GOPe Relentlessly Play Shell Game With ObamaCare – Now Comes: “Lets Prop-Up Rubio Version”…

Oh, we don’t support Obamacare they said.  We’ll repeal Obamacare they said.  We’ll replace Obamacare with sensible legislation they said.  Well, that was prior to the mid-term 2014 election.

This story represents an example of how the GOPe manipulate the electorate into thinking the pea is under the middle shell, while their slight of hand is so experienced the pea isn’t actually under any….

If you don’t enmesh yourself in fully understanding the intricate details of how Washington DC is playing “UniParty” it is almost impossible to keep track of their maneuvers; this too is entirely by design.

House Budget Chairman Paul RyanBoehner McConnell

As you read this, remember there is no actual federal budget in place.  Despite Republicans in control of the House and Senate they never passed a budget for fiscal year 2016 which began October 1st last month.   This was/is I.N.T.E.N.T.I.O.N.A.L. 

This non-budget SPENDING aspect is critically important to understand because the GOPe forward priorities, which are in full alignment with the White House, are dependent on the electorate not understanding the difference between the budget process, and a process of continuing resolutions.

This cannot be overemphasized – because if you don’t understand the difference, you fall trap to believing there’s an actual pea under a shell.  There isn’t !

The last thing Speaker Boehner did was pass a long enough “continuing resolution” to take the spending process all the way through March of 2017.  Yes, that is correct, all the way to the next President’s statutorily required (constitutionally required) budget proposal.

In order to extend the spending THAT FAR – it had to be constructed without a debt ceiling limit on how much they could spend.  So Boehner removed the ceiling and the House passed the entire scheme.

Continuing resolution, unlimited spending, no ceiling on debt – Got it?

♦ Why was/is that needed?  Simple, because the GOPe had, and have, no intention of undermining any spending within existing legislation and/or currently baseline funded programs underway.

In essence, the short version is:  every program on the books has the capacity for continued funding without limit.   The only action that “COULD” be taken, is “unfunding” by writing a law removing the program.  The budgetary process is completely removed – if you want to stop a program, congress would have to take action.  If they do nothing, it’s funded.

♦ What that means?  Well, example: DACA the illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty (DHS) program is funded, even while it sits in suspended mode due to Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction.  It would take an act of congress to “unfund” it – if they do nothing, it’s funded.  See how that works?

Another example:  ObamaCare, the programs (all subsidiary dependent programs) related to ObamaCare are funded.  Remember, under the CR there is no upward limit on the spending, there is no debt ceiling – the deficit can expand without boundary.  The only way to eliminate any aspect of Obamacare consequence is to “defund” the program.  Again, doing nothing, means the program is funded.

That’s two GOPe examples.  But wait, it gets better.

Here’s where the tricky GOPe play out a narrative to assist their team.  Check this out:

Rubio The Hill


The campaign selling point, also promoted by the Decepticon GOPe, is that Candidate Marco Rubio inserted a rider into a 2014 bill saying all of O-Care’s risk corridor expenditures have to come from existing O-Care budgeting.    The obscure but ridiculously expensive program inside O-Care law known as “risk corridors” was designed to shield insurers against losses:

[…]  The risk corridors program was designed to be a temporary stopgap against high insurance claims during the first three years of the new federal program.

If an insurer had more expenses than it planned, the federal government would cover the remaining balance using cash collected from companies that paid out fewer claims than expected.  (read more)

So Rubio is being praised for a mechanism to block additional funding for “risk corridors”, which are essentially taxpayer funded insurance company bailouts.

Sounds good right?

… Except when you realize; wait, there’s no budget in place to control the spending.

Wait, wha… huh?

Using math I’ll give you an example:

Rubio’s block says you can’t spend more than “X” (let’s say 10%) on risk corridors, without taking the money from another segment of the O-Care pie, say “Y”.  However, without a budget there’s nothing to stop O-Care from enlarging the size of the pie pan.

O-care at $1 Trillion means 10% = $100 billion (X). 

But if the O-Care risk corridor bailout needs $150 billion all congress needs to do is make top line larger.  O-Care becomes $1.5 Trillion, and 10% remains but is now $150 billion (X got bigger). 

This is what happens when you don’t have a budget, spending limit, or debt ceiling.  Thanks Boehner.

Rubio is being patted on the back with credit for attacking Obamacare, however, it’s an attack in name only.  The spending mechanism is always there, because there’s no budgetary process to limit the size of the pie.

