GOP Healthcare Blunder

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    The GOP's big health care 'blunder' - THE WEEK

    "The GOP messed up big-time: This healthcare bill is a "staggering achievement" by the Democrats — but "it never would have happened if the Republican Party had played its cards right," says Jonathan Chait at The New Republic. From the start Dems were "desperate" for a bipartisan bill. "A few GOP defectors could have lured a chunk of Democrats to sign something far more limited than what President Obama is going to sign." "
     
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    If the dems were so "desperate" for a bipartisan bill, why didn't they bribe Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe or some of other low hanging fruit on the GOP side?

    Answer: They didn't give a flying fuck about the holy "bipartisanship".
     
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    The Republican Health Care Blunder | The New Republic

    "At the outset of this debate, moderate Democrats were desperate for a bipartisan bill. They were willing to do almost anything to get it, including negotiate fruitlessly for months on end. We can't know for sure, but Democrats appeared willing to make enormous substantive concessions to win the assent of even a few Republicans. A few GOP defectors could have lured a chunk of Democrats to sign something far more limited than what President Obama is going to sign. And remember, it would have taken only one Democrat to agree to partial reform in order to kill comprehensive reform. I can easily imagine a scenario where Ben Nelson refused to vote for anything larger than, say, a $400 billion bill that Chuck Grassley and a couple other Republicans were offering.

    But Republicans wouldn't make that deal. The GOP leadership put immense pressure on all its members to withhold consent from any health care bill. The strategy had some logic to it: If all 40 Republicans voted no, then Democrats would need 60 votes to succeed, a monumentally difficult task. And if they did succeed, the bill would be seen as partisan and therefore too liberal, too big government. The spasm of anti-government activism over the summer helped lock the GOP into this strategy -- no Republican could afford to risk the wrath of Tea Partiers convinced that any reform signed by Obama equaled socialism and death panels."
     
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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Nice spin from THE WEEK. What a funny article to start the day. Thanks.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Oooo...The Week and New Republic telling republicans where they went wrong.

    Next thing you know, the Packers will be showing the Bears their pass coverage scheme, in order to keep the game interesting! :rolleyes:
     
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    There you are defending the idiots again
     
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    Mocking Kool-Aid bangers on the left, like you, isn't a defacto defense of Kool-Aid bangers on the right, dingleberry. :lol:
     
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    What makes you think they did not try?

    Only the ones that the democrats are successful with "bribing"(more like horse trading in my book) are reported--not the ones that they fail to tempt.


    The Dems only need 60, so they purchase the cheapest votes, not the more audacious ones!!
     
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    More GOP bite off your nose to spite your face. The tactics of the "Party of NO" are blowing up in their face. Once again, the GOP is on the wrong side of history
     
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    If they tried, we would have heard all about it.

    A weak try is better than none, I guess, :lol:
     

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