Health Care Law: Live or Die GOP Issue

19 September 2013 |permalink | email article

The House leadership has now announced plans to make a series of demands of the White House in exchange for raising the debt ceiling in mid-October, threatening a government default if they don’t get they way. Eric Cantor, the majority leader, has a goodie-bag full of Republican priorities: approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, delaying health reform for one year, and changing the tax code in ways that will undoubtedly benefit corporations and the wealthy. President Obama has said that he will not negotiate on raising the debt ceiling. If Republicans don’t back down, the double blow of a government shutdown, followed by a default would be ruinous for the economy.

As a New York Times editorial noted, Speaker Boehner is playing a dangerous game of trying to placate the extremists for a few days. But, in the end, the burden will be squarely on his shoulders. If he allows the entire House, including Democrats, to vote on the straightforward measures to pay for the government and raise the debt limit, the double crisis will instantly end. If he does not, he will give free reign to his party’s worse impulses.



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