The House of Representatives worked late Saturday night and continued until early Sunday morning before approving a measure to avoid a government shutdown by a vote of 231-192. The vote was basically along party lines with a few Democrats adding votes to the effort to repeal a medical device tax that aims to help fund healthcare programs under the 2010 law. The vote on the repeal of that tax was 248-174. President Obama has not wavered in his reluctance to not negotiate with the House in order to, “pay the bills they have already racked up.”
Harry Reid said early Saturday:
“Today’s vote by House Republicans is pointless,” Reid said in a statement. “Republicans must decide whether to pass the Senate’s clean CR, or force a Republican government shutdown.”
Reid has already dismissed the House’s plan outright. He announced on Saturday that the Senate will reject the delay of the Affordable Care Act as well as amendment to cut the medical device tax, which Reid last week called “stupid.”
During the debate, several Democrats tried adamantly to point out the danger in attaching stipulations to the bill that was sent back by the Senate minus the provision to defund the Affordable Care Act but to no avail. During the debate, the Affordable Care Act, (ACH) was described as being a train wreck about to happen and the American people must be saved from this catastrophe. Argument was made that it was a jobs killer and would cause insurance premiums to sky rocket. ACH was blamed for full-time employees being cut to part time status and even causing some employees to loose coverage as in UPS’s decision to cut spousal coverage in a recently negotiated contract.
For the sake of time, I will not bore you with all the things that the Affordable Care Act is suppose to be doing and report that the law will be implemented as scheduled on October 1. Despite 42 votes in the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a government shutdown is inevitable if the law is not delayed or defunded. According to several economist, the Republicans only have one chance to “act like adults.” and stop acting like a spoiled child that just takes their marbles and goes home. The Senate will convene again on Monday at 2 p.m. at which time it is expected to ignore the bill passed by the House on this morning.
In the one minute given to those in opposition to the House bill passed on today, David Scott, (D-GA) utilized his time well. Referring to the leadership in the House he angrily said,
“Your hate for this president is coming before the love of this country,” … “because you have been hijacked by a small group of extreme folks who simply hate this president.”
He scolded the Republicans for their continued efforts to deprive millions of Americans of health coverage. The most telling statement of the debate was when Scott made it clear that, despite the Republicans effort to blame the Democrats for shutting down the government by not giving in to their demands, “The American people can see who’s shutting down the government.”