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The GOP’s Obamacare Strategy Puts the Onus of A Government Shutdown on Senate Democrats, Says AMAC

 dan-weberThe law should be scrapped and swapped as recommended by Warren Buffet soon after it was ‘shoved down our throats’ –

WASHINGTON, Sep 20 – Senate Democrats would have to take the blame for shutting down the government if they don’t buy into a House bill to fund spending beyond October 1, except money for the Affordable Care Act [ACA], according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

The House bill is teed up for a vote.  Meanwhile, new legislation was introduced this week that seeks to repeal and replace Obamacare with a simplified healthcare reform law.  The measure was offered by the Republican Study Committee, which is composed of 175 members of the House and led by Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Scalise said that the proposed law “can lower health care costs and fix real problems without a government-run system that puts unelected Washington bureaucrats between you and your doctor.”  The legislation takes aim at ACL taxes and mandates while expanding tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance, Scalise added.

Weber said that AMAC is firmly behind the “repeal and replace” movement in Congress.  “Not many things are certain in politics, but one thing is certain when it comes to the Affordable Care Act: it was shoved down our throats by a Democratic Congress at the behest of a Democratic president.  Not many of those who voted for the law read it or understood it.  Slowly but surely its ugly provisions are being exposed and in time will be its undoing.  As one erstwhile supporter of President Obama, Warren Buffet, said soon after ACA was enacted, the law should be scrapped and swapped for a law that doesn’t have the inadequacies of Obamacare.  That is exactly the intent of the one-two punch delivered by the House of Representatives this week.”

He pointed out that some of the president’s closest supporters have been waffling in their backing of the Affordable Care Act.  “Not the least of these are the unions, some of which are calling for an outright repeal of the law.  They see the law as a job killer.  And then there are those vulnerable Democrats who will have to face angry voters opposed to the law’s onerous provisions including the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which some are calling the Death Panel.”

It is noteworthy that even Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean admitted in a recent Wall Street Journal OpEd that the “IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.  Getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on.”

Thirty-five members of the Senate are up for reelection in 2014, 21 of whom are Democrats, Weber explained.  “It’s likely at least some of them would welcome the possibility of removing Obamacare as a key issue in those campaigns.  This does not mean they will vote for the GOP strategy.  They probably won’t, but it will put the onus of a government shutdown on them,” he said.

Congressman Scalise agrees.  He said he some of those Senators will have to think twice when they are faced with a continuing resolution that excludes funding for Obamacare.  As he put it: “We’ve got senators like Mary Landrieu who are up for re-election next year, that are going to be facing voters who are furious and saying, ‘wait a minute, even the president has said [Obamacare] is so bad that he wants to delay for big business’. ”


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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Dave S

At first I did not believe in term limits for our elected representatives because I felt that they were already in place-
called the ballot box. I have since changed my mind because 4 and 6 year terms give anyone enough time to
degrade our country with the right (or wrong) person leading the charge. The limits should be for one term and then
the electee should have to enter the real world and live by the LAW OF THE LAND- no exemptions or exclusions.
As for lifetime appointments for Supreme Court Justices- who else in this country gets this as a perk. There should
be no special pension plans or insurance perks for these people- just OBAMACARE for them also! Then maybe we
would get people to run for office who truly want to make our nation great, again.


Our political system is broken. The majority of our elected representatives are corrupt. The system is corrupt. The only way to correct this situation is to vote them all out in the upcoming elections. Our nations war cry should be: VOTE’M OUT!

P. Schupp

First I would like to correct Mr. Weber, it is the “Democrat Party,” not “Democratic.” People do run as democrats, not democratics, right?

That being said, and what is not said much in the media concerning obamacare, is that the democrats OWN IT. Remember it was passed (rather rammed down our throats) without a single Republican vote. What the Republicans will do (and I pray they do not screw this one up) is now a record will be created that democrats cannot run from if they vote against defunding. With the make up of Congress now, I make no allusions that obamacare will be completely defunded this time, but with Republicans doing everything possible to keep this train wreck from going into effect, 2014 elections should be a bad night for democrats.