It’s a complete falsehood that Rubio is defunding insurance carriers within the risk corridors.  It’s phoney baloney.

This phoney “campaign talking point” is clearly evidenced within this recent Omnibus Spending revelation:

[…]  According to tax lobbyists and House staffers, the tentative deal now under consideration is being developed by all congressional leaders and the White House. The extenders are likely to be attached to the omnibus budget legislation expected to pass Congress by December 11.

The plan under consideration would also delay the medical device tax in exchange for additional funding for ACA risk corridors, which is a program that allows federal payments to insurers to offset high losses in the initial years of the ACA. (read more)

See how that works?


Meanwhile Rubio can go around campaigning, gnashing his teeth and proclaiming he is trying to block taxpayer funded bailouts of ObamaCare insurance companies….


Do you think a single reporter, pundit or debate moderator would ask him why there’s no federal budget this year?

Nah, me neither.

And they wonder why we support Donald Trump !

Go figure.


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143 Responses to GOPe Relentlessly Play Shell Game With ObamaCare – Now Comes: “Lets Prop-Up Rubio Version”…

  1. Sentient says:

    Boehner said he was “cleaning the barn”. What he really did was take a dump on the kitchen floor. They all supported this BS – including Ryan (of course). Has anyone identified a potential David Brat in WI1?

    Liked by 13 people

    • WeeWeed says:

      Wherever he took it, he’s working overtime behind the scene to get it forced down our throats.
      I, for one, do not like the taste of it. 👿

      Liked by 5 people

    • Curry Worsham says:

      So, BS = Boehner Shit.

      Liked by 1 person

    • IntoTheFray says:

      I would say that Boehner and the rest of the GOPe are and continue to “take a dump on the taxpayer dinner plate”. And after intentionally screwing America and the taxpayers, he gets how much in retirement from the taxpayers every year? No wonder the business of politics is booming.
      We need to start calling these people what they are, CRIMINALS!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. John Galt says:

    Attention RINOs, move away from the beach. This is your final warning.

    Liked by 23 people

  3. 240grjhp says:

    The GOPe/RNC are the yapping little chihuahua’s to Trump’s St. Bernard.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Paco Loco says:

    The deviousness of the GOPe and the Dems, and their intent to spend us into oblivion is without a doubt the biggest threat to the US. The shell games and hide the ball BS is complicated enough for the common man to have difficulty understanding the process. The result is glaring…$18 trillion in debt and rising. No way can it be repaid without draconian budget cuts to the mega welfare budget and defense. Obamacare has to be killed as it’s a bleeding sore. Trump will not be able to stop this madness alone. He needs allies in congress to stop this insanity. Where are they going to come from?

    Liked by 5 people

    • KBR says:

      Remember Trump and the art of the deal. Negotiation and good deals. It won’t be easy, but I trust him to be able to deal with the congress he has. And it seems he loves the big challenge.

      Liked by 9 people

      • IntoTheFray says:

        Trump is a great negotiator, but we the voters need to do our part and quit voting for and reelecting these incumbent criminals. A great general can do nothing without a willing army to back him up. This cannot be an elect Trump and go back to sleep event! I’m sure that is what the criminal politicians are counting on. “Elect Trump and when he is stymied by our criminal Congress, the people will despair and go back to working their menial jobs to pay their oppressive taxes.”
        We, the voters MUST do our part and vote out these criminal incumbents, the sooner the better!

        Liked by 3 people

    • H Hutto says:

      Yes, voting for Mr. Trump is only the beginning. We have to back it up with prayers for Mr. Trump’s safety and stay aware of the pit of snakes we are fighting. I am thankful for finding the Conservative Tree House and the great spirit that is found here. God Bless Trump and CTH.

      Liked by 8 people

      • drdeb says:

        We also need to PRAY he makes it to the presidency. Ears to the ground are reporting that the RNC plans to take him out.
        TRUMP 2016!

        Liked by 4 people

      • yohio says:

        Yes, but we have to do are part and that’s putting in better candidates to represent Trump and us. If need be we may have to take down rinos even for dems. It’s addition by subtraction. If Ryan and McConnell need to go for dems then so be it in my opinion. We have to be informed and do whatever it takes to help Trump if we want things to change.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Ono says:

          When Trump addresses congress for the first time you can bet the farm that he is going to stare each and every one of those crooks straight in the eyes and look deep into their souls. He has people working for him that will have the low down on these worthless disrespectful (in regards to their constituents) posers. They will likely be given a chance to change their evil ways, or they will be exposed to the American public for what they are.

