- Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 15:10
- Written by AMAC
Washington, DC - Senate Democrats would have to take the blame for shutting down the government if they don't buy into a House bill to fund spending beyond October 1, except money for the Affordable Care Act [ACA], according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The House bill is teed up for a vote. Meanwhile, new legislation was introduced this week that seeks to repeal and replace Obamacare with a simplified healthcare reform law. The measure was offered by the Republican Study Committee, which is composed of 175 members of the House and led by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.
Scalise said that the proposed law "can lower health care costs and fix real problems without a government-run system that puts unelected Washington bureaucrats between you and your doctor." The legislation takes aim at ACL taxes and mandates while expanding tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance, Scalise added.
Weber said that AMAC is firmly behind the "repeal and replace" movement in Congress. "Not many things are certain in politics, but one thing is certain when it comes to the Affordable Care Act: it was shoved down our throats by a Democratic Congress at the behest of a Democratic president. Not many of those who voted for the law read it or understood it. Slowly but surely its ugly provisions are being exposed and in time will be its undoing. As one erstwhile supporter of President Obama, Warren Buffet, said soon after ACA was enacted, the law should be scrapped and swapped for a law that doesn't have the inadequacies of Obamacare. That is exactly the intent of the one-two punch delivered by the House of Representatives this week."
He pointed out that some of the president's closest supporters have been waffling in their backing of the Affordable Care Act. "Not the least of these are the unions, some of which are calling for an outright repeal of the law. They see the law as a job killer. And then there are those vulnerable Democrats who will have to face angry voters opposed to the law's onerous provisions including the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which some are calling the Death Panel."
It is noteworthy that even Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted in a recent Wall Street Journal OpEd that the "IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. Getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on."
Thirty-five members of the Senate are up for reelection in 2014, 21 of whom are Democrats, Weber explained. "It's likely at least some of them would welcome the possibility of removing Obamacare as a key issue in those campaigns. This does not mean they will vote for the GOP strategy. They probably won't, but it will put the onus of a government shutdown on them," he said.
Congressman Scalise agrees. He said he some of those Senators will have to think twice when they are faced with a continuing resolution that excludes funding for Obamacare. As he put it: "We've got senators like Mary Landrieu who are up for re-election next year, that are going to be facing voters who are furious and saying, 'wait a minute, even the president has said [Obamacare] is so bad that he wants to delay for big business'. "