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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Paul Rawlings: Attack, attack!

  • All Republicans seem to do is attack
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  • In the November 2008 presidential election many people believed the Republican attacks against Democrat candidate Obama were more personal and mean spirited than usual and these attacks became more personal and became more intense the day the American people elected Obama President.
    The Republican attacks were continued in the Senate by Mitch McConnell and in the House by John Boehner who stated their number one priority was "to make President Obama a one term president."
    The Republican attacks in the media were continued by Rush Limbaugh, and the Fox Republican hired guns of O'Reilly and Hannity who proclaimed "I hope President Obama fails." Individual Republicans also contributed their personal and bitter attacks against Obama.
    In 2010 President Obama and a Congress controlled by Democrats signed into law the first health care law In America's history which was approved as the law of the land by the U.S Supreme Court and is called Obamacare.
    Obamacare was modeled after a 2006 Republican health care plan in Massachusetts. A plan called Romneycare because it was sponsored and signed into law by Republican Governor Mitt Romney.
    According to a study by The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Romneycare is successful from every standpoint. After Romneycare became law the number of adults with health insurance INCREASED to 98.1%, the number of children with health insurance INCREASED to 99.8, health insurance premiums were REDUCED as much as 40% and on average 18% to 20%, and the number of businesses providing health insurance for their employees INCREASED to 70%.
    For reasons known only to Republicans the 219 Republicans in Congress, 41 Senators and 178 Republicans House members voted 100% against a health care plan modeled after the successful Republican Romneycare plan in Massachusetts and reversed 100 years of Republican support for universal health care.
    President Nixon in his message to Congress on February 6, 1974 expressed Republican support for health care in this language: "Three years ago I proposed a major health insurance program to Congress seeking to guarantee adequate financing of health care on a nationwide basis."
    In the 2012 Presidential election Republicans led by their Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, stepped up the intensity and bitterness of the attacks on President Obama and made repealing Obamacare the number one issue in the 2012 Presidential election.
    In November 2012 the American people rejected Romney's run for the White House to repeal Obamacare and re-elected President Obama who promised to implement Obamacare
    After losing their bid for the White House in the last two elections Republicans increased their personal and bitter attacks on President Obama and Obamacare by staging record numbers of filibusters, shutting down government 16 days at a cost of $24 billion to taxpayers, voting 42 times to repeal Obamacare at a cost of $55 million to taxpayers.
    In October 2013 Republicans issued a 17 page handbook entitled "HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK" This PLAYBOOK claims to be a one stop shop for continuing the attack on President Obama and Obamacare with examples of attack and showing a web page and telephone number where additional attack information and instructions may be obtained.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cornelius Kelly, manager of a title insurance company, unsuccessful Conservative candidate for the Suffolk County New York Legislature made application for a family health insurance policy showing three (3) children. Kelly and his wife Jennifer a medical doctor are parents of four (4) children. For reasons known only to Corneilus Kelly he did not list one (1) child, an 18 months old daughter on the application.
    On December 1, 2013 the New York Post newspaper broke the story about Kelly's efforts to obtain a family plan health insurance policy with this headline "BABY NOT COVERED UNDER OBAMACARE FAMILY PLAN." According to the post article Cornelius Kelly was advised his 18 months old daughter (the child omitted from his application) could not be covered under the family plan until she was 2 years old and he would be required to buy an additional policy with a premium as much as $369.31 a month.
    On December 2, 2013 Kelly and his wife appeared on Fox and Friends TV Show hosted by Elizabeth Hasselbeck and later the same day appeared on the Sean Hannity Fox TV News Show
    and repeated the Post story that children under two years of age were not included in the Obamacare family plan in New York.
    John Boehner Republican Speaker of the House repeated the false and misleading Kelly story in a tweet.
    CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OF AGE IN NEW YORK ARE COVERED UNDER THE OBAMACARE FAMILY PLAN ACCORDING TO BILL SCHWARTZ AND OTHER OFFICIALS WITH THE NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
    The Kelly's false and misleading attack on Obamacare follows the plan suggested in the "HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK" on how to attack Obamacare.
    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes each week to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)
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