          Heads will roll…to be sure. Then we will se how loyal these money grubbing snakes are to their lobbyists. The term “Turn Coat comes to mind”

          Liked by 2 people

    • margarite1 says:

      This would have to come from us – WTP loudly demanding that they help President Trump clean up their mess. Most of them would crumble in fear at being thrown out of D.C. and would shape up as needed….IMO. I think Trump has the force of personality to lead this ship in that direction. And, I have to add I don’t see that in Cruz.

      I was just investigating Trump’s IQ – since someone somewhere mentioned it – and came across this which I thought was quite interesting:

      Liked by 3 people

      • John Galt says:

        Trump is genius and social genius, the combination of which is exceedingly rare.

        Liked by 4 people

        • margarite1 says:

          Yes. What he has done is astonishing. He’s instantly morphed to being a better politician than all the politicians….in a few months. Thank God he’s on our side!

          Liked by 1 person

          • wanthetruth says:

            Don’t know if you’ve seen this. It speaks to his genius.

            Liked by 1 person

            • John Galt says:

              That describes half of Trump. I know lots of guys like that, backroom guys you can’t put on the witness stand because they can’t connect with a jury. Trump = all of that plus social genius.


              • wanthetruth says:

                John Galt, I agree. That Donald Trump can and would communicate to connect with people rather than trying to appear “smarter” or “better” than them, also negates the oft heard accusation that he is narcissistic. Also people, even here, have alluded that “he’s not the most intelligent person in the room”, which is obviously dead wrong – that’s why I’ve posted that info a few times.

                But you’re correct, Donald Trump’s EQ (emotional intelligence) and natural empathy are what is bringing We The People to him in droves. We’re all in to help Make America Great Again ! ! !


      • noritadek says:

        Thank you Marguerite for the article! Great!


    • bofh says:

      If Trump is elected, and especially if it is by a convincing margin, the GOPe will have been severely damaged. Also, as Rush often says: “if the media didn’t make you, they can’t break you”, and they surely are not “making” the success of Donald Trump; they too are hitting new lows of public opinion and trust and their influence is steadily diminishing.

      There will be ample opportunity for Trump to use the bully pulpit to selectively change the hearts and minds of specific congressmen and senators, especially when they are mentioned BY NAME in his addresses, over and over. Anyone paying attention to the campaign so far cannot help but notice that Trump is not shy or coy about naming names, and with House seats up for election every two years, I think there are plenty of cowards there that will do whatever he wants, as opposed to the will of a weakened GOPe. The Senate is a little tougher with six year terms, but the same dynamic may apply – I think few will want to face an angry President Trump, especially with weakened media cover.


    • parteagirl says:

      I can envision a President Trump exposing the congressional shell games in a most colorful and understandable way straight to the American people. Trump’s allies will come from the American voters whose anger will be leveraged to put pressure on their representatives in congress. With a president, who is not just willing, but eager to expose and mock duplicity, stupidity and incompetence, they just might be willing to fall in line this time.


  5. bertdilbert says:

    Rubio is too busy out on the campaign trail looking for new people to own him rather than going to Washington to represent the state of Florida. Florida voters elected a shyster.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Betty says:

    This reminds me of Cruz and his bill to switch from majority vote to pass to majority vote to defeat the TPT. It is very confusing and devious. We all know that Cruz and Rubio know the exact difference between what they did and what they claim they did are doing.

    I used to think Ted Cruz was an important presence in the Senate but no more.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. WeeWeed says:

    Puhh-leeze……… 🙄

    Liked by 1 person

  8. dsp says:

    SD and his writings are a national treasure in these dark hours. I hope he has private security. I don’t want to wake up one day and read that his body was found floating in a river.

    Liked by 9 people

    • truthwitness says:

      ♒((⇀‸↼))♒ we live in dangerous times – with a government full of dangerous whores who have made deal with the devil in exchange for $$$$ and a piece of the NWO which they will learn is nothing but lies. They will be gnashing their teeth and feeling the heat. This deception will not be hidden forever

      Liked by 7 people

      • Bill says:

        Whores all around the world are rightfully outraged by being compared to DC politicians.

