Remember that little ray of hope we had when it was announced that Obamacare had been defunded? Today, that has been extinguished, crushed under the feet of 54 of our esteemed members of Congress (who will be exempt from the program, incidentally).
With a vote of 54-44, the Senate has passed the bill that will restore the funding for the much-loathed
unAffordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The restoration bill was sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and is said to be an attempt to keep the government from shutting down on the 30th, when the current fiscal year ends.
The House plans to convene on Saturday to take up the bill. If Republicans stand by their demand that ObamaCare be defunded, delayed or otherwise undermined, then the two chambers could easily be at an impasse by midnight on Monday.
That’s when the current government spending bill expires; without a new bill, the government would partially shut down.
Tempers and rhetoric were heated on Friday as Democrats accused their Republican colleagues of playing with legislative fire.
“We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history right now — every bit as dangerous as the break-up of the Union before the Civil War,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
But Republicans are treating their push to defund ObamaCare with urgency, in part because a key part of the law is set to go into effect next week.
“It’s about showing people we’re going to do what we say we’re going to,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told colleagues, “even when, especially when, it’s inconvenient.” (source)
The public just discovered the enormous increase in the rates they will be paying for health insurance when the new Obamacare policy comes into effect, tripling and quadrupling in many instances, despite the President’s assurances that the prices are going to be very reasonable.
When you live in a fancy house paid for by taxpayers, go on dozens of luxury vacations per year paid for by taxpayers, and have armies of servants cooking for you, cleaning for you, and protecting you (also paid for by…you guessed it – the taxpayers), I think it’s fair to say your perception on a “good deal” might be a little bit skewed.
President Obama feels that the new premiums based on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare to the masses) are quite reasonable. A positive benefit. An absolute boon to the middle class. “You’ve had is an unprecedented effort that you’ve seen ramp up in the past month or so that those who have opposed the idea of universal health care in the first place — and have fought this thing tooth and nail through Congress and through the courts — trying to scare and discourage people from getting a good deal,” Obama said. (source)
People with poor health may pay less than they are currently paying and those with pre-existing conditions will be able to finally get insurance. However, those in good physical condition (you know, the ones who responsibly practice healthy lifestyles with few risk factors) will be almost unilaterally paying more.
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