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President Obama Would Shut Down the Government, But He Won’t Negotiate Obamacare Compromise, Says AMAC

dan-weberHe knows the law is flawed, so why doesn’t he ask for help in fixing it – 

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 – The president is ready to shut down the government rather than compromise on Obamacare, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“He’ll negotiate with Syria and Iran but he won’t sit down to hash out a suitable settlement with lawmakers who are doing what they were elected to do—implement the will of the people.  Poll after poll shows that the American people do not want the Affordable Care Act [ACA] that was foisted on them by the Democratic Congress of 2010.  Yet the president continues to threaten a shutdown of the government unless he can keep Obamacare just as it is,” Weber said.

The Republican House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government as of October 1.  It contains a provision that excludes money for Obamacare, an idea that “rankles the president so much that he says he’d rather see a shutdown than accept the funding,” the AMAC chief noted.  As of this morning, the Senate was prepared to pass what its Democratic leaders called a “clean” version of the bill – one that conforms with Mr. Obama’s wishes.  It would be sent back to the House where Speaker John Boehner said it would be summarily dismissed.  His Republican Majority will likely offer up a new strategy for dealing with the ACA.

Weber said that he received a lot of positive feedback from members and non-members alike for reaffirming the association’s position in support of the House bill in remarks he made last week.  “There were some, however, who disagreed with our position but you could tell that they did not understand our viewpoint.  We do not want to see the government shut down but even the president, himself, admits that Obamacare is flawed.  So, why doesn’t he ask for help in fixing the law?”

As for the political “blame game” the media has been playing as regards the shutdown threat, it is noteworthy that two independent polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post show that both Democrats and Republicans share responsibility equally in the eyes of American voters.

“But the fact is that the president is ultimately the only person with the power to avoid a shutdown.  All he has to do is to convene a meeting of Congressional leaders and work out a deal.  Even if it simply delays implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year, it would give lawmakers and the president time to work things out, not for their sakes but for the sake of the people who will have to live with Obamacare.  After all, the president is exempt from its onerous provisions.”

Weber said that there’s a lot in the law that needs fixing including the Independent Payment Advisory Board or so-called “death panel,” the intrusion on our religious freedom, the onerous restrictions it puts on doctors and hospitals, the loss of jobs that pay a living wage and the mean-spirited provision that allows our elected officials to avoid the law’s punishing mandates.

He noted also that at a time when the national debt hovers around $17 trillion, it would be a relief not to have to add another trillion dollars in Obamacare costs.  “The House bill that was sent to the Senate may be our only chance to stop the Congress and President from bankrupting America.”

The intensity of the debate is an indication of how unpalatable the law is to voters, Weber said.  “Our newest poll this week shows that our membership is overwhelmingly in favor of full passage of the House bill by the Senate.  Like most Americans, they believe they deserve better.  They believe our government can do better.”


NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or to set up a call.



The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.


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  1. JD says:

    I wonder what would happen if next week every person who pays taxes changed there the number of deductions by one.
    It seems to me that the IRS would be overwhelmed. Then about the time that they got it back together. Every one did it again and again until they were not collecting any money. Would they listen to the people then and beg the people to
    turn on the flow of money? Just a thought.

    • PaulE says:

      Nice thought, but I doubt it would work that way. Much more likely, the IRS computers would quickly flag the abnormal number of deduction increases and send out form letters to those taxpayers disallowing the changes and demanding payment for the money owed. If the tax protest persisted, then the IRS would simply pull the lost revenue from peoples’ bank accounts. If you don’t think the banks would stand for this, then you haven’t been paying attention to the systematic shakedowns, by various federal agencies, of various banks over the last five years.

    • JC says:

      Perhaps the republicans could pass the budget IF there was a provision that there would be NO EXEMPTIONS for the president, the Senate, the House, ALL Government workers, Unions, ANYONE! from Obamacare! Ooops! DEMOCARE I mean!

  2. Jim J says:

    I’ll tell you who is going to shut down the country, the do nothing congress, both houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Texas Belle says:

    The sad fact is that if the Govt shuts down the Republicans will get the blame. The MSM will hammer the issue for days on end and Obama will get on a pedestal and proclaim that he is “the Messiah” and anyone who disagrees with him is dirt. A President is supposed to represent all the people but there has never been one so biased and who shows so much hatred for the opposing party. His last diatribe against the Republicans was given even as people were being gunned down in a nearby facility by a mental nut with a gun. He has no class, no thought for anyone but himself and his power. He wants to rule the world.

