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Roberts signs Obamacare repeal pledge


Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts has signed a pledge sponsored by a conservative women's organization to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The pledge is sponsored by Independent Women's Voice, which considers the pledge a "litmus test" for candidates that it either supports or opposes.

"Signers of the Repeal Pledge believe that this law cannot be 'fixed' and that stopping its implementation and ultimately repealing it are necessary first steps to ensure that citizens and their doctors, not government bureaucrats, have choice and control over their health care, and that medical care in our country becomes more affordable and available," the organization said in a news release announcing Roberts' signing.

Roberts is seeking his fourth term in the U.S. Senate. He faces a primary challenge from Tea Party-backed candidate Milton Wolf, a Johnson County radiologist who signed the repeal pledge earlier.

Independent Women's Voice describes itself as a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women, men and families." It was formed in 1992 and grew out of an ad hoc committee that supported the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court after he was accused of sexual harassment.

According to the website OpenSecrets.org, which tracks independent campaign expenditures, the organization has spent nearly $370,000 so far this election cycle, primarily for ads opposing Republicans and Democrats who do not support its positions.


Joshua Cain 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm not a fan of Roberts for a variety of reasons but can we address the "keep your doctor period" promise?

Many in support of the ACA will say that keeping your doctor was never a guarantee prior to the ACA (which I agree with)...even though rarely did anyone lose their doctor.

Why would the administration guarantee something they knew was never a reality in the first place?

Makes me wonder if the end justified the lie.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 8 months ago

Any tactic, any fraud, any plan that the fascist Republican Terrorist Party can whip up to oppose the black non-citizen in the White House is fair game for these ideologues of the extreme right. Pat Roberts is a tool of the Koch Regime and should not be trusted to do any good for average citizens in Washington. He is a prototype model for the Rush Limbaugh ditto crap party that the right wing of the Republican party has deteriorated into.

The Affordable Care Act has had it's problems, there is no question about that. Can you name any large plan of government that has not had it's shake out problems?? Oh.. I forgot.. the government is our enemy and should be overthrown.

But the benefits, which are many, far outstrip the problems and some fixes are in order.

To suggest that the entire program should be scrapped is the wailing and knashing of teeth is the sorrowful bleating of those who did nothing to attempt to fix the health care problem. Tell Senator Robert to take a hike along with all the other Koch Regime sheep.

Paul R Getto 3 years, 8 months ago

What a wussie boy. As a Marine he should show more ccourage. Scared of the ladies is he?

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 8 months ago

"grew out of an ad hoc committee that supported the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court" That alone tells me what a tea party fringe group they are. Therefore they just solidified my vote for anyone who opposes this Bush enabler.

Joshua Cain 3 years, 8 months ago

What's wrong with the support of Clarence Thomas?

James Howlette 3 years, 8 months ago

Sam, you're better than that, aren't you? Calling people names because they don't like Clarence Thomas. Feeling sensitive, are we?

There are plenty of reasons to hate Thomas on an individual basis. Like the fact that he's a lying sexual harasser that never should have been confirmed, has exhibited repeated questionable ethics and conflicts of interest once being confirmed, and ignores professional conduct rules that would have applied to federal judges (which isn't illegal - just unethical). Plus there's the pesky part where he keeps "forgetting" to file his required financial statement forms. Oopsies.

Sam Crow 3 years, 8 months ago

Actually Howlette, I was making a point.

There have been many times on this comment site that liberals have written that others opposed Obamas policies simply because he is black. Someone came close to calling me a racist on these pages because I disagreed with the president. I ignored it and didn’t respond.

I have literally been called a racist to my face having a debate with a liberal because I opposed the ACA as it was written. The individual was losing the debate badly.

Those people are simply parroting the liberal national politicians and pundits that do the same.

That being the case, why is not some that disagrees with the only black Supreme Court justice also not a racist?? You can disagree with Justice Thomas. But hate?

Just making a point.

James Howlette 3 years, 8 months ago

That might be a better point if conservatives hadn't already been calling anyone opposed to Clarence Thomaas a racist since the nomination hearings. Also maybe people would be less inclined to call people racists if they didn't see this sort of imagery: http://www.defshepherd.com/2012/10/racism-is-alive-and-well-35-incredibly.html

But none of that matters. It's all a cheap shot and attempt to change the subject, speaking of losing debates badly.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 8 months ago

Whenever I see a tea party person confronted with some of the racism that does exist against president Obama, I don't hear them condemning these people. They get all defensive instead, like you. So if you do not condemn those racists who hang out with, you will be judged to be a racist. When I hear a conservative say "Stop this birther crud", I will listen to him/her. When I hear a conservative say "Put away that confederate flag, it's offensive." I will listen to him/her. When I hear a conservative say "Stop lying about the death squads." I will listen to him/her.

Mike Ford 3 years, 8 months ago

I have ACA insurance. Go ahead and try to out snake handle that Milton Wolf guy with my health insurance sir........typical GOP politician playing around with people's lives just like Brownback and Medicaid.......

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 8 months ago

Good grief!!! Hasn't that poor dead horse been beaten enough? So the repeal the bill. Suddenly, people who finally have health insurance, either have their policies cancelled or get a huge raise in rates. What is the GOP's answer to this? You should only get as much health care as you can afford. Such lack of compassion. And they go around calling themselves Christians.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 8 months ago

Sen Pat Roberts is not making wise use of taxpayers time. It's time for him to be replaced.

Not only that he protects his party name under most any circumstances no matter what. Instead of covering up for his party members questionable activities he should be calling the FBI to investigate the following then demand a grand jury as a follow up.

Questionable activities that date back to the Bush/Cheney admin:

GOP WAGES WAR AGAINST USA CITZIENS AND THEIR ECONOMY by deliberately crashing the economy. Where was Pat Roberts? Was he on the job or not? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

--- The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html


--- What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

College Loan Scam on Students dates back to the home loan scam. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/ripping-off-young-america-the-college-loan-scandal-20130815


Where was Pat Roberts? Was he on the job or not? What does he do with his time when he is not seeking big special interest campaign $$$$$$$.

Special interest campaign $$$$$$ likely cost us more each time we shop or pay utilities. The big spenders don't hand out wads of money out of the goodness of their hearts.

How in the world could I forget to mention the first republican home loan scam on consumers?

--- The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

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