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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    You wouldn't be referring to people who support what Kamikaze Kruz (WSJ) is doing would you.

    From the GOP politicians and spinners I'm watching on FOX and through their direct quotes on other networks,
    Kruz has much more to worry about from his own party.

    DEM pols certainly need to remain quiet.

    Btw, L. Graham is coming right up on Wolf about Bergdahl .
    Kruz? You mean Cruz? I support him getting employer-based insurance. I love mine. His wife probably loved her. Too bad for him he opted to work for that cesspool otherwise known as "The Senate" and now he's stuck having to access his employer-based insurance through the Exchanges. I'll bet his supporters who have employer-based insurance love theirs, too.

    Cruz has no chance - zero - of winning his party's primary. Up here in NH nobody seems to like him. Plus rumor has it that Perry is going to enter the race soon. The Texan face off, or something like it.

    11 weeks off the cigs, Nimby. I'm proud of myself but it ain't easy.

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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Through all of yer posts on the contentious issues.
    Did you ever see my thread on RIPOs ?
    I voted for Romney, and McCain, and Bush twice. His father, once. Reagan, twice.

    Local elections and non-POTUS elections, a 50-50 split.

    Now I would consider voting for Joe Manchin if he was the Democratic candidate - especially if his opponent was someone I know I would never vote for, like Ted Cruz. The opponents of the Republicans I listed for POTUS that I voted for - they were disgraceful.
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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Every last plan falls under the law. Seriously, do you even listen to yourself?
    Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He's Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare. He's Not. | ThinkProgress

    The Affordable Care Act does not compel members of Congress to enroll in DC’s health care exchange; it simply cuts off the government contribution to their insurance plans if they buy their policies elsewhere. “The final rule extends a Government contribution towards health benefits plans for Members of Congress and designated congressional staff so long as the health benefits plans are purchased via the appropriate SHOP as determined by the Director,” a summary of the final rule says. “Nothing in the final rule or the law prevents a Member of Congress or designated congressional staff from declining a Government contribution for him or herself by choosing a different option for their health insurance coverage.

    In other words, Cruz “could purchase coverage in the outside market but would get no subsidy from the FEHBP program,” Tim Jost clarified for ThinkProgress, referring to the acronym for the federal health care program.It seems like the primary other option he would have is to take advantage of COBRA through his wife, though he’d be forgoing the employer contribution. He could also buy non-group coverage,” Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said. Cruz could also potentially purchased insurance through his presidential campaign’s presumptive health care insurance. In those instances, however, he would have had to give up his employer’s contribution and likely pay more for insurance than he is now being charged under Obamacare.
    The ACA mandates that Cruz get insurance, not that he has to suckle at the government teet and grab all the Obamacare goodies he can.

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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    One more time. His entire income is a "subsidy" if you want to call it that (which obviously you do). The contribution that is made by the taxpayers to his insurance coverage would have been made before January 1, 2014 no differently than it will be today. In other words, nothing has changed except his employer-based insurance plans are now on the Exchanges that his fellow lawmakers forced into existence with the ACA.

    Sorry, no rat hole, much as you want to pretend there is. There is no story here. Just like if he had been taking benefits from the government as was his right all along (like most of them do), and come January 1, 2014, now those exact same benefits are coming from plans set up on the Exchanges.

    But keep trying. I'll keep laughing at the weak partisan efforts to make this a story. It isn't. Unless we're going to discuss everyone else who is also getting this insurance. What does Nancy Pelosi get? Harry Reid? Maxine Waters? Chuck Schumer? Charlie Rangel? Are they all getting subsidized insurance too? This could make an interesting thread. How the wealthy Democratic politicians let you pay for their families' healthcare. Hmmm...
    Let's try this again:

    Here's your question: "Why would he decline employer funded insurance (aka "subsidy")?"

    The answer is simple - I do not know. Ask Rafael why he is declining employer FUNDED insurance, since it was Rafael who announced he was going to decline the "government contribution."
    I've bolded the relevant sections. If you want to recognize what's in bold and respond, that's great. If not, that's fine too, but I'm not getting drug down a rathole with you on this.

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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    When did I say I vote GOP? I've voted for many Democrats as well. I vote for the candidate who doesn't dupe me because I don't vote for someone because I think he "cares about me!" or he "wants to help my family get healthcare" or "he wants me to get a good job" or he's going to bring "hope and change" and do it "outside the Washington way" or because she promises to "make my concerns her number one priority", and so on. I vote for the politician who is most likely to stay the hell out of my life. Politicians don't make our lives better.

    Those idiot voters are in both parties. You for some reason are very defensive about blanket words I made.

    The people who voted because of the ACA and because they bought into the crap like "$2500 premium reduction" and "cheap care all around" were stupid.
    60% of all personal bankruptcies are caused by medical expenses. We have a huge health insurance/health care problem in this country. ACA is not the answer, but what we had before ACA wasn't working either. Hospital rooms around here are $5,000 a night. WTF? Simple procedures are $50,000. What middle class family can afford that?

    I'm not smart enough to know the answers. But I do know something needs to be done. If you're poor and have nothing with or without ACA you will get treatment and lose nothing. If you're rich obviously you can afford treatment. If you're middle class you're get treatment but if you don't have insurance you will lose everything. There's something seriously wrong with that.
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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Are there any other laws you (and apparently Americanwoman) suggest that politicians should not follow if they disagree with them? Shall a politician speed everywhere if he's against speed limits? Or perhaps if they're against laws that prohibit resturants/bars from allowing smoking, they should just be lighting up everytime they're in such a place in DC. Both of those violations of the law are similar to not adhering to the ACA laws regarding having health insurance; violations that's punishable by a fine.

