The US House of Representatives Prolongs Health Care Law, Resulting in Shutdown of the Government.
Obama Warns of Shutdown's Impact, Says Health Care Law Won't Be Stopped
With a federal government shutdown seemingly imminent, President
Obama warned Monday of the drastic impact on the economy if a deal
isn't struck, but promised his health care law set to go into effect
Tuesday would proceed despite House Republicans' attempt to "extract a
ransom" and defund the law.
"Let me be clear about this: An important part of the Affordable Care
Act takes effect [Tuesday] no matter what Congress decides to do
today," Obama said during a press conference at the White House after
the Democrat-controlled Senate on Monday afternoon shot down a House
spending bill proposal, which sought to delay or significantly alter the
Affordable Care Act, Obama's health care law that was passed in 2010.
"The Affordable Care Act is moving forward," Obama said. "That
funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down. This is a law that
passed both houses of Congress, a law that bears my signature, a law
that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional, a law that voters chose
not to repeal last November."
The GOP passed another spending proposal through the House on Monday
night, only to have it rejected shortly thereafter by the Senate as
The Republican-controlled House now must construct a stopgap spending
bill that has to be passed by the Senate by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to avoid
a shutdown of the federal government. The Senate has steadfastly
refused any bill that includes any changes or delays of the health care
law, and the House has resisted crafting any legislation without changes
or delays for the law, creating a standoff that shows little signs of
Obama on Monday detailed the grim scenario if a deal isn't reached, hours before the government is scheduled to shut down.
"Office buildings would close. Paychecks would be delayed," he said.
"Vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children,
businesses and our economy depend on would be hamstrung. Business
owners would see delays in raising capital, seeking infrastructure
permits, or rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Veterans who’ve
sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed.
Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments,
from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately
closed. And of course, the communities and small businesses that rely
on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of
customers and out of luck. ...
"Unfortunately, right now House Republicans continue to tie funding
of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman’s access
to contraception, or delaying the Affordable Care Act, all to save face
after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their
party," he said.