U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R-Ga) wrote an op-ed for the Augusta Chronicle published on Saturday, where he explained his view on why the recent fight by conservative Republicans against the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), that resulted in a shutdown of federal government while the law remained in place, was worth having.
The Georgia congressman said in the article that the refusal by Republicans to sign a government funding bill unless it defunded Obamacare was supported by majority of Americans, however there were some who opposed it calling it "unattainable," since any government funding bill had to be signed by President Barack Obama who would never defund his signature legislation.
But Broun said that the lawmakers "have an obligation" to voice and represent the concerns of their constituents.
"That's what this fight was all about," he said. "We listened, we took a stand and we fought to protect Americans from the pain and suffering this law will surely inflict on them and their families."
The ACA argument took place in a lead-up and aftermath of the government insurance website crashing, and the words "pain and suffering" could probably describe what some frustrated Americans felt when just trying to sing-up for their mandatory coverage via healthcare.gov.
These problems with the website have certainly strengthened Republicans' arguments, but not enough to pose a threat to the entire law.
Broun blamed the Senate for the failure of the ACA-defunding efforts.
"The Senate refused to acknowledge the cries of the American people and stop this law," said Broun. "Since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had all but stalled the normal legislative process, the only way for conservatives to have stopped this law before its Oct. 1 rollout was to defund it using the appropriations process. This was our last chance to stop Obamacare before going into effect, and we used all possible avenues to do it."
Broun concluded that the government shutdown was worth it because it sent a message to the Republican establishment that conservatives are not afraid to stand up for their values.
"Any battle fought wholeheartedly on one’s beliefs and convictions is not a battle lost, especially with the backing of the American people," he said. "Make no mistake – this war will continue and will end in victory, when in 2017, a new president signs into law legislation that will repeal Obamacare once and for all."
Broun represents Georgia's 10th congressional district.