Republican Party Continues to Delay Affordable Health Care

US Government set to shut down
Republican Party poised to bring down the House of Representatives

Following a showdown by the Republican Party this weekend, tacked-on amendments to the Affordable Health Care Act were quickly squashed by the Democrat-ruled Senate. It took the Senate no more than 25 minutes to read over the additions that House Republicans had drafted onto ObamaCare’s Affordable Health Act and shake their heads in a resounding “no.” House Republicans have been delaying this bill in an attempt to convince the rest of their party, and hopefully a few Democrats in the Senate, to cut down some of the expenditures outlined by the Act. It was expected that the addendum would require the Act to be delayed by at least one year, and that is exactly what House Republicans asked for.

The Affordable Health Care Act is a key part of the controversial ObamaCare legislation. This particular part of health care reform is aimed at changing the way that individual health care coverage works. Whereas right now, a health insurance company can simply refuse to insure any US resident on the basis that their health is too poor, the Affordable Health Care Act would ensure that every person could find basic insurance. Under the Act, no American citizen could legally be denied health care coverage, no matter what their current health status.

Until the House can come to an agreement on the Act, the government will go unfunded and cease to function. This evening, President Barrack Obama spoke to the House of Representatives and expressed his displeasure at continued measures to bring the government to a halt, saying: “The idea of putting the American people’s hard-earned progress at risk is the height of irresponsibility and doesn’t have to happen…All of this is entirely preventable. One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to re-fight the results of an election.”

Indeed, Republicans are merely trying to gain control over a Democratic government and put a stop to their rival Party’s legislation. President Obama has been dedicated to health care reforms since he took office, and Republicans in government and on the street have feared that such a move would destroy the American economy and leave people unable to pay their medical bills. Ironically, many Americans already have a very difficult time paying their medical bills, with tens of thousands going into debt because they or a family member has become seriously ill.

The Republican Party continues to delay passing the Affordable Health Care Act, however, insisting that severe cuts to proposed health care spending are the price for keeping the government running. House Speaker and Republican John A. Boehner of Ohio is leading the mini-revolution with hopes that Democrats will soon fold under the pressure, and many other members of the House are blaming him for the looming shutdown. Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada likened Boehner to a bully, and said his party would continue to stand strong in support of the Affordable Health Care Act, adding “our negotiation is over with.”

by Mandy Gardner

NY Times

7 Responses to "Republican Party Continues to Delay Affordable Health Care"

  1. G. Spy   October 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I am all for the Republicans hanging in there, for sometimes we must pay a price to get things done right. I don’t think you doing wrong nor are you trying to bully anyone, you just have seeing eyes that see. Some have seeing eyes that can not see. Hang in there and lets get Obama appealed, and anything else that can be done to remove him from office, for he is making a mess of thing, and this whole nation is going to go under if he continues to be the president. He always has someone else to blame for his mistakes, and poor judgement and he never takes blame for anything. Well he said give him four more yrs. well in four more years there want be a Untied States of America, for everyday we are slipping as a nation, and now he has even gotten other nation to think that we as America is nothing, and that we are not even a Christian nation. I say I don’t need him to speak for me, and this nation doesn’t need him if he thinks that he can make a statement such as that and get by with it. He knows nothing of being a Christian for he stand along side of the Muslims rightly so being he is one. This nation got along very well without him, and they can continue to do so again. So stand your ground Republicans, and don’t be lead around by your nose as some are.

  2. littlelizard   October 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Oh yeh cher. They have just shown they don’t care about this country by shutting it down. They don’t care about the American people by trying to deny 30 million Americans even basic health care while they have the best in the country paid for by the taxpayer. And which of your freedoms have been taken away from you? Name them.

  3. carl smith   September 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Its time that the house of representatives be selected the same way a jury is selected. No voting, a fixed term of two years and no requirement to run for re-election. Wages will be set at a reasonable rate so as to not bankrupt selected individuals. While a person is forbidden from running for re-election, there is always the possibility they could get selected again at a later date to serve. Would not always get quality candidates, but it can’t be much worse than we have now and if anything it would probably be a better cross-section of America and the societies they come from.

  4. Cher Hov   September 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Atleast the Republicans still care about our country and its freedoms that are being taken away from us. Look at Hobby Lobby.

    • simkatu   October 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

      Yeah. Because I really like that my employer can force my medical plan to only cover procedures that my employer wants to cover based on HIS religion, rather than my own.

      That’s not freedom either. That’s just giving companies and employers all the control rather than somebody else.

  5. Ramachandran.Plotter   September 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    In the interest of intellectual integrity, the title should read “Republican Party Continues to Delay Affordable Health Care Act.” Cheers.

  6. Edward C Fuller   September 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I am ashamed to be a Republican today. They can’t stop it, so they will shut the government down just to be a bully! Get rid of ALL of them!


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