        Liked by 3 people

        • truthwitness says:

          (▀̿̿Ĺ̯̿̿▀̿ ̿) Well yes…I do realize the sluts have good business sense and financial responsibility. Something lacking miserably in DC politicians. The most disgusting of which are those in in the White house regime using the Alinsky Cloward Piven strategies to break down our culture and bring chaos. Ethics are not unimportant to them as changes are brought on by ANY MEANS NECESSARY: LYINGMISINFORMING>STEALING…etc. So maybe better to say dangerous criminals instead of whores.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Notmeagain says:

        We’re surrounded by metaphors for Washington: assimilated by the Borg, turned into Pod people, wearing one of the Nine Rings. It really is remarkable how instantly everyone seems to be corrupted by being elected to anything.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Notmeagain says:

          PS I tried twice above to explain the metaphor of the Nine Rings, which is very appropriate, but the comments got eaten. Think of Gollum, hobbits, nine armored riders after Frodo.


    • John Galt says:

      “SD and his writings are a national treasure”

      I dunno, it all seems pretty obvious after I read it a few times, spend a few hours on research and then sleep on it. 😉

      Liked by 5 people

    • I suspect that greater security is offered by the promise that the next “Breitbart” will not go unanswered. Between patriots who will rat them out, and thousands more who will make things hot, it could be the end of the Uniparty as we know it. I relish the thought of hundreds of our favorite bad boys and dirty girls in orange jumpsuits, when it’s all over.

      All we have to do is make it very, very plain what it is that we will not tolerate. Remember – THEY are the extremists who snuck into power. We are the outraged country.

      You’ve seen what Trump has tapped into. It’s not going away. America wants America back.

      Liked by 4 people

  9. jeans2nd says:

    HotAir (Salem Media) has had an article pinned at the top of their article feed since 25 Nov with the headline “Did Rubio deal a mortal blow to ObamaCare?”
    Now I understand why. And Morrissey completely avoids the obvious – what was just outlined here.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Beelza says:

    And I thought the movie “Eyes Wide Shut” was fiction. We live in two worlds.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. dick johnson says:

    Refresh my memory.
    Why did Boehner quit unexpectedly?
    Jeffery Skilling did the same thing at Enron; August 14, 2001.
    Did Boner (purposely misspelled) do something he knows is illegal?

    Liked by 2 people

    • John Galt says:

      “Did Boner (purposely misspelled) do something he knows is illegal?”

      I think the new standard is: do something illegal that he knows that he would be prosecuted for before the applicable statute of limitations ran out.


      • Ono says:

        Statute of limitations isn’t even in the game for these snakes. Presidential pardons are the “E” ticket in DC. Hillary already must have hers. She should be in prison! not running for leader of the “free world”…There is an Oxymoron if ever was one.

        “Born in debt..taxed to death”


  12. Millwright says:

    We need uncover and bring irrefutable proof of the “uniparty” conspiracy now underway to the attention of the american public ASAP ! Now if I just had some good ideas on the “how” !

    Liked by 1 person

  13. drdeb says:

    Donald IS doing a SUPERIOR job of cementing his lead.
    Trump is successfully harnessing Public Relations which is much more believable than advertising.
    He took those kids on free helicopter rides in Sarasota. How Sweet. What an Awesome PR gesture!
    Trump Will be the President, I know!
    Twisted Sister continues to crank through my brain just like any good PR campaign does.
    I am so happy the Donald has been able to save his advertising bucks for the time he will need them.
    Donald Trump WILL Make America Great…I know

    Liked by 8 people

  14. Crystal says:

    I read months ago that Johnny Bonehead is heavily invested in a company that reaps a fortune from O’Care. If true, any wonder why he did nothing to repeal it?


  15. keebler AC says:

    Rubio is not that smart. He’s a tool……dumb and greedy is how the elitists like ’em. He’ll sign anything to his name if he’s told.

    Liked by 5 people

  16. Lars says:

    Rubio is a weasel of the lowest order, like a shrew, he has to eat continuously and can emit poison.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. Millwright says:

    Thanks to the diligent hard work of so many here we know where the “pea'” is !


  18. czarowniczy says:

    There was a lot of money items buried in the Obamacare bill, Pelosi and Company didn’t just say to pass it then read it for nothing. So far we saw activists cheering that the bill stopped doctors from building more doctor-pwned hospitals and prevented existing ones from expanding. Then we found out that creative ways for existing doc-owned hospitals to expand without calling it expansion existed and that existing doctor-owned hospitals are now 5 to 7 times more profitable under Obamacare than community owned ones. Right here in river city we have parish government trying to get private companies to lease the government-owned hospitals so they can at least get some guaranteed income out of them while one major doctor-owned facility is growing like weeds.
    Just more business as usual, our elected leaders finding new and creative ways of exasperating us from our money.
    Hey folks, less than a year now and we get to go back to the polls and elect a new slate of thieving parasites.

