All Republicans want is fairness for all Americans, and that's why we fight
by Tom Price
October 08, 2013 12:05 AM | 2523 views | 11 11 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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A growing mountain of evidence points to the fact that Democrats in Washington are perfectly happy with a government shutdown. In fact, one senior White House official told the Wall Street Journal that “it doesn’t matter” how long the government is shut down because “we are winning” and “what matters is the end result.” Obviously, they see a shutdown as working in their political favor. That cynical calculation has been manifested in their flat-out refusal to talk with or compromise with Republicans to ensure the government remains open.

That hasn’t stopped House Republicans from doing our job. Prior to the shutdown, we passed, with bipartisan support, three separate pieces of legislation to fund the federal government. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats voted strictly along party lines to prevent even debating these bills. Since the shutdown began, we have passed multiple pieces of legislation to restore funding for government services like veterans assistance, FEMA, nutrition assistance, life-saving cancer trials, keeping our parks and museums open and pay for our troops. All received bipartisan support, but only the military pay bill was adopted by the Senate and signed by the president.

There is really no excuse for the Democrat majority in Washington to continue adhering to a completely irrational and unproductive position in which they will not negotiate, will not compromise and will not even pretend to have any interest in solving the challenges before us. Their inaction is the truest obstructionism.

But Washington is no stranger to government shutdowns. During the Reagan Administration, Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Democrat, shut down the government 12 times. In fact, he once shut down the government simply because he was unhappy that the FCC overturned the Fairness Doctrine, a nearly four decades-old policy that mandated broadcast standards.

There is a real difference between a temper tantrum over the Fairness Doctrine and standing firm on behalf of the majority of the American people who want a delay, if not full repeal, of Obamacare. This disastrous law is destructive to the health of our nation and its citizenry.

And President Obama obviously agrees. Even though he lacks the authority, he has already unilaterally waived nearly a third of the law, carved out special exemptions for big business and his political allies, protected Congress by giving them subsidies and delayed significant portions of Obamacare.

So why not a delay of Obamacare for everyone? If this law isn’t good enough for the President’s political pals, special interests or big business, it’s certainly not good enough for the American people. All Republicans want is fairness for all Americans, and that’s why we fight.

We fight so American families whose budgets are already stretched too thin in a weakened economy are not burdened with higher premiums and restricted access to quality health care. We fight so that doctors, nurses and medical innovators can continue to provide the care that improves, enhances and even saves lives. We fight so that fewer Americans are forced into part-time work or onto the unemployment rolls because employers cannot grow or merely survive because of this takeover of health care. We fight because we know there are ideas rooted in compassionate care that put families, patients and doctors in charge of health care, not Washington.

The fight over the continuing resolution is about more than funding the government — a basic congressional obligation we have sought to honor time and time again with no cooperation from Senate Democrats. It is, instead, about priorities. Republicans want to keep the government open. But the American people have demanded a repeal or significant changes to Obamacare, and so, too, are we obligated to heed their will.

Rep. Tom Price, M.D., represents Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. He is the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area. For three Congresses, he has authored and proposed an alternative to Obamacare, the Empowering Patients First Act.
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ROR
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October 08, 2013
The President by refusing to lead the country, or do anything to help the country resolve deep issues has essentially declared the executive branch as non-essential service in the government shut-down. The White House is without leadership, or solutions, so it needs to be closed until Congress resolves the issues the President is unwilling to address.

The President is not currently doing his job so the country has no need for him as a President. If anything he is a throwing fuel on the fire, and abdicated his role as President. It is time to shut the White House down until we can replace Obama with a President who understands how the American government resolves disputes.
SouthernGalileo
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October 08, 2013
As a matter of fact, fairness standards in political radio and TV SHOULD be rebooted, so that the current hardening obstructionism born from ugly one-way broadcast speech unleashed by FD's death in 1987 (and on which extremist politicians and low-information electronic talkers stake their careers) can less likely take our nation this close to the brink of the event horizon again.

Negotiation and compromise require two-way speech, not one-way speech. Otherwise, you have a set-up, which is what this shutdown and threat of default is.

american patriot
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October 08, 2013
I suppose you you did not read the comments from Dr Price. This law is not the same law that was originally passed by the Democratic house and senate. By Giving waivers to special group obama changed the law. He cannot legally do this,because all the citizens were to be a part of this healthcare bill.Of course we all should know by now that obama has no regard for the law .