I sure hope Obama care covers nancy polosi when they put her in a loony bin, or if they did it right now I would cover the bill


There a couple of things I am having trouble with in all of this One is finding in the Constitution where the federal government is given the power to dictate how a business is to conduct their business. Where does it say what a business can and cannot sell or who they can or cannot service? When a government steps in and dictates how you are do business to the point where it effects your profitability or prop up businesses they deem “to big to fail…” that’s nothing more than socialism! The last time I checked we are still a republic and we are free to conduct business as we see fit. I also cannot find in the Constitution where the federal government has the power to force you to purchase something. I can’t find it because it’s not there! If this abortion of a law is not stopped, forcing… Read more »

Mal Cap

If the Russians finally realize…”Socialism” is unworkable…when will we realize it even when it’s obviously thinly veneered in a more demeaning cloak of Marxism? How can this guy get elected two times after making error after error that the Democrats can’t admit due to the psychic pain of being too stupid to think?

Bob M.

The dems that are up for re-election won`t do anything unless their is a viable candidate to run against them.After exchanging E-mails with Sen Pryor I can tell you he will not change his view,I know in my heart it is because he has not got anyone to threaten his job.Can`t vote them out unless we can find a person with the guts to fight,and not do anything stupid during the election that gives the media something to destroy them with,such as stupid answers to abortion guestions.They get us with that one every time.We need canidates that can intelligency answer the gotcha questions.How many times in the last couple of elections have we had someone ahead in the poles only to get caught in a gotcha situation,and give a dumb answer that ruins it.


With all the cover-ups, gov’t agencies out of control, diminishing military and total control that this administration wants over people, how can you trust anyone that even sides with Obama? At the age of 62, I’m afraid, VERY AFRAID for my children and grandchildren.

Peter Gutierrez

Obamacare: Repeal but premature to replace. The single most powerful argument against Obamacare was that law was passed without any time to read it less understand it with Nancy Pelosi making the utterly mindless statement that ” we will know what is in it after it ( 2700 pages or so ) passes. And, the promise for transparency and public debate prior to crafting the legislation never occurred. So, now to replace it ( a fix?? ) repeats the same fundamental insanity ..that legislation affecting our health care would be passed without the transparency and dialog that affects one-sixth of our economy and quality of life. We conservatives need a “do -over ” and not a repetition of Obama style duplicity and top down decision-making that ignores the public will and opportunity to voice opinions. Passing Obamacare was wrong, not for the particulars but because of the “process” . Granted… Read more »

Bob F

We know it’s about the liberals but don’t underestimate the president. This man is a shrewd snake in the grass and he’s got most of the media on his side. Together they will manage to spin it to make it all the Republicans fault. Sadly, since most of the population are low information, kool-aid drinking sheep, they will fall for it.

As harmful as it will be to the country, I tend to think they would be better off letting Obamacare go ahead then when it crashes and burns, it will be all on the idiots who passed this thing.


I am not for Oblamacare but your story says it will put “unelected Washington bureaucrats between you and your doctor.” Are unelected insurance adjusters any better? I feel the insurance industry needs reforming to get this all in check.

country girl

why would osamabama want his name on a bill that is going to be bad for
America. o yeah – now I remember, he wants to ruin America. he and the whole gang of politicians have done more damage to this country than al queada ever thought about doing.

Disruptive Element

I’ll believe it when I see it but since they only offer lip service, I’d say we are at state three in the march to Communism warmed up in Democrats style: “Stage Three: Normalization – The uncomfortable feelings of change including losses of freedom are absorbed and accepted. Lost national identity becomes accepted as the norm within the new societal model. A period of national rebranding transition where people are so overwhelmed by the change they become numb and begin to accept a ‘new normal’. This period of normalization lasts indefinitely as the progression is continually advanced and acceptance takes place in small controlled doses. (New limits on behavior, Regulations, TSA Patdowns, Intrusions into privacy, Controls into daily life) These things begin to be accepted as “just the way it is now”..”

