Game over. Sen. Ted Cruz wins.

As Twitchy reported, the Secretary of Health and Human Services was caught muttering “don’t do this to me” under her breath as the poor baby readied herself for yet another grueling question from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. All about her: Don’t do this to me me ME!

Well, right back atcha, doll.

Make. This. Happen.

  • Marcy Cook

    Romney weighed in today:

    “In the years since the Massachusetts health care law went into effect
    nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit the unique
    circumstances of a single state should not be grafted onto the entire
    country. Beyond that, had President Obama actually learned the lessons
    of Massachusetts health care, millions of Americans would not lose the
    insurance they were promised they could keep, millions more would not
    see their premiums skyrocket, and the installation of the program would
    not have been a frustrating embarrassment. Health reform is best crafted
    by states with bipartisan support and input from its employers, as we
    did, without raising taxes, and by carefully phasing it in to avoid the
    type of disruptions we are seeing nationally.”

    • Republicanvet

      I don’t recall the article I was reading, something about the MA plan and liberals trying to use that as an excuse of something implemented with lits of initial problems.

      The comments were interesting. Many MA residents were saying their premiums also shot way up and they are getting worses care…

      …after several changes were made by administrations after Romney left.

      • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

        The initial implementation did have increases. But prior to it the yearly hikes were in double digits frequently. This stabilized eventually and was much better than before Romney. Eventually the Dems took over and business as usual. Major yearly increases. These are the facts.

        • truck9009

          Double digits? Really?
          Maybe you’ve noticed that current hikes are well into the triple digits.

        • Scott Knowles

          Thus why it should not have been done, at least without some way to keep progressive hands out of the pot.

      • KhadijahMuhammad

        Romneycare has also had extensive cost overruns.

        • conservativechick

          Especially after Deval Patrick and Co got their hands on the program!

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          Are you in Mass? WTF do you know then? C’mon…gimme some douche.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Down-vote? Cowered. talk ta me douche.

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          asshole.

          • GaylePutt

            Can you say anything that isn’t obscene?

          • Adrian Taylor

            The ass hole is you

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          asshole.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            What’s your issue, dude? From what I can tell from your posting record, we’re on the same side.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            K. cool. If we are dude. Shitting on Romney and what he did for Mass is not…cool.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            Didn’t S on Romney at all — just pointing out the nuttiness of the Dems by modeling a national plan after a state plan that’s had cost overruns.
            .

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            They (the Dems) took advantage and bled what they could. Not Mitts’ plan yo.

          • Taco Boutit

            I think what you’re both missing is that, though well intentioned, it opened the door for a less *noble* group of leaders to rape and bastardize. Romney installed a system to help people with little cost, and subsequent legislatures saw a cash cow, and a way to control and manipulate the people. Socialized anything isn’t good, because no matter how well intentioned, it will eventually be corrupted.

          • Human

            Folks, if you want to fix something that is broken, don’t by any means ask the government for help. Once the politicians get involved everything goes to crap. Why do we bother with insurance anyway? We can own the hospitals and provide for ourselves without the insurance companies or the robber barons. We all know insurance is a rip off! How many of us meet our deductable every year? We can save tons of money and provide for all of our less fortunate. I would rather be an owner than a rentor!

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            I’m here. And I see and I deal bro.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            My bad. And my apologies.

          • Insidious

            asshole.

          • Toni Mitchell

            Your foul language and name calling is not cool and your not going to win anyone over like that

        • Trenton Hansen

          Not in the form in which Romney originally proposed it. It takes Democratic input to really muck things up that badly.

        • mysticmaggie

          One man from Massachusetts said it was now taking two to three months to get a doctor appointment in MA and that 40% of tax dollars go to servicing the state healthcare. He is not pleased with it at all.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            See what we have to look forward to?

          • Scott Anderson

            I live in Mass.

            Since Romney left office in 2006, the state budget has increased by $8B – in a state of less than 6 million. We also have the highest health insurance prices in the country.

            We had a 95-ish% insurance enrollment rate before Romneycare; we now have 98.5%.

            Saying Romneycare has been a success is a gross overstatement.

            I like Mitt Romney a lot. Romneycare is an expensive, unnecessary mess.

        • Marbran

          Nah, don’t blame Romneycare’s current problems on the guy who is currently running it; blame it on the guy who hasn’t been running it for almost seven years.

          Go pray to your pedophile prophet and his moon god.

          • marylamb72

            I agreed with you till the bigotry. Don’t give us conservatives a bad name. Or are you a troll?

          • Marbran

            See my response to the muslima below. Go support Muslims all you want. The truth hurts; deal with it.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            Do you feel more manly now, that you got to take your cheap religious bigotry shot?
            .
            [eyeroll]

          • Marbran

            Call me a bigot all you want, it doesn’t phase me one bit. Islam is evil, and anyone who practices it supports that evil. Pedophilia, murder, extortion, rape, slavery, deceit, mutilation, and racism, are all hallmarks of Islam. These traits are enshrined in the Qur’an, the sunnah, and hadiths.

            [glaring right at you]

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “Call me a bigot all you want, it doesn’t phase me one bit. ”

            Glad we’ve established that.

          • Marbran

            Yup, focus on that, ignore everything else I posted about your vile “religion.” You know Islam is indefensible just as well as I do. Had your clitoridectomy yet?

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “Had your clitoridectomy yet?”
            .
            That single question exposes you as somebody who knows nothing about Islam, but has simply cherrypicked slanted material from various websites.
            .
            If you’re ready to have a mature discussion about the problems in extricating what are often nasty cultural a-religious practices being advocated by uneducated clerics in developing countries, I’ll be glad to engage.
            .
            However, if you’re a closed minded individual who either is unable to distinguish between religious practice and corruptions of that practice by said uneducated primitives, or refuses to do so, then I’m not interested.
            .
            So, you decide.

          • Marbran

            Yes, I’d love to. And I’ll even apologize for the ad hominems. Islam just incenses me sometimes. I simply cannot understand why someone, especially a woman, would accept what Islam is offering.

            Let’s start. Although there is no central location for Islam, KSA holds two of Islam’s most sacred places: Mecca and Medina. Non-Muslims are restricted from stepping foot in both places. Why is that? I have been to KSA. I was not even allowed to bring a Bible into the country or display a cross. My bags were searched thoroughly for any and all non-Muslim artifacts. Why is that? Is Islam that insecure that it cannot stand up to examination?

            You call these “problems” nasty, cultural, a-religious practices, yet these very same practices are being promoted by imams throughout the world, even by Al Azhar University in Cairo, the preeminent authority on Islam. It is pretty clear that Shariah law and its elements are absolutely endorsed by the ummah.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “Islam just incenses me sometimes.”
            .
            Me too.
            .
            “Non-Muslims are restricted ….cannot stand up to examination?”
            .
            Quran 9:28 says you can’t go into the Holy Mosque. So, that’s one thing.
            .
            The rest is all, in my view, primitive tradition. Believe me, nobody has thought those bans through to the point where they’ve said “what are we afraid of”? That’s a level of self-reflection that Islam hasn’t really gotten to yet. So, the reasoning is that the entire country is Holy and must be kept clean from unIslamic practice. (There is a gaping rational hole in there, in that foreign workers are allowed to do what they like in their own compounds. I believe that these issues will be dealt with in the future. Let’s get the sisters in the KSA driving first. One thing at a time.)
            .
            “You call these “problems” nasty….endorsed by the ummah.”
            .
            One of the best and worst things about Islam is that it has no central authority. :-)

            It’s based on the Quran, which like all religious texts presents interpretational problems in translating philosophical ideas into (shariah) law. You’re going to get disagreements at the margins. (FWIW, Orthodox Christianty, which ALSO has no central authority, has some very similar disagreements, where authorities of the same rank disagree.)
            .
            My view is that the West is so accustomed to the certainty of a papacy AND the maturity of their religious views (remember, Christian practice is 600 years more mature than Islamic practice) that the ambiguity of Islam disorients them; add in these religious nutcases on jihad and the environment is ripe for misunderstanding.
            .
            More personally, my “rights as a woman” in Islam are well defined and in some cases, stronger than those under Western Law. Critics like to pick at the places where shariah leaves us “less free”, but ignores the reasoning why; as well as ignore those areas where shariah leaves us MORE free.

            Same with some of the more barbaric punishments in Islam; the press loves to hype up (for example) the government-sentenced stoning of a prostitute in Iran, but doesnt want to report on how it’s the chick’s umpteenth conviction on that charge. So, it’s oK to have a “three strikes you’re out” law that dumps you in the slammer for all eternity because you lifted a candy bar, but it’s not OK for Muslims to have a capital sentence on something which is not a capital crime in the west levied because it’s the person’s 12th conviction on that score.
            .
            We can’t just react to other culture’s practices. We gotta think them through. Emotion is the enemy of reason.

          • Marbran

            “Quran 9:28 says you can’t go into the Holy Mosque. So, that’s one thing.”

            Using “Holy Mosque,” does that refer to all mosques? If not, then why is one (or a few) off limits, but not all others. I know that plenty of US mosques allow guests in all day long. I will compare this restriction to a similar one in Mormanism: only Mormons may enter the Temple, at least the major ones. As with Islam, that tells me that they have something they want kept hidden from non-Mormons. But 9:28 doesn’t really explain why the towns of Mecca and Medina are off limits, unless KSA considers each to be ‘mosques’ in their entirety.

            I also disagree with the driving ban in KSA for obvious reasons, although having seen how the men drive in KSA it’s probably safer anyway to stay off the road. lol.

