Comments about ‘Fighting Obamacare a 'loser' for GOP, ex-Utah Gov. Huntsman says’

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Published: Sunday, Sept. 29 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

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southmtnman
Provo, UT

Huntsman is right... again.

Lee and his bopsy twin, Cruz, are an embarassment to their elected office, the laughing stock of the country, and the poster boys of everything that is wrong with America. They shame the GOP and are leaving a legacy in the party that may be its undoing.

IMAPatriot2
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

Who REALLY cares what Jon Huntsman thinks? He is a democrat trying to convince us he is a republican. Me thinks his self importance has gone to his head.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

It's humorous to read comments of those who get all caught up in what a Democrat or Republican says, as if either one represents much of anything good. It must make them feel more secure thinking that they can delegate real thinking to a politician, including Jon Huntsmen.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

But they seem to enjoy losing. It gives them a chance to make up wild conspiracy theories to blame others.

Phil Allred
New Rochelle, NY

Huntsman is a liberal by his own admission. He is only in the GOP in hopes of pandering to the most liberal Republicans. His comments carry no more weight than if said by Obama or Clinton.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:southmtnman

and let me guess... you think Barack Obama is the best thing going...Am I right?? You would be more comfortable in Greece where you can enjoy the full benefits of socialism .... how does bankruptcy and insolvency sound?? Mike Lee is doing EXACTLY what we sent him to do in Washington...to defend and protect our constitution and bill of rights and that means stopping Barack Hussin Obama. We booted Bob Bennett because he had become so comfortable with the liberals on the left it was hard to tell if there was any red left in him. There comes a time when you have to stand for something instead of being a good ole boy ..get a long..Washington insider. Go MIKE!!!

christoph
Brigham City, UT

Thank-you Mr. Obama for being an adult and not ever using the word "Obamacare" ( even though you do care); it is the Affordable Care Act. The GOP uses the word "Obamacare" and they should not, it is slang. Truman and Nixon wanted to change the health care in our nation, let's name it after them.

delasalle
Sandy, UT

Huntsman as usual is a voice of reason that most will ignore. The ACA is flawed and needs adjustments/amendments/changes, but a govt shutdown isn't the way to achieve this. Let's remember the constitution of our great nation was also flawed when first drafted and continues to be amended/adjusted for improvement. ACA may or may not ultimately be one of many changes required for healthcare in the US - personally I find it deeply flawed - but binary politics means no progress and is not a step forward.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He's the only republican of late, who is capable of rational thought.

Rick for Truth
Provo, UT

Huntsman has once again shown himself to be a near clone of Senator John McCain. The old guard of the GOP, whom he affiliates with, all feel capitulation to Democratic Party policies is the Standard Operating Procedure for all Republican Congressmen. The Old Guard feels threatened with the loss of control over the voting constitutes of the base of the GOP. They have loss touch with the base, in fact they dislike the base, and wish all conservatives would just go away. We may have to break away and form a new party, there, I said it. I never thought I would. No Mr. Huntsman, you do not represent the feelings of a majority of US voters, and only a small percentage of Republican voters agree with you. If we cannot purge those like you, then we must leave and start anew.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Liberals have long sought socialized medicine because it makes every American dependent upon the government. You vote for what you depend on. If you are dependent you are no longer independent. We had a war for independence and gained our freedom.

Congressmen are fighting for their jobs. I am fighting for my freedom.

Huntsman has no clue.

Here is what I would do:

Submit two budgets: One funds Obama Care and prohibits anyone from getting special treatment. We all live under the same rules. Every congressman, elected official, congressional staffer, Supreme Court Justice. Everyone. The second de-funds Obama Care.

Force the President to choose between facing the wrath of the voters in 2014 or de-funding.

If it is so good, why grant any extensions or exemptions?

The second thing I would do is nothing. I would block any change in Obama Care. I would fix zero problems. The only option available would be "Repeal and Replace" or live with this pig.

The Democrats would lead the charge to repeal.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

He lost elections. Who is the loser?

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

I lost what little respect I had for Huntsman.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

I find myself thinking wistfully of the days when you could have a productive, rational, honest and evidence-based discussion about differences of opinion on national policy with Republicans.

Those days are gone. Mr. Huntsman's and Mr. Bennett's recent shunning by what the GOP calls it's "base" is evidence of this.

To my GOP friends - please, come back to the real world. We need you.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Government will not shut down. What will shutdown is the $16 trillion dollar a year spending spree to socializes the population and put us under the control of governemt. We will loose our liberties and freedoms.

The only opposition to the shutdown of Obamacare are the medical industry who are profiteering by trillions of dollars on government spending. We want less government then we will have to make sacrifices and give up many of the freebie programs and excessive expansion of local government as well as federal government.

There are reports of hundreds of shutdowns and I agree to the loss of funding for all of the non essential governemnt spending programs, including those in education that are destroying the value of an eduction so it can be measured.

If government shuts down all non essential services we the people are the winners and become in control of our lives again. Charity and insurance are not a right or entitlement.

If we keep spending $16 trillion dollars a year of borrowed money we all lose, so we have to choose, we keep american or we adopt the USSR socialist government and no freedoms or rights. I choose liberty and freedom.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Long before the Affordable Health Care Act, most middle class Americans were getting clobbered every year by double digit health insurance increases. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) although flawed was an attempt to get health care for all (a good thing), at an affordable price (another good thing). If the Republicans truly cared about America and not just elections, they would try to come up with a solution to the health care problem. They have had four years to come up with this solution and have done nothing. Anyone can be opposed to something, it takes leadership, statesmanship and concern for your country first to be a problem solver.

The republicans could have what the want, a winning political issue if the would point out the flaws with the ACA and propose solutions and work towards solving the problem of rising health care costs. My parents taught me a long time ago you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Since the republicans have no solutions, they are part of the problem.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

I shudder whenever Jon Huntsman, Jr. opens his mouth. He is a spokesperson for BHO and as liberal as you can get. I totally agree with Phil Allred, Patriot, and Rick For truth. And hurrah for Mike Lee and Ted Cruz who have the courage, integrity, and guts to speak up and oppose something so bad for our country. As far as the name goes, Obamacare should be called ObamaDoesn'tCare. The Affordable Care Act it is not. BHO has exempted himself, his staff, the Congress, and 9 Million Federal workers from this healthcare law. They are protected with their own private health insurance! If it isn't good enough for them, why for us?

Also,I looked up the vote last Friday in the Senate, and our illustrious senior senator from Utah, Orrin Hatch, did not even vote! I guess your calls put too much pressure on him after his barking and name calling at his brother, Mike Lee, in the Senate from Utah.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

It would appear that liberals agree more with Huntsman than do conservatives.
Actually, his standing among GOP candidates would prove the point.
Huntsman is no conservative, but he is the go-to guy when the media wishes to show that a "Republican" agrees with Obama.
But have you noticed that Republicans want nothing to do with him?

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

We need more folks like Huntsman. Unfortunately, our country is being ruled by what is best for the Democrats or the Republicans. There are a whole lot of us out here who would like to see some genuine cooperation and compromise to do the best we can for Americans.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Mike Lee said. "The best way to do that is by defunding it."

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NO Senator.
The best [and proper] way to do it, is to get the necessary votes.

Extortion with a gun to the head of our country is treason.

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