Keith Ellison criticizes Obama for compromising on Obamacare, decries partisanship

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Ellison: Obama should've "just put his body and soul" into fixing the ObamaCare website instead of tweaking the law itself.
Keith Ellison isn't happy about President Obama's announcement of an administrative change to the Affordable Care Act "aimed at allowing those whose insurance is being canceled over the law to keep those plans for another year," to use CNN's words.

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In an interview with the Hill, Ellison says, "Honestly, I think [the announced change] undermines the program... I think [Obama] should do everything humanly imaginable to get [the balky Obamacare website] fixed as fast as possible and press on."

Ellison -- a figure not exactly known for his spirit of bipartisanship -- also took aim at Washington's "extremely polarized political environment" and said that in a less divided Congress, members would be "working on fixing the problems, coming up with rational solutions."

But given that Democrats and Republicans have such a hard time finding common ground these days, Ellison argued that Obama miscalculated in thinking his administrative change will soften the criticism he's taking from the right.

"I've been asking myself, does [Obama] believe this is going to appease his detractors? Because they are not criticizing him because of the plan's problems," Ellison said. "They are criticizing him because he's him, and that is not going to change."

Ellison told the Hill he's in favor of a single-payer health care system, but acknowledged that sort of dramatic change is probably unrealistic right now.

Later in the day, Ellison took to Twitter and announced: The bill Ellison is referring to passed in the GOP-controlled House today by a largely partisan 261-157 vote. A Washington Post report details the nature of the debate surrounding it:
At issue is the "Keep Your Health Plan Act," a proposal by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that supporters believe would fulfill President Obama's now-broken promise to let people keep their current health insurance plan if they like it.

Under the Upton proposal, anyone opting to keep their current plan wouldn't face financial penalties established by the law. And the measure would allow insurers to sell their minimal plans to new customers. The bill is expected to pass easily in the GOP-controlled House.

Most Democrats believe that the Upton bill would fundamentally gut the ACA by allowing plans not compliant with the new law to continue. They believe that the administrative fixes announced by Obama Thursday will work, or are supporting a proposal by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) that would let people keep their current health-care plans, but require insurers to provide information on new plans that meet the law's stricter requirements.
Betty McCollum joined Ellison in voting against the Upton bill. Democrats Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, and Tim Walz broke ranks and voted for it.

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hardrockminer
hardrockminer

Please do not elect or re-elect any more socialists. Thank you.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

finally a democrat with set of balls..thanks Keith Ellison for Congress

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Says the person who gets an exemption. Ellison is all about bulldozer politics. If you don't agree with him, you are the wrong one. It doesn't matter what it is. He doesn't exactly practice partisianship. So, this is no surprise.

Jenks LeVar
Jenks LeVar

Those arent co workers they are the Direct Competition.

Eva Chavarria Hunter
Eva Chavarria Hunter

You can't please the people all the time and perhaps Ellison's right. The President shouldn't have given in twice by apologizing and making up for it. You know the insurance companies aren't going to budge an inch.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

So in other words, Ellison is basically saying, "We don't care if you like your current plan. We will decide what health insurance plan you will buy. Because we know better than you."

Sean Cooke
Sean Cooke

how dare he work together with his coworkers! unbelievable!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

That's because the Gubmints gonna bail them (insurance Co's) out.    Eva, have you ever stopped to actually think about ObamaCare and it's ramifications?   Do you realize that by the time this is over, if it ever gets fully implemented, it is not going to be Free?     When the DemoKKKrats get done with the freebie give- aways, even you might consider that you are getting taxed enough.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Broc Dobervich oh really. the person fighting for the little people is a joke.


your a fucking joke  Broc - waht a dumb name

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

@Broc Dobervich Very simple and well put, but I would a fraud to it.

sosmpls
sosmpls

@Sean Cooke 

His co-workers are bailing. He knows he could kill someone and still get re-elected by the brain dead voters in Liberal Lakes!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol Who are the "Little People?"   Oh, the dependent base of DemoKKKrats that don't work and just sponge off of the other little people.   Did you ever stop to think for one minute who is going to pay for this Boondoggle if it ever gets fully implemented?   No your small brain cant think past free-stuff.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You are the libtard damage control around here. What IS Ellison saying, then? Keep going, I wanna hear you dig a deeper hole to climb out of.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 where the fuck did you come up with DemoKKKrats - how does that even apply


ellison is black, democrats are open minded and accepting of others. 


you using that weak weak term show how stupid you are. KKK - so meaningless to any discussion. the value of your statement is below zero

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@mingtran 

Ellison is just afraid because he is seeing his fellow party members bailing on Obamacare because their political careers are at stake in their respective (swing) districts for the 2014 elections. And you know what? I don't blame them. They are finally beginning to see what a farce the ACA is, and what it will become.

And btw.....please don't use the word "libtard". By doing so, you are no better than the liberals who use the term "Teabaggers", "CONservitives", "Republicunts", etc. Do not lower yourself to their standards when trying to make a point. I am assuming you are an adult, no? Remember that that they are well-meaning liberals who actually have brains and can admit the problems within their party just as there are conservatives who can admit the same thing. Neither party is perfect. 

Division in this country is at an all time high, and resorting to juvenile name-calling does not help anything or anyone. 

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