            But I am curious about these “stronger” female rights that you mentioned. What are they? If they are personal rights, empowering rights, liberating rights, why make them dogmatic within the Sharia, where they are definitely perverted and applied barbarically. I have been studying Islam for about four years now, and I just do not see anything but a misogynistic system designed to put men in place as masters over the women. Driving restrictions are the least of the misogynistic policies. A woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s. Women are only entitled to half the inheritance the male offspring receive. Women must produce four witnesses to rape, or else she is held as an adulterer or fornicator. Young girls are married off in arranged marriages. Women are not allowed to congregate with non-related males. Women must endure their husbands whims, without little or no recourse, since husbands are the masters of their wives’ affairs. How about multiple wives? Seems to be all about whatever the man wants, he gets.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “Using “Holy Mosque,” does that refer to all mosques?”
            .
            No, just the one in Makkah. The comparison to the Mormon reg is a good one.
            .
            “But 9:28 doesn’t really explain…in their entirety.”
            .
            No to both issues. It’s the ultimate in conservative interpretation of 9:28, but really doesn’t pass rational muster.
            .
            “I also disagree with the driving ban in KSA for obvious reasons”
            .
            Yea. That does have a religious root to it, but there’s no hard and fast religious justification for the ban.
            .
            “stronger” female rights.”
            .
            Here’s one: When we marry, the husband has to pay us $$$. If the women is smart, she negotiates this hard, until the potential groom is begging for mercy, based on the perceived wealth of the family. Once paid, that’s MY money, period. 100% of the cost of the upkeep of the home and the family is on him. So, I’m protected should I decided not to work, and then if the marriage should not work out.
            .
            Same thing for IF I work. If I choose to work, that’S MY money. I don’t have squat responsibility to spend a dime on the kids and the house. The responsibility is all on him.
            .
            “definitely perverted and applied barbarically.”
            .
            There is no question that in poorer uneducated areas, they are perverted. Education is key to fixing all this.
            .
            “A woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s.”
            .
            Yea…..that’s not right as stated. Read 2:282, which is where that comes from, and you’ll see that the practical implication of it is not to unilaterally declare woman to be half of a man as a consistent practice; it’s talking about being a witness to an financial agreement, not a witness in a court of law or in a nonfinancial transation. 3:195 is pretty explicit that men and women are equal, and contemporary scholars lean towards pointing out that this is a temporal verse from a time when women were perhaps not well educated on financial transactions, and thus doesn’t really apply to the educated women of today.
            .
            Bottom line is that if you put five Sharia scholars in the room and raise that issue, you’ll get five different answers.
            .
            “Women are only entitled to half the inheritance the male offspring receive.”
            .
            That’s because of the above. My money is my money, and my daughter’s money will be her money when she marries. Thus, it all works out.
            .
            ” Women must produce four witnesses to rape, or else she is held as an adulterer or fornicator.”
            .
            This is cultural crap. There is an actual hadith where the Prophet, peace be upon him, took the testimony ONE woman as to a rape, and had the man stoned to death. Her testimony ALONE was taken as proof. I have no idea where the 4 witnesses thing comes from, although I do believe it’s in the law in more than one Muslim country.
            .
            “Young girls are married off in arranged marriages.”
            .
            It is explicitly forbidden to force a marriage in Islam. I understand how these uneducated people come to the conclusion that it’s religiously OK to force marriage on their daughters, but it’s against Islam. Any reputable cleric will void a forced marriage when it’s brought to their attention.
            .
            “Women are not allowed to congregate with non-related males.”
            .
            Yes, Islamic law enforces certain things which relate to societal morality.
            .
            “Women must endure their husbands…masters of their wives’ affairs.”
            .
            See above. That’s why smart women negotiate a nice cash payment up front. It enables them freedom.
            .
            “How about multiple wives?”
            .
            If he’s got the money, go for it. If a man wants to enter into a plural marriage, he’s got to set up an entirely separate household for her, AND PAY FOR IT. So, if he’s paying $1000 a month to upkeep household A, he’s got to be able to come up with $1000 a month for household B. No sweettalking wife A to take less — she can tell him to bugger off. And then, he has to strictly maintain equal time — three days and nights with A, three days and nights with B. If he doesn’t, then he’s religiously screwed. The Quran is extremly clear that he has to be fair to both his wives…..and it isn’t easy.

          • Marbran

            Much of what you’ve described pertaining to male/female relationships is, I think, what causes a great deal of consternation to critics of Islam in the West. We view marriage as an equal partnership, and while no marriage is perfect, the ostensible goal is that both partners work to strengthen the marriage together. Couples that segregate their possessions and their money tend to move away from each other on a personal level. The marriage operates as more of a business partnership rather than a relationship. Of course, adding another wife adds to that complexity. It’s as if, within Islam, marriage is really just about sex (pleasure) and procreation (children) and nothing more. Add FGM, and the women again come up on the short end of things.

            I know we (the West) are not perfect. We had slavery. We had women as inferior. We still have abuse, neglect, and abandonment. We have the highest incarceration rate in the US than any other country. But, as a society, we also push for fairness, equality, and justice. Most people believe in these principles in the West, even if our politicians do not always support these ideas, and shame on them for that!

            Is there any movement in reforming Islam to stop all the violence? What do the imam(s) at your mosque teach about peace? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, stated in one of his depositions, “Know you are fighting men who look into the barrel of your gun and see heaven, how can you complete with that?” And he has a very good point. Just as with the Japanese kamikaze pilots of WWII, how does the world quell an angry Muslim society when life is looked upon by them as lesser than death, and therefore of less importance in comparison? That’s a pretty futile view of things.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “We view marriage as an equal partnership…strengthen the marriage together.”
            .
            Two thoughts. (a) The “west” is very parochial; IOW, “our principles are the best, all others are inferior.” Doesn’t work like that. (b) No abrahamic religion views marriage as an equal partnership; they view them as EQUIVALENT partnerships, where each partner has sex-defined roles commensurate with their physical “gifts.” Women have the kids, men take out the trash. (sorta). There are no shortage of “issues” in western culture these days that are caused by pretending the two genders are equal rather than equivalent.
            .
            “It’s as if, within Islam, marriage is really just about sex (pleasure) and procreation (children) and nothing more. Add FGM, and the women again come up on the short end of things.”
            .
            That’s overstated, but there’s some truth there. Islam views marriage as an essential institution to prevent a slew of single parent kids from popping up because of the, uh, urges that people have. Not sure that’s bad, to recognize those urges, what they can do to society, and mandate an institution to control them.
            .
            “Is there any movement in reforming Islam to stop all the violence? What do the imam(s) at your mosque teach about peace?”
            .
            Mine are pretty much pacifists, but you put your finger on where the “internal war” is right now. There are imams that are pacifists (as much as any Abrahamic religion can be) and there are imams who beleve armed struggle is an essential element to gaining justice and advancing Islam. For the most part, Muslims self-select between the two (or the third option, which is to ignore the matter altogeter).
            .
            “when life is looked ..pretty futile view of things.”
            .
            Islam does downplay “life” in relationship to heaven to further extent than does Judaism and Chistianity. My personal take (which I am never shy about sharing) is that if the Ummah were living precisely the way Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) instructs us to live, there would be people kicking down the doors of the mosques wanting to convert. The things that people hate about Islam have to do with misguided Muslims, not Islam itself.

          • Marbran

            “The “west” is very parochial; IOW, “our principles are the best, all others are inferior.”

            That is the general attitude, and one that is largely pushed with military backing. If the tables of power were shifted or reversed, we’d probably be saying that Arab principles are the best. But we in the West are certainly far from perfect. What I will point out as uniquely Western, though, and a modern concept, is the idea of Natural Rights and personal Liberty. The US was founded on these principles, crafted by men who were largely deists, having shed off the dogma and ritual instituted by other men. It was these fundamental principles that made the US so attractive to so many, many immigrants over the last 224 years. These principles made America great, and other Western nations adopted similar legal approaches. I fear that that uniqueness is now slipping away.

            “No abrahamic religion views marriage as an equal partnership. There are no shortage of “issues” in western culture these days that are
            caused by pretending the two genders are equal rather than equivalent. ”

            I’ll add a little different view on the Abrahamic views of marriage, and that is that Christianity (New Testament) departed from Judaic (and what became Islamic) tradition (Old Testament) regarding marriage, to a view of more equality, which I view as simply being fair, just and kind to each other, instead of the man abusing the woman in whatever way he wants. That’s why the West, based largely on Christianity, slowly but ultimately got to where we are today with regards to voting, property rights, etc. I wholeheartedly agree with you that men and women are fundamentally different and should not be held to the same metrics in many things. But there should be no place for violence and hatred, control and punishment, that we see too often within Islamic countries. Acid attacks, suicide bombings, honor killings, etc., are deplorable acts and should have no place in any religion. As you mentioned before, a lot of these actions are performed out of ignorance and blind followership, but the actors are learning these actions from the Qur’an. I don’t see how any of these things will change without fundamentally changing Islam itself.

            “My personal take (which I am never shy about sharing) is that if the Ummah were living precisely the way Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) instructs us to live, there would be people kicking down the doors of the mosques wanting to convert.”

            And therein lies the reason why Islam is ultimately incompatible with the West. As I said, Freedom and Liberty are two core principles of the US, and largely the West. We allow folks to pretty much do as they please, so long as they are not violating the rights and liberties of others. That’s the idea, anyway, even if our “leaders” are implementing more and more controls upon us. If everyone did the same thing, in lockstep, day in and day out, that would be a pretty dull place to live. Living in accordance with the tenets of Allah also creates a fear-based society where neighbor accuses neighbor of blasphemy, adultery, etc., just to get back at them, knowing that Sharia punishment would likely be applied.

            I am going to be offline for a few hours, but I’ll be back on later. This has been a very enjoyable exchange, and I look forward to more. I apologize again for what I said at first. It was unfair to you, and I will try to avoid ever doing that again in the future.

