Over a quarter of all Republican Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada, threatening to shit down the federal government unless Congress kills the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare. House Republicans have said the same.
This letter came after a poll showed that only 83% of the population hates Congress. If these self-serving political blowhards succeed in shutting down the government, that 83% will prove to be a high mark.
Twelve Republicans including Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Jim Risch (Idaho), Rand Paul (Kentucky), James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma), David Vitter (Louisiana), John Thune (South Dakota), Jeff Chiesa (New Jersey), Michael B. Enzi (Wyoming), Deb Fischer ( Nebraska) and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa.
The Senators said that they would not support any continuing resolution or appropriations legislation that funds further implementation or enforcement of ObamaCare. This would de-fund the law, prevent its implementation, and they think, effectively kill the law. If that provision were enacted, the government would be forced to stop implementation of Obamacare. However, the provisions of the law that affect insurance companies and providers would remain in force until repealed by Congress, and the bill signed by the president.
What that would mean is insurance companies would be forced to provide insurance coverage for persons with pre-existing conditions, allow persons up to age 26 to remain on their parent’s policies, and provide free screenings for seniors, and free contraception for women with health insurance. They would incur the cost of these items without the money from new policy holders to pay the cost. This would mean the premiums for health insurance would skyrocket.
The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, and it is the law of the land. Republicans are nothing short of childish spoiled brats who can not accept the fact they lost. This temper tantrum would be laughable if the damage from shutting down the government were not so severe.
The health insurance coverage the taxpayers provide these Senators free of charge includes treatment of mental illness. They would be well advised to take advantage of it and soon.
Democrats and the White House are not about to be held hostage by a gang of politically self-serving rogues who want to be president. If these fools do not back down, the government will be shut down. This will do irreparable harm to the economy, and millions of citizens. It would jeopardize our military and our national security.
Not every Republican supports these buffoons. Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, said it was the dumbest idea he ever heard.Three other Republicans had a similar view.
“That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of,” Burr said. “As long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be the law. I was around in 1995,” Burr told Todd Zwillich, a reporter for NPR. “Some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you’d better have a specific reason to do it that’s achievable. Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government.”
If Republicans shut down the government, at the end of the process, Obamacare will still be the law but unemployment will go up, GDP will drop, our credit rating will be in jeopardy, millions will lose their livelihoods, and a new recession will be a possibility.
If history is any guide, Republicans will be punished at the polls. Senator Burr was in Congress last time Republicans shut down the government, and he remembers. Most of these 12 Senators, or their Tea Party friends in the House were not in Congress and have no institutional memory.
These theatrics damage the Republican brand if they never succeed. If they do succeed, it could signal the end of the one-time party of Lincoln. The silver lining might be the elimination of this toxic red tide once and for all.
There needs to be a price inflicted on this group and all politicians who threaten to shut down the government and default on our debt every time they do not get their way. If they keep getting away with it, this bad behavior will continue. Americans need to wake up and smell the stench.
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