Skip to comments.Yet Another ‘Republican’ Betrayal on ObamaCare
Posted on 05/07/2015 6:44:28 PM PDT by WXRGina
If you live in a state like South Dakota, youve become used to Republicans selling out the Constitution, the rule of law, and the American people on ObamaCare.
Weve seen our former governor and newly minted U.S. Senator RINO Mike Rounds, our current governor RINO Dennis Daugaard, and a host of other Republican leaders in state government sell us out on ObamaCare.
And weve seen Republicans in Washington D.C. sell us out on ObamaCare, with one of the biggest surrenders a couple of years ago when they had a chance to defund this unconstitutional monstrosity before it ever got rolling.
Now National Review reports our elected representatives in Washingtonand not just the usual Democrat suspectsselling out the taxpayer on illegal ObamaCare subsidies to give themselves taxpayer-funded subsidies they arent lawfully entitled to.
The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congresss fraudulent application to the District of Columbias health exchange the document that facilitated Congresss exemption from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies.
The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as First Last, another simply as Congress. To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress had falsified the document in order to make lawmakers and their staff eligible for taxpayer subsidies provided under the exchange for small-business employees.
You might be surprised at one of the people who has been standing in the way of getting to the bottom of this lawless betrayal of the taxpayers:
though it seems an issue tailor-made for the tea-party star and Republican presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) refused to lend his support. And when the Louisiana senator set a public vote for April 23, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies got involved.
For whatever reason, leadership decided they wanted that vote to be 55, all Republicans, to give Senator Paul cover, one high-ranking committee staffer tells National Review. So they worked at a member level to change the votes of otherwise supportive senators. Four Republicans senators Mike Enzi, James Risch, Kelly Ayotte, and Deb Fischer had promised to support Vitter, but that would soon change.
Senate staffers, according to a top committee aide, reported seeing Missouri senator Roy Blunt make calls to at least two Republican committee members, lobbying them, at McConnells behest, to vote no on subpoenaing the exchange. By the time the committee was called to quorum, Enzi, Risch, Ayotte, and Fischer voted no.
We deserve to know who signed that application, because they are robbing taxpayers, said Michael Cannon, Director of health-policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.
No kidding. These fatcats work for us, the American taxpayer or they used to, under the U.S. Constitution. But I suppose it was just too much of a hardship for these Washingtonians to shell out the cash (were talking about taxpayer-funded subsidies of between $5,000 and $10,000 per person) that average hard-working Americans have to come up with for themselves. But with government workers already outpacing private sector salaries, why should we start expecting government employees to stop padding themselves (at taxpayer expense) now?
It appears Rand Paul has gotten more than a little too cozy with his fellow Kentucky senator RINO Mitch McConnell. A man who once seemed to be a real conservative, his behavior over the past couple of years has looked more like a RINO than a real Republican. Fallen in with a bad crowd? Sure looks like it.
So exactly what sort of exception or loophole did these scoundrels exploit?
The White House scrambled to find a way to allow congressional employees to keep those subsidies. In Washington, D.C., only the small-business exchange allowed them to do so. After secret meetings with House speaker John Boehner in 2013, President Obama instructed the Office of Personnel Management to allow Congress to file for classification as a small business, despite the fact that the law defines a small business as having no more than 50 employees and the House and Senate together employ tens of thousands.
I know. Its hard to believe that a dedicated, selfless hardcore conservative like John Boehner would join with Barack Obama and other liberals to sell out the taxpayer and the rule of law this way (sorry, had to go puke after using the word conservative in conjunction with the name John Boeher, Im okay now), but its true.
These guys actually have the audacity to claim that a workforce of 2 million (thats about how many people work for the federal government) qualifies as a small business. I wonder if theyd allow a free market business with 75 employees to claim that 25 of them actually work for another company, so they dont have to play by the same rules imposed on everybody else.
When will the American people wake up and stop empowering these liberal enemies of the American peopleregardless of the letter after their nameto sell out their freedoms and their prosperity? Obviously it didnt happen last year; too many conservatives were too desperate to elect anything but a Democrat to congress based on the lies from these fake Republicans that they would, contrary to their records, actually behave like Republicans if we sent them to Washington.
America is about done for, thanks to liberals from both parties, and American voters who are too naive or too lazy to insist on better than absolute crap-candidates. It may be too late to avert this impending national train wreck, but if it isnt, will this kind of duplicity finally be enough to fire up Americans enough to get them to throw these self-centered nest-featherers out?
Well either this is just a figment of our imagination or FR’s lesser evil crowd need to start apologizing to America for their part in all these GOP backstabs since November as they were clearly and repeatedly warned and elected them anyway. They lack credibility going forward and their posts should be considered in that light.
Fair is fair.
Paul is done.
Paul is a lib. Always was.
” Well either this is just a figment of our imagination or FRs lesser evil crowd need to start apologizing to America for their part in all these GOP backstabs since November as they were clearly and repeatedly warned and elected them anyway. They lack credibility going forward and their posts should be considered in that light.
Fair is fair.”
I agree, times 2!
Wanna bet Thurston declines the request? ;)
No-brainer : )
My Senator, James Risch, was one of the turncoats. I want to post his name just as publicly as I can. He’s done.
Well sure but I still doubt he’ll apologize ;)
Let me show my shocked face:
Damn for a sec I thought that pic was me! I have one almost identical.
It’s gut-wrenching, these people, Bill.
Technically, we can’t call it a “betrayal” since they’re not on side anywise.
Vote Republican, they miss shooting themselves in the foot.
I dropped my a family member off at the Piedmont Triad International Airport for a flight this week. Right in front of the terminal there are reserved, and free of charge, parking spaces for Senator Richard Burr (R) and Congresswoman Virginia Fox (R). In addition there are reserved parking spaces for the Airport Authority. Why can’t our elected representatives pay to park in the parking garage like the rest of us when they fly off to DC? What makes them entitled to free curbside parking in front of the airport terminal.
For us little people, who paid for the the airport through our tax money, there are a few spaces in front of the terminal to drop off friends and family with parking meters at the rate of 25 cents for 15 minutes. For those departing on a flight, there is a parking garage and parking lot where spaces are rented for a daily rate.
This is more evidence our GOP elected officials are members of the governing elites first, servants of the Chamber of Commerce second, and then representatives of the people during the three months before an election.
It is telling that our GOP representative in Congress accept the benefit and feel no shame in using it.
We do have a nobility in 2015.
Yeah, well, they pretend to be, lying about it, which makes it a betrayal.
Not this sh.. again.
Boehner went along with the 'Obamacare defund' shutdown for two weeks.
Obama-care stayed funded during it (duhh, it was the law)
Obama didn't blink even though Cruz claimed he would, never came close.
It was a deeply flawed plan, if you can call it that, from the start
One house alone cannot put a budget into law.
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