    • PaulE says:

      The Republican Party will continue be blamed for everything by the mainstream media anyway. If it’s not for this, it will be for whatever comes up next. The mainstream media is populated by liberals who hate anything associated with Republicans or conservatives in general. That’s NEVER going to change. The mainstream media believes in the Progressive (Socialist) agenda, because they think they are a protected class after the “transformation of the United States” is complete. So until the GOP leadership gets this simple fact through their thick skulls and decides internally to say “the hell with what the Democrats and the mainstream media say”, they’re never going to go on the offensive. You don’t win a war by continually playing defense on issue after issue. Make no mistake we are in a war to preserve this nation and only one side is playing offense right now.

    • KarenFaye says:

      I understand what the repubs are trying to do by delaying Obamascare – but in the end they will be the “goats”. I think they should have just let it go and when it exploded, the Democrats own it. Delaying it would give many opportunities to glean out the horrific parts, and maybe even get a repeal. IF NOTHING ELSE, MAKE IT A MANDATORY “LAW OF THE LAND” (as Harry Reid calls it) FOR EVERYONE—- not just the peons who have no choice. Harry Reid has good enough insurance and enough money to cover his NEXT LOBOTOMY.

      • KarlaSchaerer says:

        It would be nice to say, “They wanted it. Let them have it.” and then let the shtf. Problem for Republicans is that no one has called Obama on delaying the portions of the law that he wants to delay. Why the delays? Because they will prevent the S from hitting the fan before the 2014 elections, and he will campaign for Democrats pronouncing the law a success. Think about the objective here. We’ve already seen a lot of businesses cutting people back to 29 hours. 29 hours means no health care benefits. All of those people, including our local law enforcement officers, won’t be able to afford the exchanges, the “taxes” (penalties) and will end up on welfare. There is no way to prevent their goal of a single payer system. Young people won’t go into medicine because they won’t be able to afford school, or provide a comfortable living for a family. Fewer doctors. Fewer jobs. Fewer benefits. Now add the 11 to 30 million illegals into the mix and this administration/Congress’ love of spending money that we don’t have, and you have the end of the United States of America. They’re already shipping our gold to China. When the US collapses, the rest of the world will follow. Enter the New World Order. Start reading your Bible. Even if you’re not a believer, at least you’ll know what is going on and why…and what you need to do to survive it. Oh, and be a Boy Scout. Don’t wait until something happens and think you’re going to be able to run out to the store and “stock up”. ~~~~~~~~~I agree with you, though, that delaying it would give them time to attempt to either end it or reconstruct it…without using the IRS!

    • Adam F. Kohler says:

      Disagree. This time the Democrats and RINO Republicans will be blamed.

    • Donald Young says:

      Perhaps we are missing an opportunity. If everyone stops listing to or reading the main street media they would go broke and the truth would be told.

      PS: I have not listened to or read the main street media for years.

      Tell your friends!!

  4. Jacqueline Doty says:

    I hope that the people who voted for that garbage sandwich for President, end up paying more dearly than the rest of us, but I doubt if all those minions of his who live in the political sewers will ever feel the pain about to be meted out to the rest of us.

  5. Jade says:

    I fear for our country. The American People have become complacent and unwilling to accept responsibility for the choices they have made, or not made by doing nothing. Our country does not have an official language, English, because people and lawmakers alike, are unwilling to offend anyone. The ACLU wants to do away with Christmas and anything religious because it offends some. Government wants to do away with the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains ‘Under God’, claiming it is a prayer. We have hundreds of ‘free’ programs that cost taxpayers billions every year and still no one wants to shut them down; they might offend or hurt someone. We have tens of thousands of illegal immigrants in this country because of our ‘anchor baby’ policy. We, the American taxpayers, are funding our own destruction. Its time to get involved in local, state and federal issues, do away with big government, make calls to our congressmen and senators and pray we still have time to turn around the planned destruction of America, as we know it. Take a stand and make your voices heard in national forums. Contribute to organizations fighting for our rights. And PRAY.

  6. Phil says:

    Shut it down! With our government closed down, they can do no further damage. Social Security checks will still be sent. Our military will still continue to function. VA hospitals will still operate. This is all the government we need. Everything else is unnecessary bloated Democrat programs.

