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(National Review)   Harry Reid (D-ouchebag - Nevada): "If you don't vote the way I want you to I will blackmail your ass"   (nationalreview.com) divider line 108
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2013-09-16 12:10:57 PM
Oh for Fark's sake. It's not an exemption, it's saying that they don't have to use the exchanges and can keep their current, employer-provided insurance. You know, like everyone else in the country.
 
2013-09-16 12:16:14 PM
That's what is so perplexing. The vast majority of people across the country get their insurance through their employer, not these exchanges. Grassley might as well have proposed that Congress only buy their food with food stamps. Of course if Congress experienced a single-payer system, they might like it too much....
 
2013-09-16 12:20:19 PM
Ahhh NRO. The bastion of professional journalism. I'm sure no facts have been altered or left out of this report.
 
2013-09-16 12:20:52 PM
FTFA: "Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance. Angry Senate Democrats have drafted legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal involving Vitter. "

That sounds about right
 
2013-09-16 12:21:41 PM
Congress already gets its insurance through exchanges you halfwits.  ObamaCare literally gives millions of uninsured people the same option, now stop biatching and spreading disinformation like a bunch of sorry farks.
 
2013-09-16 12:23:46 PM
First they came for Diaper Dave Vitter, and I did not speak up, because I was not a sleazeball politician with a prostitute problem...
 
2013-09-16 12:23:58 PM
Sounds like someone is taking House of Cards a little too seriously.
 
2013-09-16 12:24:38 PM
Aw - give the baby a bottle to go along with his diapers.

400th vote to repeal. 2quadillionth birth cert nonsense - a little taste of your own - cries like a baby.

Maybe Gohmert will change your diaper - but - don't look for any sympathy here. Too busy laughing.
 
2013-09-16 12:25:16 PM
Vitter isn't taking the attempts to strong-arm him quietly. "Harry Reid is acting like an old-time Vegas mafia thug, and a desperate one at that," he said in a statement to Politico.

Vitter was later found at the bottom of a river wearing concrete shoes.
 
2013-09-16 12:25:35 PM
These are unskewed facts from NRO.
 
2013-09-16 12:25:51 PM
Wow, this may be the most painfully bad, impossible to read, mobile site evah.

/ fortunately, it doesn't appear that I've missed much
 
2013-09-16 12:25:55 PM
As opposed to practically the entire group republicans currently holding elected office?

Somacandra: That's what is so perplexing. The vast majority of people across the country get their insurance through their employer, not these exchanges. Grassley might as well have proposed that Congress only buy their food with food stamps. Of course if Congress experienced a single-payer system, they might like it too much....


That's...actually a pretty good idea.
 
2013-09-16 12:25:57 PM

DarnoKonrad: now stop biatching and spreading disinformation like a bunch of sorry farks.


That won't happen. These noble patriots are just doing their jobs. It so happens that at the NRO their job is to lie, lie, and lie some more. Because freedom...
 
2013-09-16 12:26:01 PM

johnny_vegas: FTFA: "Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance. Angry Senate Democrats have drafted legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal involving Vitter. "

That sounds about right



How do you draft legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal?
"Exceptions for employee insurance market exchanges include hookers Senator David Vitter has nailed after the year 1998."
 
2013-09-16 12:26:47 PM
a pretty good primer to introduce the topic to those of us who need it:

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/no-special-subsidy-for-congress/
 
2013-09-16 12:27:15 PM
Meh. We're all screwed anyway.

/ let's sing the doom song

// I still think it's funny that the unions aren't quite in lockstep with Obama after they actually read Obamacare.
 
2013-09-16 12:28:22 PM
It's remarkable that he actually outlines the real problem in TFA, but still acts like there is some kind of exemption.
 
2013-09-16 12:28:38 PM
Well, sir, maybe if you had kept your nose clean, then you wouldn't be having these problems.

The GOP is TERRIFIED of Obamacare.  They know that once it goes into effect, the jig is up and people will realize how much of a screwing they were receiving previously.
 
