Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fight the regressive obssession with Obamacare

The House regressives voted to shut down the government if we don't defund Obamacare. They are actually willing to terribly hurt millions of people if we don't cut millions off of insurance. This is truly a grave sickness that aims to bring down an entire nation with it. See the below from Senator Boxer and consider signing the petition. Quote:

There they go again. The House Republicans just voted to try and shut down the government unless they get their way on defunding Obamacare. Let's be clear:
  • They had already tried to repeal Obamacare 41 times -- and failed.
  • They had already taken it all the way to the Supreme Court -- and lost.
  • They had already run a 2012 presidential election campaign on that platform -- and were defeated.
Clearly, none of that was enough for them. So now they're willing to shut down the government at midnight on Sept‌ember 30 unless they get their way.

Enough is enough. Will you stand with me and Mayor Cory Booker -- a great friend and fighter for the people whom I hope will join me in the Senate soon -- to tell the Republicans to end their obsession with 
Obamacare and stop playing politics with a government shutdown?

We have two basic responsibilities as members of Congress: paying our bills and setting a budget. But, instead, Republicans are obsessed with ending Obamacare.
It makes you wonder: Why are they so obsessed with kicking three million young people off their parents' health insurance?

Why are they so obsessed with stopping 71 million Americans from getting free preventive health care, like regular check-ups and vaccinations?

Why are they so obsessed with going back to the days when insurance companies could cap your expenses or deny you coverage if you had a pre-existing condition?

Why are they so obsessed with keeping 24 million people from getting insurance through the new state exchanges or making sure that 13 million people aren't able to now sign up for Medicaid?

It doesn't make any sense. But if Republicans overturn Obamacare, that's exactly what would happen. And we won't let them do it.

The fight over Obamacare is over. Thankfully, it is the law of the land. It's already paying huge dividends for the American people, with many more benefits to come over the months ahead. And it will save us $108 billion dollars over ten years and more than $1 trillion over the following decade.

So, how is defunding Obamacare fiscally or morally responsible? It's not, of course.

It's time for Republicans in Congress to get the message, and stop the brinksmanship. Help us send that message.

In Friendship,
Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator

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