In a move that could cause a government shut-down in less than two weeks, the House set off another spending battle against Obama’s healthcare program, food stamps and the latest victory for Republicans would be the Medicare program.
Members of the house voted for a short-term government spending plan that will remove funding for the Obama care program. The vote was split depending on party, with a 230-189 tally.
Now the majority of Democrats in the Senate will most likely vote down the portion that would affect Obama care.
House Republicans have voted 42 times to repeal the Obama care program, without success. John Boehner and a group of Republicans joined together in a victory rally after the vote and boasted the “progress,” challenging members of the Senate to do the same.
Boehner took the lead and spoke for the others at the small rally:
The American people don’t want the government shut down and they don’t want Obama care. The House has listened to the American people. Now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well.
Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader of Virginia, asked each Senate member of the Democratic party how it is they were going to vote on this issue, calling out each member by name.
It’s up to Senate Democrats to follow House Republicans and show some responsibility.
Republicans ought to understand if we shut down the government, Congress always gets blamed –rightly or wrongly—Congress gets blamed. We’ve seen the movie before. It’s just some of them weren’t around at the time. I was.
President Obama states he feels the Republicans are “holding the nation hostage” by passing a federal budget that will increase the debt ceiling while they are defunding the health care reforms. Obama spoke at a Ford plant in Kansas City:
You don’t have to threaten to blow the whole thing up if you don’t get your way.
Obama stated legislators in Washington are “trying to mess with me,” instead of helping out those in the middle class.
House GOP leaders have stated they will keep the government operating after September 30 if President Obama’s health care law is defunded.
Democrats have said repeatedly that they will do what they can to keep the health care law intact. They have no intentions of defunding the president’s current system.
John Boehner claims:
We’re going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president’s failed health care law. The law is a train wreck.
Or could it be that the president is a Democrat and the shut out of plans set forth by the president could be a veiled racist issue? Every piece of work the president has put forth has been shunned by the Republican Party.
Threats from the GOP include disability and Social Security payments being their top priority if Congress and the president don’t cooperate to raise the federal debt ceiling by the middle of October.
The president and Democratic leaders refuse to back down from their stance and will not listen to threats against the healthcare program’s spending cuts. Obama states:
I’m happy to negotiate with congressional Republicans around the budget, just as I have in the past. What I will not do is create a habit, a pattern, whereby the full faith and credit of the United States ends up being a bargaining chip to set policy. It’s irresponsible.
The president asked his listeners to “flip the script for a second and imagine a situation in which a Democratic speaker said to a Republican president, ‘I’m not going to increase the debt ceiling unless you increase corporate taxes by 20 percent. And if you don’t do it, we’ll default on the debt and cause a worldwide financial crisis.’”
The Obama care plan requires that all insurance plans cover preventative services. It also includes the provision that if you become sick, the insurance provider cannot stop services to you. The goal of the plan is to provide affordable health insurance for all citizens of the United States and to reduce the growth in health care spending.
Obama care does not replace any private insurance plans already in place. If Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance coverage is already in place, you can keep it.
Over 47 million women have access to preventative health services under the plan. A provision in the plan makes it illegal to charge women different rates than men. Under the reformed healthcare act, senior citizens will have access to cheaper drugs, preventative care and closes the Medicare Part D loop hole. The AARP agrees that the improvements to the previous healthcare availability in the U.S. will see a decrease in the average cost of healthcare for seniors.
Half of the American population has a pre-existing condition that would deny them health insurance through insurance companies. Obama care will remove the denial of care due to pre-existing conditions, including those at high risk.
What happens if it did pass? The GOP could hold Americans “hostage” until they get what they want, this time and every time. If the Democratic members of the House back down on this issue, what will come next time?
What if it does not pass? Well, there is the possibility they could be insane enough to remove funding from several federal programs. If this was the case and they attempted a government shutdown, it seems an uprising would be a good possibility and maybe it’s time they understand that asking a few fellow Republicans does not mean they have asked the “American people” what they want. The majority of citizens in this country may have more to say about it.
Are we to understand the Republican portion of our government is using threats and conditions to “get their way?” Have they finally lost their ability to negotiate terms instead of threatening like the neighborhood or school bully would do? Last I checked these people worked for us. It’s amazing how that always ends up being forgotten.