By Ramona du Houx of Maine Insights
H.J. Res. 59 would defund the Affordable Care Act, (ACA), denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage. If Republicans don’t get their way, to defund the ACA, they have threatened to shutdown the federal government and cause America to default on the national debt.
“House passage of H.J. Res. 59 advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens lives, our economy and the interests of the middle class,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, a potential candidate for U.S. 2nd Congressional District. “I challenge all of the Maine Congressional Republican candidates to repudiate these extreme measures that threaten people’s lives and livelihoods.”
Republicans in the House have already tried to repeal the ACA close to 40 times. Each time they have been unsuccessful, now they are trying this new tactic wasting time that could be spent improving the economy. Beginning next month additional important ACA provisions will be introduced across America.
“The ACA is the law of the land. It was passed by the Congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s time for reasonable Republicans to stand up to the extreme ideological rhetoric of some members of their Party and do what’s right for the American people. A government shutdown could shut us out of continued economic growth,” said Baldacci.
According to some economists a government shutdown would hurt our international credit rating and potentially send us dipping back into recession. It would also effect world market’s.
“People’s lives have already been saved because the ACA makes insurance companies cover pre-existing condition,” said Baldacci. “States like CA and NY are witnessing insurance rates decline because of the ACA. Defunding a program that saves lives and gives people security makes no logical sense. It shows how out of touch these Republican extremists are from the American public. Congress needs to focus on job creation and investing in innovation to grow our economy while improving educational opportunities. Maine people and the Maine economy needs someone who is on their side and not on the side of out of state special interest groups whose main concerns have nothing to do with the Second Congressional District.
President Barack Obama said he would veto H.J. Res. 59