My first thought when I heard how the Republicans caved to Obama is “We’re just screwed.” Not much has changed. They pretty much have offered him everything he wants, in exchange for a promise to negotiate in the future. Sound familiar?
Aside from reopening the government and agreeing to raise America’s debt over the current $16.7 trillion limit, the Republicans made several other concession to President Obama and the Democrats. One such example is that Obamacare would receive funding. The Republicans would get to take out a portion of the president’s signature legislation, but the law would substantially remain intact. The AP reports:
Under a proposal she and other GOP senators have been developing, a medical device tax that helps finance the health care law would be repealed, and millions of individuals eligible for subsidies to purchase health insurance under the program would be subject to stronger income verification.
In addition, some of the across-the-board “sequester” cuts would be reversed under the GOP plan. It has not been determined which specific cuts will be targeted at this time.
In exchange for meeting, at least momentarily, all of Obama’s demands, the House GOP is seeking a “framework” for future negotiations on addressing longer-term budget issues. (Read More)
To be honest, at this point I don’t care what Republicans do anymore. Maybe they should just go home and let the Democrats have their way. No matter what happens, they’re going to be blamed by the media and the Democrats, so why not just leave and say “we’re done.”
Update, Although the GOP offered Obama just about everything he wanted, they didn’t offer everything. So he has rejected their offer. What a piece of crap.