By Tom Quiner

The president and his party shut down the government last Fall over Republican threats to imagesshut down  Obamacare.
Now it is the president who is shutting down the piece of legislature named for him. Needless to say, the Tea Party movement is frustrated. The Wall Street Journal quoted the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Jenny Beth Martin, about the president’s fecklessness and fickleness:

“Why did President Obama and the Democrats in Congress fight us tooth and nail, and eventually shut down the government last October? Last fall, Tea Party Patriots fought tirelessly to Exempt America and to let Congress know that if the law wasn’t good enough for Big Business, Big Labor, and Big Congress, then it certainly wasn’t good enough for the American people.
We knew the law would cost millions of Americans their health insurance, yet the president disagreed, and even guaranteed that Americans could keep their health care plan if they wanted.  As a result, Washington shut down, costing the American taxpayer billions of dollars, leaving Veterans unable to pay their respects to their fallen brothers, and tourists locked out of the monuments that celebrate America’s greatness.  And for what?  Political points?  The entire shutdown could have been completely avoided had the President considered any opposing viewpoints.
Now, he’s exempted America via unconstitutional means and sought to usurp Congress’ power to write the laws. This two-year delay to the individual mandate only delays the inevitable—Obamacare is a mess and no amount of time will suffice to fix it.
Tea Party Patriots stands for personal freedom where all Americans are treated equally, assuring our ability to pursue the American dream.  Obamacare stands as an impediment to this dream.”

I had lunch today with a family member who is a whole-hearted supporter of Obama. She suggested that Obamacare merely needs a few “tweaks.” Easy for her to say, she’s on Medicare. For us working class Americans, it truly is an “impediment to the American Dream.”
Even the president admits Obamacare is past the tweak stage. Otherwise, why take the draconian step of delaying it for two more years?
By his actions, the president admits that Republicans and the American people were right all along.

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  1. JoeC on March 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    The problem is that once it became law, Republicans should have stepped up and helped fixed it. Instead they continued in their failure to get rid of it.
    The majority of people (those most likely to vote) blame Republicans for the shutdown. To claim otherwise is simply denying reality.

    • quinersdiner on March 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Joe, spoken like a true liberal. The problems with Obamacare are Republican’s fault? Beautiful. Republicans were largely shut out of negotiations on the bill. The bill is not tweakable; it is structurally flawed from top to bottom. Democrats were only able to pass it by lying about it from top to bottom. The only honorable recourse is for Democrats to admit their mistakes and lead the charge to repeal it. Repeal is inevitable, but it will have to happen after Mr. Obama leaves office to allow him to save face.

      • JoeC on March 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        BTW – I never said Obamacare was the Republican’s fault – those were your words.
        I said Republicans are taking the lion’s share of the shutdown.

  2. JoeC on March 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    It’s not being a liberal. It’s reality.
    They don’ t have the votes to get rid of it.

    • quinersdiner on March 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      True, which is why it is ridiculous to blame anything on the Republicans, not that that’ll stop the Blamer-in-Chief.

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