Obama to Congress: ‘Knock it Off’ on Budget Brinkmanship

Calls out GOP 'grandstanding'

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President Barack Obama told Republicans Friday that it’s a fool’s errand for them to use the threat of a government shutdown to gut his signature healthcare law, decrying what he called “political grandstanding” that is hurting the American economy.

With Republicans seeing both the looming expiration of government funding and the need to increase the country’s borrowing limit as pressure points to extract political concessions on the healthcare law, the president said bluntly: “I said that yesterday and I’m gonna repeat it: that’s not gonna happen.”

“A lot of what is taking place right now is political grandstanding,” Obama told reporters at the White House, “but the grandstanding has real affects on real people. … It would throw a wrench in the gears of the economy, just as those gears are beginning to get traction,” he said.

The president also said that raising the debt ceiling is essential for maintaining American economic growth and global reputation.

“Raising the debt ceiling is simply authorizing the Treasury to pay for what congress has already authorized,” he said. “I will not negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills that have already been racked up.

“Voting for the Treasury to pay America’s bills is not a concession to me,” he said. “Nobody gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the U.S. just to extract political concessions. … Knock it off, pass a budget, and move on.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement that House Republicans would try to work to avert a government shutdown while still opposing the health care law.

“The House will take action that reflects the fundamental fact that Americans don’t want a government shutdown and they don’t want the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Buck said. “Grandstanding from the president, who refuses to even be a part of the process, won’t bring Congress any closer to a resolution.”

Zeke J Miller contributed

65 comments
DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

I wonder how long the government will have to be shut down to balanced this fiscal year ending today?


ex animo 
davidfarrar

an80sreaganite
an80sreaganite

Funny.  I thought Time didn't exist anymore.  Regardless, I can see by this article why Time has fallen in it's statue (if it ever had any - really).  

It is the Dems & Obama who refuse to even talk to the GOP, much less negotiate with them (But, somehow POTUS found time to begin talks with the president of the largest exporter or terrorism on earth).  

The house & senate GOP have fully funded the U.S. government, except for Obamacare, in all of their bills.  It is Harry Reid & BHO who are not funding the government.  


small_axe
small_axe

The house of representatives is the most directly representative body in our government, and yet, while the majority of americans voted for democratic congressmen, we ended up with a republican house.

The GOP, like thieves in the night have violated this great country, and mean to do even more and greater harm still.

They say that they speak for "the american people", but it is a straight-up fabrication. The republican party has not won the majority of the national vote in ANYTHING for over 10 years, maybe more.


losboysyhorns
losboysyhorns

For Congressman and family insurance's the popular Blue Cross Blue Shield for standard family plan carries a total premium of $1,327.80 per month, of which the beneficiary pays $430.04. Washington, D.C.-based employees who prefer an HMO option might choose the Kasier standard family plan. It carries a total premium of $825.15 per month, of which the employee pays only $206.29. And also for House and Senate members (but not their families) also are eligible to receive care at military hospitals. For outpatient care, there is no charge at the Washington, D.C., area hospitals (Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center). Inpatient care is billed at rates set by the Department of Defense which I am sure is cheap or free!!!!

 All plans cover hospital, surgical and physician services, and mental health services, prescription drugs and “catastrophic” coverage against very large medical expenses. There are no waiting periods for coverage when new employees are hired, and there are no exclusions for preexisting conditions. 

And these are the same people that don't want us to have affordable insurance for me and my family and the people of America, they are a bunch of selfish,self centered, ignorant and back end of a mule Senate and Congress people. It's all about them and the SHAFT for the people of America!!!!!!!!!!!

littleredtop
littleredtop

I'm pretty familiar with the president's signature healthcare law now and can't see how it could benefit anyone other than insurance carriers and the medical industry.  From what I can see this affordable healthcare nonsense hasn't addressed one of the issues that plague the healthcare industry and in fact, it only promotes more of the same shameless greed and corruption. 

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

Who knew the Speaker of the House was a Senator from Texas?

GaryRMcCray
GaryRMcCray

We are retired and live on a fixed income that is low enough that we are well behind on our Property tax payments.

My wife pays $380.00 a month for $6400.00 deduitible Medical insurance that will cover up to 80% of the costs.

I am on Medicare.

Obamacare as of the first of the year will lower my wifes bill to $117.00 a month and cost us a maximum total of $2000.00 a year no matter how much care she needs.

Boehner says he speaks for the American People.

I am sure he speaks for 1% of the American People, but he sure as Hell doesn't speak for me or the rest of the 99% either, at least the ones who have figured out what OBamacare actually means for them.

The Republican attack on Obamacare is the most deceitful thing to ever be visited on the American People.

They make Benedict Arnold and Quisling look Good.

This attack on Obamacare is a direct attack on the American People with potentially 1000+ times worse consequences than 911.