  7. Van Hamlin says:

    The cost of this law, which still leaves 33 million people without medical care, will eventually destroy our economy. When you look at the tax code, immigration enforcement, and the effect of lobbyists on government; the future is dim. President Obama has chosen a course that will cause a failure in the dollar eventually. This is an event that has been bet on and is desired by all of the hedge funds. They stand to make billions, which they will promptly exchange for Swiss Franks, gold or maybe even control. Our nations problem is corruption! We have recently seen the Republican mainstream join forces with the Democrat mainstream to defeat grass roots conservationism. Their is no two party system when you speak of ideology. There are those in power who desire to sell out our best interests to special interest. This is the majority of congress. Don’t believe me? Then try to get a balanced budget amendment passed. Try to get Obamacare repealed. Remember, the Supreme Court agreed that this was a tax even though the law was never meant to be a tax. Could it be that the conspiracy includes members of the judiciary and well as the other two branches of government?

    There is only one solution to this dilemma, as voters we have to abandon loyalty to political parties and work for specific local candidates who are both pragmatic and incorruptible. Vote out incumbents just because they are incumbent and start over. We need to elect people who will place our nation’s best interests over special interests no matter how much money and power is placed before them. We need people who will place jobs creation higher than anything else. A person who will find ways to fund the safety nets we all love by making sure everyone has a job and is paying some taxes. The truth is that our problems are solvable if we just work together and ignore special interests.

    • PaulE says:

      That is why I stopped giving money to the Republican Party. It does not either represent us or respect us. Anyone with a fiscally conservative perspective is ridiculed by the GOP leadership. All the Republican Party wants is for us to keep mailing in checks and voting for whichever candidate THEY select.

      At this point, I only contribute to individual candidates who I have taken the time to vet as closely as possible. Yes, it takes some time and effort, but ultimately you only get the quality of representation you deserve, based on the level of oversight you’re willing to do. That fact seems lost on a high percebtage of the electorate these days. When these candidates are elected, I continue to watch how they vote and where they stand on the various issues. If they uphold the commitments they made during their campaign and their actions reflect it, then I continue to support them If however they become “just one of the boys” in Congress, I stop all support of them and look for an alternative candidate to run against them in the next election. So far this method has worked out pretty well.

  8. Glen Martin says:

    As I gave a lot of God’s absolutes through scripture, I’d wish to parallel the comment of gridlock to the times fulfilled.We need to see how God has allowed this to happen- Is this the (7th) year for AMAC? The #7 represents completion & perfection! It’s great to help our seniors, but we as Christians are all His children regardless of age and need now to work Him back in on both ends of the spectrum:)! Together as One~ Glen

  9. Glen Martin says:

    I’ll start with with William E. Ruffs comment. The only way to fix a crack in the wall and to keep it from coming back is to fix the foundation. ~That is “The Lord”~ Both our Social Security & Foundation. The chief corner stone~Lk.20:17And He beheld them and said what is this then that is written, THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS HAVE REJECTED, THE SAME HAS BECOME THE HEAD OF THE CORNER? See:Ps.118:22, Acts 4:11, Eph. 2:20, 1Pt.2:7, Mt.21:42, Mk.2:10. Because of the repetitive nature I think He is trying to tell us something here:)! Something worth dying for should be worth living for so get on your knees and give it your all. AMEN! Diana Erbios article in the authors “Opinion”What Happened to the America that Could Not Be Fooled All the Time? This is because it is with our hearts we turn to God or we turn away from God. Nothing here about science for children stories Diana. We need to bring the Lamb back to school and teach our children how to pray.Read the (20) scriptures in Dt.30 and again (7) times the word heart appears. I think He is trying to tell us something. We (some) have become complacent through to much law or government. Remember God is in control over all government.Dt.10:14 Behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.When we pray we are calling heaven down to earth (in accordance to “His Will”) and His hand is moved! The hand that stands for power, Mk.1:15 The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye,and believe the gospel,but still yet the hand that is compassionate and tender to place His children on His lap to bless them.Mk.10:16 And He took the children up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.Is the time fulfilled at present? Does AMAC have the government in a gridlock? I believe so, and we need to repent, pray and build upon “The Rock!”

  10. Lita Z. Biejo says:

    Obama should have been impeach a long time ago. The problem is our legislators do not have guts and above all, do not have balls.God bless us all Americans including the stupids who voted for Obama!

  11. Lita Z. Biejo says:

    Let’s impeach Obama asap, The big problem is that all our legislators do not have balls. God bless all of us Americans including the stupids who voted for him.

