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The New Congressional Plan to Hold You Hostage

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Reports suggest that conservatives in the House of Representatives, after having attempted to repeal Obamacare at least 40 times with no success, have yet another plan to take down Obama’s signature piece of law. Straight from Slate comes news that Republicans are now going to attempt to hold a repeal of Obamacare as the one move to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debts.

If you’ve been watching the showdown over Obamacare since Republicans took the lower house, you know that the International Monetary Fund called the prospect of the United States defaulting ‘catastrophic’. Considering the vulnerability of America’s post-recession economy, many worried as far back as January┬áthat the economy could take an all-around beating in the event of a default.

Oddly, in all of the money-saving maneuvers the austerity-driven conservative radicals have made, defunding their own government healthcare plans and cutting their own pensions doesn’t seem to be on the table, even as they waste millions in taxpayer dollars to hold vacuous ‘symbolic’ votes on yours.

In the event of a default, the United States government would be unable to pay for their existing debts. It wouldn’t stop them from creating new debts, but it would severely impact the debtors and our credit rating. As most of this debt is owned by you and I, this radical right-wing move constitutes an attack on a popular government program using “we the people” effectively as collateral.

Not only is Congress behaving in an extraordinarily partisan way, they are holding their own constituents hostage to end a single program they dislike. In addition, there is little doubt that in the unlikely event of an Obamacare repeal, Republicans in the lower house would once more desire popular government programs to be on the chopping block. If House Republicans weren’t acting treasonous before by serving the will of international corporations instead of the people, they have reached that level now.

About Alyssa Kova

She's a 23 year old LGBT activist with a massive chip on her shoulder, and an unfortunate habit of referring to herself in third person on "About" sections of things.

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8 thoughts on “The New Congressional Plan to Hold You Hostage

  1. Here’s a question. What do you think of the fact that President Obama made a deal to pay for the healthcare of Congress and its staff so they wouldn’t have to go on the exchanges? Is it fair for “we the people” to have to pay for the health insurance of people making $100,000 a year?

    Posted by Mark | August 21, 2013, 4:50 pm
    • He didn’t. It was always part of the Affordable Care Act that if you already had employer provided healthcare nothing will change. As a USAF retiree I get govt provided healthcare also and do not have to go through the exchange. Please read a little and get better informed before you help spread this type of FOX driven misinformation

      Posted by Edward Doogan | August 22, 2013, 7:28 am
    • We’ve been paying it all along!

      Posted by Su | August 22, 2013, 9:38 am
    • The Affordable Care act specifically states that congress, unlike all other ‘businesses’, is forced to leave their employer provided healthcare and enroll in one of the insurance plans offered on the exchange. This has never changed, though there was an executive order which insured that they wouldn’t lose their employer contribution to their healthcare plans, which is standard policy for pretty much any other employer.

      Don’t take my word on it, read the ACA for yourself.

      Posted by Chad McCall | August 22, 2013, 12:18 pm
  2. if you children had jobs, paid taxes, and had any sort of clue, you’d realize obamacare, just like all of his other promises, are a disaster for this country. Talk to a doctor, talk to a business owner, talk to someone who pays their own health insurance. Or just keep chanting the same idiot slogans as Rome burns.

    Posted by Ron Holliday | August 22, 2013, 7:51 am
    • I have a job, pay taxes, own a business, buy my own health insurance, and have interviewed a dozen doctors.

      Posted by Justin Acuff | August 22, 2013, 11:44 am
    • Yeah, I wish we had single-payer universal healthcare instead and told the insurance companies to go hippity hop into a lake, but given that we don’t, Obamacare is A-OK. You’re kidding yourself if you think we haven’t spoken to doctors, business owners, or if you think we haven’t had jobs or paid taxes. You’re not better than us. In fact, I would be almost willing to bet we’re doing more with our early 20s than you did in yours.

      Posted by Alyssa Kova | August 22, 2013, 12:12 pm
    • More fact free right-wing alarmist nonsense.

      Posted by Rick | August 22, 2013, 1:23 pm

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