10-1-13 — Reid Accidentally Admits Obamacare “Punishes” Americans

With the government poised to shut down as the House and Senate struggle over whether or not aspects of Obamacare should be delayed, defunded, or dumped, the rhetoric from the left is getting pretty irrational. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has called Republicans “anarchists.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called them “political arsonists.” Others have compared them to terrorists, hostage takers…. the list goes on.

For what? Believing that if Obamacare mandates are going to be delayed for some people, they should be delayed for all people. And, if Obamacare is going to apply to some people, it should apply to all people — including Congress and their staffs.

It is on this last point in particular that Harry Reid let the cat out of the bag. In trying to pin the blame for a government shutdown on the Republicans, Reid said, “This time the House has attached a poison pill that would PUNISH [emphasis added] 16,000 congressional staff.” How would they be punished? By being denied a taxpayer funded subsidy that would cover 75% of cost of Obamacare premiums. This is a subsidy nobody else would get, just the pampered, political elites.

If that’s punishment, logically speaking, then ANYBODY who has to live under Obamacare without a 75% premium subsidy is being punished. That, in round figures, is the United States. And, yes, Harry Reid is right. We are being punished.

It is my sincere hope that the House Republicans return a bill to the senate with just this one provision left outstanding. Show us who on Capitol Hill would rather shut down the entire federal government than live under the same healthcare law they’re so eager and willing to force on the rest of us.

— Rob Roper

 

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Kate October 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thank you for the insightful common sense. Living under the pretentious and petulant leadership we have is remarkably uncomfortable. When the consequences from unsound and graft based financial activities by the federal government become “fruitful” I believe we will suffer in ways we can’t even imagine.

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Linda Kirker October 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Congress is using the fruits of the labor of Americans for their own benefit for too long. Subsidies to favored businesses , labor unions and organizations with our hard-earned money reveals poor stewardship of our money and lack of respect for America’s hardworking citizens, that is; the numbers who still have gainful , full-time employment under the Obama regime and policies.
While our elected officials continue to foster unsustainable government growth, WE THE PEOPLE are seeing our freedoms evaporate. It is time to elect REAL representatives of the PEOPLE. Obamacare is un-American. Where is the freedom in forced purchases, or facing financial penalties? It is time to elect Representatives and Senators who believe in our Founders” Constitution that provides for balanced power, restricted federal government , empowered sovereign states,individual empowerment and opportunity and payment of national debt by each generation.as it operates. Woe to us if we don’t wake up and realize the mess we have created for our children and grandchildren. There is hope if we assume our citizenship duties by getting informed and involved in our government NOW.

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Ned Dubois October 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

As usual it was extremely hard to pick out exactly why the majority of Republicans were “shutting down” our government. Not until days after it actually happened did the news media report accurately on the conservative position that all Americans should be treated equally under the law, or that law should not be allowed to exist. Jefferson was quite clear that all men are created equal and he fought hard throughout his many years in government to prevent anarchy and subsequent positions of “nobility” within that government. A large number of our present lawmakers seem to deem themselves supra-equal from the rest of us as does the President, by choosing certain groups of people who will not be immediately subject to his pride and joy, the Affordable Care Act.
Unfortunately we have no such advocate as Thomas Jefferson at the present time. The so-called Tea Party is the political entity closest to representing Jefferson’s ideals on equality but unfortunately we have nothing in our Constitution that specifically states that all men are created equal under the law.

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Ned Dubois October 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Regarding the last sentence of my previous comment, it might be more accurate if it was amended to say “under federal law”. The 14th amendment left it to the states to provide that equality and hence has been the subject of debate ever since.

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