They Broke It, Why Won’t They Help Fix It?

- March 9, 2017

So Far, Democrats Are Choosing The Tactics Of Delay And Obstruction - Refusing To Reach Across The Aisle - Despite Years Of Admitting Obamacare Has Major Problems


  • So far, Democrats are resorting to petty delay tactics and refusing to reach across the aisle to work to replace Obamacare.
  • This despite years of admitting that Obamacare has major problems, with some Democrats even indicating they would be open to working with Republicans on a replacement.
  • It is unfortunate to see Democrats siding with the tactics of Chuck Schumer, instead of working on behalf of their constituents who are feeling the disastrous effects of Obamacare.


Last Night, House Democrats Forced A Series Of Nuisance Votes, In An Attempt To Slow Debate Down As Much As Possible And Obstruct Any Effort To Replace Obamacare

House Democrats Have "Declared Parliamentary Warfare In An Attempt To Delay The Bill As Much As Possible." "Bring on the delay tactics. House Democrats, irked that Republicans are trying to speed through consideration of their Obamacare repeal plan, have declared parliamentary warfare in an attempt to delay the bill as much as possible." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

House Democrats Are Causing Debate Of The Bill To Move At A "Tortoise-Like Speed," By Forcing A Series Of Meaningless "Nuisance" Votes. "In addition to forcing committee markups of the proposal to move at tortoise-like speed, Democrats have taken their fight to the House floor, forcing Republicans to take a series of votes to adjourn. The votes are largely a nuisance to the GOP but slow things down little by little." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

The House Democrat Tactics "Amounts To Little More Than Democrats Stomping Their Feet And Keeping Republicans On The House Floor A Bit Longer." "Democrats unexpectedly called three motions to adjourn during Wednesday's afternoon votes, a tactic they're expected to continue at every vote series into Thursday, if not longer. The motion to adjourn amounts to little more than Democrats stomping their feet and keeping Republicans on the House floor a bit longer." (Heather Caygle, "House Dems Step Up Delay Tactics Against Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

"Democrats On Wednesday Forced Meaningless Votes On The House Floor And In Two House Committees And Even Required Committee Clerks To Read The Entire Text Of The Bill Out Loud At One Point…" "Democrats on Wednesday forced meaningless votes on the House floor and in two House committees and even required committee clerks to read the entire text of the bill out loud at one point - all in an effort to stop Republicans from fulfilling their campaign pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act." (Jennifer Haberkorn, Paul Demko, and Adam Cancryn, "Democrats Thwart Progress On Obamacare Repeal," Politico , 3/8/17)

"House Democrats Are Attempting To Ensure The Markup Of A Republican Bill To Repeal And Partially Replace Obamacare Takes As Long As Possible, Turning To Procedural Moves To Delay The Legislation." (Robert King, "Energy And Commerce Democrats Delaying Markup Via Procedural Tactics," Washington Examiner , 3/8/17)

CNN's Chris Cuomo: "I Did Not Hear Better Ideas Coming Out Of The Democrats. I Did Not Hear Them Scrutinizing The Plan With Facts And Figures. They Were Just Delaying And They Were Saying This Is Just Wrong." ( CNN's New Day , 3/9/17)

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The Senate Minority Leader Has Declared "Not A Single Democrat" Will Work With Republicans To Fix's Obamacare's Deficiencies

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Has Declared That "Not A Single Democrat Is Negotiating" On A Replacement For Obamacare. "'Not a single Democrat is negotiating,' Schumer said on a call organized by MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. 'We ain't resting until the move to repeal the ACA has a dagger through its heart.'" (David Weigel, "Schumer: No Democrat Is Compromising With GOP On ObamaCare Replacement," The Washington Post , 1/10/17)


Democrats Have Frequently Said That Obamacare Should Be Fixed Or Improved, And Even Indicated They Would Be Helpful Crafting A Replacement

Politico Headline: "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare" (Burgess Everett And Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

In December 2016, Politico Reported That More Than A Half-Dozen Senate Democrats Indicated Big Changes To Obamacare Could Draw Bipartisan Backing. "Interviews with more than a half-dozen Democratic senators spanning the party's ideological spectrum suggest the Republican strategy may not be far-fetched. As harshly partisan as the entire Obamacare experience has been, replacing it could draw bipartisan backing, as long as the changes are more adjustment than overhaul." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

"… A Surprising Number Of Them [Senate Democrats] Say They're Open To Helping Republicans Replace It. 'If It Makes Sense, I Think There'll Be A Lot Of Democrats Who Would Be For It.' Said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)." "But once the deed is done, a surprising number of them say they're open to helping Republicans replace it. 'If it makes sense, I think there'll be a lot of Democrats who would be for it,' said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND) Said "Anything's Possible," And "There Are Things That We Could Do That Will Improve Access To Health Care And Hopefully Lower Cost." "Trump won Heitkamp's state with more than 60 percent of the vote, and she went to Trump Tower recently to discuss job prospects in his administration. Heitkamp doesn't appear especially eager to enter the health care replacement fray, waiting to see what Republicans put forward. 'Anything's possible. We've got to get to a spot here in Washington, D.C., where we respond to peoples' concerns,' she said. 'There are things that we could do that will improve access to health care and hopefully lower cost.'" (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

