(SNN) - U.S. House Republicans must be popping the corks off their expensive bottles of bubbly, toasting each other on coming one step closer to forcing the death of Obamacare on the backs of the American people. On the count of 230 to 189, the House voted to attach their health care law repeal effort to a critical bill to keep the government funded past September 30. The extremist branch of the House GOP is under the delusion that this is what the American people want. According to Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), defunding Obamacare will “protect the American people from economic calamity.”
It seems to me that shutting down the U.S. government will do more harm to the economy than defunding Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), a law designed to provide quality healthcare to those Americans who before had little hope of treatment for the devastating effects of cancer, diabetes or any of the numerous other serious health conditions millions of Americans battle everyday. How can shutting down the government possibly benefit anyone? Now, are we going to risk not paying our military people on time, including veteran’s benefits, when it is the folks in uniform who put their lives at risk for our protection? How safe is it to take the risk of diseases running rampant because the Center for Disease Control can no longer monitor them? Are we going to furlough thousands of federal workers, some of whom may be living paycheck to paycheck, because a segment of our politicians have the mistaken belief that every one of us can darn well pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, even though numbers among us don’t even have boots? How can we let reckless politicians play games with the health and welfare of the citizens of our country?
Apparently, the delusional among the House GOP didn’t even listen to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when the chamber warned that a government shutdown, even a brief one, would not be in the best interest of the American business community, let alone the American people. Harming the business community? Surely that would grab the attention of the Right Wing. Or maybe just put Boehner on alert status. But I guess not.
Now, it is up to the Senate to put a stop to this insanity. Senate Democrats will most likely strip the health care repeal from the bill, but there will be a big push back from Senate Republicans. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a vocal opponent of Obamacare, will probably lead a filibuster, even though he knows that the Senate will most likely have enough votes to remove the offensive repeal. More games.
Shouldn’t America’s elected representatives work for the people instead of against them?
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