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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NidStyles's picture

Quality healthcare, because you're going to be drowning in debt from student loans that you'll never be able to have a job that pays enough to pay it back.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

My lab assistant's husband had a stroke and died after a week in ICU. She just got the hospital bill. 326K. The surgeon, radiology, lab etc bills haven't come yet.

Personally I think student loans, though oppressive because near to impossible to discharge, pale in comparison. Healthcare is simply a means to asset grab.


Sanity Bear's picture

Thanks. I really wanted the opinion of someone who can't tell the difference between a statement of intent and an actual delegation of power.

jm63's picture

You're exactly right; I've said that for years and during the whole lead up to Obummercare passing.

sleigher's picture

Unfortunately healthcare companies will work across state lines and they will use the commerce clause like they do for EVERYTHING else to get control.

We are passed the point of "We can elect someone and fix this."  Trump has brought me there 100% where I was probably 95% there already.

It's not Right to hate - it's Left's picture

Unfortunately, when Oba mamer jammer asked all the top healthcare elite into the backdoor meeting promising to provide 100% enrollment vs a noncompliance fine, they ripped up all the old mechanisms they had in place to screw the people and replaced them with new super duper obamacare ways to screw us.  We can never simply go back.  Kansas does not exist anymore Dorothy..  The same with the size of government.  Its like once you step in poop you never really get rid of the smell.  Me thinks... Time for toto-ly new shoes, preferribly some kick-ass boots.  This time around voters should have to pass a constitution test to get their yes/no card... Screw the resistance and bring on Civ Rev 2.0.  Puerto Rico can be the sanctuary city for loser libtard refugees.  Just sayin

lakecity55's picture


You are not alone. I never heard the "Reform" part either.


null's picture

Probably just that. Or at least whatever a self absorbed 455hole would not be expected to do.

If it told one exactly what to to, it probably would be the science and not the art of the deal.

Calmyourself's picture

Fantastic, shut the whole shit show down...  See if the MSM can cover your commie progressive asses for you.  Please shut it all down..

onewayticket2's picture

The press will go full retard on why this is republicans' fault.  


with luck, Americans will be awake enough to see - once again - the scam the liberals (press/congress/academia/etc) are pulling.

PT's picture


<-- Sneaky plan by the Ds to shut down border protection and let moar illegals in.
<-- Sneaky plan by Trump to cut Govt spending.

I can't figure out this one.

BuckWild's picture

Let me help you it means the Jooish bankers control everything!

GUS100CORRINA's picture


The following DEMONIC news headlines are promoting the SPIRIT of FEAR. 


Headline: Democrats Take Government Hostage: Threaten To Shut It Down If GOP Repeals Obamacare (DEMONIC)

Headline: Japan Warns Citizens To Prepare For North Korean Missile Attack

Headline: China To Test New Weapons, Stage Live Fire Drills In Retaliation To US THAAD Deployment

etc., etc., etc.


This is a spiritual battle and has little to nothing to do with man's wisdom and choice. 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Key Players in orchestrating events: NERGAL and others

Syrin's picture

I fully expect Trump to cower in fear, give Schumer what he wants but get a zing or two in on Twitter.   It's called LOSING.


He SHOULD SHUT THE MF'ER DOWN.   Then demand the wall be built, repeal of Ocare, then blast Schumer and Ryano HOURLY over their obstructionism.  But he won't.   Ivanka has his balls in her purse.

caconhma's picture

Trump is

  • Liar
  • Buffoon
  • Clown
  • Egomaniac
  • Imbecile
  • POS

Welcome to GS's zio-puppet Trump America. The greatest Trump "achievement" will be starting a nuclear war.

shamus001's picture

I remember this vividly last time.  The Republicans were holding out of the funding, and Obama let it expire... as time passed the heat and anger was directed towards the Republicans for blocking .gov funding -- so I say, let the Democrats block funding and let all of the anger be directed towards them for what follows!


NoDebt's picture

Make the Ds actually do it.  At some point you have to stop being a pussy and stand up for yourselves.  The Rs are scared of their own shadow.  They're so traumatized they think they'll always get the blame for a shut-down.  Gotta get past that shit.

Do it.  Then go on a media blitz and put that blame right where it belongs for the shut-down:  on the Ds.  I know the media is 100% behind the Ds, but you can get your message out.  You still have Fox News (well, Tucker Carlson, anyway) and AM talk radio.  It ain't much but it can be done.

More importantly, you have to try.  There will ALWAYS be some way the Ds can throw a wrench in the gears.  You keep backing down and they'll keep right on doing it knowing they won't even be challenged.  YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THAT DYNAMIC or you'll never pass a single piece of legislation ever.

And we'll remember in 2018.  If all you prove to us in the next 2 years is that you really don't want to govern, we'll be happy to relieve you of that responsibility.