"Manchin [D-WV] Was More Open, Saying He Opposes Repeal But Is 'Going To Try To Help And Be Productive' On A Replacement." (Burgess Everett And Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

Sen. Coons (D-DE) Was Also Open To Working With Republicans On A Replacement. "'If there is a path toward saving the best parts of Obamacare that are actually helping deliver affordable quality health care to millions of people while addressing some of the challenges, flaws and weaknesses of Obamacare, we should work hard with Republicans on that,' said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)." (Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, "Democrats Open To Replacing Obamacare," Politico , 12/15/16)

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) Stated "We Need To Fix Some Things With The Health Care Bill" And "There's Going To Be Spaces Where We Can Work Together." "'Do we need to fix some things with the health care bill? Absolutely. And it's going to take Republicans and Democrats working together to make that happen,' Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. 'There's going to be areas, there's going to be spaces where we can work together and spaces where we can't.'" (Erin Mershon, "Red State Democrats Open To Working On Obamacare Replacement," CQ Roll Call , 11/16/16)

In 2013, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) And 15 Senators Went To The White House To Propose And Discuss Fixes To Obamacare ." "A group of 15 Senators up for reelection in 2014 and Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) went to the White House to propose and discuss fixes to the ACA." (Glenn Kessler, "Schumer's Claims About Democratic And GOP Efforts To 'Fix' Obamacare" The Washington Post , 12/27/13)

Senator Joe Manchin Said "There Has To Be A Way To Fix [ Obamacare ]." "'There has to be a way to fix it,' he said." (Brett Dunlap, "Manchin: Fix, Do Not Repeal Obamacare," The Parkersburg News And Sentinel , 1/5/17)

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Said Obamacare Was "Imperfect From Day One." "But now, his own party is admitting that the law they passed without any Republican votes was 'imperfect from day one', as Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner recently said on Fox News." ("Democrats Join Republicans In Criticism Of Obamacare," U.S. Daily Review , 4/10/14)

Senator Mark Warner Stated That He Had "Outlined A Series Of Changes To [Obamacare]" And Had Introduced Five Bills To "Make Changes." "Warner told the man: 'I've outlined a series of changes to it. Five separate bills.'" (Halimah Abdullah, "Why Are Some Democrats Running From Obamacare?," CNN , 4/22/14)

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) Said "[T]here Are Other Things We Might Want To Talk About Legislatively" To Fix Obamacare . "'There's going to be ups and downs in these marketplaces,' Murphy said. 'I think the secretary's got some ability to try to smooth out these edges, and there are other things that ultimately we might want to talk about legislatively.'" (Peter Sullivan, "Dems To GOP: Help Us Fix Obamacare," The Hill , 9/22/16)

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) Said "[W]here There Need To Be Fixes And Improvements Of The Affordable Care Act, We Ought To Do It." REP. STEVE ISRAEL (D-NY): "And secondly, look, where there need to be fixes and improvements of the Affordable Care Act, we ought to do it." (CNN's Newsroom, 11/14/13)

Rep. Diane DeGette (D-CO) Said For The Affordable Care Act To Work "Problems Need To Be Fixed ." REP. DIANE DEGETTE (D-CO): "But I want to stress, for the Affordable Care Act to work, these problems need to be fixed and these problems need to be fixed fast." (Committee On Energy And Commerce, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/24/13)

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Said "We Need To Try To Help [People Who Can't Keep The Policies They Want Because Of Obamacare] And Try To Fix That." SEN. TOM CARPER (D-DE): "And as we work to try to address the concerns by a couple million people, sadly, who are not going to be able to keep the policies that they want and are facing large increases in premiums, that's a problem. And we need to try to help them and try to fix that." (Committee On Finance, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 11/6/13)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) Said "Premiums Are Going Up For Working People…Let's Tweak [Obamacare] And Fix [Obamacare]." REP. DEBBIE DINGELL (D-MI): "Premiums are going up for working people and that worries me. I hear it every day when I'm out there. But also, 20 more million people have insurance, Chris. In my state, where this is a Republican governor who did expand to Medicaid, we have 500,000 more people covered. That's part of the goal. OK, let's tweak it and fix it." (CNN's New Day, 10/25/16)

In 2013, Even Senator Schumer Urged Republicans To Fix Obamacare. SEN. SCHUMER (D-NY): "The president is working to fix it; we are working in the Senate to fix it; we urge our Republican colleagues to join us in fixing it." ( NBC's Meet The Press , 12/22/13)

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