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Obama, lawmakers to hold meeting on shutdown

Published: Wed, October 2, 2013 @ 1:03 p.m.

Obama, lawmakers to hold meeting on shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House today as a partial government shutdown entered a second day with little sign of a breakthrough to get hundreds of thousands of people back to work. Some on Capitol Hill ominously suggested the impasse might last for weeks. House Speaker John Boehner’s office said the Ohio Republican would attend the White House meeting this afternoon, casting it as a sign the president is ready to start negotiating on GOP demands to extract changes to the new health care law in exchange for funding the government.


1redeye1(5530 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This is nothing more then a publicity stunt by the nation's BIGGEST liar Obammy.. So afterwards he can get on TV and spew more lies about the GOP not wanting to negotiate . Just wait and see

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2papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Boehner said, "unless you allow us to deny healthcare to 40 million americans, we are going to shut the government down. and everyone will continue to pay taxes, which are used to fund the government.:Boehner is a gutless coward and anti-American. the absolute worst speaker ever. they want a one year postponement because they're scared to death that people will like it and they and the teabaggers will be thrown out in the midterms. and then maybe we can move forward. and it's guaranteed when people like it the repub. will stop calling it obamacare.

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376Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

What part of the ACA is affordable? Companies are reducing hours, cutting benefits, premiums going up, co-pays and deductibles increasing. The ACA forces people to purchase insurance on their own and in some cases would allow a government subsidy. It doesn't address the fact that health care costs for SERVICES are not affordable.

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476Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

papa: Is that a direct quote from Boehner?

Monday, September 30, 2013 10:42 PM

“The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I. I didn’t come here to shut down the government. I came here to fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable federal government. But here we find ourselves in this moment dealing with a law that’s causing unknown consequences and unknown damage to the American people and to our economy. And that issue is ObamaCare.

“For those of you who don’t recall, it was passed in the middle of the night - 2,300 pages that no one had ever read - and it’s having all types of consequences for the American people, our constituents, having all kinds of consequences for employers. And as a result, over the last year or so, last couple of years, the president has given his friends in the labor unions some 1,100 waivers to this law. This summer, the president decided, well, we’re not going to enforce the employer mandate. Big employers around the country were all upset about having to make sure they provided health care for their employees, causing big problems. The result of all this is you’ve got employers all over the country who can’t hire people, who are cutting the hours of their workers. It’s having a devastating impact. Something has to be done.

“So, my Republican colleagues and I thought we should defund the law for a year. We thought we should delay it for a year. Our friends over in the Senate don’t seem to want to go down that path. But I’m going to tell you what: this is an issue of fairness. How can we give waivers and breaks to all the big union guys out there? How do we give a break to all the big businesses out there, and yet stick our constituents with a bill that they don’t want and a bill they can’t afford? That’s what this fight’s all about.

“I talked to the president earlier tonight, ‘I’m not going to negotiate, I’m not going to negotiate, I’m not going to do this.’ Well, I would say to the president: this is not about me, and it’s not about Republicans here in Congress. It’s about fairness for the American people.

“Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are. But no, under the law, there’s – in some decision – there’s this idea that we’re going to get some exemption. No, we’re not going to get an exemption.

“So the bill before us is very simple. It funds the government and it says, ‘let’s treat our constituents fairly.’ No more mandate for the next year that you have to buy insurance that you can’t afford. No more mandate that members of Congress get some so-called exemption. Both, those are the only two issues here. All the Senate has to do is say yes and the government’s funded tomorrow. Let’s listen to our constituents and let’s treat them the way we would want to be treated.”

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576Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Tue, October 01, 2013 12:52 PM

As of this morning, Senate Democrats have rejected at least four different proposals from the House of Representatives designed to keep the government running and fund basic services, and refuse to talk with House Republicans. Here’s a look:

On Friday, 9/20/13, the House of Representatives passed legislation to keep the government running – funding Medicare, Social Security, veterans benefits, and more – while removing funding for the president’s health care law, which is driving up costs and hurting our economy.

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected this measure.

On Saturday, 9/29/13, the House passed another measure to keep the government running, delay the president’s health care law for one year, and permanently repeal ObamaCare’s tax on pacemakers and children’s hearing aids.

Senate Democrats rejected the measure on a party-line vote, as Democratic leaders insisted they would not negotiate – and that “there’s no need for conversations” – with Republicans.

The House also passed the Pay Our Military Act, which ensures our troops are paid during a government shutdown. Thankfully, that measure was adopted by the Senate and signed by President Obama.

