They own it.

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They own it.

It’s a little late to get or expect any Republican buy-in [to Obamacare], though. That would have required serious compromise back in 2009, when Democrats, at the high tide of their power in the Obama era, saw no reason to make any. They ignored the polls, they ignored Scott Brown’s shocking win in Massachusetts, and they ignored normal parliamentary practices to pass the single most partisan piece of major social legislation in a century.

They insisted on this particular law, at this particular time. They own it. They own every canceled policy, every rate increase, every unintended consequence and every unpopular intended consequence. It is theirs, lock, stock and two smoking barrels.

And they and Obama own every lie they told to get this law passed.

Let me also add that the Democrats and Obama reaffirmed that ownership in the budget battle in October. They forced a government shutdown rather than accept even the slightest revisions to Obamacare.



  • joe

    I love it when the democrats say its bad because the republicans would not go along! what kind of warped thinking is that, you push for something that logically can not exist, and then when you get it and find out it sucks, its the other sides fault, they are warped beyond belief!

  • Publius 2

    Agree on all counts — and thank you, Robert, for hammering the point that it was Obama and the Democrats who forced the government shutdown. The lapdog media continues to make throwaway comments about the Republican shutting it down.

  • Cotour

    The real main agenda being to keep up the confusion and dismantling in order to accomplish fundamental change. America as it was formed is too influential / powerful in the world and it must be “equalized.”

    Pure Marxist dogma.

  • Tricorn w/o the tea bags

    “They forced a government shutdown…”
    That says all that is necessary to establish your credentials of living in a terribly misinformed, misguided, fantasy world of your creation.

    “War is peace.
    Freedom is slavery.
    Ignorance is strength.”

    Orwell identified your methods 64 years ago.

  • Publius 2

    Quite a judgmental individual you are. Instead of hurling insults, please show how exactly the Republicans shut down the government, when they did not pass a single measure that called for such a thing. Perhaps you are the one living in an unreal world.

  • Publius 2

    Please also show when, in all of the many previous government shutdowns, that the National Mall and many national park facilities were barricaded. What happened this time is a demonstration of this administration’s fascism.

  • Publius 2

    And while you are at it, please enlighten all of us on how “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” is not Orwellian.

  • Edward

    From the article, President Obama said, “For the fewer than 5 percent of Americans who buy insurance on your own, you will be getting a better deal.”

    A better deal? A better deal for whom? Not for me! I liked my “crummy” deal very much, thank you. That is why I HAD that deal. That is why I wanted to KEEP that deal.

    Sorry for deleting the rest of this comment. I had to self-censor it for profanity reasons. If I sound angry, it is because I am angry.

  • Edward


    Perhaps you could also explain why the House of Representatives (controlled by the Republicans) sent several bills to the Senate in order to avoid a government shutdown, yet the Senate (controlled by the Democrats) returned no counter bills, alternate ideas, or compromises. The Republicans were trying very hard to find a compromise that would avoid the shutdown, but the Democrats would not give them the necessary feedback for a compromise. Which party forced the shutdown, since it clearly wasn’t the Republicans.

    The president also demanded a “clean” bill to sign — he would not sign a bill that was not clean. He didn’t get a clean bill, though, but he signed it anyway. The signed bill contained all kinds of additional spending that the president had not requested.

    Sounds to me like “dirty is clean,” “knowledgeable is misinformed,” “correct is misguided,” and “reality is fantasy.”

    And “Democrats is Republicans,” when it suits your narrative.

  • John M. Egan


  • Hi John,

    I am sure you will remember what the Democrats have done at the next election and vote accordingly. But then, I suspect you probably wouldn’t have voted for a Democrat anyway. The key question remains: What will the low information voter who routinely has voted Democratic do? These are the people we need to get to change their minds.

    By the way, please don’t use all caps, no matter how much it reflects your righteous anger and frustration. It doesn’t serve to convince anyone, and might even work against you.

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