Morning Action: Leftist Failures in Healthcare, Immigration, and the Economy
IMMIGRATION. The Senate immigration bill has similarities to Obamacare that make it just as bad for America as the President’s healthcare law – it comes with extreme costs and false promises; unelected bureaucrats are given too much power; it’s full of perks for special interests; and it piles on already broken promises. Heritage explains:
Congress rammed Obamacare through without many Members even reading the bill. Now it’s applying that same frantic, complex, pie-in-the-sky legislating to immigration. The similarities are frightening.
SEQUESTER. House Democrats are developing a plan to repeal the sequester entirely, rather than unraveling it with a series of targeted bills. They want a comprehensive approach to repeal and cite concerns with what they consider to be vital domestic programs… like the failed Head Start program (sub. req’d):
“Cancer patients who are losing access to care, seniors who are losing Meals on Wheels, children who can’t go to Head Start, the 400,000 long-term unemployed in California whose benefits are being cut, low income mothers with newborns who are losing nutritional assistance — they need a fix for sequester, too,” [Barbara Lee (D-CA)] said.
The House’s top Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Minority WhipSteny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, share that view. All three have been urging House Republicans to agree to a conference on the competing fiscal 2014 budget resolutions (H Con Res 25, S Con Res 8).
“We ought not to be mitigating the sequester’s effect on just one segment when children, the sick, our military and many other groups who will be impacted by this irresponsible policy are left unhelped,” Hoyer said.
That approach also fits with the political realities facing Democrats, congressional observers say.
President Barack Obama can use the sequester to prod Republicans into discussions of a larger budget agreement, said Dan Mendelson, CEO of consulting firm Avalere Health, who was an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration.
OBAMACARE. As the left scrambles to make Obamacare appear workable – an impossible goal to obtain – Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has come to the conclusion that more money is what’s needed to make this extremely costly law work:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly.
Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public. “Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck and I agree with him,” Reid said, echoing a warning delivered last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
Reid warned the federal government is not spending enough money to implement the law because of Republican opposition to ObamaCare.
REGULATIONS. President Obama recently expressed frustration at not being able to move forward with some of his most destructive progressive policies, thanks to conservative opposition. Indeed, opposition to his ideas has had an effect both at the legislative level in Congress and in the form of grassroots pressure across the country. Still, he has done a great deal of damage to our freedom and prosperity. Heritage has chronicled Obama’s red tape rising:
Regulatory costs skyrocketed in the first term of the Obama Administration, which added nearly $70 billion to the already excessive annual burden of government do’s and don’ts. Virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives is controlled to a varying extent by regulation, including how we light our homes, wash our clothes, fuel our cars, feed our families, and obtain our health care.