    I know, it's so just confoundingly crazy that a Politician running for office would choose to take an action that doesn't open them up to attacks of breaking the law....how utterly and completely strange of him.

    I'm no giant fan of Rafael Edward Cruz's run for the Presidency, but I see nothing outlandish or condemnable of him simply adhering to the insurance allowances provided to him via his place of employment, as well as making the reasonable political move of going "I'm not a fan of this, and I know there's people out there stuck with it, so I'm going to show my solidarity by doing it as well".
    IMO, the whole "follow the law" argument misses the point.

    The right has been arguing that the exchanges, and the subsidies that go along with them, are a form of theft that takes from some people (the wealthy, the healthy, and the young) and gives to others (the sick, the elderly, the poor, women of childbearing age, etc). Cruz is clearly in this group of people who oppose the govt funding of health care. Therefore, his participation in the exchange (if he chooses to go that route) can be seen as participation in a theft.

    He has also criticized the funding of the exchanges. By purchasing through an exchange, he is either helping to fund them (if he doesnt take a subsidy) or benefitting from that funding (if he does) even though he is not required to.

    Also, he is allowed to purchase his own insurance outside of the exchange. By purchasing through an exchange, he is tacitly admitting that this is his best option, which runs counter to his description of them as disasters.

    He has also spoken out against "govt run health care" and its' dangers. Now, he is paying for it when he is able to buy his own insurance outside of an exchange
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    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    No, he's signing up for his employer-based insurance, which he has not advocated against. His employer-based insurance is through the Exchanges, which is a rule that the Democrats wrote into that law.

    He doesn't find employer-based insurance reprehensible.
    No,insurance purchased through an exchange is not "employer based insurance"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaeger19 View Post
    the vast majority of folks that need healthcare are on Medicare.. both rich and poor..

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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    I have a different take--I voted against Nixon, Carter twice, Reagan the 2nd time.
    For Clinton twice--against Bush-43 twice and for Obama twice.
    I have voted in the GOP primaries since 1972.

    Was heartbroken to lose Gov. Ogilvie in 1972 when I was 18 to future jailbird DEM Walker--not from what he did as governor--though he should have been.
    Since he signed the law to shortchange our public pensions that Ogilvie wouldn't sign.
    And Ogilvie signed the law giving me my full tuition since I was in as field with a critical shortage--Chem/Physics/Math.

    Ogilvie and my Sen. Percy were the ultimate RINOs, which is why I will never vote for another GOP as President.
    Though I like Kasich the best--then Bus--notice both were invited to the Adelson summit .

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    I voted for Romney, and McCain, and Bush twice. His father, once. Reagan, twice.

    Local elections and non-POTUS elections, a 50-50 split.

    Now I would consider voting for Joe Manchin if he was the Democratic candidate - especially if his opponent was someone I know I would never vote for, like Ted Cruz. The opponents of the Republicans I listed for POTUS that I voted for - they were disgraceful.
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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Why would anyone expect otherwise- Principles are for others- If this was a Dem doing the same thing for a Rep Bill that was law that provided access- they would do the same.
    Please spare me the Oh he was against it.
    They are against it until they are for it.

    Here is one from the other side of the media on Cruz.

    The Truth Behind Ted Cruz
    This month, Cruz released a short video that’s the best evidence yet for what a Cruz presidential campaign might be like. It’s called “A Time for Truth,” and the title has to be intentional irony.

    Cruz’s Politifact track record for publicly-asserted falsehoods is the second-highest among front-runners, totaling 56 percent of all statements they’ve looked at. The only other leading contender with a higher rating is Ben Carson, who has a 100 percent “pants on fire” history, the result mainly of his brief time in the national spotlight and only having given Politifact one assertion to check—that people choose to be gay. (The investigative process on verifying that claim could have been entertaining, had Carson taken up Dan Savage’s invitation to take a very personal version of the Pepsi Challenge. Politifact chose a less experiential approach.)
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    Re: Ted Cruz going on Obamacare

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Kruz? You mean Cruz? I support him getting employer-based insurance. I love mine. His wife probably loved her.
    I refer to the name given to him by the right-wing WSJ--Kamikaze Kruz--after he shut down the government and cost you and I $24 billion.
    If DEMs had a brain like the Koch brothers, they would have started hammering GOPs right away after Christmas.
    Just as the GOP did to such Senators as Hagan over the ACA roll-out.
    Too bad for him he opted to work for that cesspool otherwise known as "The Senate" and now he's stuck having to access his employer-based insurance through the Exchanges.
    I'll bet his supporters who have employer-based insurance love theirs, too.
    Cruz made a choice to run--just as we all make choices in life.
    There's no greater calling than to make a difference in your government.
    I do see positives so far this term--for another post.
    Cruz has no chance - zero - of winning his party's primary. Up here in NH nobody seems to like him.
    Plus rumor has it that Perry is going to enter the race soon. The Texan face off, or something like it.
    Kasich/Sandoval is the winning ticket for me right now.
    Kasich locks up Ohio and much of the rust belt and the upper Midwest.
    Sandoval brings on his NV plus CO and NM--the southwest gambit.
    11 weeks off the cigs, Nimby. I'm proud of myself but it ain't easy.
    I'm uneasy about the described side-affects--I'l be asking my Doctor tomorrow.
    I may be down to half a pack--but still unacceptable.
    Lindsey - can't stomach him.
    He ripped on the Taliban five on Wolf--once in a while he gets a conscience like McCain.
    I wish Kelly Ayotte would find a new buddy to hang out with before she starts to annoy me too.
    I saw her on Greta last night.
    A little deer in the headlights but much less partisan on foreign policy.
    It's all about 2016 and McConnell will cut her slack.
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