Merkley lied to voters, can’t work across the aisle

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by NW Spotlight

Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) has a lot to answer for to Oregon voters – primarily around Obamacare. Beyond the disastrous roll out problems with Obamacare, which passed four years ago, there are the larger issues for Sen. Merkley of lying to voters and refusing to work across the aisle on health care reform.

Lied to voters

Sen. Merkley lied to Oregon voters in 2009 when he told them that “If you like your current health insurance, you will be able to keep it.” It’s a statement that’s still up on his web site. Yet even left-leaning PolitiFact called that the Lie of the Year last year.

Refusing to work across the aisle on health care reform

When Sen. Merkley and fellow Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress four years ago, they passed it without a single Republican vote. The only bipartisan votes on Obamacare came with the 34 Democratic NO votes in the U.S. House.

The fact that they passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote demonstrates a complete unwillingness by Sen. Merkley and other Democrats to work across the aisle. They ignored the plans put forward by Republicans, including the House GOP plan drafted by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Sen. Merkley, more than most, should have known the hard lessons learned up in neighboring Washington State with their failed health care reforms in the early 1990s. One of the big Democratic players in pushing the reforms through (when Democrats controlled both legislative chambers and the Governorship in Washington) said in 2012 that “A fundamental lesson we learned in the process—and that unfortunately was not learned in the federal process—is that health care is so big, so complex, so passionate, that it has got to have bipartisan support.”

Oregon deserves a U.S. Senator who doesn’t lie to them and one who is willing to work across the aisle.

  • Hugh B. D’Judge

    Jeff Merkley, any efface of Alfred E. Neuman POTUS-TallStory?

    Bind note: The missing tooth ostensibly air brushed out by Buy CoverOregon ostensibly with or without the permission of dotty govHaber and his nubile assistant, Cylvia SoGoesHisDaze .

    • Hugh B. D’Judge

      If you did not or cannot get the picture, it’s likely beclaws of the ObamaPolizi in their relentless hirsute of covering over bald truths.

  • Jack Lord God

    Obamacare was rammed through with hubris. It was based on the principle that progressives had an inherent understanding of the way things ought to be, combined with special interests asserting what would be was a better determination of a persons needs than people could determine for themselves.

    Thus we came out with all the mandates on what insurance should cover, no more high deductibles, mandatory birth control coverage and the like. Surprise surprise, this raised premiums, as everyone but the progressives said it would.

    Those were heady days for progressives though. With indomitable majorities in both the House and Senate they pushed through what they wanted without a care in the world as to what people wanted.

    Yeah sure, everyone likes to say they want coverage to cover pre existing conditions and yeah sure everyone likes the idea of everyday things, such as birth control, to be “free” for all. Sure everyone will say they wanted the forty million uninsured to miraculously be covered. But in the end it all worked out to the obvious – you can’t add those millions who cant pay for it to the insurance rolls and start handing out free stuff without it costing more.

    So where is that $2,500 annual savings each family was supposed to get? Where is that insurance plan you were supposed to keep if you liked it? Gone. Vanished with the wind like so many of these things do.

    The last time we saw this act was with the last time we saw one of our most expensive presidents – LBJ and his war on poverty. It was much the same thing – start handing out free stuff and all problems will be solved. And again we have the same results – a whole lot of spending and nothing much better.

    Republicans, and the rest of the country, had no problem saying Bush had made a mistake going into Iraq. He had assessed the situation incorrectly and came up with a bad solution, the Iraq war. Sure some might say he had good intentions, but at the core of it most would say it was a mistake to do what we did.

    The same should attend here. Why is it when progressives make what are clear mistakes we let them carry on? They need to be held to the same standard. They clearly had no competence in the area they ventured into, health care. They can’t even get a web site working properly.

    Screems and ballyhoos attended our Iraq invasion from the left. They were so concerned they even delved into the stock portfolio of Dick Cheney. Owning stock in a company involved in the war was a mortal sin.

    Yet when it comes to the maestros of Cover Oregon, Rocky King et. al. we hear nothing. If Cover Oregon had been orchestrated by Republicans we would have network satellite dishes set up outside his house for coverage. Katherine Sibelius, who is clearly incompetent, would have resigned months ago. You would think people who cared about health care would be particularly mad at those who had handled it so incompetently. Yet all we get is excuses and defense of what is manifestly bad law combined with appallingly poor implementation of it.

    Yet one thing remains a certainty. All those who were so angered that Dick Cheney must be held to account for his stock portfolio, all those who went crazy that Scooter Libby had revealed the name of Valerie Plame, will have a “you know things happen, its not really anyone’s fault” attitude when it comes to re electing Merkley.

    We have had a crap economy for five years now. Our foreign policy is in such disarray that the predictions of even someone like Sarah Palin on Crimea have not only come true but seem more in touch with reality than John Kerry’s pronouncements about Putin being a 19th century man in a 21st century world. Our economy seems only capable of creating part time jobs. Our space program is closed down, which is probably a good thing because we can’t even build a web site anymore.

    At this stage all you can get from progressives in defense of all this is “well, things might not be that great, but the Republicans would be worse, that’s for sure”

    Really? Because from where I am standing, about the only thing that has been accomplished in five years that’s a net positive is gay marriage. Even that doesn’t have much to do with Obama, he only started to pander on the issue as president a year ago.

    We get the government we deserve. Re electing Merkley is a step towards more of the same. Which frankly sucks.

  • cecil91

    I would love to shed my state of this old-school-bleeding-heart leftist. He is exactly the kind of weeping moonbeam who will spend us into bankruptcy for his social causes all the while not considering the negative consequences.

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