          • KhadijahMuhammad

            “..idea of Natural Rights and personal Liberty…adopted similar legal approaches.”
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            There’s less difference here than you’d think. The US holds to the idea of “immutable natural rights” that are immutable because they are God-given, not man-given. Same for Islam, same for personal liberty. The details of implementation differ between the US and Shariah, but again, less than many people assume.
            .
            “I fear that that uniqueness is now slipping away.”
            .
            Yep. Because a third of the people are willing to trade it for a welfare check, and a third of the people don’t care.
            .
            “But there should be no place for violence and hatred……the actors are learning these actions from the Qur’an. I don’t see how any of these things will change without fundamentally changing Islam itself.”
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            They’re learniing those actions from a perverted interpretation of the Quran. You don’t see these things happening among 2nd generation educated Muslims in the West, and believe me, its not because the 2nd generation is less religious. They’re reading the Quran through a different lens, one which more often than not is cleaner. So, IOW, Islam doesn’t change, but the mentality of the adherent changes.
            .
            “Living in accordance with the tenets of Allah also creates a fear-based society where neighbor accuses neighbor of blasphemy, adultery, etc., just to get back at them, knowing that Sharia punishment would likely be applied.”
            .
            Disagree. We’re back to those perverted, developing country views again. Many of the Muslim countries still put tribe in front of religion and country; that’s what disappears when they come here in a scattered pattern. Besides, in the US, US law prevails; if a particular Muslim wants to live under a more shariah based legal system, they need to leave.

          • bbarendt

            Stepping in here to speak up for the Mormons – as I am one. Visitors are welcome into ALL of our temples during operating hours. They are not permitted into certain areas of the Temple, not because they are secret, but because they are sacred. However, that only applies to a Temple that has been dedicated. If you want to know what these “off-limit” rooms look like, visit a new, or remodeled Temple prior to its dedication or re-dedication. As to the ceremonies performed in the temple, if you want to know about those, I believe it is the national law library, or the library of congress where you can find every word as it is required by law. To put it in perspective, I don’t have to go with you into your bedroom to know the things that may be going on there.

          • OldRangerF51

            Sharia is an inseparable part of Islam Sharia is unconstitutional in that it discriminates against non-Muslims you cannot be a Muslim and not submit to sharia. Islam does not grant the tolerance that it demands from others. Convert,Submit or Die!

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        I remember reading that the Democratic governor after Romney made significant changes to the bill, and the cost to the taxpayers also went way up after the Democratic governor came in. The cost was relatively low when Romney was governor – also anyone that participated in the program had to pay into it. It was not an “entitlement” like Medicaid.

        • idalily

          And yet MA voters keep voting in Dems. You can’t fix stupid.

        • Jeremiah Glosenger

          They provided tax-payer subsidies as well as expanded Medicaid. It was still one big entitlement program; however, it was done in a more “conservative” way than if the 85% democratic state legislature had just crafted it with Ted Kennedy and rammed it through without Romney’s input. The fairness of it was that people without health insurance now had to pay into the system to help cover costs. People say that the young don’t need health insurance—until they wreck their car and get life-flighted to the nearest trauma center. IF we as a society insist that everybody must receive “emergency” care then we as a society ought to share the burden of funding that obligation.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            Well, it was crafted by both Democrats and Republicans, and I remember Romney said there there things in the bill both parties liked and things they didn’t like. But at the end of the day, the MA bill was only 70-something pages and everyone READ it before passing it.

      • David Maguire

        You see, here is the problem. It is called incrementalism. Even if the Romney plan was good, which I am not sure it was, it doesn’t matter. Once the people with good intentions and a good plan leave, you are in danger of those wanting to change a good thing to give them more power and buy more votes. Even something good in the hands of big government is bastardized into something evil, eventually. It is what politicians do. I don’t trust ANY of them and don’t want them to control ANYTHING I depend on for my life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness. Wake up America, even Romney was wrong on this one.

        • RiseUp

          Exactly!

          • snowcloud

            And we conservatives get the blame!

        • Ariadnea

          That’s the very reason why Republicans keep losing, they push for candidates whose ideology is not far off from that of Democrats.

          • Scott Knowles

            Because they elect PROGRESSIVE Republicans.

        • thinkingabovemypaygrade

          well said.

        • idalily

          THIS. 100%.

        • Jason Hunt

          Yes! Someone else who understands incrementalism!

      • smokey

        I live in Massachusetts and it’s true. Premiums have gone up every year. Also, on average takes at least 2to3 months to get an appointment.

      • Eddie frOly

        Some of the current rate hikes are ten fold that’s ten times what some one was previously paying! Oh wait thats minus those don’t want insurance but have to buy it any way and that is well you do the math but either way this is ridiculous that the Government can now force you to buy a product!! period and they designed it to force people off of their plans into a single payer government run system.

    • Moto

      Shorter, and more rhetorically-effective Romney: “When Democrats get their way, America loses. PERIOD.”

    • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive ✓re-rolled

      IIRC, the ACA supercedes Romneycare, and is disrupting their coverage yet again.

    • http://www.wakeupblackamerica.blogspot.com/ goteki45

      Too bad Romney didn’t have the balls to have stood up and say this when it needed being said during the campaign. His words though are accurate, now they ring hollow.

      • cwize

        he did say that during the election.

        • snowcloud

          Not often enough or loud enough.

        • http://www.wakeupblackamerica.blogspot.com/ goteki45

          Romney kept saying that Romney care was a state specific solution, he never came out and condemned it, and that is why Obama’s lackeys kept comparing Obamacare to Romneycare. Romney was too proud to discredit Romneycare in the campaign. That was his undoing.

    • san rafael blue

      I’ve been waiting for the Dems to try getting Romney or GW. Bush or so other more respectable adult to come and support this nasty mess. W. may have finally wisened up not to do the Dems bidding, because they will always hate him, no matter who he saves from AIDS in Africa.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      I’m sorry but I don’t want the government that involved in health care no matter if it is done in a so-called ‘reasonable’ manner even at the state level. Mandates are not free enterprise no matter how much you try to privatize them. No one should be forced to buy a product they don’t want or can’t afford. That’s why I feel Romney would have just been a Band-Aid on the problem and there would have been no real change in Washington.

      • Brian Dani

        Is there anyplace in the world where universal healthcare is a ringing success? NO and NO. Does any government operation run efficiently and at low cost? NO again. The rollout of Obamacare is an indication of the future with government in charge. Scary is a kind word to discribe what could be ahead. There will be lots of pain and suffering.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          More than that any government operation is subject to the political whims of anyone who presides over it. No one should have that much power over a free people. Romney may have had good intentions and ran it well but he left it open for subsequent leaders to screw up.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        Charles Krauthammer calls our medical system, hospitals, doctors and patients, a “delicate ecosystem.” There’s no way bureaucrats in DC can manage that.

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          Yeah, that would have been nice to hear from Chuck during the shutdown but he was too busy attacking the only guy standing up to Obamacare, Ted Cruz.

          • nc ✓s & balances

            I have so much respect and admiration for Dr. K, so yeah, that cut deep. How could those insider know-it-alls (including the WSJ talkers, too) miss what was so clear to us nobodies?

          • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

            Because they never get out of Washington and never stray too far from the ‘DC conventional wisdom’ which is usually progressive. Krauthammer said the other day that he didn’t realize how radical Obama was until his first State of the Union address. How could he not know that before then especially after his associations with Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and devotion to Saul Alinsky came to light during the campaign??? That’s why I don’t have very much respect for these guys.

    • allyall

      Where the heck was this guy in October 2012?

    • mercyonus

      maybe Romney might have better insite on how to fix this mess.

    • Princess

      If liberals keep pointing to Romneycare and how great it is, then why didn’t they vote for Romney?

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Don’t do this to me!”

    Which, oddly enough, is also the response from all the RINO’s in the Senate when Cruz puts them on the spot.

    • Attila

      I believe Judas muttered similar words right before, well, you know…

      • AmericanMom

        Judas would likely be insulted by that comparison. The bamster lies like a sieve and is as cold as the arctic in winter. Anyone doubt what lengths this man would go to in order to ensure this monstrosity leaves a permanent scar on the future of Americans who are just scraping by to exist and the nation itself, on a financial cliff?

        • BlueSpud

          and looks like Cruella de Vil

          • Guest

            My impersonation of Sebelius

        • Bryant Hill

          YOU got my vote on what you say in your post.

          • AmericanMom

            Thanks Bradley. The guy is so dishonest (and there are internet lists of all the lies he’s told since elected), how anyone could trust him is beyond belief (including his fellow democrats). He must have something on them or they are threatened.

      • DWontheplains

        For the record, they just unearthed the book of Judas and it doesn’t say what we have been taught to believe about how all that came to pass. As long as there is archeology, there are new things to learn. The story of the bible is not finished yet. That is why I am keeping a open mind and try not to be too judgmental right now. I am waiting for the rest of the story, like Paul Harvey said.

      • Iron Tub

        Self inflicted as well

    • Vennoye

      Exactly why I am such a BIG fan of my newest Senator Cruz!!!

  • RblDiver

    “We didn’t know that the website would suck *wink wink*! But we knew O-care would! So don’t do this to me!”

  • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

    Man…the underneath of that bus has got to be getting full.

    • Attila

      That’s why lift kits were invented.

    • descolada9

      Her time under it will be short, then she’ll be back and secure in her position.

      • nc ✓s & balances

        More likely, they’ll give her the Lois Lerner “punishment.” Paid leave, then full retirement.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001350926663 Fred Davey

        yeah on her knees in front of oblamao

        • https://twitter.com/JakeTheCatholic joedaddy27

          I just threw up in my mouth

  • Happy Dragon

    Twitchy opening now: Game over. Sen. Ted Cruz wins.
    Twitchy opening in 2016: Election over. Sen. Ted Cruz wins.

