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ObamaCare Is The Issue Of Our Day, According To Cuccinelli

Posted on | November 4, 2011 | 16 Comments

by Smitty

Getting to hear my state’s rock star Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, at the Defending the American Dream Summit was every bit the treat that was expected.

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moderator, Betsy McCaughey, Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Andy Harris (MD)

Leading off and actually upstaging him slightly however, was former NY LT Governor, Betsy McCaughey (pronounced like ‘McCoy’) who had the finest blend of passion and wonkery I’ve ever seen. Also, she was substantially obscured by a copy of ObamaCare in a binder on the podium, and clearly knows the legislation better than most Congressmen.

She discussed the Dartmouth Hoax, which was news to me. She noted that the number of ObamaCare wavers sits at 1470. She finished: “The rule of law is king, not Mr. Obama!”

When Cuccinelli came up, he mentioned that Virginia’s separate case has been folded in with the other 28-state (!) package of cases. The Supreme Court is to be reviewing the cases starting on or around the 10th of November, with some sort of decision, notionally, in the June timeframe. That will afford time for #OccupyResoluteDesk to develop the “Workin’ hard, tryin’ ta overcome that sandbaggin’ GOP Congress narrative’. As a litmus test for whether somebody is competent to vote, such nonsense would work. The percentage of the American electorate that would fail that test would probably be depressing.

Representative Andy Harris (MD-1) rounded out the conference. He allowed that he was one of six medical doctors elected to repeal ObamaCare, which he called a proxy for the Tea Party/Socialism struggle. Considering his 30 years as a practicing physician, he said that he’d seen the emphasis shift over time from the patient to the paperwork. He said that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is a de facto “Death Panel”, and that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are the HMO of the 21st century. He offered a laundry list of real reforms to health care management, in the spirit of the phrase “Patients and their doctor, not a bureaucrat.”

Also present and blogging: Josh Mesker.


16 Responses to “ObamaCare Is The Issue Of Our Day, According To Cuccinelli”

  1. Anonymous
    November 4th, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Exactly so.  Repeal it!

    Don’t let yourself get caught up in this stupid, “repeal and replace” crap.

    Repeal it!

    After it’s safely gone, in it’s entirety, THEN go about making changes that improve the economics of healthcare.

    Any candidate that will not make repeal a top priority, despite pushback from the Dems and statist Republicans, should not be the nominee for 2012.  Any candidate that pushes for “Repeal and replace” is almost a guaranteed settler for partial repeal or modification.

    That is not acceptable.

  2. Jeff
    November 4th, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    While I have the utmost respect for my AG, I disagree on the details here — Obamacare is not the problem, it is a symptom — the problem is the usurpation of power of the states by an unrestrained Federal government — in fact, it’s hardly federal at all.  All 50 states need to speak up and let the feds know to get their hands off my sovereignty!

  3. SDN
    November 4th, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    Then you are all ready to start supporting Perry, because he’s the ONLY candidate who’s calling for killing ORomneycare by any means necessary:

    First, I will issue an executive order prohibiting the Department of
    Health and Human Services from any further implementation of Obamacare
    until we can fully repeal this unconstitutional government mandate,
    which, if it stands, will diminish our health care and kill jobs.

  4. Adjoran
    November 4th, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    Yeah, but you can’t repeal a mindset.  We can still work on the bigger issues while repealing ObamaCare. 

    It isn’t like the Congress does a lot of heavy lifting and can’t get to it.

  5. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I’d prefer that the Supremes strike it down, the lower courts that struck down the mandate but not the whole law is puzzling. Given that there is no severability clause I don’t see how the remainder stands and I think the high Court would get that part right.

  6. Adjoran
    November 5th, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    I don’t get that either, but I suspect they were just doing the minimum to pass it along since it was going to SCOTUS anyway.

  7. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    Any push back against over reach in general and the Commerce clause in particular is a good thing.

  8. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 4:45 am

    Executive Intelligence Review, which you linked to, is a LaRouchie publication.  In the 1st couple years of the Tea Party, whenever the MSM would publish photos of creeps with racist or otherwise deranged posters, 90%+ of the time it was one of those demented freak Larouchies.

  9. ThePaganTemple
    November 5th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Wrong, Bachmann says it will be her priority from day one. I know people don’t see her as a serious contender as of now, but her chances are as good as Perry’s, and actually better once you look at the prospects in Iowa.

  10. SDN
    November 5th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm


  11. Andrew Patrick
    November 5th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    Andy Harris is the Man. I like voting for him.

  12. ThePaganTemple
    November 5th, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    What link? That’s been her position for some time. She claims she won’t rest until Obamacare is repealed, that it would be her top priority, along with repealing Frank-Dodd and Sarbanes-Oxley. If you must have a link, I’d suggest you go to her website.

  13. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I’d love to vote for her.  I just wish her campaigning was better.  I’m glad she’s hanging in there, and hope she gets more leadership in congress.

  14. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Pelosi and Reid did screw up and fail to include a non-severability clause, but the SCOTUS can’t really end all of Obamacare.

    It has to be repealed.

  15. Anonymous
    November 5th, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    Yes it can, by any objective reading of the law the lack of the severability clause means striking any part nulls the whole, that’s why they put those clauses in nearly all legislation. Now if you are asserting that HHS would just ignore the ruling and carry on, that wouldn’t surprise me.

  16. Anonymous
    November 6th, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    Zombie HHS!

    But no, I just meant that a rendering of nullity of the whole thing would probably take a separate court case, or several. I don’t trust anything that massive to be expunged by a simple ruling by the Supreme Court. You know how lawyering goes.