It’s 2013 — the health care law has been deemed Constitutional for over a year, and was passed over 3 years ago, yet Republicans are still throwing a hissy fit over the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
After now 38 failed attempts to repeal the law (costing taxpayers millions of dollars) Republicans are growing increasingly desperate to set up their next political campaign ad, this time by threatening to shut down the federal government in order to prevent further implementation of the law.
Republican Senator Mike Lee is the latest to chime in, saying, “Congress of course has to pass a law to continue funding government. If Republicans in both houses simply refuse to vote for any continuing resolution that contains further funding for further enforcement of Obamacare, we can stop it. We can stop the individual mandate from going into effect.”
In effect, he’s saying Republicans are planning to blackmail the President to try and get what they want.
Republicans seem to feel that since President Obama has pushed back implementation of the law for some businesses, one percent to be exact, that suddenly this is the “sign” that Obama is admitting the law will be a failure and should be repealed.
These antics are just becoming pathetic, and they prove Republicans are terrified of this law being fully implemented. Not because it might harm the economy (because, let’s face it, a bad economy is good news for them), but because they’re terrified it’s going to work.
Such as it seems to be working in states like Oregon, California and New York where the health care exchanges are expected to drastically reduce the cost of health care for millions of Americans by as much as 50%.
As we get closer to full implementation, they’re left searching for anything and everything they can use to block the law, simply to continue with their right-wing political rhetoric.
Because if this was about “saving the economy,” they would be more worried about passing jobs bills than repeatedly voting to repeal a law that’s been deemed Constitutional and has been in place for over 3 years. They wouldn’t have pushed budget cuts which cost our economy tens of thousands of public jobs, while protecting billions of dollars in subsidies for big oil.
And the most ironic part about their whole objection to the individual mandate is that it was originally a Republican idea. In fact, isn’t a large platform Republicans run on based on the premise of “personal responsibility?” Well, isn’t that what this health care law does? It makes people personally responsible for their health care by requiring that citizens have health insurance, and offers tax breaks for those who might struggle to afford it.
But this is just the latest attempt by Republicans to do anything they can to block the Constitutionally upheld law. While claiming Obamacare is a “job killer”—our economy has added nearly 7 million jobs in the last 3 years (with no sign of slowing down), stocks have improved by over 100% (setting new records) and corporate profits have hit record highs.
So while most Republican voters love this right-wing rhetoric coming from Senators like Mike Lee, mainly because many conservative voters are more devoid of facts than at any time in our nation’s history, reality just doesn’t seem to support what conservatives want to be real.
And as a liberal, I hope they do try and attempt this. While it feeds the fire for the right-wing voters within the Republican party, most Americans are sick and tired of these types of political games. Since President Obama took office it’s been stunt after stunt orchestrated by Congressional Republicans, and the American people are fed up with it.
So I say let them try and shut down our government to prevent further implementation of Obamacare. They’ll be the ones in the headlines for threatening to deny Social Security payments to millions of Americans, and pay to our men and women serving in our military. Then the American people can take that information with them to the voting booth come November 2014, and it damn sure won’t be a favorable end result for Republicans in Congress.