Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare

Tyler Durden's picture

Once again Republicans have managed to box themselves in.

Just as the GOP has reportedly found enough votes among conservative Republicans to pass the latest iteration of the proposed Healthcare bill, with Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows saying "republicans will have the votes to pass" Obamacare repeal, Democrats realized that they once again have the leverage to bring this whole process to a grinding halt halt. And they are using it.

As The Hill reports, House Democrats will oppose any short-term spending bill - which is what McConnell was hoping on passing to buy one week of time - if Republican leaders attempt to expedite an ObamaCare repeal bill this week, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) warned Thursday. In other words, Democrats are now holding the government hostage indefinitely as long as Republicans - who now have the votes to pass new healthcare legislation - threaten to repeal Obamacare.

Hoyer, the Democratic whip, spoke with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) Thursday morning to warn him of the Democrats' position. "If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer said in an email.

“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That's why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”

"If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county's health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week Continuing Resolution on their own,” Hoyer said.

As the Hill adds, the threat is significant because GOP leaders will likely need Democratic votes to pass a short-term spending bill in the face of opposition from conservatives historically opposed to government funding bills. Even Trump has chimed in... again.

Ironically, as long as the GOP was split internally, and appeared it did not have enough votes to repeal Obamacare, the government shutdown was a negligible risk. However now that Democrats have realized that the new bill may just pass, they are using the biggest leverage they have: holding one-week continuing resolutions indefinitely, in the process assuring that Republicans may never be able to pass Obamacare repeal, with the government being funded on a week-by-week basis only as long as the GOP agrees not to pass such a vote.

The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Friday night, much of the federal government would shut down.

The market, naturally, has noticed, and as Citi observes "the latest bout of headlines has investors on edge - US Republicans and Senate in deep conflict. Speaking to our desks, interest seen - especially for USDJPY - appears to be largely short-term, reactionary. As we type, the market looks for a base. USDJPY now 111.20. US 10y yield at 2.2950%."

How this particular impasse will be resolved remains unclear.

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Entourage's picture

And they call themselves progressive.


We will shut ourselves down if we don't get what we want. How idiotic does that sound?

alt right dude's picture

Trump and GOP / RINOs are such pussies.

Even a woman sees it

“Can Republicans Ever Win Now?” Ann Coulter Slams Trump and GOP

LamePublicans !

Dyler_Turden's picture

Worry not

Is the Art of The Deal:

Play dead and let them step all over you.

Or how was it? Coz' I don't read glossy magazines with selfabsorbed assholes on the cover.



Raymond K Hessel's picture

I feel ike I'm the only one who heard "Repeal Obamacare" during the campaign.


Who the fuck ever said or wanted "Repeal and Replace"???


Just hit the backspace button on the law until it's all fucking gone and CTRL-Z to bring back the old law. How fucking hard is that?

Sanity Bear's picture

The old laws sucked, too, which is what created the political support for a new one.

The solution is getting the feds out of business where they do not belong. If it's not EXPLICITLY in the Constitution, it's out of the feds' lawful jurisdiction.

eatthebanksters's picture

Let them shut it down...if they do it will only add to the destruction of the party in the 2018 elections.

Rabbi Chaim Cohen's picture

Repeal Obamacare AND shut down the government?!! Really?! When can we start?!!!

Mr. Universe's picture

Did Trump really play the "Shut down the National Parks card"???

I'm sorry but I'm done with this fucker. I saw the signs , but had hope. Hope, no more. He is a Zionist tool, the guy that said all the things those that had had enough wanted to hear. Instead we are going to get an even more totalitarian state, oh and moar war, much more.

PrayingMantis's picture


... "Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare" ...

... presenting ... the hallowed halls of CONgress ... the bastion of truth and justice ... and equality for all ...



Keyser's picture

Let the Dims shut down the government and play the same blame-game that Obama used the last time around... What's good for the goose....... 

fx's picture

They control the house, the senate, the SC and the WH. And still they can't get anything done? WTF?? Obozo starts to look like an achiever in comparison.

Boondocker's picture

+1000. Worthless fools...

moimeme's picture

"How this particular impasse will be resolved remains unclear."

Well, that's the government for you.

ATM's picture

Real "republicans" don't have control of anything. The Dems still control congress because of the likes of McCain, Corker, McConnell and that creepy little fucker Lindsey Graham. 

It says "R" next to their names but they are anything buy. Those are the most dangerous enemies. They should be hung as spies. 

Beowulf55's picture

No........hang them as traitors.

Mikeyy's picture

Every one of those people you just named is a Senator.  But we're talking about the House in the post above, not the Senate.  Those guys have nothing to do with this.It's clear to everybody (except the dumb asses who post on ZH) that there is a constituency for Obamacare, and there are Republicans whose constituency supports Obamacare who can't just vote to repeal it.


That's the holdup here, pure and simple.  It takes a dunce not to realize that.

Chauncey Gardener's picture

Republicans hold office, Democrats hold power. Let that sink in--I have had it with these spineless losers...

