N&O blasts Ellmers for Obamacare obstructionism

Now she's trying to keep her constituents from learning how to access healthcare under the new law:

Ellmers has continued to bombard “Obamacare” with one ridiculous challenge after another. First she favored repeal, then “defunding,” and now it seems she and other House Republicans on that committee are hoping to hobble the law by keeping people from finding their way through its options and provisions.

The process is daunting to many, particularly because Republicans in North Carolina have blocked the state from educating the public about the program.

This has gone beyond the classical definition of Congressional obstruction, where legislation or Presidential appointments are held up via parliamentary procedures. The Affordable Care Act proceeded through Congress properly, was signed into law, and was even aggressively vetted by the Supreme Court. Continued opposition by Congressional Republicans and their state counterparts represents a callous disregard for the Democratic process and an abrogation of their responsibility to work on other needed policies. And it's having a detrimental effect on the Federal government's ability to even function, much less function well. Which might be the whole point of this immature behavior.


And to think

I used to bitch about Howard Coble, before I got gerrymandered into the Ellmer's sector of Mordor.

Cryptkeeper Coble might be old and deathly addicted to maintaining his choke hold on power, but he's a damned sight better than Run Away Renee.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Defunding Obamacare: Ellmers was for--before she was against

Renee Ellmers: For Defunding Obamacare with a CR Before She Was Against It

National Review online

Perhaps more than any other member of the tea-party class of 2010, she has embraced the strategic decisions of Speaker John Boehner and the House leadership team with gusto. Although elected with virtually no party support and zero political experience besides her participation at anti-Obamacare rallies, Ellmers was surprised, upon entering Congress, to find herself impressed by Boehner.

She was a fake TeaParty supporter all along. She just played to that segment of the Republican Party in 2010 to get enough money and grassroots supporters to defeat Congressman Etheridge. Now that she is considered a "good soldier" by US House leadership, her personality is coming out. In two words: loose cannon.

Martha Brock

Ellmers may face primary challenge from right next year

from N&O's Under the Dome:

Jim Duncan, the chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party and co-founder of the grassroots organization, The Coalition for American Principles, is contemplating a challenge to Ellmers.

Let the games begin.

Martha Brock

GOP Blocking premium and cost-sharing under ACA

Congress.org: Health Care Subsidy - Vote Passed (235-191, 6 Not Voting)

Returning last week from the August recess, the House passed a bill that would block premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the 2010 health care reform law until a program to verify household income and other qualifications for the subsidies is certified as operational. Only five Democrats joined the entire Republican caucus to vote in favor of the legislation sponsored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black. The Senate is unlikely to vote on the bill, and the White House administration has already vowed to veto it.

Rep. Renee Ellmers voted YES
Rep. David Price voted NO

--from Megavote emails today

Martha Brock

Rep. Mike McIntyre voted with GOP majority

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines to ban new subsidies to help people purchase health insurance until the administration enacts a new verification system to ensure that benefits are offered only to those who qualify. The No Subsidies Without Verification Act has no chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The 235 to 191 vote is the 41st by House Republicans targeting the healthcare law.

Five Democrats — Reps. John Barrow of Georgia, Daniel Lipinski of Illinois, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota — joined Republicans in the vote.

The healthcare law asks applicants to estimate their family income for 2014. Republicans assert that there is not enough protection against fraud and that the regulations issued over the summer fail to adequately verify income, verification used to prove people are eligible for the subsidies. Without a proper system in place, ineligible people could be receiving tax credits at the expense of the taxpayers.


Martha Brock