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GOP Lawmaker: Previous ObamaCare Repeal Votes Were a Fraud

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 6:10 pm

Yup, this is pretty clear.

If the quote from Rep. Joe Barton isn’t showing up properly in your browser, I’ll repeat it. It deserves to be repeated anyway.

Reporters asked why, after Republicans held dozens of nearly-unanimous votes to repeal ObamaCare under President Obama, they were getting cold feet now that they control the levers of power.

“Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” he admitted. “We knew the President, if we could get a repeal bill to his desk, it would almost certainly be vetoed. This time we knew if it got to the President’s desk it would be signed.”

That’s about as blatant an admission of political fraud as you are ever likely to see.

Confirming that this was kabuki are Paul Ryan’s and Donald Trump’s reactions. Paul Ryan says they’re moving on from health care. After a very, very, very short effort. Trump is glad he got it out of the way:

Frauds. Charlatans. Liars.

I can’t exit the post without some reminders of how easy it was going to be:

And this:

My first day in office I’m going to ask Congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law, and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability. You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost, and it’s gonna be so easy.

Con artists.

Today’s lack of a vote was glorious. We avoided a disaster. But giving up now? Unforgivable.

Pass the real repeal you promised.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. Joe Wilson was right but it isn’t just Obama who lies. The Tea Party needs to primary Barton.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/24/2017 @ 6:27 pm

  2. Barton’s constituents are already unhappy with <a href=";Mr. Shut Up.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/24/2017 @ 6:30 pm

  3. It looks like an object lesson on why Trump got elected.

    Comment by gbear — 3/25/2017 @ 2:08 am

  4. Thus WaPo article suggests Barton caved to pressure from Trump. This is probably Barton trying to justify what he did by saying it was a political lie. I guess he figures Trump supporters are fine with political lies.

    Comment by DRJ — 3/25/2017 @ 5:57 am

  5. That want about health care dry, and Barton is right collectivelybwhen one considers the cr’s

    Comment by narciso — 3/25/2017 @ 7:21 am

  6. ?

    Comment by DRJ — 3/25/2017 @ 8:51 am

  7. Want about heath care , but another prig priority,

    Comment by narciso — 3/25/2017 @ 10:14 am

  8. ??

    Comment by DRJ — 3/25/2017 @ 1:28 pm

  9. “I alone can fix it.”

    Go for it, big boy.

    Comment by Martha — 3/26/2017 @ 2:25 pm

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