High price for a losing battle

October 11, 2013 

On the night of President Obama's first inauguration, GOP leaders gathered and plotted their strategy for Obama's presidency. They decided on a course of obstructionism and noncooperation. Mitch McConnell famously stated their No. 1 goal was to make Obama a one-term president.

In 2009 a majority of Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Despite the fact that it was modeled on Republican Mitt Romney's Massachusetts program and other ideas borrowed from the GOP including the individual mandate, not a single Republican voted for it.

The bill was signed into law by Obama. Not surprisingly, numerous challenges were filed and the laws constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Since then, at a cost to taxpayers estimated at $50 million, the GOP-led House has voted 40 times to repeal the ACA, knowing there was no way this would succeed. Isn't that the definition of insanity, to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result?

The GOP had tied the shutdown to defunding the ACA. If they want to repeal, they should get their candidates elected and have a majority vote to repeal. They shouldn't hold the country hostage to get their way.

Their shutdown has created more hardships for folks struggling. If they had spent the last five years working for the American people instead of working against Obama, one wonders how much better off we'd be.

Kris E. Rhines

Swansea

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