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.
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.”
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.
- Creates the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new way for individuals, families, and small businesses to get health coverage
- Requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing health conditions
- Helps you understand the coverage you’re getting
- Holds insurance companies accountable for rate increases
- Makes it illegal for health insurance companies to arbitrarily cancel your health insurance just because you get sick
- Protects your choice of doctors
- Covers young adults under 26
- Provides free preventive care
- Ends lifetime and yearly dollar limits on coverage of essential health benefits
- Guarantees your right to appeal
This 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?