He can pick and chose which parts of the Constitution he will enforce .Example enforcing our borders, insuring our rights to privacy,and protecting our Consulate in Benghazi .he is not to be trusted. He has lied on so many occasions . This is jut one one more example of the contempt he hold for the Citizens of this country
Cornelius V.
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October 08, 2013
I find this very upsetting that Rep. Price thinks so little of his constituents that he thinks they would believe this. If you say you don't like Obamacare or think the government spends too much money, fine - propose bills to address it. But to say this is the Democrats fault is absurd. The argument that "Tip O'Neill shut down the government, so what's the big deal?" just makes me angry.

In the slim chance the Rep. Price listens to his constituents please understand how angry people are. Please set to work proposing bills that can help the country instead of bills that you know will not pass just to score political points. You were sent to Washington to get things done and I have not seen it. I know your district is solidly Republican (because I live here) but don't think that you are invincible. Please stop this temper tantrum and try to fix Washington or stop running for office.
Kevin Foley
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October 08, 2013
Price is another tea party obstructionist working for the billionaire Koch brothers. He's not to be believed.

Boehner won't take Obama's calls but all of a sudden he wants a "conversation" to extract a bunch of outrageous concessions the Kochs bros want.

Obama won't negotiate with terrorists. He shouldn't negotiate with political extortionists.
ordinary citizen
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October 08, 2013
There is no excuse for what Price and his Tea Party comrades are doing.

It is called "Treason". They are actively trying to disrupt the economy and the government of the United States. The last time these idiots held the government hostage over the debt ceiling in 2011, they caused the credit rating of the United States to be *down graded*, adding billions in interest to US debt.

The APA is LAW. They challenged it over 40 times in the house and LOST. They took it to the Supreme Court and LOST. They fought an election over it and LOST.

President Obama is doing the right thing by not negotiating with TERRORISTS, because that is what this Price idiot and his pals are -- anti American terrorists, paid for by plutocrats who seek to make America their bitch.

The Republican party is a JOKE. Their speaker is a COWARD and so are the rest of them. They are more worried about getting "primaried" by the Tea Party than they are about the good of the country.

But even lower than those scum are the regular citizens who support them out of ignorance and hatred for their fellow Americans.
teabillyslayer
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October 08, 2013
so I suppose you support equal marriage rights?
Lynn Bettis
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October 08, 2013
Affordable Care Act has already been passed into law. Republican's last-ditch effort to derail it by not funding the ACA is facing a languishing ignominious death. People have begun to register for health-care insurance. The ship has sailed. Move on. Time to focus on passing a clean continuing resolution for the budget, for the country, for the people. Turn your fight instead to the debt-ceiling issue. Thank you for your service.
bagger please
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October 08, 2013
This man and his Tea Party colleagues are holding the country hostage. They don't care about health care, spending, or anything except for the next primary challenge. They need to pass a clean continuing resolution, raise the debt limit, and get back to work. It is time to get over themselves and do something the the country and it's citizens.
ROR
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October 08, 2013
You have a President that is throwing fuel on the fire that is hard pressed to tell the truth, and you are attacking this man who is honestly intent on addressing an illegal healthcare law, wants a budget which the President has failed to do since 2009, and is worried about our National Debt which will hit 100 percent of GNP in 2038. GO do your homework and you will find out this is the way the American government works when the voice of the people is ignored by tyrants, or in this case the pathetic Democratic Party led by Obama, Pelosi, and Harry Reid. People are more fed up than the Democrats realize. If we cannot have a voice in government shut it down permanently with only essential services, and let Obama default if that is his choice which apparently it is based on his comments today. Conservatives have nothing to lose if we cannot have a voice in our government. We are no longer free but surfs so let's take it to the mat.
ROR is an idiot
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October 09, 2013
The ACA has already been backed by SCOTUS...so you and your boneheaded idiot friends to the right of Atilla the Hun need to stop lying to yourselves and everyone else about the ACA being illegal....that being said, I didn't bother reading the rest of your idiotic rant, because you immediately lost credibility and I lost interest.
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