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676Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

On Monday, 9/30/13, the House passed yet another measure to keep the government running and ensure fairness for all Americans under the president’s health care law. President Obama delayed the law’s mandates on big businesses and insurance companies; this bill would delay the law for everyone. “This is an issue of fairness,” said Speaker Boehner.

The Senate rejected this measure too.

“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats chose to shut down the government rather than discuss or even recognize ObamaCare’s failures,” said Speaker Boehner. “The best path forward right now is for both chambers to convene a formal conference committee where we can resolve our differences, and move forward on important legislation that gets control of spending and strengthens our economy.”

The House then passed another bill late on Monday requesting a formal conference committee with the Senate to come to an agreement on legislation that provides funding for the federal government and delays the president’s health care law for all Americans.

The Senate then opposed that measure as well, “rejected negotiating with the House on government funding,” according to The Hill.

Sadly, this is part of a larger pattern: the president has also refused to negotiate in a bipartisan way on his train wreck of a health care law, current government funding, or on the debt limit.

So Senate Democrats got their government shutdown. As Speaker Boehner said, “House Republicans will continue our efforts to keep the government running. We hope that Senate Democrats – and President Obama – change course and start working with us on behalf of the American people.”
Speaker Boehner: Senate Democrats “Won’t Even Sit Down And Have A Discussion”

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776Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Tuesday, 10/1/13 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today made the following remarks on the House floor:

“Mr. Speaker, my colleagues, I have to say I’m disappointed in the actions of the United States Senate this morning by rejecting the bill passed by the House last night.

“The bill we passed in the House last night would have funded the government through December 15th, and provide fairness to the American people under ObamaCare. No exemptions, no exceptions - let’s treat everyone the same.

“And last night, they not only rejected that, but rejected our call to sit down and resolve our differences under the Constitution, which makes it clear that if the two Houses disagree that we should sit down and discuss and try to resolve those matters. My goodness, they won’t even sit down and have a discussion about this.

“Our country has big problems. Today, our government has big problems. The only way these problems are going to be resolved, if we sit down amicably and keep the American people in mind and come to an agreement.”
Senate Democrats Slam the Door on Re-Opening the Government
Tuesday, 10/1/13 11:42 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today, following a Senate vote to reject formal discussions with the House aimed at keeping the government running and providing fairness to all Americans under the president's disastrous health care law:

“Rejecting the House-passed effort to go to conference, Senate Democrats today slammed the door on re-opening the federal government by refusing to talk. This morning, Senate Democrats rejected regular order, rejected common-sense efforts to re-open the government, and rejected fairness for all Americans under the President’s health care law. House Republicans will continue our efforts to keep the government running. We hope that Senate Democrats – and President Obama – change course and start working with us on behalf of the American people.”

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8300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It's pretty disgusting how moderate Republicans are so afraid of the neo-fascist Tea-Partiers that they're allowing them to shut down the government.

The ACA has NOTHING to do with a continuing resolution or a budget. Republicans need to realize that they lost that debate. The only people really ranting about the ACA are those who don't even understand what it does. Not only that, but we had a presidential election after its passage, and the majority of Americans voted to keep Obama. If these anti-healthcare Republicans want to debate the ACA, they should do so when that is the topic at hand. But, in this case, it's the budget, not the ACA.

The fact that so many do not seem to be able to realize the bait-and-switch that the Tea-Party just pulled is truly depressing.

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976Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Curious to know how many posters have already been effected by the ACA.

My individual health plan with Aetna for family of 3 will go from $508 mo to $1099 per month beginning Jan 1, 2014. My health plan has a $5500 deductible per person, 2 family max. So even if we don't use a dime of our coverage, the cost will be $13,188 per year. Affordable?

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10300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Then go with someone else. I just left Aetna this year because of the same thing.

It's not the ACA's fault that Aetna decided to make a money grab, and as such is hopefully losing a lot of business.

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11redeye1(5530 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

300 Your post just shows that you are one of the liberturds who never read this law. You shouldn't post on something that you definitely know nothing about . It's people like you who listen to the BIGGEST group of liars in the country the "DEMONCRATS". But I do have one question for you. If its so good, why is OBAMMY and his family along with congress members and certain unions and corporations now exempt. Let's face it if was good the unions would jump on, but they asked to be exempt. WHY?
One other thing DON"T go to the website to just check it out. They will sign you up before you know it and you can't get out of it

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1276Ytown(1326 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh yeah? Did you get your 2014 bill in the mail for your new carrier?

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