    • Republicanvet

      One can hope.

      • Happy Dragon

        I can’t decide who I’d rather see cry when that happens – Hilary or McCain.

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          The whole of the left. fingers crossed.

        • BAW

          Given McCain’s resent statements praising Hillary, you might have the opportunity to see them both crying and consoling each other. That would be great.

          • HanaFiveO

            Speaking of old dementia patients, got a email from McCain yesterday soliciting donations for the moderate GOP. After I resisted the urge to throw the monitor out the window, I sent a reply that I am one of those wacko birds that he is always disparaging. If I’m not good enough to have an legitimate opinion, neither is my money.
            I know it was a robo-email, but I felt better!

          • BAW

            I know the feeling. I know all the nasty things I’ve thought about Cornyn have never mattered to him. Sure he doesn’t care about the critical emails I’ve sent just as I’m sure he doesn’t care that I took myself off his email list. But I feel a little better then I give a little money here and there and I’ll vote for anyone but him and I’ll tell everyone I can why he needs to be gone and I’ll continue to feel better. Any “average” American would be a better representative of the people than our current establishment, professional political class.

          • HanaFiveO

            I research and donate individually to specific candidates. I also monitor closely where the money goes. If they don’t use it wisely, they don’t get another.

          • BAW

            Well we are “conservatives” it is what we do. Unlike the left that takes other people’s money to spread around and couldn’t care less if they get anything for what someone else is paying for.

          • JonS

            That’s the only viable answer never again will I donate to th RNC – just good solid Tea Party (patriots).

          • Vennoye

            Send back their prepaid envelopes telling them you made a memorial donation in their memory to, Freedom Works, Senate Conservatives Committee….etc!

          • idalily

            I tell them I donated to Ted Cruz, and when they support him, I’ll donate to them, too. Until then, they can kiss my you-know-what.

          • LadybugJ

            BAW, I thought Cornyn was a good guy? Did he vote for ACA?

          • BAW

            Earlier I was trying to remember what he had done back in 2009 when I saw him and couldn’t look at him. I had an almost overwhelming urge to spit at him and it was not the time or place to even politely say anything. It may have still been about the email I got from him after he voted for TARP. Don’t remember how he explained or justified that but remember he was saying, but look how much money I got for Texas. More recently (I had that spitting urge again) at the same time Cruz and Lee were leading the Defund effort and Cornyn along with the other “establishment” Republicans voted for cloture (and I’d sent him a testy email) I started seeing his ads all over the internet, “Help me stop Obamacare.” He’s part of the Senate leadership that has failed to stop anything and seems content to go along to get along. Yes, he has been rated as very conservative. But he like Kay Bailey Hutchinson was, are okay but Cruz has proven we can do better. We need fighters not “statesmen.” No he didn’t vote for ACA but it didn’t matter. He nor anyone else did anything to stop Harry Reid from doing what he did after Scott Brown was elected to stop Obamacare. I don’t know if there was anything they could do but I didn’t see them even trying. He’s served two terms, time to give someone else a chance. And I would love to have those Senators talking down to the “whacko bird” freshman Senator from Texas have to deal with him as the senior Senator from Texas.

          • Vennoye

            Right now I am watching “Texans for Stovall” just to see what he is doing. Too soon for anything else except posting on Cornyn’s FB page. Lot of Texans mad at Cornyn…posting on his FB page!!

          • BAW

            I will definitely be voting for one of his primary challengers. Given how polling is going someone would probably get a lot of support if they’d pledge to go to D.C. and follow the lead of “fighters” like Cruz and Lee.

          • Jennifer

            Got the same email…wish I’d thought to do what you did!

          • HanaFiveO

            I used to be pretty involved in my states GOP. We had the opportunity to take 3 seats in Congress, which given the states blue history, would have been historic. We lost all 3 due to a deluge of negative advertising by the DNC. The GOP wouldn’t pony up, because they thought our state was a lost cause. That is when the GOP and I parted company.

            Now when I get an email, phone survey, mail survey or donation request, I simply remind them of their failures and that I will no longer give of my time or money because they do whats good for them and not their constituents.

          • TheRMSDave

            We adopted the policy of only donating to candidates, not to parties because it’s hard to get it up in the pot from under the bus.

          • Republicanvet

            I did this every time I got a call when I lived in Wisconsin…this was before Walker was elected and reminded the RINO’s what they were supposedly there for.

          • World B. Free

            I actually had a phone call a week or two ago from the RNC (or RSNC or whatever) asking for money. I politely told them that I was unable to contribute to the party, since I did not want my donation going to McCain or Lindsey Graham. I informed them that I would be donating directly to individual candidates such as Ted Cruz.

            Let’s keep driving this message home to the GOP every time they come begging for money.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            I totally lit into them a couple of weeks ago when they called me. I told them they would never get another penny from me and the only donations I was making would be directly to campaigns for Cruz, Paul, Lee, etc., etc.

          • BAW

            I’ve given to so many real underdog candidates that have lost I sort of feel like a jinx so I tend to stick with groups like joining the NRA (when I don’t even own a gun). The Senate Conservatives Fund is looking pretty good. Pretty sure they supported Lee and Cruz. Currently soliciting donations to support Rob Maness in his run against Mary Landrieu in Louisiana.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            I can’t wait to vote Mary Landrieu out in 2014. She’s in trouble and she knows it!!!

          • Bryant Hill

            YES, YES, YES….BAW. They do support these three senators, but if anyone gives to the “individual names” of these three men, the money will go directly INTO the GOP general fund. This is the law concerning contributions.
            ALSO….you can give to the Heritage Foundation ~ Jim Demint as this organization supports the TEA PARTY and NOT the GOP.

          • liberalssuck

            Thank you for the support of the nra. I do own firearms and I am very active against gun control. So as a member I thank you.

          • BAW

            No thanks necessary.

            I’m several years in on on my lifetime membership. I think $100/yr. for 10 years is a small price to pay to support constitutional rights.

            And it is my pleasure to be called a “gun nut” by someone on the left and explain that I’m a Texan who has never even fired a gun, don’t own one, don’t plan to but I support the 2nd Amendment. And I count on my armed neighbors to recognize me if the time ever comes, I’ll be the crazy old woman fighting like hell with a baseball bat.

            I also get to shoot down their arguments about the NRA wanting everyone to own gun, pushing gun ownership. When I joined I told them not to send me anything, I wasn’t interested in guns. So I never even hear from them (except when they offer me a deal to pay off my lifetime membership early and get a jacket or something).

          • Bryant Hill

            AGAIN….if you give to Cruz, Paul, Lee or some other senator that the GOP is against, you are giving your money to the GOP. Give your money to the TEA PARTY. They are the ones who support these three men and NOT, I say NOT the GOP.

          • idalily

            The problem is that the Tea Party is splintered into dozens of organizations. The Tea Party needs to coalesce and fight the GOP head on as ONE group.

          • Bryant Hill

            That doesn’t matter….If you give to Ted Cruz, it goes into the GOP general fund by law. If you want to give to Cruz ONLY…Then give to the TEA PARTY. They’re organization is the one pushing for Ted Cruz as President in 2016.

          • World B. Free

            Thanks for the tip, I did not know that! I have only donated to PACs before (like SarahPAC) and local candidates.

          • Jim Denney

            I use an old lefty trick, whenever anybody I really dislike sends me a prepaid reply envelope, I send it back with a suggestion or two. It costs them a little over $3 to process (I just wish the USPS would let me tape it to a brick before mailing it back). I especially enjoy sending letters to the editor of the Washington Compost at their expense.

          • HanaFiveO

            LOL, I do that too, shred whatever was sent and return in the pre-paid envelope. Took AARP 1 year to get the message, but they don’t send me anything anymore!;)

          • owlpellets

            I used the AARP return envelope and sent them some rolls of pennies a couple of times so they had to pay postage due. Amazingly enough they quit sending me crap.

          • Scorpion

            Your lucky. It took me 2 1/2 years to do the same thing.

          • HanaFiveO

            Perseverance counts! OR
            By the time I was old enough to qualify, they were better at giving up.

          • BAW

            I use to just return all postage paid AARP solicitations with, “No” written on a piece of paper then they started using window envelopes. I could mess with that too but they’re not worth my trouble. Sometime when I’m feeling particularly cheeky, I still might.

          • Gina L Vaughan

            I do the same thing and if there is any junk mail I think they may find useful i.e Burger King coupons, etc. I send those too.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            You go girl!

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            make sure they’re expired…

          • Scorpion

            Love it. Now I have a use for the ones I get every week or so.

          • antilib

            I did the same. Got 3 of them. Told them as long as he was in the party, no dough from me.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Good for you! Good for America!

        • Spinmamma

          no contest. McCain.

    • Scott

      Wrong is an understatement!!

      • Scorpion

        That’s OK Kathy, your ride is here.

        • SkyePuppy

          There’s a hand-grip prepared especially for you, Kathleen. It’s right next to the driveshaft.

          • Scorpion

            Of course, Obama’s buses have no floors.

      • TheRMSDave

        Meanwhile her friends are all on the gravy train, giving scads of $$ to left wing causes.

    • mickeyco

      Oh, please, please, please!

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      From your keyboard to God’s ears !!!

  • Scott

    Game Set MATCH!!

    Don’t do what, put you on record to get the truth, something that is NOT in your DNA??

  • TruDat

    If only George Tiller the Baby Killer were still around to comfort her. Poor thing.

  • BAW

    But conservatives didn’t “whine.”

    Obama lied.

    We knew, we explained, we debated, we called, we protested. We were ignored, dismissed, attacked and slandered. We continued to explain and debate and call and protest (helped elect Scott Brown and House conservatives). Because we always knew!

