Obama: Obamacare is “a Done Deal

Speaking from the White House press briefing room on Friday, President Obama said that the United States Congress has two responsibilities – “[passing a] budget on time and [paying] our bills on time” — and that it was now up to House Republicans to finish the job the upper chamber started this afternoon.

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Indeed, he said, the U.S. Senate “acted responsibly” today by passing a continuing resolution that would fund the government through November, ensuring that vital government services remain open to the public. But so far, he added, “Republicans have refused to move forward” on a serious spending proposal. That is, one that doesn’t cut funding from his signature legislative achievement: Obamacare.

He quickly speculated why that was the case.

“[The] House Republicans are so concerned with appeasing the Tea Party,” he breathlessly claimed, that they are putting their own political interests ahead of the interests of their constituents. He urged House Republicans even thinking about forcing a government shutdown to reconsider; after all, they could very well harm their own staffers — all of whom would lose their paychecks if Congress can’t broker an agreement by next Monday.

At the same time, President Obama also touted the supposed benefits of Obamacare, which he described as “a done deal.”

“More than 100 million Americans currently already have new benefits and protections under the law,” he said, “On Tuesday, about 40 million more Americans will be able to finally buy quality affordable health care just like anybody else.” He added that if Republicans have specific proposals to “improve the law” — rather than, say, delay or repeal it — he’d be open to the idea. But for now, Obamacare, in his view, is settled law.

Notably, too, Obama asserted that Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act has “nothing to do with [the deficit].” He didn’t mention, of course, that Obamacare is projected to add trillions of dollars to the long-term national deficit, according to the Government Accountability Office, and it is at least one reason why Congressional Republicans want it repealed.

Finally, turning to the impending debt ceiling fight, he said that Republicans who vote to allow the government to borrow more money wouldn’t actually be granting “a concession to me.” In fact, he said, agreeing to raise the debt ceiling is “simply carrying out the solemn [responsibility]” of holding office.

Plus, he continued, the Treasury has a moral responsibility to pay its bills.

“There will be differences between Democrats and Republicans,” he warned. “But do not threaten to burn the house down because you haven’t got 100 percent” of what you wanted he cautioned Republicans.

This isn’t how “democracy’s supposed to work,” he said

2 Replies to “Obama: Obamacare is “a Done Deal”

  1. MODERATION OF A GENUINE DEMOCRAT

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    ego. Our ancestors came to America with hats in hands. We are born again
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  2. MODERATION OF A GENUINE DEMOCRAT

    Live in redone school bus. share cropper with eight children.
    Education from TV commercials. Wife is ex-pole dancer. Her father was a
    former dirt farmer. Both of us are Democrats. L.B. Johnson is our alter
    ego. Our ancestors came to America with hats in hands. We are born again
    mental slaves and trying to avoid the ghetto life.

    Hobbies are fish’n and drinking. Medicaid saved our way of life with
    extra money for booze and idle time to enjoy the fruits of others.
    America is the land of milk and honey. Thank goodness for those tax
    payers of whom give us the good life, We love the Constitution and the
    rights to march for more bread from Uncle Sam.Further, two sons want to
    be lawyers and two want to be police officers. One daughter wants to be a
    firemen.One son wants to be a building inspector where the political
    graft is a Heaven on earth. Our motto is let the government do for us
    what we are too shifty-minded to do for ourselves My advice to the
    suckers of whom pay the taxes and fight wars is to study ruling systems
    via Machiaveli’s ( PRINCE ). Bleed them for all it is worth. I belong
    to the global Interfaith movement and along with my peers.Religion and
    democracy is the going thing today. Incidentally, my wife was expecting
    triplets before she hit the road.

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