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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veeger's picture

thats like one bankrobber telling the other bankrobber " i'm going to tell on us , if you don't do as i say '............hahaha shit , the psycopaths have really topped themselves this time.

deimos178's picture

Shut down the government? They say that like it is a bad thing. 

aliens is here's picture

I guess we now know who holds the power in Congress. GOP is weak, they pretty much gave Obama everything he wanted now they have the WH and they can't do shyt. The good thing about DT election is GOP finally showed us they can't govern. Weak SOB.

oldmanofthesee's picture

I cannot understand those fuckin' dopes. They don't have to repeal anything. They only have to follow the law! Stop skimming Freddie/Fannie profits and dividends and that ends subsidy money. Or, just don't continue the Obama lawsuit appeal on May 22.

tx_libtard's picture

So the Dems are gonna shut the government down to make sure that 24 million people don't lose thier health care?  It's gonna be kinda hard for the GOP to argue against that.  Well, it should be, but I'm sure they'll find a way!

Berspankme's picture

They dont have healthcare anyways. They have the requirement to pay a premium. Most of these people cant raise 500 bucks and they have a plan with 7500 deductible. Fucking joke. Go fuck yourself

hotrod's picture

Good point.  Like my 26 year old daughter.  She pays for insurance every month but cannot afford her $6,000 deductible to use it.

tx_libtard's picture

Well I was talking more about people getting coverage period.  I know for a fact that the rules about pre-existing conditions would be rolled back in TX asap, and that it would impact more people that I know personally than I can count on one hand.  And affording it would be a lot easier, again in TX, if the assholes in the statehouse had taken the federal funding, but they didn't, knowing full well what it would do to people's premiums across the board.    

joeyman9's picture

Their health care is not the same as their insurance.  They'll get their health care.

deplorable nation's picture

Banana-nose Ryan makes John Boehner look good.

JLee2027's picture

Shut it down please. The entire monstrosity needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

joeyman9's picture

Rebuilt????!!!!!  Why; so we can redo the entire process and wind up right back where we are now?

JLee2027's picture

I'm hoping for divine intervention and a return to just and righteous kings, but that's probably asking too much.

VWAndy's picture

 More chain yanking.

Berspankme's picture

Absolute victory for the people. Shut it down completely. Fuck everyone of you gov fags

barysenter's picture

Fuck You Malakas!

scoutshonor's picture

Please don't throw me in that briar patch!

Reaper's picture

Donnie Ryan, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When Schumer's boys came out to play,
Donnie Ryan ran away.

mendigo's picture

It seems the government shutdown is too big opportunity to waste. Looks to me like Senior Trump has upper hand at moment.

Check to you obomber.

jughead's picture

Trump and his merry band of RINOs will cave.  Trump has proven to be all mouth, no balls. Meet the new empty suit, same as the old empty suits. 

Berspankme's picture

No national parks? Where will we see the chinese?

Laughing.Man's picture

In Chinatown.  Drive the beater.

Everybodys All American's picture

If Trump caves on this you can stick a fork in his presidency. Shut it down.


Burticus's picture

PULEASE, SHUT 'ER DOWN, then execute 'em all (after speedy trials, of course)!!!

orangegeek's picture

Repeal o-care.


See what happens.

Pulp Culture's picture

If the demonic rats shut down the fed gov for too long...folks might realize how little it does...and how little fed gov is needed on a day to day basis.

joeyman9's picture

That's why they cry hysterically to end the shutdowns as soon as possble.

Chaos_Theory's picture

Man, this is like your enemy saying they'll shoot themselves if you don't surrender!  Of course, Repubs too limp to comprehend.

Thenardier's picture

"investors on edge"...what's an investor?

HRClinton's picture

Speculators. And pension fund hostages.

redtie's picture

I can't but think that some how Trump will come out the victor...this is indeed very good entertainment if nothing else. 

WinstonSmith1984's picture

The Republicans don't need the Dems to keep the government open so what's the big deal?

Falconsixone's picture

Good! Who need you?

These lying perverts will never cut their own throats.

If they do I'll throw the worlds biggest party.

Jeepers Creepers's picture

If the media didn't report it, would anyone notice if the federal government shut down?

Duc888's picture



Bad, bad, Dumocrats... eeeeevil war mongering dumocrats...


My, My how the tides have changed.


Trump needs to call their bluff.

nsurf9's picture

Take a cue from the democrats after their 8 year spending (and Federal Reserve stealing) binge - "How dare you put the full faith and credit of the United States in jeopardy?" Then, get your unlimited spending cap and go get drunk and then spend another $20t.

TuPhat's picture

How do the DC vermin think they can keep fooling us.  There has never been any discussion about repealing Obamacare.  They only want to tweek it a bit.  It should be repealed but no one in DC will do that for us.  The Demonrats and Republicrats still want to pretend they are not the same Oligarch org.  Trump has failed us, the USA is sliding into the swamp he promised to drain.  I didn't think the ballot box would work and it didn't.  Deconstructing civilization is up next and that isn't what I want either.  This roller coaster never stops until it crashes.

oldguyonBMXbike's picture

Mystery Babylon will burn and it will be enlightening. I can't wait.

small axe's picture

government by gridlock is no government at all

run them ALL out of town

One of We's picture

Sometimes the best deal is the one you walk away from....

Raging Goose's picture

Shut her down Dems hell youve been getting your asses kicked for 3 cycles now might as well make it a permanant losing streak.

pine_marten's picture

Yes, the Dems are the least agreeable of the zombie ticks, pidgeons, leeches.

JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

But but if government shuts down, who will pass laws further violating our rights and subjugating future generations to a lifetime of debt servitude and endless wars for the profit of the transnational mega-corps with their lapdog politicians and the hidden banking dynasties running it all from the center of the web?




brushhog's picture

If we really look at it, it's the democrats that have boxed themselves in..."If you dont give us more government, we're going to give you less government". LOL.
Heads you win, tails we lose.

Silver Savior's picture

Well I want them to get rid of the mandate to have insurance but at the same time I don't want Republicans getting their way replacing obummercare.

jomama's picture

What a fucking moron Trump is.

At least we're not in a nuclear war, yet.