Former Grassley staffer: Supreme Court ‘doomsday scenario’ would ‘impact everyone’

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US Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) questions New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner, US President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washi

Sen. Chuck Grassley was at the heart of the development of Obamacare, and one of his key staff members from that time has a dire warning about what the Supreme Court might do to gut the law.

“The doomsday scenario could materialize, and it does impact everyone,” said lawyer Christopher Condeluci, who worked for Iowa Republican Charles Grassley on the Senate Finance Committee staff during the law’s drafting. Those affected would include individuals receiving subsidies and those paying the full cost of their plans in states such as Pennsylvania and New Jersey that use the federal exchange.

What’s that doomsday scenario, exactly:

Millions of consumers would likely be unable to afford their policies without subsidies.

Most insurers could not drop plans without giving one to three months’ notice. But the companies remaining in the market would likely seek sharp premium increases for the next year, anticipating that more of the sickest consumers would hold onto their plans. […]

“It’s not the subsidy market that will fall apart, it’s the whole market” for everyone who doesn’t get job-based insurance coverage, said Robert Laszewski, an insurance industry consultant who is no fan of the health law. “There will be millions of Republicans who are not subsidy-eligible who are also going to get screwed.”

Again, that’s another Republican who doesn’t like the law and sees impending doom for millions. Millions of Republicans. Who will be pissed at their elected Republican leaders for allowing this to happen.

House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

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Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight. With just hours left before spending authority expires for the Department of Homeland Security, a three-week spending bill was rejected in the House by a 224-203 vote, leaving lawmakers with few options ahead of the deadline. Congressional leaders made no immediate comment about their next step in a political battle sparked by Republican efforts to block funding for Democratic President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration by attaching provisions to the department spending bill. Created after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the department is a super-agency that encompasses the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration and immigration, customs and emergency management authorities.

Potential GOP Candidates Court Conservatives at CPAC

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Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.



House Fails to Pass Stopgap Bill to Fund Homeland Security

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A stopgap bill which funds DHS for just three weeks failed.



A Supercut of CPAC Speakers Smirking Onstage

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After delivering their best zingers, CPAC’s speakers also brought out their best smirk game.



Jeb Bush Caps Off CPAC

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Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.



Chaos in the House: Boehner loses control of Homeland Security vote

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Tally of vote on three-week Homeland Security funding bill (Feb. 27, 2015)

After a long afternoon of wrangling Republicans, House leadership brought a short-term Homeland Security funding bill to the floor. It failed spectacularly. In a what was supposed to be a 15 minute vote, Boehner held it open as his deputies desperately try to get the hard-liners to switch votes. It did not work, failing 203-224.

The path here was, as usual for Boehner, messy. Here was the reporting leading up to the vote.

GOP leaders are as of Friday afternoon huddling in the Speaker’s office trying to sort out whether they can get enough votes to approve the measure. House conservatives want to continue fighting to block the President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration and want to go to conference to work out differences between the House GOP bill and the Senate Bill passed bill earlier Friday.

A bloc of moderate House Republicans who back passing the clean DHS funding bill from the Senate are balking at voting on setting up a conference committee to hammer out the differences between these two bills.

But because Democrats are opposing the short term bill Boehner now needs support from both camps in the GOP conference to pass the short term bill.

It’s not clear where they go from here, but it could be a long weekend in Washington. We’ll keep you posted.

2:22 PM PT:

.@GOPLeader says “additional votes are now possible later this evening” and this weekend as the #DHS shutdown looms @CQnow

@rollcall

2:24 PM PT: Funding runs out at midnight, tonight.

2:29 PM PT: A gentle reminder from Minority Leader Pelosi:

.@SpeakerBoehner, 100% of @HouseDemocrats support a clean, long-term bill to fund DHS. Bring us the Senate-passed bill. We will vote for it.

@NancyPelosi

2:41 PM PT: Yeah, this’ll do the trick.

Members tell me the next step could be a one-week CR for DHS. We’ll see.

@MEPFuller

Seriously, there is no ability to govern here. And just a reminder of what this is all this about, and what it’s absolutely not achieving:

Only thing stopping “exec amnesty” at this point are courts. Unfunded DHS doesn’t stop it because of how immigration svcs funded

@DavidMDrucker

President Obama Mourns Leonard Nimoy: ‘I Loved Spock’

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President Barack Obama, whose cool demeanor has drawn comparisons to Mr. Spock, exhibited un-Spocklike emotion in his tribute to Leonard Nimoy.



Influential Republicans Wary of Bush Coronation

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Democrats seem poised to hand Hillary Clinton their party’s nomination without much of a fight. But Republicans aren’t giving any kind of coronation to their party’s 2016 candidate with a famous last name: Jeb Bush.



Jeb Bush enters the lion’s den, touts conservative credentials

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Jeb Bush speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in MarylandBy Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush asked skeptical conservatives to consider him a “second choice” on Friday but refused to back down from policy positions that have led many right-leaning activists to view his potential presidential candidacy with suspicion. "I'm a practicing, reform-minded conservative," the 62-year-old former Florida governor told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland near Washington. Many attending the annual gathering of grassroots activists made clear they prefer a potential Bush rival, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, among others. Bush was heckled and booed, but the antipathy was balanced out by enthusiastic supporters who showed up shortly before he spoke and clapped heartily and aggressively.