It is moving ahead just fine. The only holdups it has are due to so many people visiting the exchange websites.
Republicans are using the funding bill to attach an unrelated attack on Obamacare.
It is as stupid as Republicans attaching a provision that all millionaires get a million dollar tax refund instead of paying tax. It is unrelated to the bill. It stands zero chance of passing.
And really, I'm sure there's a government studies class you can take at your local community college. This is how legislation has worked since the beginning. Poison pills, unrelated legislation, pork, virtually any sort of amendment, related and non, are attached to bills and budgets.
Can you give one example of one party shutting down the government and threatening to end American greatness and cause a global super depression in order to go after an existing LAW that has nothing to do with the item being voted on?
I bet you can't give one example, not to mention prove it is business as normal.
"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress & the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
- Abraham Lincoln
Government shutdown in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
and you'll find numerous examples of what you are asking.
You should really do your research about your 'facts'.
"5. Congress is exempt from Obamacare. False.
Chain email, Jan. 6, 2013
Even a few sitting lawmakers have repeated this claim, but it’s not true. Congress is not exempt from Obamacare. Like everyone else, lawmakers are required to have health insurance. They’re also required to buy insurance through the marketplaces. The idea is to have lawmakers and their staff buy insurance the same way their uninsured constituents would so they understand what their constituents have to deal with. Most Americans who already get insurance through work are left alone under the law; members of Congress have insurance through work but are treated differently in this regard. Recently, a rule was added so that lawmakers’ could keep the traditional employer contribution to their coverage. But they weren’t exempt from requirements that other Americans face. We rated this claim False."
"An Old Falsehood
Bogus claims about Congress being “exempt” date back to early 2010, when different health care bills were still being debated. Some Republicans claimed that Americans, except for members of Congress, would be forced into the government-run “public option” (which wasn’t part of the final bill that became law) or state-based exchanges (which are part of the law).
As we said previously, members of Congress get private health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which actually served as a model for the exchanges. Federal workers pick from among many health plans. The exchanges would operate in the same way — like a marketplace for those shopping for private insurance.
But some Republicans pushed the idea that if the exchanges were good enough for other Americans, they should be good enough for Congress. So, an amendment by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa was added to the Senate bill requiring that the federal government offer only health plans that were part of an exchange to members of Congress and their staffs. The law’s final language on this, written by Sen. Tom Coburn, says that: “the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act.”
Congressional “staff” is defined as “all full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.” As we reported before, Coburn said the provision wouldn’t apply to those working for committees or leadership staff, and a Congressional Research Service report agreed that could be the case.
In other words, the Affordable Care Act places on lawmakers and their staffs additional requirements that don’t pertain to other Americans with work-based insurance."
Or even Forbes:
Congress Exempted From Obamacare? - Forbes
"So, here’s the real deal –As things currently stand, Members of Congress and their staff, until 2014, will continue to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). This program, considered among the best in the nation, allows federal employees- including Members of Congress and their staff- to choose from a wide range of health plans and select the one that best suits their needs. Note that the current plan is neither ‘government’ insurance, ‘free’ insurance nor any other sort of sweet deal that the public has been led to believe is the case. The federal employee’s program involves private insurance policies with premiums, deductibles, co-pays, etc.
Here’s the surprise – come 2014, when the lion’s share of the ACA provisions come on line, Members of Congress and their staff will be required to buy their health insurance on an exchange. In fact, their choices will be even more limited than our own. While it is expected that some 24 million people will elect to purchase their health care policy on a state run exchange, we are not required by law to do so. Members of Congress and their staff, however, must buy their insurance in this way."
In regards to the original poll, I think this poll says a whole lot. Look at that approval falling off the table!
Republican Party Favorability Sinks to Record Low
From the page:
Republican Party Favorability Sinks to Record Low
Falls 10 percentage points from September's 38%
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives engaged in a tense, government-shuttering budgetary standoff against a Democratic president and Senate, the Republican Party is now viewed favorably by 28% of Americans, down from 38% in September. This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.
Yes I had to wait quite a while that first day in a queue, and it kicked me out once with an error. But it was well worth it to save from my new company $340 per week to $148 per week. Yes my new company is a small business and they pass on 100% to employees. And for the record my Aetna premiums increased double digit % every year since 2003, except 2005 when I had a large drop in coverage amounts and huge increase in deductible....and that was a 9.8% increase that year along with the simultaneous reduction in benefits. All well before O-care.
And that is real facts. Not media or partisan spin.