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The Story Behind the Government Shutdown
Posted By Amy Payne On October 1, 2013 @ 6:33 am In Capitol Hill,Front Page,Obamacare | Comments Disabled
Much like the day after sequestration budget cuts  kicked in, most people will wake up today to find that the country and their lives aren’t much different. All the fearful fretting over shutting down the government—which is reaching Y2K proportions in the media—is really a distraction.
Government funding isn’t the issue. It’s Obamacare.
The House has passed multiple bills that would fully fund government but would defund or delay Obamacare. The Senate has rejected these plans, and Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges are supposed to open today.
We believe the American people deserve an exemption from Obamacare.
The President and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) continue to go against the will of the public to protect an unworkable law that has raised individuals’ health care premiums , cut workers’ hours , made it more difficult to find a job , and has forced many Americans off their existing health coverage .
The real story isn’t the government shutdown, but rather the insistence by President Obama and Reid to foist Obamacare on the American people.
Congress is now haggling over delays to more parts of Obamacare, but the only way to protect Americans from this law’s sickening effects is to defund it .
While this debate plays out on Capitol Hill, essential government services will continue. Airports are still functioning, Social Security checks are still going out, and the military is still protecting us.
To President Obama and his allies, the government takeover of health care is an “essential” function that should move forward, despite deep disagreements about its effect on the nation. This debate isn’t over, nor should it be until the American people are protected from having their health care in the hands of government.
A government shutdown isn’t the end of the world, but an Obamacare shutdown would be a great beginning for real health care reform .
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URLs in this post:
 sequestration budget cuts: http://www.heritage.org/multimedia/video/2013/07/frasersequestrationfox
 delayed major provisions of Obamacare: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/09/morning-bell-10-ways-obamacare-isnt-working/
 Congress: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/16/morning-bell-obama-gives-congress-obamacare-relief-illegally/
 raised individuals’ health care premiums: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/28/higher-premiums-both-now-and-later/
 cut workers’ hours: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/25/obamacare-continues-to-cut-workers-hours/
 made it more difficult to find a job: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/03/08/obamacare-continues-to-restrict-hiring/
 forced many Americans off their existing health coverage: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/08/22/when-you-cant-actually-keep-your-health-care-plan/
 defund it: http://obamacare.heritage.org/
 >>> Click here to learn what happens in a government shutdown: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/30/qa-what-happens-during-a-government-shutdown/
 real health care reform: http://savingthedream.org/about-the-plan/
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 sharply divided on Obamacare: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/us/politics/poll-shows-hispanic-shift-away-from-the-gop.html?_r=1&&gwh=5F8E7E71C63752AB56031B9DE07E3503
 fly banners: http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-09-29/tim-tebow-banner-jacksonville-jaguars-indianapolis-colts-football
 remains suspicious: http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/3d281c11a96b4ad082fe88aa0db04305/Article_2013-09-30-Israel-Spoiling%20the%20Party/id-49698b42307b474aa4940ce7778996a0
 still presumed missing: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/30/red-cross-39-still-missing-after-mall-attack/2895213/
 an “entirely inaccurate description,”: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/359908/not-actually-shutdown-hans-von-spakovsky
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