Thursday, October 24, 2013

Obama Care Charlatans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Congressional hearings got underway today (Thursday, October 24, 2013) to find ways to fix the glitches and make the web-site accessible to all. Wait, that’s not right; let me start over.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Congressional hearings got underway today (Thursday, October 24, 2013) to find ways for Tea Party Republicans to sabotage the ACA, and disgorge their hatred on President Obama.

Four Republican Congressmen were present for today’s Congressional hearings on the implementation of Obama Care; but first the comments they made in regards of former President Bush’s implementation of Medicare Part D, that was totally unfunded by the Bush administration.

REP. JOE BARTON (R-TX): “This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches. My goal is the same as yours: Get rid of the glitches. The committee will work closely with yourself and Dr. Mark McClellan at CMS to get problems noticed and solved.” [Barton Statement via, 2/15/2006]

REP. TIM MURPHY (R-PA): “Any time something is new, there is going to be some glitches. All of us, when our children were new, well, we knew as parents we didn’t exactly know everything we were doing and we had a foul-up or two, but we persevered and our children turned out well. No matter what one does in life, when it is something new in learning the ropes of it, it is going to take a little adjustment.” [Murphy Floor Speech via Congressional Record, 4/6/2006]

REP. MICHAEL BURGESS (R-TX): “We can’t undo the past, but certainly they can make the argument that we are having this hearing a month late and perhaps we are, but the reality is the prescription drug benefit is 40 years late and seniors who signed up for Medicare those first days back in 1965 when they were 65 years of age are now 106 years of age waiting for that prescription drug benefit, so I hope it doesn’t take us that long to get this right and I don’t believe that it will. And I do believe that fundamentally it is a good plan.” [“Medicare Part D: Implementation of the New Drug Benefit,” 3/1/2006]

REP. PHIL GINGREY (R-GA): “I delivered 5,200 babies, but this may be the best delivery that I have ever been a part of, Mr. Speaker, and that is delivering, as I say, on a promise made by former Congresses and other Presidents over the 45-year history of the Medicare program, which was introduced in 1965 with no prescription drug benefit. And what we have done here is add part D, the ‘D’ for ‘drug’ or, if you want, the ‘delivery’ that we have finally provided to our American seniors.” [Gingrey Floor Speech via Congressional Record, 4/6/06]

Listening to these people today, you would have to think they’re schizophrenic; but wait, that’s not all, it took over six months to iron out the glitches for Medicare Part D.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lesson learned...don't trust politicians (D) or (R) to roll-out any program successfully.