  • Jim Evans

    There’s liars, damn liars, and politicans. This bitch is worse than HIllary, if that is possible.

    • Yumpin Yoda

      Sorry Jim – that’s just plain wrong.
      There is nothing worse than the Hildebeast.

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        It is called the Big Commie Saul Girly Takedown Competition
        HillBill vs Sebilious

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      I make things a little easier for myself: If someone is beyond the pale – I simply don’t bother measuring how far beyond the pale they are… I just note them in that column, and go on my way…

  • ObamaFail

    Sebelius can’t handle tough questions. I guess no one told her that she wasn’t going in for a fluff interview where she’d be praised by liberals.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      No better sign of incompetence than that. Very telling.

  • http://drudge.com snyper77

    Get ‘er, Uncle Ted!!

    • Red Fred

      Appropriate since these are the ones that will be paying and paying and paying and paying…..

  • rambler

    Well…… she was the one who took that job. She was ok with lying about the gov plan. She was ok with spewing the CYA talking points. So, I’d say that she did this to herself. She could have chosen the path of integrity and instead chose moral bankruptcy.

  • spaceycakes

    Sebelius snotted: don’t make me call the flying monkeys

    • nc ✓s & balances

      Flying pigs won’t help her now.

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        wut, did you call up…

  • HanaFiveO

    Can’t wait until next week when Cruz gets a crack at her in person.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      Yup. Tear her a new one.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      Sweet pickles – I may have to set my DVR for that – or take a day off work!!!

  • Marvin Nelson

    Do ANY Republicans besides Ted have the cajones to hammer the DimocRATS relentlessly about the lies that brought us to this point? Why won’t they rub the Dims’ faces in this steaming pile?

    • nc ✓s & balances

      The $64,000 Question

    • bfplncc

      that’s because they (GOP establishment) is too busy going after Cruz, Lee , and the Tea Party conservatives.

      • Marvin Nelson

        You got that right! It is past time to kick ALL RINOS out of office and put in people who really care about us and America. Throw the bums OUT!!

  • M C

    I don’t get twitchy at all, one of my fave sites, but over joyed with a guy like Cruz. He is the most unpopular politician in the nation, he doesn’t get a “win” right now. Both sides hate him, his hometown right leaning newspaper wished they never endorsed him. 24 billion in taxpayer money wasted on his crusade that never stood a chance, and probably has the most statements over past 6 months on politifact that have been “false” or “pants on fire”. Btw twitchy loves using politifact when it suits the story, so please spare me the bias complaints. I’m sure you will all hate me for my opinion, but I’m not trying to be rude, just don’t understand in this day and age what a guy like Cruz is worth, he has been nothing short of a disaster. Bc of him the GOP has to deal with all time low ratings, and now the Tea Party who is constantly under attack has to deal with only 16% of the nation seeing them in a favorable light. Down from almost 50% in the past. How has this guy helped us/you ?

    • nc ✓s & balances

      I keep hearing this $24 billion number thrown around, don’t know what it represents (fed workers got paid). But whatever. How come we never hear figures about how much money was “wasted” to have such high unemployment for the last five years, record food stamps, and now people losing their health insurance in record numbers? NEVER hear those numbers.

      • M C

        Sir you def have a right to feel this way and Ty for responding. I know it’s been a snail slow recovery, but nonetheless we are at least moving in right direction, almost 11% years back was killing us. Something like some of the moves Cruz just pulled is only going to impede any recovery as slow as it may be.

        • Michelle ✓classified

          Almost six years into Obama’s role as President with little change in anything, other than for the worse, and you’re going to place the blame on Ted Cruz for trying to stop a law that the majority of us don’t want? How does that work in your head? And by way, there didn’t need to be a shut down. The Dems made that happen when they refused to negotiate. In fact, the very top Dem in this country (who resides in the White House) repeatedly announced loudly and proudly that he would NOT negotiate. Are you aware of how many shutdowns happened under Reagan when going toe-to-toe the Tip O’Neil? A handful of them, but the difference is – each lasted only a day or two because…Reagan negotiated. Obama refuses to – he wants everything his way and only his way. THAT is the problem, not Ted Cruz.

          • M C

            You make your points very well Michelle, and Ty for your response.Again like I said to the fellow earlier, if only 20% of Americans support a theory, it will never be supported as fact. The GOP right or wrong will have to own this shutdown bc a vast majority of America from both sides have blamed them. I like what you have to say, but just bc we repeat something over and over doesn’t mean it will change the way other folks see it. In this case it hasn’t worked well.

          • Michelle ✓classified

            “The GOP right or wrong will have to own this shutdown bc a vast majority of America from both sides have blamed them.” Because they media told them to. The mainstream media is very skilled at brainwashing the masses, twisting the truth and providing spin. Very few voters use critical thinking skills anymore and instead, rely on the media (even comedy shows) to provide them information and it’s often information that is not accurate and certainly not fully disclosed.

            Folks use opinion shows as a source of fact. We currently have a President who has told countless lies over the years and is never held accountable. One of my favorite lies he repeatedly told on the campaign trail in 2012 is that he ended the war in Iraq just like he promised. That is a solid, through and through lie – and NO ONE ever called him on it. And so, we have a segment of folks out there who truly believe Obama ended the way in Iraq. The media let him get away with that lie.

            Another example of how the media and comedy shows are viewed as valid info to low info voters: SNL did a skit about Sarah Palin saying she could see Russia from her house. It was parody, it was a joke – she NEVER said that. And yet to this day, that is referenced by folks who truly believe she said that when they attempt to say how stupid she is. Ya know whose stupid? The folks who believed a comedy skit to be a factual thing.

            There are also quite a few articles out there about how folks blame the GOP for the shutdown because that is what the media kept brainwashing them with.

          • idalily

            What you’re saying in essence is: don’t tell the truth, because no one will believe you. Better to lie and be believed.

        • liberalssuck

          We are not in a recovery. The indicators do not show us going forward. In fact first quarter we shrank and if you look at the true unemployment, the u6 number we are closer to 17% unemployment. Last month only 136k jobs created, we need triple that to actually make a dent. More and more folks are going on disability or just dropping out of the work force. last I saw we had less then 63% in the work force lowest number in years. In July 50% of jobs created where part time. Sorry we are not recovering as the lefties always hurt the free market with regulations and taxes. You can not do that if you want true growth.

        • nc ✓s & balances

          MC, while I appreciate your politeness (something that lefties on this site usually lack), and I also forgive you for assuming I’m a “fellow” (I’m not), I am not swayed in the least by any of your arguments. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, no matter what a current poll may say, have been right, and has been an articulate and fearless warrior when we’ve just spent the entire last year listening to a bunch of Eeyore donkeys who claim to represent us.

          The Obamacare nosedive is proving them right. They knew it and we knew. Should they have just “sit back” and let it fail as the “experts” said? At least they tried to fight it.

        • idalily

          Right direction? Are you serious? THERE IS NO RECOVERY. GDP is abysmal. Unemployment still 8% (which means it’s really far worse, since so many have stopped looking for work. Food stamps up 35% under Obama & Co, 17 TRILLION in debt. QE3, which means Round 3 of printing money out of thin air. Not one dime of spending cuts to anything. What right direction are you talking about? Straight to he11?

      • HanaFiveO

        I love Cruz because he listened to me and spoke up for me even though Im not from his state. More than my elected officials will do.

        I came across an article that said that 24 billion number was based on loss of revenue from places like Starbucks on Capitol Hill (furloughed workers), the cost of paying F/W unemployment and back pay, staffing unstaffed monuments and parks during the shutdown, and lost sales tax. The article was very vauge and didnt really give too many specifics. 24 BILLION IMHO is outrageously inflated. I could see 23 Million. But hey, were talking about government spending here, so who knows.
        It was the POTUS and Reid who shut down the government, not Cruz, Cruz just took advantage of the opportunity they provided IMO.

        • M C

          Hello hana, I see what you mean about numbers being inflated, maybe you are correct and hopefully we can get some research to look it over more, I was just using what’s been the number out there. Also I would like to take the oppeertunity to slightly disagree. The shutdown has been blamed on Cruz by just about everybody except the people that support Cruz, prob like 17-20% of Americans. I promise you when only 1/5 people support an idea, the other side is what history will remember as fact.RRegardless of who fault it is, and you maybe right, it will still bs remembered as Cruz’s shutdown.

          • HanaFiveO

            The numbers are an abstract talking point. These things must be researched and validated before they are regurgitated IMHO. I can find no legitimate basis for the number, therefore I will not use it. I follow the same policy with GOP talking points.

            I disagree that Cruz will be blamed for the shutdown in the long run. The concerted effort by the Dems and the media had the immediate effect of pinning the blame on him, however as additional information becomes known and the media cannot ignore those facts and starts to report them, opinion is shifting on where the blame lies.

            Time will tell, but I think many (GOP establishment and progs) are wishing on a star at this point. Cruz is emerging as the guy who didn’t cry wolf after all.

          • Jean

            Cruz was telling the truth and I believe that the future will vindicate him for standing up to the elitists.

          • liberalssuck

            He actually shows leadership, which we truly have not had in a long time for the gop. He stands by his word and oath. very, very rare in politics. That is why both need to flame him.

          • liberalssuck

            It would appear that the roll out is vindicating Mr. Cruz. this law is flawed not only for the website but for the millions of folks who have health care, like their plan, and will be dropped. Obozo was told this it now appears in 2010 and yet he lied and continues to lie.
            Again Mr. Cruz will not be harmed in fact the longer this abortion goes on the more folks will realize he tried to save us.
            2014 will be an interesting election one lefties may not like.