Gorgeous's picture

No, please don't shut down Old Faithful??!!  Sure it's stoooopid, but have to play the blame game.  Not only parks, but pull govt funding on Zika Virus research so that little babies die.  "The Dems are baby murderers"!  Politics is all about controlling the blame narrative, orchestrating outrage that plays well on TV.  That's all anything is about these days.  Reality TV, USA.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

 Uh, there has never been any study that determined that the Zika virus harms, much less kills, babies.  You watch too much fake news.Having said that, I like your idea of using their propaganda against them.

Gorgeous's picture

I dont watch any news, fake or otherwise, Big C.  Of course orchestrating outrage is fake.  Bigly fake.  Assad-wantonly-murdering-his-own-citizen's-babies-with-Sarin-gas fake. The game in town is what you can claim and what will stick long enough to justify your outcome.  Not the facts.  Sadly it has come to this.

Mr. Universe's picture

I'm pretty sure no one but those who seek to empower themselves at others expense needs any of these government agencies. Let's shut them down permanently.


Just geting rid of these 9 tools of the globalist agenda could reduce the budget by almost 1.3 TRILLION and enhance freedom bigly.


Observant's picture

Please include the DEA and BATFE. Little more than gummint' criminal organizations infested with killers. Remember who started the Waco fiasco so their funding wouldn't be cut?

Daily Bail's picture

New website is a good second stop after Drudge...

Updated more often, and better headlines

Mr. Universe's picture

I think I have gotten to this point about now.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —

The only question that remains is when will enough citizens realize that we are guilty of deriliction of duty? We do have the power to stop this, it's only a matter of can we come together in time or will the misinformation machine keep things rolling along? 

tmosley's picture

So that was it? Your line in the sand?

Real principled stand you are taking there.

Mr. Universe's picture

No, it was just another in a continued huuuge long train of beautiful abuses. I wasn't convinced to begin with and then the war criminal attack on Syria, gee I know we are supposed to be winning but it sure doesn't feel like it.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The beautiful parks will be shut down.  Nobody can walk across a beautiful field without being admitted.

odious debt's picture

That's ok, I'm sure he's done with pearl clutchers like you, too. "Mr. Universe"

Mr. Universe's picture

Are you making fun of my Love-bot wife Lenore? I gave her those pearls and yes I do clutch them at the appropriate moment. I realize this is fight club, but that's a low blow "odious debt". Oh, and fuck off.

Mclovin's picture

So Mr see this as Republicans declining to sign the spending bill, thus shutting down the government? Interesting.

Mr. Universe's picture

No, I see this as ALL the venimous creatures coming together at the Swamp Bar like they do everyday and laugh their asses off at the thought that anything would really change to drain the swamp and enhance the freedom of US citizens.

Mclovin's picture

...So Mr Universe, you see this as the Republicans declining to sign spending bill, thereby shutting down government?? Interesting.

Mr. Universe's picture

No I see this as an example of why our government is broken beyond repair.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Governments can never get smaller, more efficient, or simpler. They can only grow in complexity and cost.

Sofa King's picture

Amen, Rabbi.

I don't remember anybody giving a shit about me when they passes the ACA and proceeded to have my coverage gutted while doubling the cost.

Fuck 'em, shut it all down...

froze25's picture

Shut it down, let the money empty out. Then Trump gets full control on what gets cut and what gets funded. I believe I read an article by Doug Casey on here about this very topic not too long ago. No need to turn it back on.

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Would be a really convenient time to end the filibuster as well...

Mr. Bones's picture

Indeed, let them shut it down.  Will to wall coverage of them calling it partisanship when the Republicans do what the Democrats did to get the avomination passed in the first place.  After it is undeniable that the Democrats are the cause of the latest shutdown, withdraw the threat.  Let Ocare be the trainwreck in slow motion that it's always been until it has categorically imploded and the (16 million less than 40million) that it was sold on don't have insurance.

At that point there will be zero reason for the Democrats to oppose an alternative, and it will be the Democrats who were 'intransigent' in reforming it before the unmitigated failure.

wren's picture

The Dem's hate it, must be good!

Gorgeous's picture

Agree.  The criticism and pressure on those who "shut down the government" will always drown out whatever issue is being held hostage.  It's a hollow bluff.  Let the Dems be the "obstructionists" while the Repugs hone their message.

CheapBastard's picture

Middle class Democrats are getting killed by Obamacae also so it's crucial for Trump to clarify where the blame belongs----- On pelosi, Schumer, etc democrat shoulders.

He needs to put out ads on TV informing the Gruberized stupid Americans whom to blame for screwing them.

Gorgeous's picture

That would be great indeed, but Trumps messaging seems oddly limited to tweet-speak. He should hire an ad agancy that specializes in un-gruberizing.  And if the Dems pick this shutdown fight, Trump should jump in with both feet and club them to death over it.

DocBerg's picture

No need for the Republicans to do anything but eliminate the illegal transfers to ObamaCare from the GSEs, and then let nature take its course.  Without that major subsidy, the insurance companies will all flee from the exchanges, and the blighted law will collapse of its own accord. 

Arrow4Truth's picture

"Destruction of the party" is a very good reason for a party. Let's party!

slightlyskeptical's picture

"Welfare of the people"

Damn betcha that the .gov has the duty to make sure that Americans can get quality healthcare regardless of income.