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