The Affordable Care Act, affectionately known as “Obamacare” was signed into law on March 23, 2010 – 3 years and 6 months ago. Pay attention to what I just said.
The time to negotiate what went into the health care bill was before that date. President Obama repeatedly asked Republicans to work with the Democrats on the bill. Republicans chose to either not participate, tell President Obama to go fuck himself, call him a liar, call him a Muslim, call him a foreigner, call him the anti-Christ, or outright obstruct.
In fact, from the moment Obama was elected, the Republican Party’s entire agenda has been to obstruct any and everything Obama tries to accomplish, for the sole purpose of making him look like a failure – no matter how bad it fucks the citizens and security of the U.S. in the process. I believe that’s treasonous, but that’s another topic.
Regarding this governmental shutdown, this is what the Teabag Republicans have been planning since before they took over the House in 2010. It was the fucking platform they ran their campaigns on, for fuck’s sake. Not only are they pretending it wasn't a political disaster for their Party when they did it in 1996, they've thoroughly convinced themselves they benefited from it. Just like they convinced themselves contrary to every single poll that Brett Grimly (Gromley? I forget.) was going to beat Obama in the last election. They are very good at denying the truth if it doesn't match up to their wishes.
So, on its face, they are lying that they now want to negotiate to end the shutdown that they wanted to do. And they are lying when they claim that the Democrats are responsible for the shutdown.
Republicans want desperately to end Obamacare. They say it’s because it will be bad for the economy and somehow, freedom. If they really thought it would be bad, they would just not say anything (instead of fiscally responsibly wasting $60 million voting to repeal it 42 times, knowing Obama would never repeal his own law, but hey, at least they look good to right-wing extremists), let it prove to be harmful to people, then watch the people vote to get rid of it, and then claim they tried to warn us. Then they would get more votes. But the truth of the matter is, they know it will be popular, giving the President and Democratic Party a political win (with their own plan).
The simple fact that on October 1st, the day the health care exchanges opened, one million people logged on by 7:00AM to www.healthcare.gov that they crashed the website (which is five times more than were ever on www.Medicare.com at one time), proves people want the plan or are at least interested in finding out about the plan. (Or, according to right-wing media spin-doctors, the government is inept and you shouldn't get health care.)
Republicans just want in general to destroy government. It’s what they always say – government is bad. And this is part of the way they do it. This shutdown is a means to that end. It weakens the government. Then they get to say, “See? Government doesn’t work.” Then they get to privatize everything for profit. Ignoring the fact that government does work, and it works quite well, when they try to make it work.Which Republicans have successfully proved they are incapable of doing.
It’s the difference between, “This model train won’t work after I kick it off the tracks and jump on it, and that’s why I hate it,” and, “This model train works when I make sure the wheels are aligned on the tracks and are properly oiled, which is why I love it.”
Remember at the beginning, I said to pay attention to what I just said? I said the Affordable Care Act was law. LAW.
The Affordable Care Act is no longer a bill. It is the LAW of the United States of America. It was passed with a majority in the House. It was passed with a majority in the Senate. The President signed it. The Supreme Court affirmed its Constitutionality. The majority of U.S. citizens supported it by re-electing Barack Obama when he ran on his health care law.
Now, suddenly, Republicans pretend they want to negotiate the nonnegotiable LAW to prevent their manufactured threat of shutting down the government. They are holding hostage the security and welfare of the nation to force the President to get rid of something they KNOW he will not do. You get that? They create a crisis, then pretend they want to negotiate to prevent it, knowing it won’t happen, just so they can shut down the government like they want to, then falsely blame Democrats for causing the crisis they invented. I believe that’s terrorism, but that’s another topic.
The Affordable Care Act is the LAW.
There is nothing to negotiate now.
Republicans are lying.
“Do you know why I pulled you over?”
“You were doing 65 in a 40.”
“Well, let’s negotiate on what the speed limit is.”
“We can’t. It’s the law.”
“WHY WON’T YOU NEGOTIATE WITH ME?”
“It’s the law.”
“We could prevent this ticket if you would just negotiate with me!”
“We can’t. It’s the law.”
“This is all your fault!”
“Yes, Sir. It’s my fault you were driving 25 miles per hour faster than the law allows. Here’s your ticket. Have a nice day.”
HERE is that letter signed by 80 Teabaggers. Virtually nothing in it is borne out by facts.
Unless you live within the bubble on Bullshit Mountain.
Both of which, Republicans caused.
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