Harvey B. Rich

M Scott had a great idea about signs. Instead of allowing the main stream media tell the voters who is better, why don’t we make homemade signs, put them up and let all the people see who we are for. For example, in Virginia- make signs that say KC for GOV and signs that say KC FOR A CLEAN VIRGINIA imagine if thousands of signs went up on all the roads in Virginia- Ken Cuccinelli could get elected!

Burton Pauly

Hi Folks;

Why would any sane society vote to let the federal gov. be in charge of or run any program as large as the health care of its citizens? The federal gov. hasn’t ever run a system that they didn’t abuse or fail in. Just look at what they’ve done to social security? They have used it as a slush fund, and never paid it back to the system, and they didn’t even pay interest on what they took out. We really need to down size our federal gov. and limit their scope of governing us. Folks the federal gov. is corrupt, and they’ll do anything to keep their positions, also their cronies.But there is hope since we can always count on God.

R B. Williams

The media is OWNED by the Democrats. If government is shut down, the media will surely make certain that the only report one reads or hears is that it’s the fault of the Republicans playing politics. Unfortunately, a large segment–even perhaps majority–is easily led by lies. Certainly anything that shuts down Obamacare is bound to be vetoed by the Emperor. The thought of offering a replacement plan for Obamacare is important and unfortunately comes late to the fray. H/e, it is welcome nonetheless. Obamacare will fail and create over time–hopefully a short time–an immense negative reaction. The Republicans need to keep their powder dry, have alternatives and create enough political strength (i.e. majority in both houses) against that day of failure to prevent the Emperor from bringing 100% of healthcare under a government single pay system….which is where the progressives want to end up. This is a game being played… Read more »


Frankly, I don’t understand how Obamacare (having been declared legal by the Supreme Court) cannot be challenged. In truth, what it really does is force a segment of the population to either purchase a product they don’t want or perhaps need or can’t afford into a monetary out via the exchange. It then gives itself the power via declaring (again having been upheld by the Supreme Court) a penalty (redefined by the Supreme Court) as a tax. This means that any citizen who was affected by this tax is in truth paying for something they never asked for, may never have wanted, or could not afforded. This is taxation without representation. It is also taxation on nothing. How can one be taxed for nothing? These people seem to me to have a perfect right not to pay the tax levied for nothing. Any court in the country would question that.… Read more »

Patrick W Mouton

I’m all for defunding what ever it takes. BUT this will never happen, even if the Senate pass the house’s bill. Obama will veto it. We should let it start up and it will kill it self. Obama and the dems want it to fail, so them can take over all of our healthcare. We should Delay it.


Compromise comes from the majority and not the minority party. The United States is not a dictatorship and the President plus Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are not representatives of the citizens. The Senate and the House of Representatives must stand up in support of the people who elected them and not follow a path to anarchy. The US Budget spending must be reduced. A simple 2% to 4% budget cut across all departments will not cripple the federal operations. Misspending and waste has been found in every budget account and yet little or nothing has been done to correct the problems. One less conference meeting at a hotel will reduce more than 2% of the departmental budget. Work with one less employee upon a retirement or job transfer. The savings are real and not painful. I live in a state with 2 Democrat Senators. No balance, no differing opinions… Read more »

Cheryl Palmer

The funny thing is if the government shuts down by LAW Congres still gets paid while the military will not. That hits our household very hard as our income is 100% military pay and social security disability. We would not have money for food, bills, or anything else and with winter coming on it could be hard to handle. I applaud what the Republicans are trying to do, I think Obamacare needs to be repealed, delayed, defunded, whatever they can do to delay it until they can get rid of it completely; but a complete government shutdown will only hurt the little people who dependon the fund to pay for their day to day expenses.