  12. TM says:

    The reason for the digging in by the Pres. and his party is that the ACA is not merely a statute – it was a forcible takeover of our population using the weapons of a compassionate-sounding caption (affordable healthcare), radical consultants, completely irresponsible democrat congressmen and senators voting on something they had not read and a compliant media, to take away American citizens’ basic rights. In short, it is a step forward for the radical left -progressives, not liberals- toward a centralized society run by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats from Washington. It was deliberately structured to compel citizens to buy something or be fined, to take control of our lives and our money (it contains taxes and redistribution) and to give government bureaucrats access to our personal medical records. It is part of what can be sen as a true revolution, being conducted without bullets or military intervention, in plain sight, but “dressed up” by spin doctors and secret actions of the executive branch. The additional bad news is that this is only the first step. In light of the ridiculous Supreme Court decision upholding the mandate, there will undoubtedly be additional attempts at governmental coercion of the populace – buy or do what the bureaucrats tell you to, or face fines. I fear that we face a trying few years ahead!

  13. Ken Scott says:

    A person that will not compromise is a person with an exploded ego. It also makes him a person who is really not qualifed to hold such a high office. Coporation executives are sometimes forced to compromise but then again this man could give a crap about America.

  14. Robert says:

    It is time we the people to take this country back form the Communist pig in the white house hate to say this but it is time to revolt against are government. Let the revolution begin it is better than losing are freedoms that I am willing to die for.

    • KarenFaye says:

      Locked and loaded. I agree — we see every day other people in other countries revolting against their governments – why not Americans????? SUPPOSEDLY, our leader isn’t a tyrant like Assad, and wouldn’t gas or shoot us. WOULD HE??????

  15. E. Smith says:

    First… the Jerk is not an African American. He is half white, which he hates. His father was an Arab man with a part African grandmother that raised the Jerk as a child. He is a Muslim Arab in his heart and to be feared for that reason as well as many others. His ancestors were not slaves in this country, his ancestors sold slaves in Africa. He is not an American in his heart or any other way. He is a Chicago thug, schooled in the most corrupt political machine in this country. Do not think he is stupid, we should be so lucky, he is very calculating and dangerous. It amazes me that a man like Kennedy could be assasinated but………………you finish the sentence! We will be used untill We say NO We have had enough. The real problem is there are too many that are too used to having too much and don’t understand that sacrifice is part of survival. I am glad I am old and won’t have to raise my children in the aftermath of this Arab Muslim Blackhearted Jerk that is killing our way of life due to an apathetic nation and elected fools.

    • Angela M. Rosati says:

      Hello: your sentence re: Kennedy’s assassination and why not obama….simple! Who wants dopey Joe Biden to be our president!!! I don’t know who’s worse.

  16. TeddyW says:

    I want to thank AMAC for speaking out on this! I was hoping that AARP would see the light of what is happening but instead they have bought into what is happening and sold out ‘the elderly’ in this country as though we all had one thought and voice in these critical matters. Like sheep they are led astray — Us ‘elderly’ are not so easily misled as AARP would have the ‘public and gov’t’ believe. I fought for this country and what it was and if need be I will fight in what ever revolution is necessary to preserve what we HAD! Having been in Viet Nam and a prisoner I am appalled at his seeming to roll over for what is happening in Washington and becoming a part of it. What is happening is not the country I fought for then and will fight to take it back!!
    I am happy to see what AMAC is doing and giving us a true voice as we should have as the elderly statesmen of this country.

    • Angela M. Rosati says:

      God bless you for having fought for America. You are our hero. Sadly, it’s the brainwashed college students, who know nothing of what we seniors have gone through and seen, who idolize the snake who occupies the White House! Every time obama gives a speech, it’s in a college and the untaught, brainwashed, foolish students applaud and scream approval. Why doesn’t obama speak to US, THE SENIORS WHO HAVE LEARNED CIVICS AND HISTORY IN SCHOOL, WHEN SCHOOLS WERE SCHOOLS. If you failed your tests, you were left back and nobody gave a sh*t who was offended. Come on, Folks, let’s offend unions, college professors and our government. When Wall Street was Occupied, (which didn’t make sense to me) my son’s professor said any student who attended would get extra credit. Is that disgraceful or not!!!!

      • PaulE says:

        A lot of college professors are nothing but closet socialists and openly push their views in their classrooms. It’s all part of the progressive indoctrination process being carried out nation-wide for decades now. Why do you think something like 60 percent of 18 to 30 year olds voted for Obama in both elections? College professors who aren’t hard left liberals don’t last too long in many colleges these days. I’m not surprised that your son’s professor made such an offer.

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