There is yet another threat from tea partiers in the Republican Party who are determined to see the ACA go away for good..in spite of the fact that it was legally voted into law and has been upheld by the Supreme Court...in spite of the fact that..while not perfect...is better than what we had before.
This time..there are grumblings in the GOP about voting "no" to any spending bill which includes funding for the ACA. This..they believe..would essentially shut down the government and further damage the economy.
Although I feel that the Dems in the House and the Senate are not blameless in this mess we call Washington DC...I think the GOP needs to get its collective act together. Right now..if you took every democrat out of Washington we would still have gridlock. Why..? Because the GOP can't even come to consensus within its own party.
Even Paul Ryan..who largely rode into office on a Tea Party agenda is against the idea of holding the government hostage because they didn't like the outcome of a vote.
Republicans are still talking about repealing and replacing ACA. One thing we haven't heard though is what will they replace it with. What is the GOP platform regarding health care? What would they replace the ACA with? I haven't seen a single concrete plan from the GOP. Have you?
Also..I wonder if they have considered that this gridlock..and constant threats to shut down government do more to harm the economy than anything the Obama administration has done.
All I know..is we don't hear about the economy any more. Is that because the economy has improved? We don't see any jobs bills coming from the GOP...but we sure do see plenty of motions to repeal "obamacare"...and plenty of legislation regarding women's reproduction. No jobs bills though.
I have a philosophy that I live by..especially lately. Talk is cheap. I want to see actions. The GOP can talk all they want about jobs and the economy..but their actions speak much louder to their priorities.