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GOP Bot Rep. Renee Ellmers Will Not Accept Obamacare Success: VIDEO


The Affordable Care Act is running into its fair share of problems in terms of its web presence due to a rush-job of a website, but overall the act appears to be succeeding at its intended job of helping American citizens find affordable health care insurance options. CNN interviewed Kentucky governor Steve Beshear about how the program was working in his home state, and evidently it's doing rather well with approximately 1,000 people signing up daily through Kentucky's own program.

When CNN then interviewed North Carolina Representative Renee Ellmers, the facts of Kentucky's success could do nothing to dissuade her from the talking point that Obamacare is "[A] failure at the greatest level and should be an embarassment to the president and his administration."

The only legitimate complaint that Ellmers used was how abominable the Obamacare website actually is. The rest of her arguments were either hopelessly vague, such as having a nameless constituent whose premiums allegedly increased by 400% - though from what to what was not disclosed - or just flat-out nonsensical. Governor Beshear made mention that Medicare took a good two or three years to work out the kinks when it was implemented 50 years ago, which Ellmers somehow twisted into indignant outrage that she is not going to wait 50 years for Obamacare to be functional.

CNN host Carol Costello deserves a fair amount of praise for holding Ellmers feet to the fire and calling out the representative's mealy-mouthed attempts at civility, responding to Ellmers' "I appreciate the governor's remarks," with an emphatic, "You don't!"

The video of the interview between Costello and Ellmers can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This is the script from the GOP and few of them will deviate from it. The bottom line is that it's President bashing. Rep. Ellmers is just a parrot with a haircut.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 23, 2013 3:08:40 PM

  2. It is simply another, stupid, evil, racist crunter from Hell. Yawn, scratch, burp.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 23, 2013 3:22:06 PM

  3. "monumental", "grand scale". She surely knows some big words.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 23, 2013 3:23:11 PM

  4. CNN has been running reports about problems with the exchanges all week. This was hardly the first one.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2013 3:26:36 PM

  5. What success?

    Has anyone watched the news this week?

    The rollout has been a NIGHTMARE so far.

    Oh, and you know that website that isn't even working? That cost $300 million of our tax dollars.

    I'm normally an Obama supporter, but I'm also a supporter of common sense and not wasting taxpayers' money. They need to fix this situation ASAP.

    Posted by: NYCER | Oct 23, 2013 3:33:31 PM

  6. When a website crashes, in part, because it's too popular, we call that a success.

    The Republicans have NOTHING to offer except gifts to the wealthy and pain for the rest. And, btw, this whole Obamacare thing was created by the Heritage Foundation and successfully "Beta-tested" by Romney.

    Posted by: DavidR | Oct 23, 2013 3:41:42 PM

  7. Obamacare is a major failure. No amount of delusional propaganda is going to change the fact that the majority of Americans are against it. Even the most optimistic polls show they are against it. And it isn't affordable .. nor healthcare.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 23, 2013 3:43:44 PM

  8. soo Kev C - whats your answer then? The Usual GOP BS? Die and DIE quickly!!!! Medical bills bankrupt you - awe too bad then.....enjoy the concrete pillow of homelessness..yep, thats the GOP plan! Is ACA perfect...Hell Noooooooo, but its a start!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 23, 2013 3:49:56 PM

  9. In the "grand scheme of things" Renee Ellmers other repubs are a "great failure" to all Americans and NOT just their constituents who deserve far better.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 23, 2013 3:56:15 PM

  10. Government mandated insurance schemes are a form of government corruption. Obamacare is extortion, plain and simple.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 23, 2013 4:11:02 PM

  11. Kev C is just a troll guys, please don't feed it

    Posted by: JMC | Oct 23, 2013 4:19:49 PM

  12. Kev:
    Most Americans don't care. There's why Obama was given a second term.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 23, 2013 4:20:16 PM

  13. She was the same Congresswoman shamed into deferring her paycheck during the shutdown because she "needed it." Even though her husband owns his own surgical practice. In her letter to HR she claimed she was unaware others would not be getting a paycheck during the shutdown, thus she is deferring hers.

