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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Break_the_Bank's picture

Shut the Federal Govt down and let Trump decide which bills get paid. Stop paying the damn Senators and Representatives.

TabakLover's picture

Hardball!   Batter up.

Bill of Rights's picture

fuck you Democrats... Go live in europe you cunts.

Kevin Trader's picture

Flip Flopper sucks at negotiations, pass it and then through the pressure back on them and say fuck it, its too late what are you gonna do now, 


brushhog's picture

Last time they "shutdown the government" it cost them 28 billion. LOL. They cant even shut down without losing money.

Bloodstock's picture

Go ahead and shut the government down you worthless bastards. Hard working taxpayers don't need you anyway. Only blood sucking government worksrs and lazy fucks without a job need you so go ahead and shut the government down. Do it soon, I've been waiting for a long time for you fuckers to just go away.

Bill of Rights's picture

More Proof there wont be another DEMOCRAT elected for higher office for the next 40 years! these people are Tyrants!

Yonathan Zwift's picture

This is Designed Foolishness ... Knavity on a Sublime Scale ... no average intelligence human would 'accidentally' box themselves into a corner like this time after time after time ... without ... profit.


Gorgeous's picture

:)  The "Sublime Knavity Scale" goes to 11.

johnwburns's picture

Who I hate the most oscillates hourly, the American government loathathon. 

Gorgeous's picture

"Shut down the government".   Catchy phrase.  Park Rangers and DMV workers will get a longer weekend.  What else?

What if the DOD, DOS, NSA, ODI, ONI, DIA, FTD, CIA...were all were badge-locked out of their offices and log-ins revoked?

Now that would be a shutdown.  Bring it!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Republicans didn't "box themselves in".  Republicans are in on it.   Duh.

Iconoclast421's picture

DO IT!!!! DO IT NOW!!!

B1G mNy's picture

Shut it down! And close a few liberal spots with signs that read: "Government shut down due to Democrat members of Congress" done.

rkoen's picture

Call the bluff.  We will blame the democrat fascists forever!

Minack's picture

Shoot the hostage. Send a message.

poeg's picture

Just wow. A lot of hate coming towards Canada but one thing here is that the winner of the election, holding a majority house and senate, can do whatever the fuck they want. Just look at our fucked up Muslims are not to be spoken ill of regardless of how many daughters they strangle for wearing jeans law.


ToSoft4Truth's picture

Trump should come clean and tells us he likes to get pissed on, show us the video then get to work.  Forgive and forget. 



tlnzz's picture

The Government of circus and bread. NOT ONCE does the bill have the word REPEAL in it. Ryan has won out on protecting the Insurance companies. Shut the whole fucking thing down. Maybe it will collapse under its own fraudulent weight.

slightlyskeptical's picture

More Americans are for Obamacare than are against it.


Solution is to take PROFIT out of healthcare. No one has the balls to do what needs to be done, especially the Republicans.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

As soon as Mother Teresa of Calcutta died, what happened to her pet peoples?? 


There will never be enough healthy folks to support the sick and dying. 



joeyman9's picture

Solution is to get rid of the intermediary and restore the patient doctor (customer provider) relationship.  I like Rand Paul's buying co-ops that lets groups of people pay a flat fee to enable them access to their services.  Get the insurance companies out of health care.

Thurmonster's picture

Remove the incentive to pursue a career in healthcare and soon you will only have entry-level skilled workers doing the job of real managers, and then no one gets good healthcare. Typical Leftist outcome to any "solution" you humanity haters tout as the only solution. I'm so sick of you losers snidely condemning any other ideas besides the ones your masters feed you. Your masters tell you how smart and advanced you are for being able to see the "truth". After all the taunting and name-calling from the useful idiots in your hateful ideology, when these ideas bring about the opposite of their "intended" results, your masters just send you all off an another crusade of destruction disguised as a solution. They never mention the harm you caused by supporting those tyrants. They just tell you how smart you are, and you do whatever they say in return. For Chrit's sake, go pay MENSA to give you a certificate telling the World how brilliant you are and leave politics to the adults.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

Sore ass butt hurt loser party

Wigglesworth's picture

More uniparty theater.  Republicans aren't repealing Obamacare.

Duc888's picture



True, Trump should have never campaigned on that.  He SHOULD have just STFU and let it collapse under it's own weight.

VWAndy's picture

 Yep. The best part would be watching as the most progresive states went tits up one after the other.

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Fake Trump's picture

Shut it down. Who cares. Have to show Trump that the sun doesn't rise and set on his ass. 

TePikoElPozo's picture

if the government shuts down

who's gonna fire the tomahawks?