2013-09-16 12:29:34 PM

mike_d85: johnny_vegas: FTFA: "Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance. Angry Senate Democrats have drafted legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal involving Vitter. "

That sounds about right


How do you draft legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal?
"Exceptions for employee insurance market exchanges include hookers Senator David Vitter has nailed after the year 1998."


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2013-09-16 12:32:26 PM

DarnoKonrad: Congress already gets its insurance through exchanges you halfwits.  ObamaCare literally gives millions of uninsured people the same option, now stop biatching and spreading disinformation like a bunch of sorry farks.


That is not the issue, per the article.  The issue is that they lose the $5,000 to $11,000 subsidies that go with it.  Per the article: The bill he and his co-author, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, have drafted would make everyone working on Capitol Hill buy insurance through the exchanges - with no subsidies.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-16 12:34:01 PM

iheartscotch: Meh. We're all screwed anyway.

/ let's sing the doom song

// I still think it's funny that the unions aren't quite in lockstep with Obama after they actually read Obamacare.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-16 12:36:01 PM
Says the party that holds the American People hostage by refusing to raise the debt limit until they get their way.
 
2013-09-16 12:38:25 PM
mothersofbrothers.com
"FROM YOU, DAD, AWRIGHT?! I LEARNED IT FROM WATCHING YOU!!!!"
 
2013-09-16 12:41:19 PM

johnny_vegas: FTFA: "Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in the new Obamacare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer to pay for their health insurance. Angry Senate Democrats have drafted legislation that dredges up a 2007 prostitution scandal involving Vitter. "

That sounds about right


We can't talk about political sex scandals that are more than five years old anymore?

www.corbisimages.com
 
2013-09-16 12:44:00 PM
A lot of holes in the desert
 
2013-09-16 12:44:40 PM
It started as a mess.
It is a mess.
It will continue to be a mess.

The good news is the government gained unprecidented control over you.
Yay!
 
2013-09-16 12:48:52 PM
Senator David Vitter puts up a bill and people start talking about prostitution.

That's called reaping what you sow.
 
2013-09-16 12:49:41 PM
Political blackmail is a concern from the party who turned the word "primary" into a verb?
 
2013-09-16 12:50:06 PM

DarnoKonrad: Congress already gets its insurance through exchanges you halfwits.  ObamaCare literally gives millions of uninsured people the same option, now stop biatching and spreading disinformation like a bunch of sorry farks.


That's that's all they have left.
 
2013-09-16 12:51:13 PM
You should see the pictures he has of subby's mom at her last barn party.
 
2013-09-16 12:51:25 PM

DarnoKonrad: Congress already gets its insurance through exchanges you halfwits.  ObamaCare literally gives millions of uninsured people the same option, now stop biatching and spreading disinformation like a bunch of sorry farks.


then why the exemption for congress critters??
 
2013-09-16 12:54:35 PM
"The more that Congress experiences the laws it passes, the better," said Grassley.

now this should be something we can all come together on
 
2013-09-16 12:56:07 PM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: It started as a mess.
It is a mess.
It will continue to be a mess.

The good news is the government gained unprecidented control over you.
Yay!


How is it "unprecedented"? The insurance companies have been telling people for decades that they won't cover most chronic illnesses or things like birth control, and they openly refuse to pay out for services rendered to hospitals and physicians in direct violation of their contracts with their customers, then fight tooth and nail in court when they get sued for that. They would rather pay a couple of $million to their staff lawyers than pay out $50,000 for a surgery.

They drop their customers in the blink of an eye as soon as they start costing them money. Health Insurance companies have always been the "death panels". Now, they can't get away with the fraud so much. What it is, is time to get rid of the middlemen altogether, and eliminate the profit motive from medical care.
 
2013-09-16 12:56:10 PM

gja: iheartscotch: Meh. We're all screwed anyway.

/ let's sing the doom song

// I still think it's funny that the unions aren't quite in lockstep with Obama after they actually read Obamacare.

