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Monday, September 30, 2013
Kill Obamacare or Shut Down DC
Kill Obamacare or Shut Down DC Commentary by Sanford D. Horn September 30, 2013
A week ago, hypocrite in chief Barack Obama led the
Democrats in the use of incendiary language, accusing the Republicans in Congress
of “holding the whole country hostage” by having the gall to vote against his
health care program, which is the real hostage taker.
Obamacare, even prior to installation, has begun its
stranglehold over the American people and the entirety of the American economy
which will have far reaching affects beyond our borders.
More and more companies, great and small are making
executive decisions affecting the lives of their employees by cutting back
hours, turning these United States into a part time working nation with more
and more people becoming increasingly dependent upon government largesse.
The problem is that with more and more people dependent
upon the government, it requires a greater amount of funding – funding that
comes from the people – people who work and pay taxes to fund the government. The
fewer hours people work, the less they have to “contribute” to the government
coffers to pay for those people no longer working, thus overburdening those who
are left working to pick up a larger and larger tab.
The majority of the American people have rejected
Obamacare as they understand it will ultimately cost more to provide health
insurance, make demands upon companies’ hiring practices, as well as their
moral discretion pertaining to what they are providing for their employees. The
government seems to have this notion it can force private industry to dance to
the administration’s tune – thus Obama is the hostage taker.
Small businesses are opting to pay penalties rather than
cover their employees at higher rates than the penalties themselves. Obamacare
is also responsible for the stunting of economic growth as businesses are not
hiring in an effort to keep their employment rolls below the threshold required
to provide for their employees.
The Republicans in Congress are doing the right thing by
attempting to defund Obamacare. They are taking a principled stance on the
possibility that the government may shut down should Obama reject a budget minus
Obamacare funding. Understand that a government shutdown does not prevent the
mail from being delivered. It does not prevent retirees from receiving their
Social Security checks. It does not mean the United States armed forces are no
longer on the job either.
If Obamacare, hyped by this administration and its
lackeys in Congress as the savior of American healthcare, why have so many industries,
businesses, and even Congress itself been allowed to opt out? Why has Sen. Max
Baucus (D-MT) called Obamacare a “train wreck,” repeatedly? Why has the teamsters’
union president James P. Hoffa, a strong Obama supporter, come out virulently
against Obama’s signature legislation, calling it “a nightmare?”
Sen. Ted Cruz spoke passionately for more than 21 hours
last week. Part of his oration simply stated that the Obama administration and
Congress itself should set the example and play by the rules it is attempting
to inflict upon the rest of America. Yes, inflict, based upon the reasons to
refute Obamacare as stated above.
Yet just because the GOP wishes to defund a legislative
program designed to push the United States toward socialized medicine, that is
already having a negative impact on the economy, that is forcing more than a
handful of doctors to close their practices and retire, the Democrats are
continuing to use provocative language toward the Republicans.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), she of
the famous, “we have to pass the bill to find out what is in it,” called the
GOP “legislative arsonists.” To this day, Pelosi still has yet to read the
entirety of the Obamacare bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), never one to
back down from a fight, as a former pugilist, called the GOP “Tea Party
anarchists.” Anarchy, Sen. Reid, is an absence of government, a state of
lawlessness or political disorder. No one, from either party, is calling for
anarchy. But Reid, like Pelosi, is no stranger to bombastic rhetoric.
A government shutdown is not the worst thing that could
occur come midnight. If it does, the blame falls squarely on the narrow shoulders
of Obama, who will no doubt veto a budget sans Obamacare. A shutdown will not
prevent essential services from continuing, despite Obama’s scare tactics. The
bigger picture, however, is to eradicate Obamacare before it ensures any
further damage. If the people think it is bad now, wait until it is actually
Sanford D. Horn is
a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.