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Paul Giorgio: Obamacare, The Debt Ceiling + Tea Party Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


What in the world is wrong with national healthcare, and why is the party of fiscal responsibility holding the debt ceiling as ransom over it?

The Gang of 40, those right wing Tea Party Republicans in the US House of Representatives, are at it again and have forced Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner to play a game of fiscal brinkmanship that will cause the U.S.economy irreparable harm, end the economic recovery, shut down the government, have the United States default on its financial obligations, cost Americans billions of dollars in their 401(k)s all because they don't like President Obama and national healthcare.

The stock market, after an amazing 2 weeks dropped dramatically at the end of last week, because of the Republican House’s passage of repeal of Obamacare.

How has the party of supposed fiscal responsibility become so irresponsible?

The right wing's hatred of President Barack Obama is so intense that they would rather have the government fail than have the president succeed.

The target of the Tea Party is Obamacare and they want Congress to defund it or risk the threat of a government shutdown by October 1st, the beginning of the new fiscal year. They are also holding the debt limit ceiling hostage. But this is nothing new.

Republicans have been trying to end social security since it was first passed on August 14, 1935. They have been trying to end Medicare since it was passed 30 years later in 1965. Now their target is national healthcare.

At least the Republicans in the senate have more common sense. They have said that they will not hold the economic recovery hostage to the Tea Party Republicans.

We need fiscal and finacial stability and we can’t have this Gang of 40 led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor derail the government. Obamacare, or National Healthcare, has become their Holy Grail. They will stop at nothing to repeal it, just like they want to privatize Social Security.

The Social Safety Net that President Ronald Regan talked about keeping in place means nothing to the radical right. They really believe that no government is the best government.

Please tell me what is wrong with national healthcare?

Some of the key points the Republicans find offensive: preexisting conditions must be covered by Insurance companies, children can stay on their parents plan until they are 26, all children will be provided with healthcare. Are these things so bad that we are going to risk the fiscal stability of the United Sates economy or is it something more?

Is it that this is President Obama’s lasting legacy? Every Democratic President since Harry Truman tried to get some form of National Healthcare passed and all failed except President Obama.

No Congress has had a problem with the debt ceiling except this one.

The economy is improving. The deficit is dropping dramatically and we are on the road to full recovery. If things continue to improve, we may actually find ourselves with a budget surplus. One of the main drivers of our economy is the auto industry and a Ford 150 pickup truck is sold every 40 seconds in the country now. Do you know who is buying those? Construction workers who are back to work.

America is back to work. Let’s not set the progress back. Let’s not wreck the economic recovery over right wing ideology. The Congress needs to do the right thing.

They need to separate their hatred and prejudice of this president from the fiscal reality our nation faces.

Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.


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