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November 15, 2013

BuzzChatter Friday: Obama offers a health-care fix, Repubs again demand total repeal

The GOP continues to have a field day over the administration’s ongoing Obamacare struggles

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Yes, Democrats are starting to shiver and shake over all this ongoing Obamacare stuff:

• “I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, ‘This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity’ a week before the Web site opens if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.” — President Barack Obama at his news conference Thursday explaining that he had no idea that so many problems would beset his signature health-care program.

The president offered a fix, then apologized. But he also admitted that his fellow Democrats are suffering politically as a result of all the problems at a time when it’s the Republicans, in the wake of the government shutdown, who should be the worried ones.

• “After finally acknowledging he repeatedly misled the American people to sell his health care law, the president is asking Americans to trust him again. The President has absolutely no credibility on his promise.” — House Speaker John Boehner on the Obama news conference.

“The President can’t snap his fingers and make all the problems with this terrible law go away.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican.

“Today’s announcement is literally the least the president could do in the wake of his broken promises. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will still find themselves facing fines without any realistic way to get health insurance as the president essentially shifts the blame to states and insurance companies.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican.

The GOP teed off on an issue that gives and gives and gives again.

• “It’s been damaged, no question about it. But it can be repaired.” — West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall, a Democrat, to Politico on whether the president can restore his credibility on Capitol Hill.

Rahall is right. But it’s going to take time.

• “It's just fantastic.” — Kansas state Rep. John Carmichael on the newly renovated Kansas Statehouse.

The $332 million renovation is grinding to a close after 12 years of work. The biggest difference may be the Capitol’s new copper-colored dome, a mini-project that cost $24 million itself. It replaces the familiar green dome that so many Kansans know. But the copper color is temporary. Architects expect it to eventually turn green again because of sulfur and other elements in the atmosphere.

• “Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announcing that the state will accept joint tax returns from gay couples.

The Democratic governor also went farther than he ever has by announcing his support for same-sex marriage even though Missourians overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2004 that banned it.

• “Once again, Governor Nixon is trying to play to all sides of every issue, indulging his liberal ideals while hedging his bets by saying the courts have forced his hand.” — House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican.

Predictable reaction.

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