Monday, September 30, 2013

In this government shutdown showdown, we're just pawns in the political game.

What we have right now is a few asshats in Congress holding this country hostage by using the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare as a bargaining chip when it isn't even tired directly to this government funding. The Affordable Care Act is not affected because key parts of it rely on mandatory funding that is not tied to a shutdown. (Not to mention the law itself can only be repealed by legislation!)

And as Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post explains:

"That includes the new online marketplaces, known as exchanges, where uninsured people will be able to shop for coverage. The Medicaid expansion is funded with mandatory funding, as are the billions in federal tax credits to help with purchasing coverage."

"This largely has to do with how the big pieces of Obamacare are funded. The law uses mandatory funds for its really big programs. That includes the new online marketplaces, known as exchanges, where uninsured people will be able to shop for coverage. The Medicaid expansion is funded with mandatory funding, as are the billions in federal tax credits to help with purchasing coverage.

"Those mandatory funds were appropriated in the Affordable Care Act and, without repealing Obamacare, legislators cannot touch them. Even in the face of a government shutdown, this is the spending that sticks around."

So really, what we have here is political grandstanding by a few guys who want to run for the Presidency in 2016. It's time to put their political ambitions aside and get their collective heads out of their asses and do their jobs. If they don't, then on November 8, 2016, we'll do ours.

2 comments:

  1. I can only make one comment.......AMEN!!
    I just wish I could believe MY vote actually MEANS something other than to myself..........

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  2. Short,sweet and to the point. Every day you see the divide widening further and further...

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