    Liked by 3 people

    • IntoTheFray says:

      Hey folks, less than a year now and we get to go back to the polls and elect a new slate of thieving parasites.
      Which is why a good Term Limits regulation is so badly needed. Two terms max with any partial being counted as a full term. It will not stop all of the corruption, but it will help limit it..
      The other thing that needs to happen is to stop this Congressional retirement after two terms. Congress needs to stop being a retirement scheme for carrier politicians. Additionally, Congress corruptocrats need to be required to file Full Financial Disclosure statements annually, with the penalty for negligent reporting being removal from public service. I had to file them when I worked for the government.


      • IntoTheFray says:

        Sorry, I forgot the quotes around the first sentence.


      • czarowniczy says:

        No arguments here, and I’ve come out for these before but with that little ‘being stoned by the electorate as a punishment’ codicil that enjoys some support. I think that were they first off limited to terms it would limit the amount of time they have to steal from the treasury. I like full disclosure but where that’s been used the creative accountants-for-hire have dug into existing laws and put together packages that make the thieving SOBs look like they live in a cardboard box in an alley.
        Back to that public stoning by then electorate thing…


      • Doodahdaze says:

        Body cams for congress crooks.


  19. georgiafl says:

    Sundance is so right – keeping the collusions, intrigues and entanglements of the DC corrupto-crats straight is as difficult as trying to untangle and make sense of Islamic cult tribes/factions/terrorist organizations and alliances.

    It’s impossible to make sense of evil’s continually changing political re-alignments and disorder. There is no order or sense to it. It’s every group and power monger for themselves. And when they can’t benefit their partners, they betray and destroy them.


  20. The Boss says:

    I’ll have to go to a Kasich town hall (televised only) to ask the big budget man himself why he hasn’t taken on his home boy Boehner and his proclivity for CRs. Kasich touts himself as the fiscal Jesus, yet sells himself like a Judas.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Google “Ohio jobs India” before you go.

      Kasich may understand how to balance the budget, but he seems to have no clue about the cultural causes behind our budget problems. I can just imagine him reading about Cloward-Piven: “That’s crazy-talk!”

      Yeah. Please get in back with the teenagers. You have no business driving outside your gated community, much less through a war-zone.


  21. oldgrunt68 says:

    The elected class in America are in Washington plundering and pillaging our collective wealth. They cruise around in their limos colluding against us as they lie to America. They are the new Bolsheviks.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Whoa! I just HAVE to say it.
    What many aren’t taking into consideration is that even though the GOP holds the majority in both the House & Senate, there simply are not enough votes in the Senate to override a filibuster by the Democrats.
    AND even IF they could get to the 60-vote threshold to break a filibuster and put the bill to the floor for a vote, Obama simply vetoes it and wins.
    There is a serious lack of understanding about Congressional Rules, so most people, including our friends at The Conservative Treehouse (and others) are under the ERRONEOUS assumption that holding the majority means an automatic victory. Not so.
    The minority in the Senate (currently the Dems) are holding all the cards. Remember… even if the House passes a bill with a veto-proof majority, it STILL has to be voted on in the Senate. And therein lies the rub: The GOP doesn’t have enough votes to overtake the Democrats.
    And THAT”S why it appears the GOP isn’t doing the job we want them to do. THEY CAN’T. Harry Reid figured this out a long time ago. Why do you think NOTHING gets through Congress that Obama doesn’t want to see on his desk?
    And to his credit, Mumbles McConnell’s done what he can while his hands are tied.


    • sundance says:

      No it’s not a budget.

      Your first tip-off should be that federal “budgets” are annual, not multi-years.

      Budgets are proposed by executive branch, constructed by House of Representatives, move through budget committees for appropriations and approvals, and are then voted upon by House, then Senate, then signed into law.

      What is being called a budget, is actually a massive, multi-year “continuing resolution”.

      If I called a Duck a Cow, would it be a duck or a cow ?

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Piper says:

    D I S G U S T I N G!!!
    Every government official who is involved in destroying this country should be dragged into the street and hung for treason

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Colorado Conservative says:

    I am profoundly grateful to the person who clued me in to The Conservative Treehouse! This one exposing Rubio is excellent, especially as I had gotten scads of emails telling me how great he was for doing it! But now I know better. Appreciate all the investigative work done and the time writing to explain it to readers. Thanks Sundance.


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