Morning Action: Pelosi’s Obamacare Vision
PELOSI. If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 15% were to regain the House Speakership in the 2014 election, she would expand Obamacare yet again, to give the federal government more control over children and their care:
In an interview with The Hill on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who hopes to regain the House Speakership in the 2014 election, said that her first job as Speaker would be to push universal childcare as part of Obamacare. Pelosi said that Democrats would “of course” pick up seats in the House in 2014, stating that she would then pursue “comprehensive affordable, quality childcare” as part of an Obamacare extension. “That would have the biggest impact on women, families, and…job creation,” she said. “This is the missing link in so many things that we’ve talked about. It is not exhaustive of all the things we want to do or have done with regard to women, but I do think it would unleash the power of women.”
Government efforts at childcare, including the vaunted Head Start program, have been abysmal failures. But the Democratic effort at social engineering, which has been part of the radical feminist program for decades, continues unabated.
OBAMACARE. The Obama Administration knew that many Americans would lose their current health plans, even as President Obama repeatedly affirmed that if you like your plan, you can keep your plan:
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” was still saying in 2012, “If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”
AMNESTY. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 77%’s recent remarks about immigration reform have lead the media and outside groups to come to a variety of different conclusions about where he actually stands on the issue:
“Tea Party Patriots are glad to see Sen. Rubio has finally listened to his constituents and understands the 1,200 page comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed is not the right path for our country,” Martin said in an email. “We hope those elected representatives in the House pushing for immigration overhaul understand Rubio’s arguments and will prevent any steps that lead to conference committee with the Senate bill.”
Rubio came out this weekend in a Breitbart News exclusive through his spokesman Alex Conant to say that he opposes House GOP efforts to use piecemeal immigration bills as a “ruse” go to conference with the Senate’s comprehensive bill. Rubio has also said he wants a true piecemeal approach to immigration, not a comprehensive approach.
Progressive media outlets have reacted negatively to Rubio’s stance, printing a litany of complaints now that the senator has rejected the platform of pro-amnesty special interestscurrently campaigning in Washington, D.C. The New Republic ran headlines claiming Rubio has “flip flopped.” MSNBC’s Benji Sarlin quotes the George Soros-funded National Immigration Forum (NIF) executive director Ali Noorani as saying Rubio’s change of direction is a “real mystery.”
BUDGET. According to reports, Congress will not attempt a grand bargain or tax hikes in the upcoming budget talks. Instead, lawmakers will attempt short-term and stopgap solutions:
That’s the reality in Washington this week, as budget conferees meet for the first time Wednesday to try to hammer out a deal.
Publicly, the White House and top Democrats are still talking about a “balanced” plan requiring new revenue as part of a long-term budget blueprint that would replace the sequester and tackle the nation’s long-term debt challenges.
But almost no one expects that to happen.
ENDA. The Senate could vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as early as next week:
The bill, which passed out of committee 15-7, would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. Three Republicans on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted with Democrats in July to send the legislation to the full Senate. The gay rights bill, spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., currently has 53 co-sponsors. Backers of the bill are “confident” they can get 60 votes to break a procedural filibuster, given the bipartisan vote out of committee, the Democratic aide said.