    Posted by: first time caller | Oct 23, 2013 4:29:29 PM

  14. "When a website crashes, in part, because it's too popular, we call that a success."

    Sadly that is the mentality of many people in this country, especially govt employees. Do you work at the DMV, David?

    It's not a success when NO ONE CAN SIGN UP.

    And taxpayers paid $300,000,000 for a website that doesn't work.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 23, 2013 4:35:17 PM

  15. You know what? Those who HAVE insurance? I DON'T CARE what you think about the Affordable Care Act . And you know what else? I didn't want us to go to Iraq or Afghanistan...BUT WE DID because that's what a democracy is. This talking head? This woman? Think because her husband is a doc that she has a bias? Come on.

    I think CNN had her on because they knew she was a tool. A weasel word user if there ever was one.

    Posted by: Check your facts | Oct 23, 2013 4:53:30 PM

  16. Renee Ellmers is a RepubliCUNT that only someone like FAUX news and a few GOP trolls would love!

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 23, 2013 5:08:35 PM

  17. It is odd. Obamacare is not a web. Computer problems could happen for Anycare. We all know how government bureaucracy works or doesn't work.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 23, 2013 5:29:04 PM

  18. What an absolute lying *itch. How on earth can the residents of New Jersey support such blatant outright bigotry, lies and misinformation coming from this or any elected official. NJ residents should toss this liar out on her can today.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Oct 23, 2013 5:31:40 PM

  19. Yes, lot's of annoying glitches on the website. I can live with that because my Kaiser Permanente plan, which I've had for 30 years, has gone from $98. month to $1,120. per month. I'm 62 husband is 61 and together we're paying $2,150. per month for the same exact plan we signed onto 30 years ago for $98.each. According to California Care's website...that will drop to $376. for the two of's slightly better coverage...still with Kaiser Permanente though. If anyone bad-mouths the ACA to me...I say "shut up" !

    Posted by: Paul B. | Oct 23, 2013 6:56:04 PM

  20. Kev...please take your ignorant self where you might be appreciated...a Tea Party perhaps.

    Posted by: Johnnybegood | Oct 23, 2013 7:11:36 PM

  21. My boyfriend & I signed up with Kaiser Permanente 30 years @ $98. ea. for a great plan. Now...he's 62...same Kaiser Plan is $2,150. per month for the two of us. We've been together 30 years next August and our health plan is making us both sick. So, along comes ACA...we have a new Kaiser plan in January...$476. monthly...for both of us.
    Same basic plan. So,'re full of $hit!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 23, 2013 7:44:28 PM

  22. Truth be told....PHARMA and the big HMOs don't want the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare to work because it will lower prescription drug prices and curb the skyrocketing cost of health care, which these HMO's and drug companies have been living large off of for decades. Renee Ellmers is not to be trusted and is one of the 'entitled' profiting from her husband's business in healthcare. Ellmers is a hypocrite and liar and will likely not be reelected after her behavior on the government shutdown.

    Posted by: Amicus | Oct 23, 2013 8:47:38 PM

  23. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare is getting more popular by the day because people are seeing the benefits as time goes on and that scares the hell out of Republicans. It's hard to disprove reality with a straight face which is why we're seeing "talking points" idiots like Ellmers show up.

    They want nothing Obama does for America to be successful.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 24, 2013 9:34:53 AM

  24. Kev C is an think a website that crashed because sooo many people went onto it that cost American Taxpayers 300 million dollars is worst than the 24 BILLION dollars lost fighting the implementation of the Affordable Care Act??? You GayTeas are riDICKulous!!

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Oct 24, 2013 11:52:14 AM

  25. Good God, only the Hallelujah Chorus could call this a "success".

    It speaks volumes when they won't release the numbers. More than $300K spent on a website that isn't marred by "glitches" or "kinks" due to "volume" -- instead, it's fundamentally providing wrong information.

    And if this is some conservative "conspiracy", I'd invite anyone to see Jon Stewart's clips on this issue. When Jon Stewart turns on the Democrats, suddenly the President needs a tech "surge!"

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 24, 2013 11:54:06 AM

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