Democrats forced government shutdown. GOP is just trying to protect US from Obamacare.
Conservatives in Congress do believe in funding the government, but also want to save the American people from Obamacare’s harmful effects. Unfortunately, Democrats have insisted that the only way they will keep the government open is if Congress funds every last word of that law.
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Second, Obamacare is undermining America’s health-care system. Many individuals have already found out they’re losing the health insurance they have and like. Others have learned that they may not be able to maintain access to their current doctor. One “dirty little secret” about Obamacare is that the law is built around an expansion of Medicaid – and Medicaid-like insurance plans offered in exchanges – even though Medicaid patients often have worse health outcomes than the uninsured.Skip to next paragraph
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Third, Obamacare is harming our economy. Firms are dropping health coverage, or cutting back hours, in response to the law’s new mandates and penalties. Bureaucrats have already turned out more than 20,000 pages of regulations implementing Obamacare. All of these regulations will have costs, many of which will be borne by the small businesses that traditionally serve as the nation’s job generator and the backbone of the economy.
Defunding the law represents the best way for Congress to combat the looming threat Obamacare poses. Defunding Obamacare would prevent the law’s costly new entitlements from taking effect, and would prevent the enforcement of its 18 new tax increases. Just as important, defunding Obamacare would ensure that bureaucrats in Washington would not be able to add to the 20,000 page “Red Tape Tower” any more regulations strangling the economy.
Obamacare was, has been, and remains unpopular; support even among Democrats has dwindled in recent months. The law is unfair: Witness the waivers and exemptions granted to unions, to big businesses, and most recently to members of Congress and their staff. As it stands now, the law has proven to be inherently unwieldy: More than a dozen elements of the law have been delayed, modified, or repealed.
Conservatives in Congress do believe in funding the government, but also want to save the American people from Obamacare’s harmful effects before they take root. Unfortunately, President Obama and Harry Reid have insisted that the only way they will keep the government open is if Congress funds every last word of the 2,700-page law. We hope they will listen to the people, reconsider, and move to save our country from the Obamacare train wreck about to hit.
Chris Jacobs is a senior policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Health Policy Studies.