          • cass

            mc…a fact is a fact regardless of what percentage of people believe it or not…the fact is cruz’s speech had nothing to do with the shut down…the fact is he’s 100% correct about the aca…and the fact is i’m not going to change my stance or support based on arbitrary polling numbers..especially those put out by an antagonistically biased and entrenched media…sorry if your political philosophy is based on what others around are thinking…mine is based in what i think and know is right

          • idalily

            I don’t support the majority opinion if it’s WRONG. You seem to imply that because the majority did not support Cruz, he must have been wrong. This is a logical fallacy.

          • Jami Baldridge Oquenda

            The truly ironic part is that the final CR put forth by the house before the shutdown simply asked for an end to the exemption for government staff and a year long delay in the individual mandate, it was obviously soundly defeated in fact I believe it was not even allowed to come up for a vote. Now you see these same Democrats on news programs attempting to distance themselves from the ACA rollout disaster by asking for a year long delay…DOH!

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        It’s the amount of money Republicans (Read:KING FINK OBAMA!) “Wasted” during the shut-down…Not counting the Barry-Cades.. Jawamax 8<{D}

        • nc ✓s & balances

          $24 Billion? Really? I’d like to see that breakdown. I don’t believe it. But even if it’s true, then my point was how much more money are we wasting all the time that never gets reported? It’s a stupid, biased argument.

        • idalily

          And yet, liberals never seem to care about all the money wasted daily by government bureaucracies simply to feed the bureaucracies.

      • idalily

        Because the $24 million is just another lie.

      • TheSpasticAvenger .

        In reality we the people saved $24 billion, the demoncrats didn’t have it to waste during the shut down.

        • nc ✓s & balances

          Now THAT I would believe.

    • SturJen

      Just do us all a really big favor, admit that you’re actually a Liberal and get that monkey off your back. Anyone that really thinks that Cruz is a disaster should just go now. Just go over to the dark side and eat their cookies. Rino McCain et al will be happy to make them for you.
      “Hate” is a strong word, bandied about by Libs all the time. Dude, you’re already one of them, just go. What I hate more than a Lib who tells me I’m an evil soulless bastard is a pretend Conservative that says the same thing.
      JUST GO TO THE OTHER SIDE!

      • M C

        Sir please treat me respectfully as I will to you, I merely asked some questions, you are not evil or soulless, nor would I call you that. I’ve never claimed to be anything politically and I didn’t bash the party or movement. I just look at the surface and this is what is there. I purposely used hate bc I havent in my lifetime witnessed a guy that had so much going against him at once. Politically speaking.

        • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

          @MC I purposely used hate bc I haven’t in my lifetime witnessed a guy that had so much going against him at once.

          Don’t get out much huh?

          OFA called your insurance policy has been canceled.

        • Marvin Nelson

          Obviously, you have a severe case of cranial-rectal inversion.

        • Right wing

          He is one of only a few elected representatives who actually does what he says he would, and truly represents the wishes of the voters who elected him. He can’t be bought, doesn’t belong to the good ole boys club and has the courage of his convictions. To those for whom these virtues are meaningful, we see a bright, educated man of the people, who we can depend on to be truthful, honest and to uphold the values of our brilliant Founders. I wish we had 49 more like him in the Senate, and maybe we could save our deteriorating America to become the shining beacon it has been.

          • liberalssuck

            Dang it I didn’t see this before I posted. Spot on sir!!

          • idalily

            AMEN.

        • SturJen

          Your first mistake was to think that I was a male. You might not have called me bad names, but why are you so afraid of Cruz? It reminds me of a conversation I had with my Uncle during the Walker recall. Taxes were high, he couldn’t pay his bills, his retirement pension wasn’t enough. His conclusion, “Well government..what can you do.” That’s when I pointed out that Wisconsinites voted for Walker to CHANGE that, and what was their response? To recall him! (incidentally, Walker just signed a property tax relief bill. We’ve got like a $46 million surplus)
          People ARE trying to change things, but then we get people like you who piss and moan about the change. What are you afraid of? Things can’t get much worse, but they CAN get much better. Why are you afraid of that?

        • Corey Dennison

          I purposely used hate bc I havent in my lifetime witnessed a guy that had so much going against him at once.

          Wow…you must be really young.

        • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

          e,g. kick Ted Cruz when (you think) he’s down? What about all the Lies, diversions and Demagoguery going on with the Administration? We don’t want answers “In Mid-November,” or whenever they’re “Ready”.. We wanted them YESTERDAY! WHEN THEY HAPPENED! That goes for Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA, FBI, Etc. Etc. Jawamax 8<{D}

        • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

          And your collective thoughts are very scrambled.

        • owlpellets

          Harry Reid? Is that you?

    • Acethepug

      Shorter M C: Everything I accuse Cruz of, Obama is ACTUALLY guilty of.

      Do you shills have no shame? Hell, do you have long-term memories? You are DEFINITELY being rude, it’s called being a “concern troll,” and no one here is fooled.

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        Ace he’s just the born Saul agitator…just bein’ normal.agitator.

    • Red Fred

      Wonder why all those disgruntled constituents keep giving him standing ovations?

      • Right wing

        Eight minute long standing ovations!

    • Bigfoot Steve

      Aww, check out the concern troll. He’s concerned.

    • liberalssuck

      It truly is simple and why a lot of us will stand with him. He stood on his oath and for his constituents. If you do not understand that. I do not know what to tell yea. If you trust the polls then that is on you. In Tea party circles this guys rules as does Mike Lee.

      • M C

        See I agree that they are the stars, but the movement seems to be suffering as a result. Even my local groups have combined to one group bc it has gotten so small. Also he has to lie get his points across, like I said politifact has caught him in so many lies over past 6 months that he is probably the leader if theyhhad a scoreboard. Please before you attack politifact please note twitchy uses it often as a reference.

        • liberalssuck

          Please link the lies and politifact is like snoops very left biased. So I have a hard time trusting them either regardless who uses them.

        • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

          And what purposes, and what do you have to gain with spewing info that is totally that, spew…

        • idalily

          Politifact? LOL.

    • Richard StJohn

      One should never fear being the lone voice of dissent. If the GOP “leaders” like Juan McRINO, Graham and their ilk continue to sell out just to appear reasonable and retain their positions there would be no one at all standing up for conservative values. I don’t give a rats ass about what this poll or that poll says. All are subject to media bias. Most Americans are politically moderate. They may lean a little to one side but tend to stay toward the center. If the left wing bias was removed from the MSM and only facts reported the nation would probably look more like one state does now. That would be Texas. And this is from a research study done by a California University rather than just what I think.

      Cruz through his failed defund Obamacare crusade has achieved the ultimate success the GOP can take to the polls next year. Obama refused to negotiate. If he’s really the smartest President in history he should have seen this coming. The bottom line is that Obamacare sucks. It’s hurting people from all walks of life. And thanks to Ted Cruz the libtards are forced to take exclusive responsibility for it. I’m waiting for Obama to blame Bush for this one.

      • idalily

        Yes, yes, yes.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Boy that was long winded about nothing in ref. to the topic.
      Individualism versus Collectivism don’t you get it, yet?

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    Could someone please tell me why every reply I make is “awaiting moderation?”

    • HanaFiveO

      Verify your disquis account. Check your email.

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        I uses Disqus on other sites on a daily basis. I only have this problem on Twitchy. Very weird.

        • WilliamAmos

          To be honest not sure why. Unless you used a moderated word should have no problems.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            No… nothing that needs to be modded. I just went into my Disqus account and it looks like it wanted me to re-verify my account. It’s just weird because I use Disqus on other sites with no problem.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            NSA, more likely than not.

          • HanaFiveO

            Probably just a glitch in the system William. There’s been a lot of that going around! 😉

        • HanaFiveO

          Ive had mine for a long time too, but had to re-verify recently. Don’t know why, but its been fine ever since.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            Okay, I reverified – let’s see iffin it works.

          • Elizabeth Fisher

            WOOO HOOO !!!! Thanks y’all !!!

        • Scorpion

          I get that occasionally. Try using another browser. That usually works.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Are you typing in all caps?

      • Elizabeth Fisher

        No… it turned out I needed to “re-verify” my account. It’s all fixed now. :-)

  • LegalizeShemp

    Under the new law, women don’t have to pay more for pregnancy, contraception and abortions that they use and men don’t. And you men will get to pay for the STDs, abortions and pregnancy care that bedhopping liberal women get as they service their multiple sex partners to show everyone how “liberated and independent” they can be, totally unshackled from the Puritanical sexual restrictions that “this country” forces on them.

    • liberalssuck

      Sadly, you have nailed it too.

  • John Howard

    Millions of Americans began uttering that same phrase 4 years ago.

  • idk

    “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” — Karl Marx 404care gets both these birds with one stone. is anyone paying attention?

    • Brenda Hellwig

      Oh yes I am. The ultimate goal of this POS legislation is to force everyone into single payer. If takes down our middleclass along the way, so much the better.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      You betcha…We Call it The ‘Cool Club’ Rise + Fall of the 3rd 0Commie Reich.

  • LegalizeShemp

    I love girl on girl hot mic action !

    • Chocolate Mousse

      Ew. Not with her !

  • ELC

    Poor, poor Kathy…the s**t just hit the fan. Its accountability time. Stop the whining and put on the big girl pants. Take the wrath of the people…you are going down.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Remember, Kathleen Sebelius is a tax cheat also. Another thing the media ignored before she was confirmed in 2009.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Don’t do this to me, Bro!

  • dthur1003

    She was praying to her lord and savior Barack Insane 0bama, not to throw her under the bus like everyone else !!!!!

