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House GOP's Anti-Obamacare Message Doesn't Always Come Through On Members' Websites

House GOP's Anti-Obamacare Message Doesn't Always Come Through On Members' Websites

House GOP's Anti-Obamacare Message Doesn't Always Come
Through On Members' Websites
05/01/2014 9:00 am EDT Updated: 05/01/2014 3:59 pm EDT

WASHINGTON -- In public, House Republicans show few to no
cracks in their anti-Obamacare platform. They say they want the law repealed
and -- if they deliver their talking points right -- replaced with a
conservative alternative.
The GOP mantra is repeated ad nauseam. And when someone
deviates from the script, as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did
after the 2012 elections,
and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) did last
, they quickly backtrack.
Scratch a bit below the surface, however, and the position
that House GOP lawmakers take on the health care law becomes cloudier. On their
campaign and congressional websites, in fact, a good number of House Republican
lawmakers don't actually advocate for repeal at all. An equally healthy chunk
of the GOP caucus say they want to get rid of Obamacare, then add that they
support some provisions of the law.
Hoping to gain the perspective of a voter searching for
basic information on what his or her congressional representative feels about
Obamacare, The Huffington Post examined the health care reform section of the
campaign website or congressional website for every House Republican running
for reelection this year. We broke down our findings into five categories:
Repeal the law.
Repeal the law and replace it.
Reform the law.
Avoiding mentioning the law altogether.
A bad or outdated website that made it impossible to tell
where the lawmaker stands.
Below are the results from our searches.
Those half-dozen lawmakers with bad websites (error
messages, primarily) include many who have publicly advocated repeal of the Affordable
Care Act. But because their opposition for the law was not clear on their main
Web pages, they weren't counted as having sites supporting repeal, or repeal
and replace.
While the graph shows a vast majority of House GOP members
proclaiming their commitment to either repealing Obamacare or repealing and
replacing it, the full picture is more complicated. A number of lawmakers in
the "repeal and replace" camp also embrace some of Obamacare's most
popular provisions.
Rep. Patrick Tiberi (Ohio) for example, says on his
that he believes Obamacare needs to be "repealed and
replaced with common-sense measures." Elsewhere, however, he states his
belief that "no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing
conditions" and that "reform should include wellness and preventative
measures" -- two major elements of Obamacare.
On his website, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) proclaims his
opposition to the "government takeover of our nation's health care
, however, he stated his support for "expanding
insurance to individuals with pre-existing conditions, preventing insurers from
unjustly canceling policies because people get sick and prohibiting insurers
from instituting spending caps for people with high health care costs."
Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.), likewise, tells readers of his website that he
has voted to "repeal Obamacare and replace it with a common sense
solution." Later on the page, he says he supports, among other things, the
following components of Obamacare:
  • "the
    notion that all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions and past
    illnesses, get coverage at affordable prices,"
  • "coverage
    for young adults up to age 26 under their parents’ policies," and
  • "fixing
    the “donut hole” so seniors aren’t paying exorbitant costs"
Several lawmakers who fell into the "reform"
category either say they'd be fine keeping some elements of Obamacare, or
concede that the law would remain in place.
"We must preserve any areas of common ground,"
Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) says on his
care page
. Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.), meanwhile, says that
Republicans "can begin to build on some of the good provisions" in
the health care law. Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.) says
he was
on changing "the most troublesome parts" of the
law, a sentiment
echoed by Rep.
Steve Womack (Ark.), who says opponents of Obamacare must "accept the
reality that it is unfortunately the law of the land."
All told, 31 Republican House members express some support
for an element of the Affordable Care Act. In each case, they say they favor
covering people with pre-existing conditions. Ten websites also include a line
supporting policies requiring insurers to allow parents to keep kids on their
health care plans until age 26. In addition, two lawmakers express support for
Medicaid coverage. The Huffington Post did not count Republicans who say they
wanted to ensure coverage of people with pre-existing conditions through
expanded high-risk pools in states -- a commonly cited GOP alternative.
Many lawmakers in favor of reforming Obamacare hail from
states where the law is working well, such as California and New York.
California in particular has been held up as an Obamacare success story, with
enrollment in private plans under the state health care exchange exceeding
400,000. An
1.5 million
have enrolled in or have been deemed eligible for Medi-Cal,
the state's Medicaid expansion.
Some Republican House members go to great length on their
websites to present themselves as open-minded on health care reform. Rep. Steve
Stivers (Ohio)
a survey
on his website, asking people if they felt Obamacare should
be repealed, kept as written, reformed as issues arise, or whether they would
prefer a single-payer health care system.
And Rep. Rich Nugent (Fla.), who doesn't discuss Obamacare
on his campaign website,
asks his
if they believed repealing the law would help address the
national debt.
hile the pool of lawmakers who support Obamacare, whether
overtly or vaguely, was notable, it was dwarfed by the number decrying the law.
Many House Republicans, in fact, couldn't state strongly enough their
opposition to Obamacare or their role in efforts to repeal it:
  • Rep.
    Phil Roe (Tenn.) has been "leading the charge to repeal the
  • Rep.
    Leonard Lance (N.J.) said he's "on the front-lines in the fight
    against Obamacare, voting 58 times to either fully repeal, defund, or
    dismantle portions of this onerous legislation."
  • Rep.
    John Duncan (Tenn.) called Obamacare "the socialist approach to
    health care."
  • Rep.
    Joe Wilson (S.C.) said he was working "to assure that this
    disastrous, government over-reaching law is completely repealed."
  • Rep.
    Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.) said he supports health care reform, "but
    not Barack Obama's federal takeover of health care!"
  • Rep.
    Steve Chabot (Ohio) called the law a "massive health care
  • Rep.
    Devin Nunes (Calif.) said the law must be repealed because "there is
    no fixing Obamacare."
  • Rep.
    Blake Farenthold (Texas) kept it short and sweet: "REPEAL AND REPLACE
The Huffington Post conducted a similar exercise last week,
examining the campaign and official websites of
running for the House and Senate
this year. House Democrats often
were willing to tout their support for the law, while Senate candidates widely
avoided the subject.

 Comment :

The political analysts, after proper
analysis and consultation with the doctors on all aspects came to the
conclusion that all top three Zionists Republican Party leaders those who
conspired  with the Republican
Presidential Candidate MITT ROMNEY during last Presidential election  to kill 47% American Middle Class and poor
were caught red handed need immediate brain surgery.
This is to help them survive as human
beings.  At the moment they are half
animal and half human beings. The Three Top Republican congress Leaders may
take their own life because of shock for being defeatists against Obamacare
challenge and severely smearing their dynasty head the German NAZI Leader Adolf
Hitler as children of the Nazis.
Lately, scientists declared that
Adolf was a JEW, who knows The Nazis were Jews too, cann’t deny until
scientists does research declare otherwise. Isn’t Nitanyahu?


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