Republicans lack ideas

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The Republican Party strategy for the fall elections is high-risk. At all levels, they have only two issues: Get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and shrink the deficit by imposing austerity measures.

Running against the ACA is risky because it already is working. In states that have set up well-functioning exchanges, such as California and Kentucky, enrollment is running ahead of projections. A nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report stated that the ACA will stimulate the economy, and that the cost to the government will be lower than projected.

The same report said 2.5 million people, many suffering nagging health problems, would be able to retire because they could continue to buy health insurance. Some Republicans have misstated these retirements as the loss of 2.5 million jobs. The CBO report makes clear that not only does the retirements make it easier for younger people to find jobs because of reduced competition, but that the ACA actually will increase the number of jobs.

Republicans correctly assert that government guarantees to insurance companies – which limit potential losses because of the ACA – will cost $8 billion.

However, they neglect to mention that it also produces $16 billion in revenues, a net $8 billion surplus.

Yes, some people’s premiums have gone up, but many times more people have seen decreased premiums, and millions more are now insured who previously had no coverage.

As to the deficit, Obama has cut the annual deficit in half since taking office. Remember the last time a Republican held the presidency? He took a budget surplus and turned it into an economic disaster.

The current Republican Party is bereft of ideas, so all they can do is misrepresent or blatantly lie about Democratic programs.

Andy Reese

Augusta

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/14 - 01:39 am
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I have been to some horse stables and rodeos...

I have been to some horse stables and rodeos and seen a lot of horse squeeze on the ground but none of it amounted to what is in Mr. Reese's letter.

joebowles
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joebowles 03/07/14 - 07:03 am
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Revenue

If Andy tells his lie about a surplus long enough he may begin to believe it.....wow..... He drank more than coolaid before he wrote this

myfather15
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myfather15 03/07/14 - 07:06 am
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"Running against the ACA is

"Running against the ACA is risky because it already is working."

Really? Is that why Obama keeps delaying so many aspects until AFTER the elections? Really, does it take a genius to figure this out? When the President is constantly delaying part after part of the ACA, that DOES NOT bode well for how awesome it is!! And we sit back and LET him play political games with THE LAW, that he and the democrats passed!! They should have to ENFORCE IT, as it is written!! BUT, when they see things in there that could HURT THEM, in the election; they just delay it until AFTER the election, so it won't hurt so bad!! Are you kidding me?

This is what makes me sick!! The American People have no GUTS ANYMORE!! I've READ HISTORY THOROUGHLY!!!! If this had happened in the 1700's or 1800's, there would probably have been a legitimate armed rebellion at the capital, demanding their resignations!!! People would have been willing to shed their blood for such corruption in government!! Today? Nope!! People write it off as just "politics as usual".

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 03/07/14 - 07:07 am
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you cannot argue with a

you cannot argue with a lib...they are like the GEORGE rule in SEINFIELD..if you believe it its not a lie.....

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/07/14 - 07:09 am
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wow... a Mr. Potato Head made of numbers

just organize the numbers so they match the pretty pictures
in a democrats head
throw away the bad numbers
and modify the rest
they don't have to match reality at all
reality is what they say it is
nothing more, nothing less
they're all in a fairy tale
what democrats actually do, though
in reality, the real reality independent of perception
is this
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!
get rid of your racism, fix that nasty education problem
then get back to us

myfather15
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myfather15 03/07/14 - 07:09 am
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"and millions more are now

"and millions more are now insured who previously had no coverage."

Really? What was the last count I heard; 4 million had signed up for ACA? I believe that's close. But 6.2 million had lost their private coverage. So how does that 2.2 million deficit, calculate to "millions more are now insured"?

Because it's typical LEFT WING MATH!!! The same math that says 17 trillion in debt is GOOD!!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/07/14 - 07:13 am
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" so all they can do is

" so all they can do is misrepresent or blatantly lie about Democratic programs."

Leave it to a leftist democrat to completely lie in their article, provide ZERO evidence to back up their claims and then have the nerve to accuse republicans of lying!! Absolutely amazing!!

