“President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ought to be ashamed of themselves for their unwillingness to work with the House of Representatives to reach a compromise to keep the government functioning. The House of Representatives, which is the governing body closest to the people who elected it, have passed three different continuing resolutions to keep the government funded through December 15. All of our continuing resolutions were rejected in record time by a Senate that, under Harry Reid’s failed leadership, is not known for quick action on anything. As far as I am concerned, this shutdown is a direct result of Harry Reid’s failed leadership.”
The main point of contention between the House and Senate is the Senate’s unwillingness to negotiate with the House to make any change to the Affordable Care Act. According to a CNN poll released this morning, “less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law.” A recent report also found that under Obamacare, Kentuckians will see their health care premiums increase anywhere between 65 percent and 106 percent.
Kentuckians are also having difficulties enrolling in the health care exchanges as of Tuesday morning. According to the KYNECT website, which is the website where Kentuckians must visit to purchase their health care, the website “is currently experiencing log in issues and our technical team is working to resolve the problem…”
Below is a timeline of the three different continuing resolutions passed by the House to fund the government through December 15:
Friday, September 20: The House of Representatives passes a continuing resolution to fully fund the government and to fully defund Obamacare in its entirety.
That resolution is rejected by the Reid-controlled Senate.
Sunday, September 29: The House passes a second continuing resolution to fully fund the government and to delay Obamacare from going into effect for one year in response to the President’s piecemeal approach of only delaying certain components of the health care law. The President’s delays include a one year delay on the employer mandate and an indefinite delay of online enrollments for small business health care exchanges.
The House resolution also calls for the permanent repeal of the medical device tax, which is a 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators and prosthetics used to fund Obamacare.
That resolution is rejected by the Red-controlled Senate.
Monday, September 30: The House passes a third resolution to fully fund the government and delay for one year the individual mandate to purchase insurance, eliminates federal health care subsidies for all Members of Congress and Congressional staff, and makes the President and his political staff subject to the same Obamacare requirements as everyone else.
The resolution is rejected by the Reid-controlled Senate.
In one last effort before midnight to find a way to get the government funded, the House of Representatives requested the Senate to appoint conferees to negotiate a short-term government funding deal in a conference committee between the House and Senate.
Due to Reid’s inaction the government shut down at midnight.
Information provided by Chris Pack
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