Wahooo's picture

The same private contractors who fire them today.

Joe Wazzzz's picture

I think Stockman is right. This is the take down. Nobody is going to budge. Trump will tweet the Dems to hell. The Dems will stand fast believing wrongly that they can have Trump impeached and take over in time to right the listing Ship of State but she is about to turn turtle. 

Personally, I think Trump and his advisors saw this coming thus his recent military adverturism either to give pause to the Chinese, Russians and Iranian during our upcoming economical battle or to start a war to marginalize the Dems. Either way, this is a turning point for sure.

Sick Underbelly's picture

So, when people think of "Government shut down" it's designed to raise that intrinsic OH MY GAWD! FEAR (((they))) expect.

If you read, you realize little gets "shut down".   Little changes.

For a *real* FEARFUL EVENT FOR CONGRESS MEMBERS it should be that a government shutdown does this:

a) NO government payments are made, at all, to anyone foreign.   If the US owes payment to some foreign entity, too fucking bad...wait, or come and try to take it

b) NO payments to any employees, with NO backpay.   Right now, most every gubbmint employee doesn't just STOP WORKING...military continues to function, most all Social Security and VA people continue to show up and work.   They are also guaranteed backpay.   Any day they "miss" while Congress fucks off, they will get that money.  If none of the millions of government workers received back pay for how long the government shut down, how willing would those people be to keep humping it to work?  For how long?

c) NO welfare, medicaid, SS, food stamps, "freebies" are paid.   If EBT was shut off and the SS check didn't mail, and it was made very fucking simplistic and clear to the "recipients" that "your fuckoff Congress people" are to blame for the recipients not getting their FREE SHIT....I'll let YOU do the imaginings on that one.

Right now, CONGRESS PEOPLE HAVE LITTLE TO FEAR, and the fear drummed up of "government shutdown" is misplaced for the wrong reasons.

djcando's picture

Cut all their elite healthcare benefits and make them go on Obamacare.

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PGR88's picture

Repeal of Obamacare  AND a shutdown of

Personally, I hope they trigger a debt and currency crisis, that neuters permanently, but that's probably too much to hope for

Thurmonster's picture

"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,”   -This from a Democrat who voted for the ACA? I guess it would be OK if they knew how much their bill would cost but lied about it. I guess he would be fine with it if it took the healthcare insurance away from hundreds of millions instead of a measley twenty-four million. I'm starting to believe if Democrats didn't commit so many crimes and ethical violations, they wouldn't be able to make up anything to accuse non-Democrats of doing.

Stan522's picture

Republican'scan't negotiate worth shit..... This is a devilcRAT created problem and they somehow have been able to put a noose around the necks of republican leadership.

I would simply make an announcement that dem's are obstructing republicans from fixing their atrocious o-care law and let it die on the vine. Every day, all lawmakers should have press conferences and say that dem's are obstructionists and if you want the health care law fixed to call your local devilcRAT and tell them to either join in or get out of the way, but it has to be completely flopped which will get the attention of the American people.......

Do this EVERY DAY!

rockstone's picture

No sweat off of my rollers. This is change I can believe in.

Marilee's picture

Well of course.

OccamsCrazor's picture

FUCKING DUMBOCRATS.   So what they are essentially saying is that its ok for Abominable Care to keep fucking the nation, and to continue to DEFEND, the screwing of the citizens. Democrats support price gouging on drugs, double digit increases annually on premiums, and the push toward bankruptcy of all Americans.  


bkboy's picture

A government "shutdown" is a misnomer.  Not extending the government's ability to borrow does NOT require a "government shutdown".  Rather, it merely prevents the government from spending more money than taxes bring in.  It should be called "government-spending-equal-to-receipts" but that doesn't sound as scary, so the presstitutes prefer "government shutdown".

withglee's picture

, it merely prevents the government from spending more money than taxes bring in.

After government uses taxes to pay tribute (interest) to the money changers that institute it, there are no taxes left to pay for government. Thus government is sustained by counterfeiting (inflation) ... that "invisible" tax you and I pay.

Shut it down ... now!

Iterative secession. Its time has come.

UndertheDRADIS's picture

The RINO plan is to let OblablaCare fall completely apart and pin it on the Democrats. It appears that the Democrats are willing to help, so why do anything at the moment?

VWAndy's picture

   Exactly. Why should the Rs take any blame for its total failure. Its the Ds shit samitch let them eat every bite of it. I hope they choke on it. So why should the Rs give it any thought? Then just tell all the snowflakes they shoulda read it first.

south40_dreams's picture

Bring it on you friggin Nazi's!