Speak Out: A futile Republican attempt
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Oct 06, 2013 | 1772 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The government shutdown in Washington was a political move by House Republicans to stop the Affordable Care Act by cutting off funds to the yearly Appropriations Bill. However, this bill has nothing to do with the ACA.

It seems that many in the Republican House know as little about how the ACA is funded as those on local talk radio. Those of us who have been paying attention know that the ACA is paid for with taxes already voted on. (Remember the tanning salon tax?) Shutting down the government is having no effect whatsoever on the ACA, so now we have to assume the House Republicans must have some other reason for putting 750,000 Americans out of work.

What we do know is the cause is being led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Florida and is being pushed by 30 to 40 ultraconservative House Republicans. However, like most fanatics they suffer from myopia and only see a very small pinpoint of purpose in their actions. They are completely oblivious to the surrounding ruckus that they are causing: Tens of thousands out of work, 9 million pregnant woman on WIC won’t get a check, class trips to U.S. monuments and historic sites cancelled, the Defense Department (800,000) out of work, food inspections halted (except meat), research halted (and some ruined) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the list goes on and on.

The questions remain:

Why do they think stopping the Appropriations Bill will stop the ACA?

How does putting 750,000 Americans out of work help them?

What is their end game? What happens when the Senate continues to deny any amendment that references the ACA? What do they do then?

John Johnson
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