Ahead of a likely U.S. House vote on a government funding bill, Yahoo asked conservative and Republican voters whether they’d prefer their representatives vote to fund the government or gut the Affordable Care Act. Here’s one voter’s perspective.
COMMENTARY | In what seems to be an annual debate these days, Republicans are once again threatening to “shut down” the government over the debt ceiling. This time however, there is a catch. The House is now threatening the suspension of government funding if they are not allowed to defund Obamacare which is set to become fully implemented in 2014 with open enrollment beginning in October this year.
Many Republicans in the house are in favor of a bill that would raise the debt ceiling and defund Obamacare but they are facing stiff opposition, mainly by President Obama and the Senate which has a democrat majority. It seems neither side will shift on the issue.
In a bold move, House Speaker John Boehner has set a vote for Friday for a bill that would simultaneously provide funding for the government, while defunding Obamacare. In an article by the Washing Post, Boehner states, “We’re going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the president’s failed health-care law.” Meanwhile, opponents of Obamacare like Ted Cruz have gone so far as to threaten to filibuster in support of defunding the president’s health care reform bill in an effort to block democratic resistance.
Like many in Alabama, I do not support Obamacare as I feel it will be detrimental to the health care system as a whole. I myself have a preexisting medical condition which is not covered under normal insurance and am therefore uninsured. However, I do not think that the answer is to force Americans to purchase insurance under a government program.
Considering the fact that Obamacare has had numerous setbacks already and if it is not stopped now, it will become fully implemented and will be much more difficult to repeal after the fact, I stand firmly behind any who would vote to defund the law. The issue of funding the government should be separated from Obamacare, which I feel republicans are trying to do, however the current situation seems to be an either or proposal.
Here in Alabama there is a majority of republicans representing the state, with one seat being vacant (formerly a Republican seat) and one seat is Democratic. Alabama is also one of 21 states that have already opted out of the Obamacare health care exchange program, according to CNN. While both senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, both republicans for Alabama have voiced their support for defunding Obamacare, there has been little talk among House representatives of their decision regarding the matter.
One Alabama representative, Martha Roby of district 2 has been the most vocal about Obamacare in a recent article by a local news affiliate in Montgomery, representative Roby talks about the drastic effects the law will have on health care and her support to repeal the law entirely.
I live in Mobile, Ala., in the state’s first congressional district and while my current district has no representative in the House — Jo Bonner left in August for a position at the University of Alabama — I agree with many of the other representative from my state, Obamacare must be handled now before it is fully implemented. The threat of a full government shutdown seems unlikely but the issues facing Americans because of Obamacare is quite real.