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The USA is one of the top-five richest countries in the world, but the only country within the top five which doesn't have some form of universal health care. How can one of the richest countries in the world not offer affordable health care to all of its citizens?
We finally have an Affordable Care Act signed into law. But, in order to generate support for the Tea Party/Republican Party's efforts to unfund Obamacare there have been too many untruths and "scare tactics" used to convince the American people that Obamacare is bad.
Perhaps the individual mandate could be changed. Perhaps more incentives could be offered to companies which will lower their costs for employee health care, and yet, help them provide affordable health care to their employees--it's a win-win situation.
Don't throw out the entire act--amend the portions that are the most controversial and replace it with alternatives. Make it better!
I challenge the Republican Party to first offer a replacement as opposed to overturning Obamacare without offering any alternative.
By not passing a budget, the American people--whom the Republican Party claims they are protecting--are the ones who are being financially punished.
In the end, is this worth it? Ask the civil servants and their families who are without an income. Ask the businessmen and women who will suffer financially, because when you lose your income you don't have money to spend--those businesses will probably not recoup that loss of income! Ask the American People, who will suffer medically because agencies have to send their employees home! We have had enough! We need term limits on members of Congress! And, we have the ability to make that happen now, by electing our congressmen and senators to no more than two terms in office.
Congress needs to stop holding the American people hostage over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.