HangDiver
HangDiver

What the Republicans haven't figured out is that they control only one third of the government. And it is a minority of that one third that thinks governing through extortion is the way forward. This of course is a direct result of poor leadership from House Speaker Boehner to bring order to his conference.

gardenrock7
gardenrock7

shut down this crap dictator government......send them all home without a job!!  time to fight back!!

labman57
labman57

The threats of a government shutdown or debt default unless the ACA is repealed/defunded ... and domestic petroleum drilling is expanded ... and most environmental regulations are discontinued ... and the Keystone pipeline is approved ... and efforts to provide consumer protections against abuse within the banking industry are derailed ... and so forth and so on ... is akin to a kidnapper who holds a gun to the abductee's head while making random demands, defiantly proclaiming that any harm done to the victim will be the fault of the family members who don't comply with his ultimatums.

Furthermore, the only Congressional Republicans who do not fear the political repercussions of a government shutdown are those who refuse to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

Who knew the Speaker of the House would be a Senator from Texas?

cloudninegirl
cloudninegirl

Obama broke every rule to shove his nightmare government takeover of healthcare down America's throat .. and now he's got the gall to say the Republicans are unfair. My God. Obama is evil.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Imagine what the American people will do to these clowns if their 401K tank again?????

jmac
jmac

"Imagine if you had a Republican president and a Democratic speaker, and the Democratic speaker said, well, we're not going to pass the debt ceiling unless we raise corporate taxes by 40% or unless we pass background checks on guns or whatever other list of agenda items Democrats were interested in. Does anybody actually think that we would be hearing from Republicans that that was acceptable behavior?"  

Imagine if Pelosi had demanded the same things and was willing to shut down the government if she didn't get what she wanted?  Imagine what the press would have done to her. 

jmac
jmac

Obama:   "Imagine if you had a Republican president and a Democratic speaker, and the Democratic speaker said, well, we're not going to pass the debt ceiling unless we raise corporate taxes by 40% or unless we pass background checks on guns or whatever other list of agenda items Democrats were interested in. Does anybody actually think that we would be hearing from Republicans that that was acceptable behavior?"

Would we be hearing from reporters that that was acceptable behavior?   No, they'd be having hissy fits and attacking Democrats.  Why does it not work both ways?  

fitty_three
fitty_three

[“The House will take action that reflects the fundamental fact that Americans don’t want a government shutdown and they don’t want the train wreck that is Obamacare,” Buck said. “Grandstanding from the president, who refuses to even be a part of the process, won’t bring Congress any closer to a resolution.”]

The mistake is in bold. Buck is about ready to commit a Major Mitt.  Of the people who don't like Obamacare, only half are Republicans.

Robbert5
Robbert5

@DavidFarrar Hmm, a long time because it actually costs us about $40B a day to have it in shutdown mode.  Pretty smart huh of the TP-ers in the house.  They sure are fiscally responsible except when they are not which is always.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@small_axe  

They think like that because the polls show(ed) that 60% disapprove of Obamacare.

The problem is that they interpreted it to mean that they had that much support.  They don't.  Half of those that disapprove are either independents not happy with the confusion or Dems that don't think the ACA went far enough.

The actual support for a shutdown over Obamacare is in the mid-high 20's.

They are about to out-Mitt Mitt himself....

BobJan
BobJan

@losboysyhorns  They all kneel at the ATM machines set up for them by their wealthy donors.

jsfox
jsfox

Clearly know nothing about PPACA. So which of the following does not benefit you?

Being bale to get insurance if you have a pre-existing condition.

No life time caps to your insurer can't drop you leaving you with a massive healthcare bill.

Speaking of massive healthcare bills the odds of you having to declare bankruptcy because of medical bills has been greatly diminished. I'd call that a benefit to you.

The insurance companies now have to spend 80-85% of premiums on actual healthcare or refund the difference back to policy holders. $3.5 billion was refunded last year.

And there are a slew of other benefits to you.

littleredtop
littleredtop

@GaryRMcCray  Read the fine print on your wife's new policy, you may not have exactly what you think you have. 

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@GaryRMcCray The Republicans are scared of people like you. They are selfish cowards who know that this bill will help good Americans and they are afraid of the consequences to their already weakened position. Keep telling the truth. People must listen. My nephew had MS and he is excited about this plan that will help him fight the insurance companies and make them compete.

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@HangDiver You call this control? They can't even get along for long enough to make this a fight. They are doomed on the Affordable Care Act. That's what they'll be calling it next year. Mark my words.

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@gardenrock7 You guys are powerless. It's your own doing. Deal with it and quit whining.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@cloudninegirl Broke every rule? 

You mean getting it passed by the House and the Senate, and the President signing it into law?

Like the Supreme Court affirming its Constitutionality?

Like the President running on the ACA, and the majority of American re-electing him?

Sorry, lady, that's not "breaking every rule." That's the definition of following the rules. What you and your fellow travelers are doing -- holding the economy hostage so that a small minority can get their way WITHOUT bothering with all that law-passing wimpiness -- is not only unconstitutional, but downright un-American. 

If you want to live in a country where a small group of bullies can force their will on the rest of the country, I can suggest a great many of them. 

None of them are the United States. I suggest you get used to this "democracy' stuff. I think it's here to stay.


JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@cloudninegirl Hey you get off my cloud. Don't hang around, two is a crowd. It's the law baby and you gotta follow it as long as it's the law. Or change it. But of course you can't, because people like my nephew who has MS will like it too much...That's what extremist righties fear the most, isn't it?

MerrilySnider
MerrilySnider

@RobertNguyen They will not reelect them when their term ends.  They are playing fast and loose with Americans.  They say they love America but, they clearly don't like Americans.  Unless, of course, they are mega-rich.

JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@jmac I would rather imagine a Democratic House, Senate and President with bullet-proof majorities. I could then imagine all the people living lives in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

DavidM.Baker
DavidM.Baker

@fitty_three about ten years ago i was out of work with existing conditions, the only insurance i could get cost me $600.00 a month, my wife was also in the same boat, so we were paying $1200.oo a month for ins,, BELIEVE me i would have been VERY happy to have OBAMACARE.. and i'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are looking forward to getting SOME ins.  don't be so fast to condem it,,, YOU might be in that "existing condition" boat someday...

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

@Robbert5 @DavidFarrar 


That's only if you pay the non-essentials while they are out on furlough. They can receive unemployment checks until that runs out, if the government actually has paid into the unemployment fund, that is. Otherwise, welcome to the real world.


ex animo

davidfarrar


small_axe
small_axe

@fitty_three @small_axe Not to mention the fact that the same % that opposes the ACA supports Roe v. Wade.

Can anyone imagine what would be the GOP response if the democrats held the country hostage until the Republicans undo every anti-abortion law in the country??

God help us if Obama doesn't hold firm here. Not kind-of firm, but firm like the Fn rock of Gibraltar. Not one inch to the Tea-jadist Taliban.

BobJan
BobJan

@littleredtop @GaryRMcCray why don't you read it and tell him what it means instead of saying something you have no clue of. Oh but that's what good little Repub's do. Ooooooooh, "Death Panels".

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@JohnShuck @GaryRMcCray Preach on, brothers.

My company was going to shift to Health Savings Accounts for all employees -- which would be a disaster for me, since I'm north of 50, and couldn't possibly save enough money in time for the health bills to come. Thanks to Obamacare, the company has dropped the HSA scheme and will continue to provide health insurance as before.

Thank you, President Obama. Go to hell, Republicans.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

They're mean, aggressive angry hate filled Obama hating self appointed patriot vigilantes that instantly turn into whiney self victimized rats when cornered.

Does that help?

MerrilySnider
MerrilySnider

@MrObvious @cloudninegirl They only care about themselves, not the interest of the country.  And, they only care about the wealthiest Americans, keeping their tax rates lower because then they will donate everything to their candidacy.  No conscience.

reallife
reallife

Yeah good luck with that - look what mess you got us into - what happened to "your" post-racial world? Where is the "love" from the rest of the world that was coming to us?

Keep dreaming you fool, then the rest of us have to pay for it

Dumbass

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DavidM.Baker

I should have made it clearer somehow that they look at those polls and they got totally the wrong idea from them. They are about to pay with their political lives for that mistake.

Believe my when I say I'm glad you chastised me over this! 

I've been here in Swampland for a number of years and it is nice to see so many new people come out in support of the PPACA. My wife has run up 2,880,000 worth of medical bills in the past three years and not only did she not get capped at 1M and kicked off, I am now her primary caregiver under the provisions of the home health care section of that law. It's a heavy responsibility but I've adjusted to it and each day I provide medical care for her saves the government about 2000.


JohnShuck
JohnShuck

@DavidM.Baker @fitty_three My nephew is in the same boat. He works manages a small restaurant that his mother (my sister) owns.  He has MS. He is now waiting to see how much his insurance premium will go down when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

an80sreaganite
an80sreaganite

You two are a hoot.  I love reading about the alternate universe in which you libs live....

fitty_three
fitty_three

@small_axe  

I've had that very same worry, @small_axe .

I agree 100% and I think that from the tone of the Dems, Obama will face his own open revolt of he tries to be anything less than the "Fn rock of Gibraltar".

It's time to finish the GOP off once and for all. They've gotten too many leases on life and have bitten us in the arse for it (2010).

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@sacredh @PerryWhite1 Both of my first cousins are dead now, due to easily fixed problems that they couldn't afford because they'd been laid off. Had Obamacare existed 10 years ago, they'd both be alive today.

I'm glad I don't live in D.C., or otherwise I'd be tempted to take a poke at these lying sacks of crap who are trying to deny health care to their fellow citizens.

sacredh
sacredh

@PerryWhite1, over 15 years ago before I got remarried, my wife-to-be had a serious pre-existing condition. Her insurance wouldn't cover it because it was a pre-existing condition. We moved up our wedding date sevaral months because she needed immediate surgery. I work for Uncle Sam and our insurance HAS to cover pre-existing conditions. I doubt if she would have survived 2-3 years without the surgery that cost a bundle. The ACA (Obamacare) now gives a shot at a longer life to others.  F**k the people that worship Ayn Rand and their whole "I got mine, you get yours" mentality.