Mr. Reese, can you provide evidence, where you get that it's going to create 16 billion in revenue?

My guess is, that's just a number you thought up to make your argument sound better!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/07/14 - 07:20 am
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It is really important

to take your meds. All of them. Every day.
Then you will not be tempted to write foolish letters like this one.

david jennings
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david jennings 03/07/14 - 07:30 am
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What a wonderful world

There truly is a Santa, tooth fairy. The day when we all can have everything we want free of charge without the nasty stress of earning a living. Man, ain't life great just knowing we have someone to guide us and take care of us and make the hard decisions. Pennies from Heaven.

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csrareader 03/07/14 - 07:37 am
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So "retire" is the democrat's

So "retire" is the democrats' new euphemism for losing your job. Maybe the Labor Department needs to change the Unemployment Index to the Retirement Index.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/07/14 - 07:48 am
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I didn't know marijuana was

I didn't know marijuana was legal in Georgia!

carcraft
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carcraft 03/07/14 - 08:03 am
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The numbers put out by the

The numbers put out by the government are very sketchy because a lot of the applications are being processed by hand, you can referance Malkin's column in todays paper. For a "health care success " story look up Oregon. Their web site still doesn't work. The Federal government web site still doesn't allow you to pay and you have not obtained insurance until you pay. Then there are people like me, retired military who signed up for medicare. So there are a certain number of folks like who will be counted but the ACA (Obama care) had nothing to do with it.

bigj706
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bigj706 03/07/14 - 08:11 am
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Really don't need any

Really don't need any evidence. While everyone on here is like show me this an show me that, elections are not going your way different voters these days most are not on here to read your complaints daily so they live their lives and vote and leave all of you with your mouth wide open wondering what happen. That's just what I see.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 03/07/14 - 08:18 am
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be sure, letter writer, that you wash those numbers

quite thoroughly before you handle them
the rest of us know what orif... well, where they "emanated"
and O added patients and costs to the insurance system
he didn't add doctors
that math is easy... no costs go down
they all go up
and quality doesn't go up
quality goes down
but we wouldn't expect you to know that because
THREE SCHOOLS IN RICHMOND COUNTY
HAD ZERO STUDENTS PASS THE AP EXAMS LAST YEAR!

deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/14 - 08:42 am
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Those people who can "retire" now because...

Those people who can "retire" now because they now have Obamacare, how many of them have set aside enough money upon which to retire? Oh, they will rely on government handouts 'eh? The pitch from the Democrats is an unbelievable, "Just quit your job. Get Obamacare and the government will support you for life."

As for Oregon and its health goes, does the writer realize it has spent tens of millions of dollars on a website and it has signed up---0? Hawaii is in the same boat.

Just because someone signed up doesn't mean they have insurance because until they pay for it they don't have it and the government can't tell you how many that is. It's just like shopping online and putting something in your cart and then not buying it.

KSL
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KSL 03/07/14 - 09:06 am
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dee

Great analogy!

KSL
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KSL 03/07/14 - 09:28 am
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The Republicans may not have

The Republicans may not have a plan, but Mr. Reese definitely has a huge lack of knowledge.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/07/14 - 09:31 am
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bigj

What is working is a big chuck of my pension is going for this insurance...I'm not getting any more but others will.....this is what people are against....we all should pay something & no one should get free insurance---unless you really CAN'T work.

bigj706
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bigj706 03/07/14 - 09:36 am
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Hello seenit. I understand

Hello seenit. I understand what you are saying.

carcraft
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carcraft 03/07/14 - 09:51 am
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bigj You have a point in

bigj You have a point in your 7:11AM post. Many people simply don't pay attention, don't care, or are bribed with gubment "freebee's" to vote against the liberal political agenda. Take Globull warming. There are over 1000 scientists including Nobel prize winners in fields such as physics who dispute the concept of Globull warming. Yet it has been over 1,000 days since one of these scientists has been heard on the alphabet soup lame stream media while the myth of concensus is pushed. Now if you only get your news from the liberal lame streams what would you think? Now when your electrical bill raises 40% or 60% and delivery becomes unreliable then maybe you will notice. When your lawn mower or weed eater die because of ethanol you might take notice. When Germany refuses to aid US sanctions because they get their heating energy from Russia because developing their own energy is "political incorrect "due to short sighted enegy policies you might notice. In short these stupid blind liberal policies affect your wallet. Even folks on food stamps are seeing the effect of devalued dollars due to inflation.

