Obamacare debacle is shutting down the government
With a government shutdown looming and a deadline approaching, it’s clear that the GOP is ready to cut off their left hand in order to hold more in the right.
Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats just have to pass a single majority vote in order to strike down the House Republicans 43rd attempt to defund Obamacare. The current language in the bill makes it so that Obamacare would be delayed for another year. This keeps Americans – and more importantly, American health – held hostage by the whims of conservatives voted in by Tea Party ideologues, funded, of course, by the Koch Brothers.
Make no mistake: The Republicans in the House Of Representatives are holding America’s health hostage. America is one the the only advanced countries without a form of universal healthcare (the only other non-developing country being South Africa). While an artificial hip replacement may only cost around $350 to make, in America the device can cost in the realm of $36,000. Healthcare costs have risen 33% in just the last 8 years alone, with no end in sight or way to reign in the small army of lobbyists that maintain the slow rape of the American people.
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Some are saying that Republicans who tell people not to enroll in Obamacare are guilty of murder, such as Senator Angus King. King said in an interview with Salon: “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance. For people who do that to other people in the name of some obscure political ideology is one of the grossest violations of our humanity I can think of. This absolutely drives me crazy.”
There are even some Republicans that are vehemently opposed to the idea of shutting down the government in the name of some political ideology. Susan Collins, a Republican congresswoman from Main, said: “I voted against Obamacare and have repeatedly voted to repeal, reform, and replace it, but I disagree with the strategy of linking Obamacare with the continuing functioning of government-a strategy that cannot possibly work.”
Thankfully, the Dem controlled Senate can at the very least strip the GOP language from the amendment, with prominent Senator Barbara Boxer saying: “We’re not just going to reject. We’re going to strip out the amendments that are extraneous, that attack women, that bust the budget, that have a futile delay in Obamacare.”
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Republicans and Democrats did agree on stripping the 2.5% medical equipment tax, which would have funded part of Obamacare. The multi-billion dollar medical equipment industry made sure that that stayed in.
Tying government shutdown to a difference of opinion is childish, petulant, and downright disturbing: this isn’t just a question of the insurance lobby putting more money into American politics; it’s a matter of people dying because they believe they’re doing the right thing by forgoing Obamacare. “Freedom” shouldn’t mean being terrorized by your own political party and forced into bankruptcy because you got sick. People should at least have the all-important “freedom” to be able to know when they’re being screwed.
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