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Government Shutdown & The Affordable Healthcare Act #Obamacare

Can you believe it? I can’t. I really didn’t think it would happen. I just knew they would make it work in the last few hours. I was wrong. I am older and more involved in politics and what is actually going on in the world of ours and it just really makes me mad how politicians — well, play politics with American lives.

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Did you know this isn’t the first Government Shutdown? There have been 12 since 1977. The last one started in 1995 over a budget dispute between President Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich that lasted 28 days.

Listening to Bob Schieffer on CBS, he says “What makes this different is this isn’t a debate among democrats and republicans, but among House Republicans. The question is will the moderate, more established republicans continue to go along with ultra conservatives who are determined to delay healthcare. If they do, the President will never agree nor will the Senate and Republicans simply won’t have the votes to change that. The real irony here is unless the gridlock is broken, healthcare will be funded while other parts of the government will shut down. The exact opposite of what the Ultra Conservatives want.”

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What is the impact of a shutdown? All federal workers deemed non-essential will be furloughs, that’s about 800,000 people. Mail would still be delivered, but Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment benefits would continue to flow, but there could be a delay in processing new disability applications. National parks and museums will be closed. Home buyers who were seeking government backed mortgages would most likely face delays as well. The FDA would handle high risk recalls, but would suspend most safety inspections except for meat!! Over time Head Start programs will feel the impact and family grants that started on Oct. 1 would not renewed.  WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) would shut down. School lunches and breakfast will continued to be served and food stamps will continue to be distributed. We still have to pay taxes but all audits will be suspended. To see what else would be impacted click here.

ObamaCare / The Affordable Health Care Act / Few Facts: I for 1 am grateful that this act was created. I am so unsure why so many politicians are against it. Is it because President Obama created it under his term? I really don’t know. What I do know, is that it will HELP MILLIONS of people get healthcare that never had a chance to before. I could not cover all the benefits you receive in this small blog post, but I will say I benefited from the AHA during my pregnancy with my 3rd child. Visit www.Healthcare.gov for full details and open enrollment information.

ahaThis is only touching the surface about how this benefits people in terms of healthcare. Please do your own research so you are able to make the best decision for your family. What are your thoughts about the shutdown and the AHA?

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    Celebrate Woman
    October 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Agreed that one side of the Government absolutely is oblivious and indifferent to all those over 800,000+ people who won’t get their paychecks on time or at all!
    Very sad scene that some are in jubilee, as others scramble to survive.
    I think it is more of personal self-righteousness that disallows agreement on common grounds.

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    Lindsey, the Redhead Baby Mama
    October 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    In 1995, when the govt was “shut down” for 21 days the economy improved… at least we’re not spending as much sending the gov’t further into debt!

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    Demetra
    October 3, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m disgusted by the shutdown, sickened by it. The Affordable Healthcare Act will go forward and the USA will take a step toward caring for its people. Next, how about a jobs bill

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    Regina Partain
    October 7, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I think there is plenty of blame to go around as to why the shut down took place and why we are in the state we are. Many people are not happy with the Affordable Care Act. I personally feel that any time congress is told by its leader to just approve the bill, they can find out what is in it later, there is a problem. We should never sign a contract without reading it, why should congress vote for a bill without knowing the full effect of it. The concepts behind the bill, getting healthcare for those who don’t have it, eliminating preexisting conditions, etc., are good. The process and the bill are, in my opinion, flawed. It would have been nice if the passing of th4e bill would have been a bi-partisan effort. Perhaps, through negotiation, they could have worked out some of the kinks before it became law.

    The job of our president is to work with the senate and congress for the benefit of the citizens of our country. When the president absolutely refuses to sit down and negotiate, no compromise is possible. Governing and leadership has to include compromise.

    Many Americans are either unemployed, have reduced hours, or have lost their healthcare because of the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act. As the owner of a small business that employed several people, I can tell you that if the financial crash of 2008 had not put us out of business, this law probably would have. We simply would not have been able to afford it. Additionally, there are aspects of it that go against my religion, which I would have been forced to support.

    I am, however, happy that you received the assistance you needed with the birth of your child.

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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    Katherine G
    October 10, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I think it is sad that republicans seem to rather have millions of people without health insurance than help them. I think shutdown is ridiculous.

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