Last week, Congresswoman Kristi Noem voted to give in to Tea Party demands and shut down the U.S. government, all so that she could take away critical patient protections and give insurance companies free rein to raise health care costs.
The conservative Wall Street Journal Editorial Board compared Congresswoman Noem’s vote to “threaten(ing) to crash their Zeros into the aircraft carrier of ObamaCare” and a “kamikaze mission” that “rarely turns out well, least of all for the pilots.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce criticized the plan and Karl Rove, former advisor to President George W. Bush, wrote that this strategy is an “ill-conceived tactic” and “means we’ll get” a government shutdown.
This week America is voicing its opinion about defunding Obamacare before funding the government. According to a CNBC Survey,
“Opposition to defunding increases sharply when the issue of shutting down the government and defaulting is included. In that case, Americans oppose defunding 59 percent to 19 percent, with 18 percent of respondents unsure. […] Women are more firmly opposed to defunding the new health care law under any circumstances, with 47 percent opposed, 33 percent in favor and 20 percent unsure. […] Independents are more troubled by the prospect of defunding Obamacare and shutting down the government than the broader population.”
We’ve got seven days to avoid a complete government shut down at the hands of tea party Republicans like Congresswoman Noem. Why? Because tea party Republicans are willing to deny healthcare to millions of people before funding our government. That’s wrong.