JB68
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JB68 03/07/14 - 10:13 am
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Misrepresentations

"The current Republican Party is bereft of ideas, so all they can do is misrepresent or blatantly lie about Democratic programs."

True obama has cut the annual deficit in half since he has been in office. BUT his deficit now is still larger than any other president's annual deficit ever! And obama's $7 trillion in total debt is by far more than any other president! Not even close!!

Is that the kind of misrepresentation you are talking about?

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RMSHEFF 03/07/14 - 09:53 am
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Andy suffers with the same

Andy suffers with the same delusions Obama does. If you say something, that makes it true. Ironically I was jus reading this online article about the ACA in California.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2013/11/22/californias-bitter-p...

carcraft
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carcraft 03/07/14 - 10:12 am
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I just heard the employment

I just heard the employment numbers are weak but better than expected. Well I look out my front door and there are 7 or 8 folks from Minnesota doing tree work that rented a house in my neighborhood. So, since this Ice storm covered large areas of the south I expect folks similier to those across the street are multiplied by hundreds or thousands so yes I would expect a bump in employment statistics!

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lovingthesouth72 03/07/14 - 10:14 am
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Add to that

And democrat ideas are destroying this country quite rapidly. Bottom line : we're screwed. Time for an independent to come forward. All I ask is that this country DO NOT elect Hillary (if she were to run). It would be the worst decision ever, and more of the same destructive policies.

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Bizkit 03/07/14 - 10:29 am
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Andy and the Dems have the

Andy and the Dems have the ideas-really, really, really, A great idea in a law that doesn't save money, doesn't reduce uninsured, adds to our nat. debt, and reduces motivation to work in those with tax funded subsidies. Now please tell me it's the Republicans don't have any ideas. Whatever idea they have would obviously better than the Dems failures. The fact you believe the ACA is "working" just qualifies your lack or understanding and what a complete waste of my time to read this ignorant garbage.

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dichotomy 03/07/14 - 10:44 am
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"but many times more people

"but many times more people have seen decreased premiums, and millions more are now insured who previously had no coverage."

Well everyone I know, their premiums have gone UP...along with their co-pays and deductibles.....and their list of available doctors and hospitals have gone DOWN. But admittedly, those are all middle class working people so I realize they no longer count under this Democrat Obama administration.

And as for the uninsured, the CBO says that after EVERYTHING is said and done we will still have 30 million uninsured in this country. So basically, we have accomplished virtually nothing except driving the cost up for the middle class and ruining the best health care available in the world.

I think maybe the Republicans had the right idea. Sometimes doing NOTHING is better than doing the WRONG THING. Actually, the Republicans have offered many ideas to lower health care costs and increase availability by opening markets across state lines, etc. But true, they have not offered any ideas that would DOUBLE THE COST to the working middle class and RUIN the health care system like Obamacare. Hope you can find a doctor and a hospital that will take that crap.

KSL
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KSL 03/07/14 - 11:09 am
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Before advocating voting for

Before advocating voting for Hillary, research the vote in Congress for her heath care plan

Another generation of stupid voters and see what we got.

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CobaltGeorge 03/07/14 - 11:17 am
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Thanks Mr. Reese

for setting me straight. To think for the past 5 years I have been living in the world of lies of FOX news. Now I know the Truth!

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t3bledsoe 03/07/14 - 11:28 am
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THIS LTE deserves an award!! This is my kind of LTE!

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