This is almost painful to watch, not only because it is the standard cable news format of two people talking over each other, but because, well, Reince Priebus. Reince took some time off from his WW2 Memorial sideshow to go on MSNBC. The paid troll can't even answer the simple question of what do republicans want? Watch it here, I'll wait:
Kudos to Thomas Roberts for not flipping out.
I came across a few quotes this morning relating to the whole mess in Washington D.C. The first is from Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) who apparently stands with Reince:
"We're not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."
Next is one from the omnipresent unnamed senator:
“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”
“This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time because we’ve seen we’re starting to win this dialogue on a national level.”
And finally, a blast from the past with Lee Atwater:
"You start out in 1954 by saying, “N–ger, n–ger, n–ger.” By 1968 you can’t say “n–ger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "N–ger, n–ger."
And that about sums it up.
The fact that people are having problems signing up for ACA insurance online is more a testament to how fucked up the health insurance industry is in this country, and how the income gap has become so vast, rather than a reflection on how healthcare.gov and the ACA will function. So many people need to get health insurance or get better health insurance, they crashed the application site.