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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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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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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!!

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

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.

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… Read more »

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.

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.

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… Read more »

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.

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… Read more »
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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

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!

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.

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… Read more »

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.

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.

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??????

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… Read more »

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.

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!!… Read more »

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!!!!

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.

It’s a shame that our goverment cares more about being right than doing right. The only way to fix a crack in a wall and to keep it from comming back is to fix the foundation. If the foundation of this wonderful United States of America is weak, than our country will be broke and weak. We must stand up speak out and get out and vote if we want to fix the broken foundation of our weak and selfserving elected. If we don’t reserch, speak out and support real men like Ted Cruz and the others that stood wih him, than we have nothing to complain about. I had four doctors tell me that they were no longer taking medicare then my doctor closed her pratice. We still live in America and can speak out and be heard.

Yes, we can still speak out and be heard. However, as yesterday’s vote in the Senate demonstrated, half the Republican Senators don’t give a damn.

In that case, we’re cooked! We have to vote the weaklings out of office. We need guys who will roll up their sleeves, spit in their mitts and work to save America from the destroyers like the communists, muslims and obama followers.

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… Read more »
I agree with all of these folks. The United States is being sold down the river by a bunch of greedy politicians who only care for votes and to retain their political jobs. They make all the rules and the taxpayers who support the whole system are forced to go along with those rules. The only problem is, that the rules do not apply to those setting the rules. They have their own agenda and us peons are not permitted to partake. Let us vote on their decisions. Put them on the ballot. It used to be that we taxpayers had the right to vote. Now when we vote, if we do, we must vote for the lesser of two evils because there are no decent candidates to choose from.. The only thing that makes me happy, is that when they run all of us AMERICAN taxpayers into the poorhouse,… Read more »

“I will never understand how the useless incumbents continue to get voted back into office.”

Those useless incumbents get voted back in by lazy, uninformed (ignorant) or simply stupid voters, who have NO IDEA what the ramifications of their actions on the country. Even worse, these folks don’t even care. As long as they continue to receive that government check or service, they’re view is simply “the hell with everyone else”. No country can survive long once a majority of its citizens no longer have the ability or integrity to make rational, intelligent decisions. We’ve passed that tipping point and now it’s only a matter of time until the nation collapses.

When a citizen of this country can chose not to purchase something and in turn can be taxed for that act it is either legalized robbery or legalized extortion by one’s own government. The Supreme Court has legalized just that with its manipulation of the wording of the ACA. An act which was never formally, nor fully, explained to the public in the first place and was to be voted on “so we (the public) can see what’s in it”. That not legislation! It is political manipulation. I would have hoped that those on the Supreme Court would see that. Huge numbers of hopes we dashed. Congrats manipulators, you have legalized robbery as well as legalized extortion. At least for all those not given exemptions.

I said before Obama ran the first time, if he ever got elected, it would be the end of the United States of America
that I grew up in. Everyone said, but listen to his eloquent speeches. He can only read the speeches, someone
else wrote, from the teleprompter. Everything is always a problem he inherited from someone else.
He is not being President of the United States. He is trying to be a Dictator. His attitude right now is a perfect
example of this. It is time to” WAKE UP AMERICA ” . Especially the House and the Senate, take your heads out of the sand, or wherever they are, and use some “common sense” VOTE against Obama Care. Listen to your

Obamacare will no doubt pass – but will the Dems and President (or Absentident) CLAIM it as their own???? Will they bear the responsibility for all the screw ups, messes, and catastrophies that result???? The Man child in office is a product of some really big backers – and George Soros. They pull his strings, and he reacts – or doesn’t. Why they wanted universal health “care” = (which is the wrong title for it) – is beyond me. I suspect it’s only the beginning of true outright Communism – which many other countries are in the throes of getting away from. It doesn’t work, never has worked, and won’t work. Period. This Dictatorship being run now by Obama, Soros, the near insane Harry Reid, and totally insane Nancy Pelosi is sure to fail the way things are going. So what if 300 million lives are ruined?? Do any of… Read more »

I may be gone by the time my grandchildren have to face the bad decisions made by stupid politicians. It will be a country very unlike the one I grew up in and will no longer be “like a shining city on a hill” that Reagan envisioned. I hope somewhere, sometime, all the people will realize what a big mistake has been made and will have the good sense to reverse Obama’s unconstitutional, dictator edicts.