ABC News reported Saturday, Sep. 21 “the clock is ticking toward the deadline when the government runs out of money and, sooner after that, will no longer be able to borrow any” in the dual crises they call “the Shutdown and Showdown that could potentially cripple the country.” In another attempt to defund the ACA, Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” Republicans threaten to shutdown the government, which in turn could drive down markets on Wall Street. "The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want "Obamacare," Speaker John Boehner said, according to a Sep. 20 post on The Seattle Times. The American people who have benefited by the ACA have said differently on social media and in various other media outlets, however. And, according to Reuters, “The sense from Wall Street analysts this time, however, is that the current drama is likely to feature more bluster than bravado and contains overblown threats.”
In President Barack Obama’s weekly address, he warns, “We’re running out of time to fix this.” President Obama says, according to ABC News, the Republicans are “trying to kill his signature healthcare plan and along the way shutting down the government and threatening the stock market.” The president says, “Some are actually willing to plunge America into default, if they can’t defund the Affordable Care Act.” The Republicans deny that as their attempt, saying “We’re standing up for our principles,” as they passed a bill Friday to keep the government running through December 15, while they — yet, again — try to stop the Affordable Care Act. Reuters wrote the Republican-led House will “try to delete the Obamacare provision and send the spending bill back to the House for passage by Sept. 30 in order to prevent government shutdowns the following day.” Republican House representative, Alan Nunnelee from Mississippi, screamed “We must get rid of Obamacare,” Friday in their latest effort out of more than 40 attempts to “defeat Obamacare,” this time by defunding it in exchange for paying the nation’s debts through mid-December.
ABC News characterizes the Republicans’ repetitive efforts to derail the ACA as “a symbolic fight” which is “quickly becoming a perfect storm with deep fiscal consequences.” Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead.” The president told a Missouri audience on Friday, “They’re [Republicans] not focused on you. They’re focused on politics. They’re focused on trying to mess with me.” ABC News added, “And mess with all Americans, if a deal isn't reached by Oct. 1 when the government runs out of money.”