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Scheherazade On December - 28 - 2009

From Think Progress:

Gingrich: Republicans ‘Will Run On An Absolute Pledge To Repeal This Bill’

Yesterday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to acknowledge that Republicans would campaign in future elections on a platform of repealing health reform, but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted that Republicans would exploit the bill’s late implementation date to “run on an absolute pledge to repeal the bill“:

I suspect every Republican running in ‘10 and again in ‘12 will run on an absolute pledge to repeal this bill. The bill–most of the bill does not go into effect until ‘13 or ‘14, except on the tax increase side; and therefore, I think there won’t be any great constituency for it. And I think it’ll be a major campaign theme.

Watch it:

While the exchanges don’t go into effect until 2014, the Senate health care bill spends approximately $10 billion between 2011 and 2014 on interim benefits. The bill immediately prohibits insurers from rescinding coverage, imposing life-time or annual limits or denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Applicants who are unable to find insurance in the individual market, can purchase catastrophic coverage and young adults can stay on their parents’ policies until their 27th birthday. Small businesses that provide health coverage will also be eligible for tax credits beginning in 2010.

The bill requires health insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of all premium dollars on medical care and reduces the size of the coverage gap in Medicare Part D “by $500 in the first year.” The bill also guarantees “50 percent price discounts on brand-name drugs and biologics purchased by low and middle-income beneficiaries in the coverage gap.”

These benefits could also improve as the Senate bill moves into conference. Several House progressives have pledged to push the conference committee to move up the implementation date of the exchanges in the final bill and front load more benefits into the interim period of the final legislation.

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  1. bitohistory says:

    Wow< Rachel called out her fellow media members on copying an pasting Cheney's statements without checking his facts! Politico, ya think?

  2. javaz says:

    HCR taking another hit as 13 Attorney Generals threaten a legal lawsuit over Health Care Reform on the grounds of the bill(s) being unconstitutional or constitutionally flawed.

    13 AGs threaten suit over health care

    • Emerald1943 says:

      If this were not so serious, it would be hilarious! I could have almost predicted the states involved.

      When I first saw the word “unconstitutional” I thought this might be regarding the “Mandate” to force us to buy health insurance from for-profit companies. That, in my opinion, is the unconstitutional part of the bill.

      But noooo! They are jealous that Nelson managed to get a chunk of money for Nebraska that they didn’t get! Pitiful!

    • bitohistory says:

      J’avaz, Wait until they find out that all those states get more money back from the federal coffers than they add to it. Wait until they find out some of the deals that they have gotten through the years by their Senators. They will be “pulling a Gilda”…..”Neeeveer Mind”

      • javaz says:

        That article interviews some political expert and that guy said these AGs are basically blowing smoke and several of them are up for re-election and some are running for governors of their states, so it’s all a bunch of political pandering.

  3. javaz says:

    Well now, isn’t this a surprising statistic about the “liberal” media --

    Newt Gingrich was the most interviewed person on MTP.


    • bitohistory says:

      This is the best line for me being in AZ:
      “Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has also appeared on more than a dozen Sunday talk shows this year even though he

  4. javaz says:

    If the GOP listens to Newt, and run against health care reform and repealing whatever passes, they are also running with the typical Democrats are weak on terrorism due to the latest incident over Detroit.
    They are blaming Obama and the Democrats for Ft. Hood, too, and of course, the MSM when discussing the flaws in the DHS that allowed the terrorist to board the plane in Amsterdam, are discussing the lapse in security with Republicans without one Democrat being interviewed.
    The corporate media does love the GOP.

  5. escribacat says:

    They are going to run on a Death Panel platform.

  6. KevenSeven says:

    I’d pay a dollar to see them try it.

  7. whatsthatsound says:

    Hey, look everybody! Newt and the Ariannabot from AdLib’s “All the Huffington’s Men” look like they are going to high five each other!


    • Marion says:

      They do have a ‘history.’ (Check out her ‘devotion’ to Newt in the 90s in her biography.

      Anyhoo, I’m sure that they will run on this platform, and I’m sure they’ll be helped by as many dittoes on the Left as on the Right. I’m stymied as to the fact that all these provisions due to be introduced by the new HCR bill, don’t take force until 2013 or 2014. I can’t see why they can’t be implemented sooner.

  8. whatsthatsound says:

    That will be a great way to round up the usual suspects, the BIble thumping, Fox watching, Beck group-hugging, non thinking twenty seven percent of the country!
    But those folks already know how they’re going to vote anyway!

  9. SueInCa says:

    Go ahead, Newt. You don’t have that name for nothing you know?

  10. dannie22 says:

    You do that newt. You do that.

  11. nellie says:

    That’s a perfect platform for them to run on. They should add repealing unemployment insurance and social security to the list.

  12. KQuark says:

    Let them do it I dare them.

  13. PepeLepew says:

    I say let ’em run on that platform … if that’s all they got.

    And good luck with that, Repubs..!

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