A Pushmi-Pullyu is a unicorn-type character from Dr. Doolittle with two heads that is perpetually at odds with itself. Once thought to be extinct, low and behold, it was right under our tent. It's the GOP!
The "Focus" article from EE advised us, the voters, to keep our eye on the real issues and implore our lawmakers to do the same. Sound advice. There's just one problem; the GOP lawmakers can't agree on a strategy to stop the Democrats agenda, be it O'care, Immigration, Spending, you name it. How in the world does the GOP expect to stop anything without a platform that is united in purpose and messaging? We have no leadership! We are a ship adrift with no captain.
Not one Republican voted for O'care and yet we still don't have a strategy to stop it. They need to pull out all the stops and forget about the next election. Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell won't even voice their opinions on the defunding plan. Do they think they'll get re-elected if they stay silent? I sure hope not because we need tough leaders to put the brakes on this president for 3 more years. That's a long time in politics, especially given this president's propensity to rule by fiat.
In the case of the House, Boehner should follow the lead of Rep. Issa. He is acting like a leader and pushing back on this admin to perform his Oversight duties. And here is some good news: Issa is fed up and won't take it anymore and is taking action. That's right Speaker Boehner- ACTION!
Here's the headline from yesterday's Washington Free Beacon
Oversight Committee: Administration Withheld Obamacare DocumentsCommittee leaders threaten legal action against Treasury Department if they do not turn docs over
[snip]Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Health Care Subcommittee chairman James Lankford (R., Okla.) threatened in their letter to use legal force against the department if it does not turn over the documents by Aug. 29.
The committee has been investigating for over a year the administration’s decision to expand subsidies to the federally run health insurance exchanges mandated by Obamacare. The 2010 law creates subsidies for insurance purchased on state-created exchanges, but it is unclear if the law permits the federal government to extend these subsidies to the federally run exchanges.
Recall that SCOTUS said the states had the right to refuse the Medicaid expansion. The states that opted out assumed that if the Fed's set up the exchanges, the employer mandate of 50+ employees would not be applicable and also that individuals wouldn't get a subsidy. But just last year, the Treasury changed the rules mid-stream.
This is an important development because this expansion decision doesn't seem to follow the ACA and would be a huge blow to the entire program, perhaps enough to collapse it quickly, if they can determine the Treasury's ruling broke the law. Many won't sign up for the exchanges if they don't get a subsidy, perhaps enough to make the costs skyrocket such that Obama will have to cry uncle and give up his dream of socialized healthcare insurance.
And we got more really great news on Tuesday, again from the Washington Free Beacon:
Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Subsidies Moves ForwardJudge rejects Obama administration’s motion to dismiss suitA federal judge allowed a lawsuit challenging the legality of some Obamacare subsidies to proceed on Monday, ruling against the Obama administration.
The judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state of Oklahoma has the legal standing to sue the federal government over federal subsidies in federally run health insurance exchanges. [snip]
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt argues in the suit that the Affordable Care Act only provides federal subsidies for exchanges set up by the states, as opposed to the federal government. The subsidies allow the federal government to enforce the employer mandate in states that refused to set up their own exchanges.
“We’re optimistic the court will recognize what states have known for months that the IRS disregarded the law by making the large employer mandate effective in Oklahoma or in any of the 33 other states without a state health care exchange,” Pruitt said in a statement.
So we have two examples of people taking parallel action to stop a huge overreach of this admin that could severely stop O'care in its track. It's worth trying every angle and strategy to stop this abomination. Unfortunately the case won't get to the Supreme Court until next year and it may be too late once the implementation starts in January.
Thus the need for the House to defund it. AT LEAST TRY TO MR. SPEAKER! Try every maneuver that our Party thinks of no matter the chance of success- just try. Can't couldn't do anything and that's the attitude of our so-called Leaders. If you want to be a leader, lead, or get out of the way!
And like Cold Warrior says, they won't listen to We the People unless they feel a real threat of losing their seat. Where is a primary challenger to Boehner? He needs to fear the outcome of doing nothing while Rome is burning.
I just don't understand how the GOP expects us to unite behind them when they can't unite on the big items of the day facing our country or when they won't listen to We the People and read the polls on what we want from them. We can't win the argument while they argue amongst themselves.
The leaders need to unite the Party and to push back on the onslaught of laws the Democrats and administration are foisting on America. Stand up and fight for what's right. Don't play tug of war with each other; play it with the Democrats and fight to win! And yes, politics is a contact sport but only if those playing, play to win. Now go out there and win!
Quit being a Pushmi-Pullyu!