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Will Establishment GOP End ObamaCare Privileges To Win the 2014 Election?

Peter King and Charlie Dent
We have a proposition for those in the Capitol Hill Republican establishment, such as New York’s Peter King and Pennsylvania’s Charlie Dent, who are squeamish about fighting the fight to defund ObamaCare to the point that it has now caused a government “slimdown.”

Our proposition is that conservatives will go along with a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare if, and only if, in the process all of ObamaCare’s special privileges, subsidies for government employees, waivers and special interest exemptions are eliminated.

That means the House would send the Senate a continuing resolution that:

- Restores all government funding and ends the “slimdown;

- Requires that all Americans, including all federal government employees and elected officials, must participate in the Affordable Care Act, without any subsidies to cover the cost;

- Eliminates all the exemptions previously granted to government employees, Members of Congress, labor unions, corporations, businesses, and other special interest groups.

Meaning of course that all Americans would have to be covered with the same exact plan or have the same options – no exceptions.

Can you imagine the swarm of hornets that would be loosed on the Democrats by their own loyal (and favored) supporters if their special privileges were taken away? 

Democrats would be revealed to be hypocrites who give special favors to their supporters at the expense of just about everyone else. 

Not only is ending all the exemptions previously granted to government employees, Members of Congress, labor unions, corporations, businesses, and other special interest groups the fair and right thing to do in our classless and egalitarian society, there would be chaos in the Democrat camp and the Republicans would pick up legions of new supporters.

King and Dent claim that the “slimdown” is hurting Republicans because the polls show the public blames the GOP for such inconveniences as the National Parks being closed.

If Congressmen Peter King and Charlie Dent want to govern by the polls, and not principles, then this is an issue really worth fighting for; not only because it is an equality under the law issue, it is also an issue that polls something like 92 percent in Republicans’ favor. 

We think if Republicans will just put the issue of Congressional waivers and ending special exemptions for Washington insiders and special interests front and center in everything they do and say about ObamaCare they can harness the rage people out in real America are feeling into an irresistible political force that will sweep all before it.  

It seems like ending ObamaCare’s special insider privileges should be an idea all Republicans could support as a “compromise” to end the shutdown impasse.  However, our suspicion is that establishment Republicans, such as Dent and King, won’t buy into this idea. We suspect that rather than join conservatives in what should be a no-brainer on both the principle and the politics, they will be the first to oppose the idea of ending ObamaCare’s special privileges and claim that Congressional staff members and other government employees are being sacrificed in a political game if they are actually required to live by the same rules the rest of us do.

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Peter King

I suggest to Rep. King that he ought to stop his back-biting of Sen. Cruz.
King is a moderate, but if he was receiving the attention that Cruz is receiving, Rep.King would find nothing wrong with that. However, when an authentic Conservative such as Cruz is getting media attention, whether pro or con, King finds that disgusting and damaging.
At least "slightly hypocritical!"

Compromise?

It seems like ending ObamaCare’s special insider privileges should be an idea all Republicans could support as a “compromise” to end the shutdown impasse. (quote from a CHq article)

If you replace the word 'compromise' with the word 'demand,' I would then agree.

Who can explain 'compromising' on a moral imperative? How could that word even be considered with a something so intrinsically and (should be) universally accepted a 'correct.'

Fairness to all. Equality. Equal treatment. Equal governance. Only in this jaded America would or could these basic rights be considered something to 'compromise' on.

'THOU SHALT NOT KILL.' Whether you are a believer or not, how does one 'compromise' on THAT moral imperative? No human should feel they have to compromise for equal treatment under a law. Any lawmaker who does not agree with that (Mr. Boehner, Mr Reid, obama) should not be a lawmaker or enforcer of a law.

I don't agree Richard!!!

Our proposition is that conservatives will go along with a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare if, and only if, in the process all of ObamaCare’s special privileges, subsidies for government employees, waivers and special interest exemptions are eliminated.

There isn't much I disagree with Richard Viguerie about, but this position is one of them!

Maybe I am just more conspiratorial that you are. As devious as the Ayers schooled obama is, I do not believe it out of the realm of possibilities this whole Congressional and administration 'elite exemption' wasn't originally put in place to be a future bargaining chip capitulation from the get-go. This could all be playing right into the well schemed socialist plan.

'We' think we are playing hardball when in fact we are merely playing (and capitulating) right into their hands! Your proposition is saying, 'ok, we will give up on WHAT WE REALLY WANT, what Cruz and others have been fighting for, obamacare defunded, if you (Dems) agree to give into our demand to eliminate the 'elite exemption' which they originally planted. I SAY NO!

This whole thing is being choreographed to catch the bigger fish, the debt limit! obama wants us to be soooooo scared and frightened about 'shutdown' backlash that we don't dare oppose him on the debt ceiling. He is on his way to running out of voter ignorance and 'woe is me' support. Now IS NOT the time to offer ANY propositions. Now is the time to hold his and reids and pelosi's smelly feet to the fire!

Reluctant as they may be, Americans are seeing that their favorite scapegoats, the Republicans, are trying to open at least some parts of the government, while the Dems are just saying NO out of hand to everything. Reid's comment about denying children cancer exams and treatment was a fatal flaw. THAT NEEDS TO BE SEIZED UPON!
They are a 1000 times better at showing cohesion and unity that the 'whiny,' 'self serving' Republicans, but make no mistake about it. They are scared and in retreat.

TO AGREE TO ANY 'PROPOSITION' NOW WOULD BE A RETREAT AND REQUIRE HAVING TO TAKE THE SAME GROUND TWICE. Something NO military strategist would even consider. It would be snatching defeat out of the jaws of partial victory.

And EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, it would be an admission that what we VALUED in the first place was not and is not worthy of the long haul fight. It would merely prove our lack of conviction!