Syrin's picture

They will get blamed for a shut down.   They will get blamed if there isn't a shut down.   They get blamed no matter what, yet they keep getting elected all over the country yet act like a bunch of collective pussies who don't understand that no matter what you do you will be blamed.   They were voted int o do what WE wanted, not what the media, Schumer and Ivanka wanted. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

A Shit Down brings the Crime Syndicate to a halt. Which the Criminal at the Treasury & Federal Reserve cannot allow to happen.

The system of Debt, Bondage & Enslavement must continue.

The Money Printing must continue.

Sanity Bear's picture

LOL you wish.

Fed shutdowns are by design a Washington Monument Syndrome situation. All the really ugly stuff that we don't want to be happening will not be interrupted in the slightest - those are the "essential personnel" that stay on during misnamed "shutdowns".

Falconsixone's picture

Make sure they add the USAF 500 chemtrail jets to the shutdown.

BuckWild's picture

Trump could use the Military to shut down the Media and promote his own propaganda!

shamus001's picture

Where are you from? Venezuela?  That kind of crap only happens when Democrats are in charge.  Recall NDAA? the patriot act was bad enough, but NDAA is FULL BLOWN NAZI $H!T!

VD's picture


Winston Churchill's picture

Don't shoot or the nigga gets it.

What a farce.

Retired Guy's picture

Can anybody explain why profitable government activity like the national parks are closed during a shut down?

Secret Weapon's picture

Stop right there or the nigger get it.  I see. The old Blazing Saddles trick.  Nice one.

Jein's picture

That's exactly what Republican did in 2013. You losers were listening to Ted Cruz of all assholes

WTFRLY's picture

Yea shut it down already, just more suspense before the Great Event

Max Cynical's picture

Call their bluff...shut it down and announce there will NOT be any back pay.

Wang Dang SP's picture

I'm not very religious but I'm praying like a mutha fukr!

Jacksons Ghost's picture

Oh noes, please, don't shut down the Gov't, I beg you....

new game's picture

luv a good game of chicken...

place your bets...

pass the salt, plez.

Winston Churchill's picture

Try plaing chicken with Indian truck drivers on the grand trunk rd.

Barely two lanes and they are eating opium goulies to stay awake.

The Wizard's picture

Shut it down is one way to drain the swamp. The problem is key swamp members will not suffer.

Notice how we no longer see the term "debt ceiling". The ceiling never existed.

“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe when the legislature is in session”
-Mark Twain

I would like to know what sort of blackmail info the banksters threaten to use. Can this be in the mix along with controlling Trumpster loans.

There is no way this is 100% proof. It is a misleading headline which does not help the credibility of the site.

True Blue's picture

Repeal it, then let 'em shut it down. Win-win.

Please don't throw me into that briar patch -please.

Ring_Of_Fire's picture

Just buy more stocks, everything is awesome! 

markettime's picture

Wait a minute, isnt the majority of gov workers democrat? I don't see the problem here.

Caledonian's picture

Win win if you ask me. But if you shut it down shut it down for good.

vealparm's picture

As long as they want to shut it down, put the money for the wall back in there, why wait till September.

Fuck the scumbag Democrats.........shut it down, call their hardball.

Hyjinx's picture

Fuck that.  Burn it down!

Raffie's picture

They should threaten to QUIT their jobs. That will show President Trump whats what.

JRobby's picture

Let them do it. Repubs should even help a little.

Then keep this moment at the forefront of "talking points" right up until NOV 2018


Syrin's picture

Seems obvious to everyone here.   What the fuck happened to Trump?

new game's picture

3 party tyranny, r, d, deep state...

JRobby's picture

Trump is either overcome by "swamp gas" or this is an insane level of "rope-a-dope" and he may come out swinging any time now.................

I can't tell.

SilverRoofer's picture

AND You Can Tell Them To Go Fuck Themselves!

From the commercial that the Clinton campaign put out that got the Donald elected!

Love it

drendebe10's picture

Fukda progressive liberal democrap turds. Stick a HIV ridden rusty piece of rebar up all of their progressive liberal democrap syphlitic azzhoes. Fukemall.

HRClinton's picture

Trump the Chump, will flip flop, after a beautiful cake from Chuck, and tears from Princess Ivanka.

He'll fold. Again. No spine. No spine. So sad. So sad.

Trumptards will rationalize it as Negotiating or 11D Chess, in their quasi religious, cultist fervor. Pathetic.



Kidbuck's picture

It's Trump and his tweets against the entire msm. Which world view will prevail? It's leeches against taxpayers. I think the leeches won many years ago. When Newt caved that was the last chance for fiscal sanity. I think Trump might still have a miracle or two left perform. No sense trying guess at his full performance at this point.