  • liberalssuck

    Nailed it again Mr. Cruz. I do not know about the rest of you, but her apology was forced. She read it from her speech and nothing in her demeanor said sorry!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      It took most of that Hearing to admit SHE was at fault… She didn’t just throw herself under the bus, she jumped under the 5:15 Express! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    And now her head
    Looks like a bus tread,
    but she isn’t quite dead…
    #ThePoorDirtFarmer #MusicTriviaTime Jawamax 8<{D}

  • AncientCityChris

    She was saying that in response to Henry Waxman of California. who was suggesting that if it was “legal” for her to acquire Coverage on the DC exchange, that she agree to do so. Very telling.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      Waxman was the one who asked if she were to shop for coverage on the exchange, would she be able to find coverage for “cheap shots” or would it have to be mandated.

      • HanaFiveO

        I think Waxman expected that question would be an opening for her to tout how easy it was for her to go on the gov h/c site and get cheap insurance for her 30 year old son, the artist. Last week, she announced that was her plan for the weekend.
        I guess Waxman wasn’t aware that the site was down all weekend and there was no successful story to tell.

        • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

          I can’t get over the fact that Waxman isn’t forced to wear a paper bag or something…how can you not laugh at that mug? Sooooo-eee!

          • HanaFiveO

            He remind me of a pet ferret the kids had. Always brings back happy memories.
            And I try not to look at Waxman for more than one minute tops.

  • Mark_Trail

    Sorta like “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” but the bad news is it comes out for Sebelius and her ilk, “Good for me, but not for thee.”

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      More like, “Do unto others, then Split…” #BillaryRotten Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Bryn Watkins

    I hate to admit this but the roll out of Romneycare as it has been dubbed, here in MA, was relatively smooth, and didn’t disrupt much of anything, as far as I can recall. Makes Romney look like a genius compared with team 0.

    • Corey Dennison

      Well, to be honest I could go pop one off into the toilet bowl that would look like a genius compared to team 0.

      But I understand and agree with what you’re saying. Romney (and Palin and pretty much everyone else mocked by the left) has been proven right in retrospect.

    • Michelle ✓classified

      I lived in MA at the time and while the exchange’s website rolled out without issue, the results of the law were the same. I lost my coverage (that I was perfectly happy with) and was forced to shop on the exchange only to find the bottom of the barrel plan (Bronze) was double the premium I had been paying with half the coverage, and a $5000 deductible. Obamacare’s website not working is minimal compared to the financial damage the law is causing and will continue to cause.

  • Legirons

    Is there some kind of rule that states each of these supposed law makers get 4 minutes to “question” this government employee? Some of the people doing the questioning I don’t think are capable of making an order at a drive through. And someone tell the old man from Texas that cutesy banter isn’t fitting for such an inquiry as this and the crap about seeing her on a tricycle in town was just stupid and then to top him off he talks like he had a mouth full of mountain oysters. Then the obligatory democrat butt kissers and to smooch all over this lady’s hind end. Who cares if she’s a “distinguished lady” she hasn’t distinguished herself as far as the millions of Americans who are getting the letters she appears to want to deny are being sent out. That hearing was a monkey court, staffed by idiots from both sides. There were a few good questions, but why not have 1 person from each party do the questions so we can avoid the stupid political grandstanding from those idiots.

    • HanaFiveO

      I think they get 5 minutes, but I agree that most of them fritter the time away with B/s. Its like they really don’t want to go on the record about anything.

      • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

        …after the hearing on the 29th (Tavenner), the format was set for 4 minutes in order to decrease the speeches, increase the number of pointless questions and the even more pointless answers.

        • HanaFiveO

          LOL, OK thanks for the info.

  • morethanone

    Another whiner, just like the man who appointed her … Is there ANYONE in the O Administration who can do their job? Valerie Jarrett doesn’t count as she does O’s job ….

  • JustMyOpinion

    Cruz 2016

    • dba_vagabond_trader

      Yessss!

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    Ted is brilliant, he must’ve gone to a different Harvard than the smartest potus evah.

    • Grace656

      I wonder how many of Cruz’s classmates remember him being there. Seems to be a problem for Obama.

  • JettieG

    I thought one of her staff kicked her chair so she turned and said, “Don’t do this to me.”
    Anyhoo, I never heard so many falsehoods today, except when obama gave his speech in Boston.

  • Debi

    It’s ok to do this to the American people and continue to lie about it…….believe me, you reap what you sow….

  • Guy Ralstin

    What I would give to have Trey Goudy handle the questioning against “madam secretary”… Ah, one can dream…

  • The Donald

    I would love to read green eggs and ham to this woman.

  • Irshgld

    I would like to see Ted Cruz or Trey Gowdy question Sebelius and/or Obama

    • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

      I would like to see Ted Cruz walk over and bitch-slap Sebelius – give her a pair of Irish sunglasses…

  • John Andrews

    And it is just starting Sec. Sebelius. Better put your big girl pantsuit on. The job should not have been offered to you, you should not have taken it. You are not capable of running HHS much less our healthcare. Were is Mr. Trump when we need his tag line??

  • Jeff

    Haha, the famous one liners. Don’t do this to me, what does it matter anyway.

  • jr61020

    This country needs to get back to our core values and standards without all the liberal/socialist agenda that obama has planned for this country. Like redistribution and over hauling this country that is making us another Detroit. But he is a liberal who hates the private sector, Christians, Tea Party. military and any group that openly oppose his agenda.

    • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

      Brother, this isn’t Obama’s agenda, but the same progressive agenda we’ve been following for the last 100 years. Obama simply accelerated the pace a bit.

      • CitizenBrain

        Progressive = Bolshevik Communist

      • jr61020

        More than a little bit ! Nut we have alot of stupid people in this country that voted for him….not once but twice. Polls indicate the country has 20% lib’s and 40% Repub. You would think with that spread we could do better

    • idalily

      I agree with you, but I wish people would stop using the vague term “core values.” Many Americans have differing values but can agree that spending beyond our means is stupid. Can we start there? Instead of saying “get back to our core values” say “get back to fiscal responsibility”? Maybe then, we’ll discover that the majority of Americans agree on the problem, regardless of our “values.”

      • jr61020

        I was using the term “core values” in respect to putting the needs of the country first over personal gain, personal responsibility. hard work. love of God and country, patriotism, kind to each other, being honest with each other, being truthful…..that kind of stuff that we seem to have lost over the years to a greater degree

  • Justme

    Want to know why some are exempt, ie federal workers and unions, what happened to equal protection under the law? Oh yea it went under the bus.

    • http://www.drudgereport.com Jack Splat

      Working people are thrown under the bus. The entire middle class are thrown under the bus.

  • DeShaun

    why do you say ted cruz stands up for americans. obama care is law of the land, i don’t know why you all want to see this fail, you never complained about the patriot act.

    • Semprasectum

      YOU are an idiot. What does the ACA have to do with the Patriot act? Are you saying because there was a near unanimous Congressional passage of the Patriot Act, it is compared to a ACA that didn’t originate where taxes are Constitutionally required to start, didn’t get ONE Republican vote in the Congress? Seriously? This law was passed without ANY ONE reading it. . .it is 2 thousand pages and has another 25,000 pages of regulations written by bureaucrats. … why would anyone defend this travesty? Deshaun, you don’t appear overly bright nor do you appear to even have a remedial grasp of what this law is or what you are posting about. . . .YOU have embarrassed yourself. . .now, just go away and get your next pack of food stamps and welfare checks, you are SO LOST. .. .ie . . A FAILED CITIZEN

      • DeShaun

        of course you gotta bring up the racist comments but hey i am not on any assistance.

        • ksmartbl

          Racist? How’d you get that from Semprasectum’s comment? >crickets chirping<

          • DeShaun

            he had suggested i was on food stamps and welfare without actually knowing me.

          • HanaFiveO

            Well, you came in here and made a lot of negative broad based assumptions about other posters. You shouldn’t be surprised when it happens to you too. You get back what you put out.

          • CitizenBrain

            That is not a racist statement, people of all cultural backgrounds are on food stamps and public assistance (notice I did not use ‘race’ as there is only one species of Human beings on this planet, Homo sapiens – or Anatomically Modern Sapiens for the Anthropologists in the room). You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer, son…

    • HanaFiveO

      Wrong and old and stale talking point. I complained loudly and proudly when it was enacted and every time it was renewed. I also complained loudly and proudly when it was expanded under Obama with NDAA.

      • DeShaun

        well but i did not see the gop wanting to repeal the patriot act of course because it was their bill. but i still don’t see why you oppose people having access to health care.

        • HanaFiveO

          Well just because you refuse to see the opposition to something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen my friend. It was just one of many things that upset the R constituency and ultimately led to the birth of the TEA Party.
          As for wanting Ocare to fail? You’re projecting again dear.

          First of all, I have been crushed financially by its implementation. Im one of those mythical people who got their insurance cancelled because it was not ACA compliant. Why was it not ACA compliant? Because I cannot have children so I did not need pre-natal, maternity care or baby dental, so I didn’t have it.
          I was more fortunate than most, my insurance company did not just cancel and throw me to the wolves (the exchanges) they offered me an ACA compliant policy at twice the premium, almost 3 times the deductible and half the coverage. Im retired and live on a fixed income. This “transition literally will put me in the poor house.

          Many just got their insurance cancelled and have been trying to use the failed exchanges. They only have a few more weeks to get coverage or they will go without.
          Its not a matter of wanting anything to fail, its a fact that with the machinery broken it will fail. People want relief before they are crushed under the debris.

          • DeShaun

            well look if you are in hard times you should apply for assistance and get some help.

          • HanaFiveO

            I dont qualify, Im just over the limit. Any other easy answers?
            Also appreciate you ignoring all my other points after I took the time to thoughtfully answer yours.

