what people will say and do. Sorry. It doesn’t matter whether or not you approve. It’s already too late. Bye!

The Venezuelan people’s attempt to avoid universal death at the hands of a communist tormentor is “politically past due.” Government is already giving it to the people via state control/provision of all food, health care, clothing, fuel, electricity, water and housing. You can’t take that government provision away from people. How can they live if government doesn’t control everything?

And John McCain gave it away yesterday too when he said they wanted to repeal it without political consequences so it’s all about them it is not about us

    But when you put an exclamation point after each word, it signals that you are telling the truth. His stoccato delivery yesterday sounded like a guy who was reading his script with his finger word-by-word. Whatever the doctors removed from his head last week, it made things worse.

Right, and category (A) includes all Amerikans waiting at Everest base camp, sailing around the world or on a 5-month sojourn in South America.

Mice complain about removal of free cheese. Film at eleven.

    Affordable may cost less than “free”. In any case, the goal is affordable and available medical care, not universal insurance. There isn’t a one-to-one relationships between the former and latter.

We have boehner running around saying this. That’s a far, far, more blog-worthy story than the hyper focus on these two fools.

The more attention you give them for their nonsense, the more you enable them and encourage further nonsense.

The focus should be on boehener, and the other rats of GOPe.

It took America 13 years to repeal Prohibition. I’m pretty sure we can repeal Obamacare, regardless of what this bimbo thinks.

    YellowSnake in reply to Matt_SE. | July 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Hate to break it to you, but we still have prohibition. If not, we should alert the jailers, the AG and Trump and let all those folks out of prison.

What will happen, Mika, when ObamaCare implodes? Will we still keep a dead program?

The whole thing is a fraud. It is not health care, it is a scheme to sell health insurance yet they insist of talking about health care. You can not keep your doctor, you can not keep your insurance, you will buy over priced unnecessary health insurance that can not use nor want. It is a tax administered and enforced by the IRS.

How does John McCain’s hatred of Trump and general betrayal change the minds of people like myself suffering under Obamacare. It doesn’t. It doesn’t change the pubic who in 2012 were not able to oust these Senators with Obama on the ballot and the GOPe in charge of the message and candidates.