Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) appeared on “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” in a effort to defend his position on defunding Obamacare. Collins is the co-sponsor of a bill that will be voted on tomorrow which will fund the government through the next fiscal year but only if it guts the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is President Obama’s signature piece of legislation and is schedulde to go into effect Oct. 1. Despite many prominent republicans warnings against placing such a stipulation on an act which was simply routine prior to the Obama presidency, the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party are determined to add one more vote to the 41 votes already taken to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The republican talking point yesterday as evidenced by all the lawmakers and pundits was to deny that they are shutting down the government. Being fully aware of the daily memos from such groups as the Heritage Foundation, Freedom Works etc., Sharpton was able in a round about way to get Collins to admit that if the Affordable Care Act is continually funded they will vote to scrap the entire bill.
House leader John Boehner is very anxious to get this bill out of the House and over to the Senate where Ted Cruz (R-TX) can put up or shut up in regards to his promise to get rid of Obamacare at all cost. Cruz has been a staunch advocate of shutting down the government in an effort to deny funding to the Healthcare bill.
Trying to get some sort of logic out of the republicans rationale for opposing the Affordable Care Act is futile to say the least. They often say that they are listening to the American people but the 2012 Election is not considered. Furthermore the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the bill is not considered. When Sharpton pointed out to Collins that the 9th District of Georgia in which he represents has 21 per cent of its citizens who would be able to get health coverage whom does not presently have it, the congressman just changed the subject back to “I’m listening to American people.”
As of today, the republican led House voted to immediately cut 4 million citizens from the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, (SNAP) in an effort to curb fraud and abuse. They cite a case in Baltimore, MD in which some food stores were engaged in a $7 million fraud case involving food stamps. You are at liberty to scratch your head now and ask yourself, “How does cutting 2 million recipients stop such abuse?” According to language contained in the bill to cut the SNAP program, it will be cut by $40 billion over a ten year period. That would be an average of $4 billion per year.
Just as an outside observer, Doug Collins started his interview with Al Sharpton by stating, “I’m new here.” Ted Cruz is a freshman senator as well. But when these lawmakers assert that they were sent to Washington for the sole purpose of getting rid of Obamacare, you can only wonder why they didn’t join the coalition of the sane people instead of backing themselves into a corner where it’s now time to put up or shut up.
On Oct.1 when Obamacare is fully implemented and the sane people in the republican party pressures Boehner to take control of his party. Perhaps we’ll get a continuing resolution signed so the government can continue to function. But in the mean time, all the people who elected president Obama not just once but twice, will continue watching the republican party self destruct. The best thing that can come out of this debacle is for the gerrymandered districts that sent these people to Washington will come to their senses and send democrats to Washington so the country can function as a democracy once again. To this point Doug Collins said, “We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic.”