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/for those who prefer two-part harmony
 
2013-09-16 12:57:08 PM

iaazathot: Well, sir, maybe if you had kept your nose clean, then you wouldn't be having these problems.

The GOP is TERRIFIED of Obamacare.  They know that once it goes into effect, the jig is up and people will realize how much of a screwing they were receiving previously.


31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-16 12:57:57 PM
I'm certain there's zero difference between the Congressional "exchanges" and the Obamacare "exchanges", so why not just let Congress keep what they have?

Filling out all that paperwork to switch health plans is a lot of work, anyway.
 
2013-09-16 12:58:43 PM
You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?


/not subby
 
2013-09-16 01:02:56 PM
The "exemption" is that they are forced off the cushy congressional staffer healthcare system into the exchanges?

Doesn't sound like much of an "exemption" to me.
 
2013-09-16 01:03:39 PM
http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/no-special-subsidy-for-congress/

This article has a lot of words about this very subject.

A LOT OF WORDS.  You have been warned.

I can't be bothered to read those words at the moment, because there are so many of them.
 
2013-09-16 01:05:27 PM
I blame the Obama administration for allowing the disinformation that has been spewing from the mouths of the opposition. If they put a public education plan in place from the beginning that explained exactly what the bill entails, there would be few questions about its applicability. They should have bought air time to explain it, setup a toll free number to ask questions and mailed an explanation of rights and benefits to every last person in the US. Yes it might cost $100 million but it would put a lot of minds at ease and quell most of the bullshiat that's being passed around as fact.
 
2013-09-16 01:05:31 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?

/not subby


If something isn't mentioned until 90% through the article, the article is not "about" it.
 
2013-09-16 01:08:27 PM
Please for the love of god stop treating the national review like it's news. 

Quoting from the article, proper-noun-indicating caps included, "Congressional Leadership Empire." Jesus H. Christ... And what's the basis for the accusations against Reid in the headline? That Vitter said so. That's it. An unsupported accusation. That's what counts as quality factual reporting among the far right... it's just farking embarrassing to watch...
 
2013-09-16 01:10:19 PM
NRO?  KLJ and JG still there?

Yeah, no thanks.
 
2013-09-16 01:10:27 PM
Approves:

cinekatz.com
 
2013-09-16 01:11:00 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?


Reid is barely mentioned, and the only basis for the accusation is hearsay from Vitter, which Reid's office called baseless. Given that Vitter has a terrible track record for sense or honesty, and provides no support for his accusations, anyone taking them as fact would be massively jumping the gun. And probably extremely biased. And probably pretty stupid. Especially if they consider the National Review online quality journalism.
 
2013-09-16 01:11:51 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?


Shhh. That's not the point. Any behavior is not only justified, but actually warranted when opposing anything for any reason so long as it is part of an effort to stop the "wrong team".
 
2013-09-16 01:13:29 PM

BojanglesPaladin: Shhh. That's not the point. Any behavior is not only justified, but actually warranted when opposing anything for any reason so long as it is part of an effort to stop the "wrong team".


So if the National Review reports that Vitter accused someone of something, sans evidence, for you that makes it definitely true? Sounds like you're the blindly partisan party, here.
 
2013-09-16 01:14:48 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?


/not subby


It's NRO.  If they said the sun would rise tomorrow, I'd verify with another source.
 
2013-09-16 01:19:15 PM

Enigmamf: HindiDiscoMonster: You folks DID RTFA and the headline from subby right? You do know this is not about what Vitter proposed but what Reid is doing, right?

/not subby

If something isn't mentioned until 90% through the article, the article is not "about" it.


for those a little slow on the uptake:

Harry Reid (D-ouchebag - Nevada): "If you don't vote the way I want you to I will blackmail your ass"

Didn't see any mention of Vitter from subby.... hmmm
 
2013-09-16 01:21:03 PM

nmrsnr: Oh for Fark's sake. It's not an exemption, it's saying that they don't have to use the exchanges and can keep their current, employer-provided insurance. You know, like everyone else in the country.


republicans live in a twisted alternate reality. I'm sure to them it's seen as an exemption.
 
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