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Two reasons for shutdown

2013-10-08T00:00:00Z Two reasons for shutdownDonald Pfingsten Santa Maria Times
October 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

One gets tired of the bloviating within editorials and from TV commentators concerning the government shutdown.

The government is shut down for two reasons. Harry Reid and President Obama do not want to give individuals the same option to delay participation in the plan for one year, even though President Obama unilaterally gave the exemption to his big contributors, Hollywood movie studios and San Francisco Silicon Valley companies among others.

The second reason is that some require the law be maintained as passed, keeping Congress and staffs under the law. Instead, unlike a self-employed carpenter making a good living, President Obama wants to give members of Congress and their staffs taxpayer money to help pay for their insurance.

A funding bill with these two provisions was passed by the House 228-201, but rejected by Democrats in the Senate.

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  1. Cbrown
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    Cbrown - October 08, 2013 10:01 am
    The young get sick far less than the old. The old are SURE to need care and 75% of seniors have ZERO money saved for retirement! Even less have money for health care!

    That's ZERO for health care after living an entire life with cars vacations, cable TV- and NOW they want others to pay their health bills for them! Stick it to the kids!!!

    As for exemption for congress?- the bill originally REQUIRED congress to use Barack O' Care, but once they saw how bad it is- they got an exemption!
  2. Cbrown
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    Cbrown - October 08, 2013 9:45 am
    Remember that 250 MILLION people did NOT vote for Barack O' Claus! They have rights, too!
    "2 Reasons Why People Who Voted For Obama Were Lied to"

    If you voted for Obama because you squirm when you hear the word "corporation" and feel that they are too powerful, prepare yourself for the medical-industrial complex.

    Obamacare was not written by doctors or people without access to health care. It was written largely by MIT Economics Professor Jonathan Gruber, and influenced by lobbyists for health insurance companies. This expansion in coverage requirements would be a positive factor for health insurers like UnitedHealth (UNH), Molina Healthcare (MOH), WellCare Health Plans (WCG), Health Net (HNT), Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP), who would gain additional business and diminish competition.

  3. DominOrcutt
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    DominOrcutt - October 08, 2013 7:48 am
    "But it was passed the way it was because of politicians who represent the wishes of big money instead of the people"

    And what party,exclusively, was that?

    Another gem Mr. T!
  4. taicho
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    taicho - October 08, 2013 7:18 am
    I think you are a little shortsighted and convinced by lies Don.

    Congressmen have not been exempted, but like others who already have insurance they do not come under the health care act.

    There are many carpenters who already have health insurance and also many who don't. Many work for companies that offer health care but they have refused it and taken other options instead. They think they can get away without insurance because they are young.If they do happen to get deathly sick guess what, we pay for it.

    The health care act corrects that by requiring them to get insurance or be fined at tax time.

    There are many things right about the health care act and many things wrong that need correction. But it was passed the way it was because of politicians who represent the wishes of big money instead of the people.

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