          • Jjb54

            DeShaun – why is that always the answer? I guess you are addicted to “entitlements” … Well news flash, some of us have personal PRIDE – RESPONSIBILITY – ACCOUNTABILITY for our lives. We do not like to take help when we don’t need it! But it IS truly sad when your own GOVERNMENT forces it on you …. to help get more people ADDICTED to it. Ya, that’s “good” government .. get more people ADDICTED!! Well some of us are and want to be SMARTER than that … I think you’ve drank way to much of the kook-aid.

          • HanaFiveO

            OOps, I never answered your question about Cruz. I support him because he supported me. Thats what the “faux” filibuster was all about. To bring attention to how the implementation was hurting so many so that the implementation would be delayed and fixed.

            Unfortunately President “I will not negotiate” and Harry “Its dead on arrival” Reid, chose to shut down the government instead.

        • idalily

          You don’t seem to see a lot of things. Many libertarian conservatives opposed the Patriot Act, many more supported it only as a temporary measure in a time of war. As to health care, are you really so blind that you believe access to heath care is better now than it was before?

    • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

      you are a partisan buffoon, sir, using the excuse that one bad law justifies another.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Education doesn’t stop throughout all of your life, no man or woman has all the solutions, nor any government…
      Folks, read the following quote, as you do,
      substitute automobile industry,
      financial industry,
      insurance,
      health care,
      immigration,
      coal industry, you name it. Sound familiar????

      First they came for the communists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
      Then they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.
      Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
      Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.

      When Pastor Niemöller was put in a concentration camp we wrote the year 1937; when the concentration camp was opened we wrote the year 1933, and the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers.
      Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians – “should I be my brother’s keeper?”
      Then they got rid of the sick, the so-called incurables. – I remember a conversation I had with a person who claimed to be a Christian. He said: Perhaps it’s right, these incurably sick people just cost the state money, they are just a burden to themselves and to others. Isn’t it best for all concerned if they are taken out of the middle [of society]? — Only then did the church as such take note. Then we started talking, until our voices were again silenced in public. Can we say, we aren’t guilty/responsible? The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers
      I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.

      Hillary Clinton multi-award holder of Margaret Sanger; she was a student and did her dissertation on Saul Alinski; Saul Alinski tried to hire her also.

      • DeShaun

        why are you talking about the holocaust are you seriously comparing obama to hitler this is laughable.

        • DamonLee

          You’re right.. Obama is more in line with Benito Mussolini.. a fascist.

        • Roto ✓Intentionally Left Blank

          Yea, Hitler covered the Prevention of Progeny of Hereditary Disease. Obama missed that benefit.

    • http://www.drudgereport.com Jack Splat

      The author of the patriot act has said that what is happening now is far beyond what the patriot act allowed.

    • JPeden

      Want it to fail? Who in their right mind does not want to stop a “Progressive” Great Central Government train wreck from continuing? Even the web site had only a 50-50 chance of working, simply because of who “built it”. If you don’t recognize that your Dear Leader is a certified 100% pure Pre-Enlightenment Totalitarian, then you are no more than perfect Totalitarian fodder.

  • robert anthony

    I almost feel bad for her……almost. I guess that makes me 10,000x’s more compassionate than the average ‘compassionate’ Demorat….for she’s sure to be thrown under the bus by the ‘0h-so-caring’ Obama Regime.

  • Frances Maddox

    Senator Cruz. sir, I wondered all morning while watching the grilling about the ‘train wreck’ why the question was not asked about deductibles when the price of insurance was discussed……to me this would be as important as the premium. Also why K.S. was allowed to pass off the question “did you try the website” as not related to her as she had coverage….just being in charge would be more than a sufficient reason to check out the web, not to enroll but as a test as many on TV have done…all this seems very strange to me. As I am 84 yrs old on Medicare and Tricare for Life (husband was a 20 yr. Army retiree) I am not personally affected but family and future generations LOSS of FREEDOM to choose is VERY important.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      I agree with you about the deductibles. A lot of people have no idea what a nasty surprise awaits them.

      • Frances Maddox

        I do not think the GOP realizes how important it is to tell the whole truth so as to paint the picture of the purposeful deceit this administration is guilty of.

  • right_on

    Democrats on the panel think this is a joke…and they are right. As are they! Congressional checks and balances for the Democrats, has become duck and cover. Duck hard questions, and cover for incompetents in their own party. The truth doesn’t matter, nor does the fate of the American people, as far as they are concerned.

    • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

      It was amazingly nauseating to watch, as each Dem took his time parroting ACA talking points, then asking some pointless question or making some disparaging remark as to the necessity of the hearing itself.

      The saddest part of all? Ninety-four percent of these congresscritters will be reelected….

  • http://twitter.com/Throckmorton09 Biff Wellington

    “Don’t do this to me.” I believe the correct response would be something along the lines of “What, at this point, does it matter?”

  • Gstephens

    We praise those in all walks of life who do good work, who go above and beyond our expectations. Are we also to praise the incompetent, the lazy, the untalented, the untruthful, the administration…sorry, I repeat myself.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    Well, Kath…if you didn’t want to have this happen, you shouldn’t have tried to lie about ObamaDERP before Congress…

  • http://www.drudgereport.com Jack Splat

    Count the list of Obama appointees who have left in disgrace. Her time is almost over, but it’s all just for show. She is taking the fall, but the ultimate blame lies with Obama.

    • nvrat

      She is nothing but a distraction while Obama and his anti American cohorts continue to destroy Americas values and Constitution behind the scenes. Wake-up folks and watch Obama`s America killers operate behind the scenes. They are the ones that pull the strings.

  • $21114026

    Obama is such a jerk.

  • Chrisput

    It’s over folks. Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy,” is the world that we live in. The American People deserve a lot of the blame for this, as we have become a passive, lazy society. I am glad that I live in Texas.

    • nvrat

      Don`t get to SNARKY! I`ve heard and read some pretty weird thing happening in Texas also. I don`t think Texans have a very honorable leg to stand on at this point in time. That being said, when Texas is ready to revolt I`ll reclaim my Sweetwater Heritage and join.

  • Jeremy

    What a big baby she is.

  • PVG

    AH, my heart bleeds!

  • Bouncerquinn

    A little girl who needed a lung transplant asked Sebilius, don’t do this to me, please. But Sebilius said she couldn’t change a rule for one little girl to save her life. Just look at all the rules they are bending, breaking and changing for their lobbyist!!

  • AZWarrior

    Hey Sebelius- That’s the same thing those babies said just before your boyfriend, Tiller the Baby Killer murdered them.

  • Deborah Hallsted

    Don’t do this to US.

  • http://www.honoratus.org/ Snod

    Another snarky crying Progressive!

  • jonjon_yo

    the bad site is turning out to be a diversion tactic. the real problem is the bad law, not the bad site. the site is actually the best part of this scam.

  • MaMcGriz

    “Don’t do this to me??”

    From this woman (or anyone else on the Barky Posse) this most probably should be construed as a threat.

  • Alan James

    Why r u not covering story about Harry Reid blocking legislation that saves taxpayers 24 Billion$$$ http://watchdog.org/112941/illegal-irs-checks/ …?

  • ScroobieRoobieRoooo

    Obamacare WILL fail, as soon as a multitude of people reject the expensive insurance. That’s why they have the 2.8% TAX, almost as much as Social Security 3.5%, and soon to match it, to pay for deadbeats. But instead of buying insurance with the 2.8%, they’re going to leave more people off insurance, and spend the fine!

  • right_on

    Having just finished reading a book about body language, and micro-expressions, I was anxious to try out what I learned. Sebelius, as we already knew, is very arrogant. She expressed that continually, doing two forms of “steepling” and changing between them. Also used a lot was the “head tilt” and the “arm crossing” which signals impatience. Maybe you noticed her “tight-lipped” facade, which was interspersed with darting her tongue out quickly to lick her lips? That’s means she was purposely being deceptive or hiding something. The sideways smiles she donned occasionally were subconscious displays of contempt.

    Man, I wish I were an expert…that was fun, even though it was infuriating having to watch her arrogance and pomposity.

    • LisaG

      I’m no expert either, but I think you gave her an excellent read. Some folks’ body language absolutely screams, and Madame HHS Secretary’s did just that. I watched a few clips of her performance and promptly pronounced her the biggest waste of this committee’s time. With every purposeful question – because it’s pretty much only the conservative representatives that she despises – she is being intentionally vague, argumentative, and contemptuous, and all of that is laced with a generally imperious demeanor. She has no desire to be helpful at all.

    • liberalssuck

      Being no expert either, her apology was forced and canned. She is not sorry and she does not care what we think. Again this shows she is an elitist that feels she has to answer to no body!!

  • NHvolunteer Patriots

    Romney care had created a system of takers. MA has one the highest numbers of welfare dead beats and ebt fraud ion top of getting free health insurance. For the takers that is

  • Lickylick

    Learn how to avoid the Obamacare mess even after they “fix” it. The definitions of persons required to be subject to the ACA are the same ones that define who is subject to the income tax. In the Income tax code/statutes/laws you will find that who the provisions apply to do not include private sector workers or even their private sector companies. Employee defined in the code reads: the term employee includes an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, Territory, or any political subdivision thereof, or the District of Columbia, or any agency or instrumentality of any one or more of the foregoing. The term “employee” also includes an officer of a corporation. ~To clarify, the code also defines further that an officer of a corporation means of a public corporation such as United States, a State, Territory, any olitical subdivision thereof, District on Columbia. So you see, you as a private sector worker and the money you earn in that work is NOT, I repeat NOT subject to the income tax. It is still required to file a return, but this is done to refute the reported amounts and to have returned to you all that was withheld. Losthorizons.com has the full information on this and it is free. FREE means FREE. No signup, no first born required be committed, no credit cards nonothing. Just FREE info to take back what is yours and not theirs. All legal. Plenty of examples from others doing this also.

  • jeanbean14

    LOL! I love Ted Cruz!!!